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Pregnancy and Chiropractic

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Pregnant Woman Has a Sucessful Natural Birth After Two Cesareans Thanks to Seeking Chiropractic Care -

From the March 11, 2008, issue of the the scientific periodical, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), comes a case study involving a pregnant women who was experiencing lower back pain and thus sought out chiropractic care. This was her third pregnancy and the previous two pregnancies resulted in cesarean births. The 29 year old woman hoped she would be able to deliver this baby vaginally.

In this specific case, the woman started chiropractic sessions beginning in her 34th week of pregnancy in hopes of relieving her extreme back pain. She reported having experienced on and off back pain which had become unmanageable with this pregnancy. She had similar problems in the third trimester of her previous two pregnancies.

A chiropractic examination was performed and the determination of subluxations was made. Care was initiated focusing mainly on the lower spinal column. On the patient's 4th visit, she reported that her back pain had improved substantially and she has been "getting around better" since she started her sessions with the chiropractor.

In the 40th week of her pregnancy, the woman went into labor. She was in active labor for 12 hours at home with her husband before going to the hospital. Although she reported that the medical staff was extremely anxious, given her previous birth history, she delivered a healthy baby girl, naturally and without the use of medications or a Caesarean surgical procedure, thanks to her decision to seek out a chiroprator.
The authors of this study, Joel Alcantara, BSc, DC and Ingrid Hamel, DC, FICPA, concluded, "This case report described an example of a successful chiropractic management for a patient with pregnancy-related low back pain and essentially facilitated a successful vaginal birth despite having two previous Caesareans."



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Dr. Scott MacAdam

Dr. MacAdam is the owner and operator of Ladera Family & Sports Chiropractic. For over 20 years, he has been treating his patients with world-class care and service.