Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

    Experience has shown that women in various stages of pregnancy are able to enjoy a natural lifestyle following specific chiropractic treatment to either eliminate or assist with a:

  • Drug free approach
  • Treatment of pelvic instability
  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Relieving back, neck, mid-back or joint pain
  • Relieving chest pain from expanding abdomen

Chiropractic care can be performed from preconception, right through to post labor.


How can Chiropractic care help during pregnancy?

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy.

With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also reduces the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby!

PREGNANCY

    Many pregnant women do not seek medical attention for their back pain because they believe it is just a normal part of pregnancy. It is important to know that accepting pain that stops you from completing your regular daily activities is not normal, even if you are pregnant. Studies on pregnant women have discovered that 69% of women will suffer from low back pain during pregnancy.

Chiropractic care can be performed from preconception, right through to post labor.



Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy. The Chiropractors at Kew Chiropractic Centre have been trained to work with pregnant women, and use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body and use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. We utilise a number of different techniques including adjustments, mobilization and soft tissue therapies that are appropriate for pregnant patients.

Research of the effectiveness of Chiropractc care in Pregnant mothers

A 2014 prospective cohort study examined the effects of Chiropractic treatment on low back pain during pregnancy. After one week of care, 52% said they had already noticed improvements; that percentage jumped to 70% after 1 month; and eventually to 85% after three months.
 
Patients showed significant reductions in pain and disability, as measured by NRS and Oswestry scores, respectively. These results add to previous findings from a randomized, controlled trial published in 2013 in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Patients enrolled in this study had significant back pain at 24-28 weeks’ gestation, and were randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic care or standard medical care. At 33 weeks’ gestation, those in the chiropractic group had significant reductions in pain and disability, while the standard medical care patients did not.
 
Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce labor time for women who had care during their pregnancy. Dr. Joan Fallon found first time mothers had a 24% shorter labor, while mothers who had given birth previously had a 39% reduction in labor time.
 
1. Wang, S. M., et al. (2004). “Low back pain during pregnancy: prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes.” Obstet Gynecol 104(1): 65-70.
 
2. Peterson, C. K., et al. (2014). “Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up.”
 
3. Chiropr Man Therap 22(1): 15. George, J. W., et al. (2013). “A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy.” Am J Obstet Gynecol 208(4): 295.e291-297.
 
4. Borggren, C. L. (2007). “Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature.” J Chiropr Med 6(2): 70-74.