Most people understand and recognise the pain-relieving benefits delivered by Chiropractic care; however, pain relief, increased range of motion, and posture improvements represent just a handful of the benefits experienced through regular and consistent Chiropractic care.
Spinal adjustments produce numerous additional benefits beyond the scope of basic back and neck pain relief. New research-based evidence affords the ability to better understand exactly why these changes can and do occur. Chiropractic offers a unique value which benefits virtually every person from young to old through regular nervous system care. We don’t question the benefits of regular exercise, healthy eating habits, clean water intake, healthy mindset and emotions, and daily dental brushing and flossing, and similarly regular spine and nervous system care should be added to the list. Preventive care provides a model of health care that produces long term results and minimises the need for painful and expensive medical interventions.
No group of people focus extensively on long term, proactive care as much as pregnant or conceiving women. These amazing mothers undergo dramatic and remarkable changes to their bodies that physically invite a human being into the world at the expense of the comfort and physical hardship of the child’s mother. Human beings would not exist if not for the immeasurable strength and determination of women. Pregnant mothers and women planning to conceive benefit extensively from Chiropractic care before, during, and after pregnancy and birth. Chiropractic care of pregnant women has been typically used to assure a comfortable pregnancy and to help facilitate an uncomplicated labor and delivery.
Research supports that Chiropractic and osteopathic care during pregnancy has many benefits including:
- Decreased low back pain
- Shorter labor time
- Decreased duration of delivery
- Decreased likelihood of having a preterm delivery
- Reduction in cesarean delivery
- Decreased use of forceps during delivery
- Decreased fluid overload
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased carpal tunnel symptoms
- Decreased sacroiliac dysfunction
- Decreased probability of having meconium-stained amniotic fluid
These amazing results do not manifest simply because of an adjustment to the spine. A pregnant mother’s body functions intimately connect to the spine through the brain and central nervous system. As the spine becomes more aligned, mobile, and healthy, better nervous system function eases tension, increases mobility, and improves whole body health. Spinal adjustments simply allow the pregnant female’s body to better function in the healthiest, most efficient way possible.
People tend to believe that advances in medical care and treatments produce healthier babies and deliveries than ever before. Unfortunately, some of the most industrialised countries in the world currently experience some of the worst pregnancy, delivery, maternal, and infant health statistics on record. Chiropractic interventions provide a safe, healthy, and effective therapy that mothers and infants both deserve. Chiropractic plays a significant role in providing natural solutions which lower the risk of intervention and improve a female’s quality of life during and after pregnancy.
Women all over the world demonstrate incredible resolve that ensures life will continue to pass from this generation to the next. Chiropractic positively influences the health of mothers, babies, and children throughout that beautiful life-giving journey.
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*J Chiropr Med. 2007 Jun;6(2):70-4. Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature.