FAQ: Prenatal Chiropractic Care
From the desk of Erik S. Vose, DC... PRENATAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Q: Is Chiropractic care safe for a pregnant woman and her baby?
A: Yes, chiropractic treatments are non-invasive and do not include the use of drugs. They are designed to avoid positions and modalities that may be uncomfortable or not safe for a pregnant woman but are still effective at realigning the spine and pelvis and relieving musculature that is under increased demand. Using gentle treatments methods is always a top priority.
Q: Why does my back hurt now that I'm pregnant?
A: There are many reasons that a woman's body can have aches and pains throughout pregnancy. Some are related to an increase demand on musculature from carrying the extra weight of her baby. Other times it can be because of the hormones that are preparing the ligaments of her body to loosen during pregnancy. Some times the joints in her back or pelvis can have restricted movement which causes pain.
Q: What does a typical treatment consist of?
A: Treatments vary depending on the problem causing pain and the stage of pregnancy. Some of the options include moist heat, cold therapy, muscle work, joint mobilization, stretching and movement exercises. Other modalities can be used depending on the area receiving treatment.
Q: What are some of the common conditions that you treat?
A: Sciatica, SI joint dysfunction, low back pain, upper back and neck pain are some of the more common problems that we work on when a woman is pregnant. We also work on problems associated with the lower extremities from the foot and ankle up to the knee and hip.
Q: How often do you recommend that someone gets treatment?
A: Treatment frequency also depends a lot on the condition being worked on, this can vary from once a week to once a month. The philosophy is to get someone to the point where they can do home care as often as possible. Usually during pregnancy, the treatment necessity changes as the phases of pregnancy change.
Erik Vose, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr.Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.