Chiropractic for a more comfortable pregnancy and labor

 

Pregnant women benefit greatly from Chiropractic care with benefits that can include the baby as well.

Pregnancy can be a time of joy and exciting anticipation, yet for some the experience is coloured by pain, discomfort and illness. This is often because pregnant women undergo many structural and hormonal changes that affect the spine, nerves, joints, ligaments, connective tissues, centre of gravity and stability. Your Chiropractor can ensure that the spine, pelvis and related structures are balanced, moving easily and free from dysfunction.

When free of vertebral dysfunction, the mother-to-be experiences pregnancy at a greater level of comfort, health and vitality and can better handle the rigor of childbirth.

Drugless Approach to Health

During pregnancy there are many medications that are unsafe to use. Chiropractic’s approach to pain is another reason why it is valued during pregnancy.

Pregnant Women Have Special Concerns

There are so many things pregnant women worry about: staying pregnant, carrying the baby to full term, morning sickness, the baby developing normally, backaches, leg pain and if their labor will be safe and (hopefully) easy.

Can Chiropractic care help ease their minds? Chiropractic care has been observed to help pregnant and birthing women for many years. Chiropractors have been performing spinal adjustments on pregnant women for over a hundred years and have noted that chiropractic spinal corrective care can help reduce pain associated with pregnancy.

Chiropractic Improves Baby’s Birth Position

Pre-natal Chiropractic techniques release stress on the pelvis and uterus, helping the unborn child to turn and position itself properly for a healthy birth presentation.

 

The treatment experience of patients with low back pain during pregnancy and their chiropractors: a qualitative study

 

Shabnam Sadr, Neda Pourkiani-Allah-Abad and Kent Jason Stuber

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012, 20:32 doi:10.1186/2045-709X-20-32

Source: http://chiromt.com/content/20/1/32/abstract

Abstract (provisional)

Background

Chiropractors regularly treat pregnant patients for low back pain during their pregnancy. An increasing amount of literature on this topic supports this form of treatment; however the experience of the pregnant patient with low back pain and their chiropractor has not yet been explored. The objective of this study is to explore the experience of chiropractic treatment for pregnant women with low back pain, and their chiropractors.

 

Methods

This qualitative study employed semi-structured interviews of pregnant patients in their second or third trimester, with low back pain during their pregnancy, and their treating chiropractors in separate interviews. Participants consisted of 11 patients and 12 chiropractors. The interviews consisted of 10 open-ended questions for patients, and eight open-ended questions for chiropractors, asking about their treatment experience or impressions of treating pregnant patients with LBP, respectively. All interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and reviewed independently by the investigators to develop codes, super-codes and themes. Thematic saturation was reached after the eleventh chiropractor and ninth patient interviews. All interviews were analyzed using the qualitative analysis software N-Vivo 9.

 

Results

Five themes emerged out of the chiropractor and patient interviews. The themes consisted of Treatment and Effectiveness; Chiropractor-Patient Communication; Pregnant Patient Presentation and the Chiropractic Approach to Pregnancy Care; Safety Considerations; and Self-Care.

 

Conclusions

Chiropractors approach pregnant patients with low back pain from a patient – centered standpoint, and the pregnant patients interviewed in this study who sought chiropractic care appeared to find this approach helpful for managing their back pain symptoms.

 

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FINALLY….. Remember……the purpose of chiropractic is to locate and correct areas of the spine that interfere with the normal nervous system control of your body. Because the intervertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots, disc involvement is common in chiropractic cases. Spinal adjustments help to restore correct motion and position of the misaligned spinal bones and if caught before permanent damage occurs, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape.

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We look at all aspects of your health and we have many blogs on diet and nutrition Do check these out Acid/Alkaline in your foods and how it is linked to Osteoporosis, protein in vegetables so you don’t have to eat so much meat, and another is on the eating healthily Pyramid and we have so many more for you to check out.

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  1. May I have permission to use this article in the Nov-Dec issue of Voi9ce For Health patient digest? If so, a specific authors name would be nice and a photo of the author. We have a circulation of 70,5000 throughout tha U.S, Canada, & Australia. (Postage to Europe is too costly) Hal Crowe, D.C. National Health Education Society, Inc.