Prenatal & Postpartum Chiropractic



Many women also experience various aches and pains along with general discomfort post-pregnancy.  It is important to realize after pregnancy, labor and delivery, your body, which is considered post-partum for one year from a biomechanical perspective, will again undergo many changes. Many times a woman’s body has a difficult time re-adjusting to these physical changes and therefore will feel achy, sore, or painful. Dr. Merkel can help support a woman’s body in transitioning through these physical changes, reducing and sometimes eliminating symptoms.

breech presentation

We are not obstetricians and we do not "turn babies". However, our services and support may help. Obstetricians and midwives in Evanston and the surrounding areas refer their patients to us that have a breech mal-positioned baby. Dr. Merkel has helped hundreds of moms get their babies into a more optimal position prior to birth.

We utilize the Webster Technique in addition to myofascial pelvic work, acupuncture, and moxibustion. These technique are very gentle and are not forceful. We work to promote proper movement and mobility of the pelvic musculature to alleviate any tension placed on the lower part of the uterus. Our goal is to create as much pelvic space as possible to facilitate an optimal labor and delivery.

Women have unique bodies that are strong and capable of creating and growing life. This process is transformative both physically and emotionally and requires support. During this changing time, there are common complaints that can be effectively treated utilizing chiropractic and other drug-free, natural, and non-invasive methods. Chiropractic during pregnancy is safe, gentle, and effective. 

Benefits during pregnancy:

  • Connection to the process and the physical and emotional changes that come with it

  • Helps to maintain a healthier pregnancy

  • Prepares your body for an efficient labor and delivery

  • Relief of back, neck, pelvic or joint pain

  • Removes tension on the ligaments that support the uterus, such as the round ligaments- reducing torsion (intrauterine constraint) to the woman’s uterus offering the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth

  • Potential prevention of cesarean section or other interventions

Common conditions:

  • Neck & Hip pain

  • Headaches

  • Sciatica

  • Pubic symphysis pain

  • Rib/diaphragm discomfort