is common for women to suffer from lower back pain during and after
pregnancy. Many times the obstetrician these women see has little
helpful advice to give. They are left to deal with the pain by
Fortunately a new study confirms that chiropractic care to treat lower back pain during pregnancy is both safe and effective. A study published in April 2014, by Chiropractic and Manual Therapies research journal involved 115 pregnant patients with lower back or pelvic pain who received chiropractic care. Fifty-two percent of the patients noticed improvements within one week of starting care. The percentage increased to 70% after one month and 85% after three months. 88% of patients reported improved back and pelvic pain post-delivery one year after starting the study these findings suggests that chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide women with lasting health benefits.
Chiropractic care for pregnant women is very safe for both the mother and the child. When a woman initially visits a chiropractor they will be able to sit face-to-face and discuss in detail the pain that the patient is experiencing. Next the chiropractor will perform an evaluation including palpation, which is simply feeling the area of complaint for tenderness and spasm of muscles. The chiropractor will also determine the woman’s ability to bend and move her back in various motions.
Chiropractors also specifically examine the woman for misalignments or improper movement of the bones or vertebrae of the spine and the pelvic joints. If these areas are the source and cause of the women’s lower back pain the chiropractor can perform gentle hands-on manipulation to correct the problem.
Another method that chiropractors utilize to assist a woman during pregnancy is the Webster technique. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In doing so normal biomechanical function of the pelvis is improved. Post-doctoral classes are held by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) where chiropractors are trained to use the Webster technique.
After pregnancy, following delivery, many women develop lower back pain. Or the back pain they experienced during pregnancy may continue. If this is the case chiropractic care is also recommended to realign the spine and the pelvis to alleviate and eliminate the discomfort.
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, practical, drug-free, nonsurgical method to manage and care for lower back pain during and after pregnancy.