Structural Correction Post-Pregnancy

There are a number of changes that occur during pregnancy, chemically, emotionally, and physically. In many cases, those changes can be hard to fully recover from. One common secondary condition we see in postpartum patients is changes to the pelvis that result in low back and pelvic pain that didn’t previously exist, or was made worse.

The pelvis is essentially a bottomless basin that protects the baby during pregnancy. The two large bones of the pelvis are attached to the sacrum, or lowest part of the spine in the back, and attached in the from by the pubic symphysis. The joints in both the front and back are held in place with ligaments. During pregnancy, your body releases hormones meant to soften those ligaments to make room for the new little one and also in preparation for birth. 

This natural and necessary process allows the joints to move much more than they would under normal circumstances. This is often times responsible for the low back and pelvic pain a woman experiences during pregnancy. 

In the weeks following pregnancy, the ligaments should begin to return to normal form and flexibility. Unfortunately, sometimes the alignment of the pelvis has shifted away from it’s ideal structural arrangement. This can lead to excessive stress on the joints in the front and rear of the pelvis. Commonly, this structural shift produces secondary conditions like low back pain, pelvic pain, pain that radiates down the legs, numbness/tingling, balance issues, problems with walking and running, and discomfort while sleeping.

There are a number of ways of managing the secondary conditions like medication, physical therapy, light stretching, and even conventional chiropractic care - which focuses on the temporary relief of things like pain, muscle spasm, and problems with motion. What we focus on in our office is a detailed analysis of how the structure of the spine and pelvis have shifted, and then come up with a strategy to correct the displacement and keep it from returning in the future. This is accomplished with not only a series of adjustments to the pelvis itself, but also looking for other areas of the spine where the structure may have been affected during pregnancy, contributing to the pelvic dysfunction.

The key to correcting the structure is a very detailed analysis of the spine, followed by a specific and nuanced approach at directing the structure back towards what we know to be normal. If you’d like more information, please visit our website at or call us a 770-450-9394.

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