Many woman report suffering from low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. In fact, so many woman report these symptoms that they are often considered a ‘normal’ part of pregnancy! What makes these conditions a potential concern is their high prevalence, their effect on quality of life and the common link to general back pain post-pregnancy.
Whether you are pregnant or past partum and breast feeding, your options for pain control are severely limited. This is where chiropractic care can play a huge role in pregnancy and postpartum care.
A recent study published in 2014 looked at the outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment. The most important finding of this study was that no serious adverse events were reported with chiropractic care – this means that chiropractic care is very safe for pregnant women. The other important findings of this study were that it suggested that a large proportion of pregnant patients with low back pain or pelvic pain reported clinically relevant improvement in symptoms with chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy and up to one year after delivery.
One week into the study, over half of the patients reported clinically relevant improvement in their pregnancy related low back and pelvic pain. At one year after delivery, 85.2% of patients were “happy” or “very happy” with their chiropractic care!
As someone who had chiropractic care throughout my entire pregnancy and who continues to seek chiropractic care at 10 months postpartum, I know that it has helped me have a (relatively) pain free pregnancy and good recovery outcomes.
In my practice, I have supported many women through their pregnancies and their postpartum period. In conjunction with physiotherapy to rehabilitate the pelvic floor and your birth professional (ob/gyn, midwife, doula), a chiropractor can be an integral part of your health team.
Call today for more information and to book your complimentary ‘Meet the Doctor’ visit to see if chiropractic care is the right fit for you!
Peterson CK, Muhlemann D and Humphreys BK, ‘Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment’; Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014; 22:15