Chiropractic care can be performed from preconception, right through to post labor.
Chiropractic treatment can help pregnant women with:
Back pain and spinal pain
Other pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions
Reducing the need for pain medication and for musculoskeletal conditions
Chiropractic care can be performed from preconception, right through to post-labour.
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.
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.
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