Pregnancy is a major event in any woman’s life. Whether it is her first or fifth, it is important to ensure that normal structure of her spine is maintained to diminish the chances of secondary issues arising throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. One of the secondary problems that women may face is dystocia, or a difficult or abnormal labor.
When defining dystocia, Williams Obstetrics says, “Dystocia is very complex, and although ‘abnormal progress in labor’ seems simple, there is no consensus as to what ‘abnormal progress’ means. Thus, it seems prudent to attempt a better understanding of normal labor in order to determine departures from normal.” At Keystone Chiropractic, through NeuroStructural Correction, it is our goal to restore normal spinal structure and allow all other processes to function normally.
Certainly, a number of factors can contribute to a difficult pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Let’s take a look at “The 3 P’s,” and their effects on labor.
- The first “P” is Power; the ability of the uterus during labor and delivery to push the baby out. Sometimes there may be insufficient contractions, or perhaps inappropriately coordinated dilation of the cervix. In later stages of labor, there may be decreased voluntary muscle control. It is important to understand that the uterus is, in large part, a muscle. It requires a proper nerve supply to control and coordinate its functions. If there is a structural shift in the low back, it very well could be obstructing the nerves which travel to the uterus and affecting the Power.
- The second “P” is Passage; in other words, the bony pelvis through which the baby will pass during delivery, but also where it resides throughout pregnancy. When there is an abnormal shift within the pelvis, abhorrent motion of the pelvic joints begins to occur. During pregnancy this can have secondary effects for the mother which can include things like increased discomfort and constraint on the uterus. As labor and delivery approach, the structural shift and lack of motion can actually lead to a decreased space for the baby to pass through, making for a more difficult delivery.
- The last “P” is Passenger; or the baby. If the mother has a structural shift, it may be obstructing the nerve supply which helps control development of the baby during pregnancy. When labor and delivery are approaching, pelvic shifts, and the improper motion and decreased space, which can result, may prevent the fetus from positioning itself properly for delivery. It is vital that the child, as it’s developing, receives the proper messages from the mother’s nervous system.
Throughout pregnancy, there are many physical and hormonal changes which may contribute to an increased possibility that the spine shifts from its normal position. These structural shifts may lead to obstruction of the nerves traveling to the uterus, abnormal pelvic motion, and decreased messages being sent to the developing baby. The goal of Neuro-Structural Correction is to restore these structural shifts to their normal position, using specific adjustments, and removing nerve obstruction to the uterus, regaining normal movement in the pelvis, and ensuring the proper messages are getting to the baby.
Normal Power and proper motion of the Passage are vital to a normal pregnancy and delivery. It is also important that you, as the mother, are doing everything possible for the Passenger to ensure proper development during pregnancy and that the child is given the best chance to put themselves in the proper position for delivery.
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