Chiropractic and Pregnancy

What are the benefits of Chiropractic care during pregnancy?

- Less back pain and muscle tension

- Reduced need for pain medication

- Proper pelvic alignment and balance

- May reduce symptoms like heartburn, sciatica, shortness of breath, constipation, frequent urination and pelvic pain.

In a study by Dr Joan Fallon, found that first time Mums averaged a 24% shorter labour, while experienced Mums (delivered more than once) had a 39% reduction in average labour time.

Research shows that correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straightforward labour with less pain and trauma for mother and child, and may significantly reduce labour time.

"Women who received Chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort" Dr Irvin Henderson MD (A member of AMA board of trustees) 

Is Chiropractic Safe for Pregnant women?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug free discipline that has very low risks. Adverse events are very rare and Dr Shondelle will discuss any risks with you individually before care commences. In general there are no increased risks of side effects with Chiropractic for pregnant women. Dr Shondelle will use special techniques including the Webster technique and table modifications to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.

Can Chiropractic contribute to optimal fetal position in the womb?

Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic PaediatricAssociation, developed a specific technique, called the "WebsterTechnique" which has been shown to allow for the optimal pelvis alignment during pregnancy by correcting sacral subluxations.

The technique became popular for breech positioned babies.In a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2002 reported that this technique has an 82% success rate. It has also been successful with babies in a transverse or posterior position.

It is important to realise that Chiropractors are not turning babies or assessing and managing any fetal conditions or positions directly. However, by ensuring the balance in a pregnant woman's body, it may result in the fetus achieving an ideal position for birth.

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