Chiropractic and pregnancy

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More and more women are discovering the positive effects chiropractic care has on the aches and pains that accompany pregnancy. For those of you unaware of the benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy, here is some additional information.

A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 1991 revealed that 84% of patients who received spinal manipulative therapy (chiropractic adjustments) reported a decrease in back pain while pregnant. A study conducted by Irvin Henderson MD, a trustee of the American Medical Association, concluded that pregnant women who received chiropractic care during their 3rd trimester were able to carry and deliver with more comfort. Studies conducted by orthopedic researcher Per Freitag MD showed that analgesics during delivery was reduced by half in pregnant patients under regular Chiropractic care. Chiropractic researcher Dr. Joan Fallon conducted studies that showed a 24% reduction in average labor time for first-time mothers who received chiropractic care, and 39% reduction for women who were delivering for the second or third time.

Lower back pain has been such a prevalent symptom during pregnancy for the following reasons: weight gain adds stress to the lower back, the center of gravity changes during pregnancy which causes increased muscle tension and fatigue, and hormonal releases which cause joint laxity and decreased joint support. But with the aid of chiropractic care, regular adjustments to realign the joints of the spine and pelvis as well as stretches and strengthening exercises, the discomfort can be reduced and relieved.

Women with a breech presentation can also benefit from chiropractic care. The Webster Technique is a specific treatment given to these women to balance the pelvis and the soft tissues surrounding it. Many times balancing the pelvis will allow the baby the room they need to resume a head down position and allow for a natural childbirth. For additional information on the Webster Technique, visit

Dr. Bennett has completed a certification from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.), and has nearly 4 years experience treating women during pregnancy. She can be reached at 480-775-2593, and is available for on-site consultations at Luna Fitness of Tempe.

*Henderson I. American Medical Association records released in 1987 during trial in U.S. District Court Northern Illinois Eastern Division, No. 76 C 3777, May, 1987
*Freitag P. Expert Testimony of P. Freitag MD PhD comparing the results of two neighboring hospitals, U.S. District Court Northern Illinios Eastern Division, No. 76 C 3777 May 1987
*Fallon J. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic, 1991:24-31