New Research on Trauma During Pregnancy & How Chiropractic Can Help

Research News Staff
New Research on Trauma During Pregnancy & How Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic Plays Important Role During Pregnancy 

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on a woman who experienced trauma during pregnancy reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing women with similar problems. The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in women suffering from trauma during pregnancy and calls for more research in this area.

CLICK HERE to review the research

“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the various health challenges that pregnant women experience” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. 

McCoy added “In the case report presented, the woman was suffering from hip, pubic, and low back pain following a traumatic fall during pregnancy that resolved under chiropractic care." 

According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function and may cause pain. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply, function and reduces pain. 

The woman reported on in the study was a 36-year-old pregnant female who fell down a flight of 15 stairs.  Following the fall, she developed hip, pubic, and lower back pain.  The pain was so intense it limited her interactions with her other child who was a toddler.  She also had difficulty walking and trouble with her daily activities.  She had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.  Over the counter medication taken for the pain did not help.  Her medical team told her she would have the baby early and a plan was set to induce her labor. 

The chiropractor examined her and found tight muscles, decreased range of motion, and postural and structural shifts in her neck, midback, lower back, and pelvis.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic adjustments, she experienced complete resolution of hip, pubic, and lower back pain.  Her quality of life improved to where she was able to play with her son again.  She was also able to avoid the medical inducement as she went into labor on her own.  The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in women experiencing trauma during pregnancy.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
McCoy Press