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Pregnancy and Wellness

Total Body Care for the Pregnant Women

A women's body changes more during pregnancy than any other time during their life.
Whether it is your first pregnancy or you have experienced the joys, excitement, and aches of pregnancy before; Body First can make your journey a more pleasurable and healthy one. Body First offers Pregnancy Massage, Chiropractic Care, and Acupuncture, services dedicated to the wellness and health of the pregnant woman. Our Staff can work together to help you enjoy your pregnancy.


BODY FIRST has helped many expectant mothers deal with their changing bodies during their pregnancy. Our highly qualified therapists have the experience and training to ease the aches and pains of pregnancy, as well as providing the nurturing and care mothers to be deserve.

Pregnancy Massage

For the mother to be...

Gentle to moderate massage to help a women adjust to her body�s changes during pregnancy.Expecting a child is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life. Unfortunately the joy of pregnancy may be overshadowed by the discomforts of pregnancy. An expectant mother may experience swelling, mood swings, back pain, aching muscles, and more. Luckily massage therapy may reduce some of these unwanted side effects of pregnancy.

Pregnant clients generally receive side-lying massage, multiple pillows, bolsters, adn supports are used to increase comfort. A combination of gentle flowing swedish massage techniques and firm therapeutic massage are used to to relieve discomfort caused by pregnancy. The goal of receiving massage during pregnancy is to encourage a healthy pregnancy, create a restful mind and body, and prepare one for the birthing process.
Hot stones are not recommended during pregnancy.

Expecting mothers can benefit both physically and mentally from receiving regular massages during their pregnancy. If a woman is only to receive massage therapy once during her lifetime, pregnancy is that one time.

Did you know

Recent studies show that pregnant women who receive massage during their pregnancy experience less anxiety, lowered stress hormones, improved moods, better sleep and labors with fewer complications.
Source:Touch Research Institute in Miami, Fla.

Some Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Receiving regular massages during your pregnancy can:

  • Prepare the muscles that will be used during child birth.
  • Reduce back, neck, and leg pain.
  • Improve muscle tone.
  • Lessen work done by the heart due to improve circulation.
  • Promote deep relaxation.
  • Reduce Swelling.
  • Ease Sciatica
  • AND MORE...
Pregnancy Massage


Having a new baby in the house can be stressful mentally and physically for both parents. Moments of relaxation are hard to find after the baby arrives. Nursing, lifting and carrying the new baby, diaper bag, car seat, and other care giving activities tend to add extra strain to the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders. Don't forget that massage can be just as beneficial after the baby is born.


Due to the changes of a women's muscelo-skeletal system many women can benifit from Chirorpactic care during their pregnancy.

Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?

YES!! There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout a healthy pregnancy. However we recommend all women talk to their OB/GYN about recieving chiropractic treamtent during their pregnancy.(source:American Pregnancy Association)

Chiropractors receive specific training during the course or their education to work with the special needs of the pregnant woman. Dr. Erickson has recieved extensive training in prenatal and peri-natal care. He enjoys working with women and promoting pregnancy wellness. A chiropractic treatment for a pregnant woman will incorporate modified techniques that address need of a pregnant body and avoids unneeded pressure on the abdomen.

Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Your body changes vary rapidly during pregnancy. Physiological and endocrinological changes occur in preparation for for pregnancy and birth. Below are just a few changes that can result in a misaligned spine or joint:

  • Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
  • Pelvic changes
  • Postural adaptations

By creating pelvic balance and proper alignment throughs chiropractic care during pregnancy you may reduce many of the discomforts of pregnancy. A misaligned pelvis is misaligned can reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby and may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy may provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy.
  • Allow for the mother to maintain mobility.
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • and more...


Fertility and Acupuncture

Information about acupuncture and fertility coming soon

Pregnancy and Acupuncture

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3615 Claflin, Manhattan, KS 66503
(785) 587 8300 or (785) 776 6060

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