Prenatal chiropractic adjustment is an excellent therapeutic option for women suffering from pain during pregnancy.
Roughly half of all pregnant woman report suffering from low back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Doctors agree that pregnancy related low back pain is caused by a condition known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
The sacroiliac joint is formed by the sacrum (tailbone) and the two iliac bones (hipbones). Large fluctuations of hormones occur during pregnancy, which relaxes the muscles, joints, and ligaments of the pregnant woman’s body. These hormones increase in order to allow the pelvis to open wide enough to allow for proper delivery of the baby. This relaxation along with weight gain, postural changes, and stretching of abdominal musculature disrupts the normal alignment of the spine and pelvis which stresses the joints, ligaments and muscles, producing pain.
Prenatal chiropractic adjustments has been shown to result in:
- easier delivery,
- decreased labor times, and
- also quicken the mothers return to prepartum health.
Studies analyzing the benefits of prenatal chiropractic care reveals women who received chiropractic care throughout their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group who did not receive chiropractic care and multiparous women reported 39% shorter labor times. Also, 84% of women receiving chiropractic care during their pregnancy reported relief of low back pain. Pregnant women who have their sacroiliac joints adjusted during pregnancy have a far less chance of suffering from back labor than women who do not receive sacroiliac joint adjustments during pregnancy.