New Research on Pelvic Pain & Chiropractic During Pregnancy

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New Research on Pelvic Pain & Chiropractic During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Helps to Ease Suffering 

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on a pregnant woman reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping pregnant women with pelvic pain. “Research is revealing that chiropractic care can play a crucial role during pregnancy, labor and delivery” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.

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“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “Increased mobility and/or asymmetry of the pelvic joints make the pelvic area vulnerable to pain during pregnancy.  Alterations in the skeletal biomechanics result in mechanical stress leading to vertebral subluxations. Chiropractors find and correct these subluxations.  We need to take advantage of this.” 

As pointed out in the paper, chiropractic can play a beneficial role during pregnancy and in cases where the mother is experiencing some type of obstruction of her pelvis and related musculature that is interfering with how the pelvis accommodates the growing uterus.  

“The goal is for the mother to be checked prior to the time of delivery so that these problems can be corrected beforehand” remarked Dr. McCoy adding “While this is a single case study, coupled with numerous other case studies and some larger clinical studies that have shown similar outcomes, it’s time that health care providers started taking it seriously.” 

The patient reported on in this study was a 28-year-old female presenting to the chiropractor at 20 weeks gestation with pelvic pain. She experienced the same symptom during her first pregnancy after suffering a fall.  The pain was getting worse and she was having difficulty with standing and walking. 

The woman was examined by the chiropractor who found structural shifts in her neck and pelvis. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Tests were also performed to verify that her nervous system function had decreased.  

After the third visit, she reported complete resolution and full mobility for the duration of the rest of her pregnancy. 

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in pregnancy.

McCoy Press