CBS4’s Nicole Pence is one busy mom. She’s the mother of twin boys and is pregnant with her third child. It’s no wonder she has back pain.
“My boys are ten months old. I’m constantly picking one of them up and so I’m bending over, picking them up and I’m using the muscles in my back and exerting them, over exerting them in this case.”
During her first pregnancy, Nicole was directed to Matt Bauer, D.C., at Apex Therapy, by her OB/GYN.
“When you really look at pregnancy as a whole, what you’re trying to do is create some balance through the pelvis,” says Bauer. “They don’t realize how weak they get or how inefficient they are when they move. So a lot of those things are hidden.”
A visit typically starts with an evaluation. Bauer checks for weaknesses, and spots several right away in Nicole’s hamstrings, inner thighs and glutes, as she walks. She also lies on her back while he checks her legs. An adjustment usually follows.
“He gives me an adjustment. So what people understand about chiropractic care, it’s the popping of the spine, the moving,” says Nicole. “And for me, it’s all about hip alignment because when you’re pregnant, your hips actually go out, to be able to birth the baby.”
According to the American Pregnancy Association website, establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby.