Can I see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Chiropractic care has become more and more popular for women during pregnancy each year. Low back pain is the most common complaint of women who see a chiropractor while pregnant. It is reported that 50-80% of woman complain of back pain and a third of them state that the low back pain if a significant problem. Women who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy may also notice other benefits beside relief of their back pain.
It is important maintain your health throughout your pregnancy and there are many ways to keep your body functioning at its best. These may include; a healthy diet, moderate exercise and proper rest. Chiropractic treatments can also help your body get ready for labour and can help the nervous system to assist the hurdles of pregnancy. Many women just learn to deal with the side effects of pregnancy like musculo-skeletal pain because they aren’t aware that chiropractic is a safe treatment that may help. As little as 32% of women make a complaint of their symptoms to their prenatal provider and only 25% of providers refer women to other providers for treatment.
Chiropractic & Pregnancy Research
The International Chiropractic Paediatric Association is taking part in
multiple studies to show the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Chiropractors are also participating in ongoing educational classes to learn chiropractic techniques specifically designed for women at all points of their pregnancy. The most well-known prenatal technique is called the Webster Technique.
In a retrospective case study 17 cases met all inclusion criteria were reviewed which involved a group of pregnant women with low back pain. All women had chiropractic treatment which included spinal manipulation. They were all asked to rate their pain on the same Numerical Rating Scale. The groups average pain score at the initial visit was 5.9 (range 2-10) at the end of the care plan the average pain score was 1.5 (range 0-5). 16 out of 17 women showed a clinically important improvement. The average number of visits until the pain relief was resolved was 4.5 days (range 0-13). There were no reported negative effects in any of the 17 women in these cases. The conclusion of the study suggests that chiropractic treatment is safe for women during pregnancy and is effective in reducing low back pain intensity in pregnant women. Lisi, AJ. (2006). Chiropractic spinal manipulation for low back pain in pregnancy: a retrospective case series. “Midwifery Women’s Health” 51(1):7-10.
A study went retrospectively through 100 pregnancies involving 94 women that received prenatal care from a rural family GP practice in western New York. Spontaneous back pain was reported to the physician from 23 women during pregnancy. 11 of the 23 expecting women met the clinical criteria for sacroiliac subluxation which include absence of lumbar spine and hip pathology, sacral region pain, asymmetric movement of posterior superior iliac spines during flexion, pelvic compression test. The criteria include absence of lumbar spine and hip pathology, pain in the sacral region, asymmetrical movement of the posterior superior iliac spines upon forward flexion, a positive pelvic compression test and asymmetry of the anterior superior iliac spines. This group of 11 women who criteria were positive for sacroiliac subluxation were treated with rotational manipulation of the SI joints. After the specific manual adjustments to sacraliliac joints, 10 of the 11 women (91%) had pain relief and no tested negative for sacroiliac subluxation. Daly JM, et.al. (1991) from “Family Practice Res Journal”
84% of women receiving spinal manipulative adjustments reported back pain relief during pregnancy. It also showed a significant drop in the likelihood of having back labour when spinal manipulative adjustments was administered during pregnancy. Diakow PR, et.al.(1991)from “Journal of Manipulative Physiol Therapy”
Wellbeing Chiropractic has your pregnancy Chiropractic needs covered
Our doctors are now offering a “$37 Pregnancy Chiropractic Check-Up” for Melbourne and surround residents. During this consultation our Chiropractors will review your current & past medical and health history, perform digital postural analysis as well as complete a comprehensive orthopaedic & neuromuscular examination to accurately determine your problem and whether you will benefit from Chiropractic management.
How to find us
Our Chiropractors have several locations; Hawthorn, Pakenham, Craigieburn, Epping, Hoppers Crossing and Melton and are available Monday to Saturday with late evening appointments available for your convenience. Wellbeing Chiropractic Hawthorn’s address is 365 Burwood Road, Hawthorn near the corners of Glenferrie Road & Burwood Road while Wellbeing Chiropractic Pakenham is at 40 Main St, a short drive from the Princess Highway.
So if you are looking for a pregnancy chiropractor in Melbourne that has the experience you want to relieve pain and help you enjoy your pregnancy more, contact us today.