Pregnancy and Chiropractic?
As chiropractors we recognise the need to maintain a healthy nervous system.
The spinal cord is the first thing to develop in the human embryo and all of our organs develop from there, indicating its importance in controlling and maintaining health.
Maintaining an optimally functioning nervous system is never more necessary than during pregnancy. If the mothers’ nervous system is optimal, there is a greater chance of the healthy development of the newborn baby.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy removes interference from the nervous system, allowing health, vitality, mobility and overall well being.
There are many scientific studies that show chiropractic is safe and effective for helping conditions associated with pregnancy and birth.
Many women suffer from pelvic, lower back pain and sciatica due to changes in posture, increased weight and ligament laxity. Other conditions include rib pain due to the growing baby, sore neck and headaches due to postural and hormonal changes. All of these can be relieved with chiropractic care. A study conducted by a Chiropractor and a Medical Doctor revealed that 75% of those women who received chiropractic
adjustments during their pregnancy stated, “that they benefited from care of their complaints which included: lower back pain, middle back pain, neck pain, headaches and vertigo”. In other studies the percentage of patients obtaining relief is as high as a 91%.
Many studies have also shown the benefits of chiropractic care for the birthing process. By having a more optimally functioning body this is going to help the birthing process significantly. A study by J. Fallon showed first time mothers had a reduction in labor time by 24% and second time mums had a reduction in labor time by 39% (when under chiropractic care). In other words this is a reduction of 4-5 hours labor time! Other studies have shown that the need for pain killers during labor was decreased by half in the chiropractic care group.
So why should a mother-to-be have chiropractic care…?
Well there is increased comfort during the pregnancy. Decreased labour time. Decreased use of painkillers. Decreased chances of intervention during pregnancy. Experiencing a healthier pregnancy.
These seem like really good reasons to us!