What conditions do we treat for those who are pregnant?
- Low back, Mid back and Neck pain
- Hip pain
- Optimum pelvic position for Mom and baby
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot pain
Services we provide for our pregnant patients:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Exercise therapy
- Massage therapy
- Bracing (Durable Medical Equipment)
What does research tell us?
- Research has shown that almost 75% of pregnant women undergoing Chiropractic manipulation report significant pain reduction and clinically significant improvements in disability (A,B).
- Postpartum low back pain responds to spinal manipulation approximately 10 times greater then watchful waiting. (C.)
- Women who seek chiropractic care throughout pregnancy may have an added benefit of shorter labor times. (D,F)
- Patients may benefit from continuing aerobic exercise throughout pregnancy. The US Department of Health and Human Services exercise guidelines concerning pregnant patients suggest that healthy women may begin or continue moderate intensity aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes per week. Women should not begin vigorous exercise during pregnancy, but those who were pre-conditioned to vigorous exercise may continue. (G) In addition to musculoskeletal benefits, ongoing exercise during pregnancy decreases one’s risk of excessive weight gain, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and pre-term birth, while improving self-image and pain tolerance. (I-P)
A. Shaw G. When to adjust: chiropractic and pregnancy. J Am Chiropr Assoc. 2003;40(11):8–16
B. Murphy DR, Hurwitz EL, McGovern EE. Outcome of pregnancy- related lumbopelvic pain treated according to a diagnosis-based decision rule: a prospective observational cohort study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2009;32:616-24.
C. Schwerla F, et al. Osteopathic manipulative therapy in women with postpartum low back pain and disability: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015 Jul;115(7):416-25.
D. J.M. Fallon. Textbook on chiropractic & pregnancy. Arlington, VA: International Chiropractic Association; 1994: 52, 109.
F. Fallon J.M. Chiropractic and pregnancy: a partnership for the future. ICA In Rev Chiropr.1990;46(6):39–42.
I. Hegaard, H.K., Pedersen, B.K., Nielsen, B.B. et al. Leisure-time exercise during pregnancy and impact on gestational diabetes mellitus, preeclampsia, preterm delivery and birth weight: a review. Acta Obstet Gyn Scan. 2007; 86: 1290–1296
J. Marcoux, S., Brisson, J., and Fabia, J. The effect of leisure-time exercise on the risk of preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. J Epidemiol Commun Health. 1989; 43: 147–152
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O. Exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. ACOG Committee Opinion No. 267. January 2002. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2002; 99: 171–3.
P. Clapp, J.F. and Kiess, W. Effects of pregnancy and exercise on concentrations of the metabolic markers tumor necrosis factor [alpha] and leptin. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2000; 182: 300–306