Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Stephen W. Ball, D.C.
Ball Chiropractic Center
1717 South 324th St. Ste. B Federal Way WA 98003
It is estimated that 56% of women experience low back pain during pregnancy.(2) The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy combined with the changes in postural loads result in abnormal ligament stretching of the spine, pelvis, and lower extremities. These problems lead to complications during pregnancy and birth that go well beyond discomfort associated with low back pain. The current research is particularly supportive of Chiropractic care during pregnancy. The benefits of Chiropractic care during pregnancy go far beyond simply relieving back pain.
The research conducted by the American Medical Association finds that women under chiropractic care have easier pregnancy and delivery. (4) A study published by The Journal of Family Practice Research found that there was a 91% relief of symptoms of back pain with pregnant women under chiropractic care. The research goes on to find that these problems can lead to longer labor times.
Chiropractic care results in easier pregnancy, significantly decreased mean labor time, and assists new mothers back to pre-partum health. A study published in the orthopedic journal Spine found, women receiving Chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving chiropractic care, and multi-paris (more than one pregnancy) subjects reported 39% shorter labor times. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. (1)
Regular adjustments can make pregnancy less stressful and delivery less uncomfortable. Chiropractic treatment can continue safely until the day of delivery. (3) There is also significantly less likelihood of back labor when under chiropractic care. (5)
Given the new literature, it is now common for local primary care providers and specialists to suggest Chiropractic care. One of the greatest joys of practice is helping a mother through her pregnancy for a more comfortably and healthy outcome.
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Pregnancy and labor. J M P T 1991; 14(2): 116-8
If you or someone you know is pregnant and would like to be seen for chiropractic care, please call our office.
Ball Chiropractic Center in Federal Way WA at 253-838-6909