By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Jan 13 2015 03:13PM
In 2014, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies followed over 100 expectant mothers who were experiencing pain in their low back or hips.
The women were given treatment plans based on the severity of their symptoms. At one week, 53% had a reduction in pain; at one month, 70% had reduced pain levels; and at three months, 85% of the women experienced reduced pain and reported being happy with the results.
Againat six months, 90% reported reduced back pain, and even out to one year 88% reported positive effects.
Another study on chiropractic care during pregnancy found that chiropractic can decrease labor times by 24% for first-time mothers and 39% for mothers who have had one or more children.
In our experience chiropractic care also helps immensely for breastfeeding mothers who experience back pain when nursing their baby.
Birth is also a very traumatic experience for the baby even if everything goes well. Your baby has constant pressure pushing down on their head and neck for several hours at the least - the baby's skull bones even start to take on a cone shape! If forceps or a c-section is needed there is more force and twisting on the baby's neck.
It can be very beneficial to take your baby to see a chiropractor. Kids usually respond very quickly to adjustments. Chiropractic care can help with feeding and sleeping problems, colic, bed wetting, and torticollis.
Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014;22(1):15.
Fallon J "effect of chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labor: a comprehensive study" proceedings of the world federation of chiropractic 1991: pp. 24-31.