Is Seeing a Chiropractor Safe During Pregnancy?
Despite the apparent impact it has on women, many cases of low back pain of pregnancy go unreported to prenatal providers and/or untreated. Unfortunately, many conventional treatments for back pain (like drugs, surgery or steroid injections) aren’t an option during pregnancy.
A study on 17 women with low back pain found that the intensity of the back pain was 5.9 on a 1-10 scale, and the onset of pain occurred about 20 weeks into the pregnancy. For 28% of women, pregnancy was the first time they ever have experienced intense back problems and 75% said they had not suffered from lower back pain prior to pregnancy.
In this study, there was a significant reduction of back pain experienced by the women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy.
This supports other studies showing that chiropractic offers a safe solution for pain while you’re expecting. Another study showed that chiropractic was more effective than standard medical care for alleviating pregnancy-related back pain. In both studies, there were no serious adverse effects of treatment.
Chiropractors use a low-force, gentler style of adjustments when caring for mothers-to-be. Plus, women do not have to worry about the potential impact that painkillers may have on a growing fetus. Instead, chiropractic offers drug-free, natural relief to ensure your pregnancy is as comfortable as possible.