Study in Norway reveals one-third of patients seek chiropractic care as first choice for pain during pregnancy
The December 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP) includes an original study on the characteristics of pregnant women who seek chiropractic care in Norway. The study was approved by the AECC of Chiropractic Ethics Research Sub-Committee for Postgraduate Research in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and conducted at a chiropractic clinic in Oslo. According to authors Elisabeth Aas-Jackobsen, BS, DC, MS and Joyce E. Miller, DC, DABCO, the study was designed to collect demographic data from the first 100 women presenting at the clinic that included reason for visiting the clinic, average weeks of pain vs. pain sites and the number of pain sites vs. number of chiropractic treatments. The study found that 90% of the patients’ chief complaint was pelvic pain; for 30% of the patients chiropractic was their first choice of treatment; and those who had never had back pain before waited the shortest time before seeking treatment. The authors also found that the longer the patients waited to seek chiropractic care the more pain sites they experienced and the more areas of the spine were treated.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy is the focus of the articles published in the December 2010 JCCP. Papers include management of care during pregnancy for intercostal neuralgia; gestational diabetes mellitus, non-optimal fetal positioning and pelvic girdle positioning and dysfunction; musculoskeletal and radicular pain during pregnancy, labor and delivery and the concurrent use of spinal manipulative therapy, craniosacral therapy and dynamic body balancing techniques. There is also a paper on complementary and alternative care for infertility issues.
A unique feature of JCCP is the discussion and management of specific cases by a multidisciplinary panel in a grand rounds format. The diagnosis of the patients in the two cases discussed in this issue (one in Australia and the other in England), relate to sacroiliac joint dysfunction and pelvic girdle instability.
The article above has been reprinted with kind permission from International Chiropractic Association - Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics
A healthy pregnancy, followed by a stress free birth are essential for a joyful journey into motherhood. This allows for a happy, peaceful baby. Chiropractic is a natural approach to life and health and most won’t see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy, however, having an optimally working nervous system is vital to both mother and child.
The lower back comes under increasing strain during pregnancy. Regular chiropractic care helps maintain flexibility and balance and when the growing baby is comfortable it can assume the optimal birthing position and move more easily through the birth canal.
Doctors of Chiropractic work specifically with the nervous system and our patients report easier, quicker deliveries.
Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby is unable to comfortably turn its head from side to side. Babies and children respond quickly to chiropractic care as they carry no prejudice.
Dr Richard McMinn has been adjusting women throughout pregnancy, for the past thirty two years and infants from the first hour after birth.Dr McMinn’s own five children were born at home without the aid of drugs or intervention of any kind and his wife Karen benefited from regular Chiropractic Care throughout each pregnancy and is enthusiastic about the benefits of a healthy, natural, pregnancy and delivery.