With pregnancy comes many joys as you start preparing for the addition of your new child. However, often pregnancy comes with aches as well—particularly back pain. Fortunately, a recent study has revealed that chiropractic care is an outstanding way to decrease back pain during pregnancy. Additionally, the positive effects last not exclusively through pregnancy, but for a good while after you've delivered.
Researchers recruited 115 pregnant mothers who were (1) being affected by discomfort in their back or pelvic region, (2) had not engaged in chiropractic attention during the prior 3 months, and (3) were not restricted from participation. Each woman then underwent chiropractic treatments, with the rate of visits and modes of manipulation solely determined based on the advice of the chiropractor for that specific expecting mother.
Data was gathered after the first week, the first month, three months, six months, and 1 year past the preliminary chiropractic visit to ascertain what difference, if any, the women felt in regard to their back pain. What they discovered is that the level of improvement in pain increased the more time went on.
For example, when asked one week into the treatment sessions whether or not the subjects felt a reduction in their degree of pain, over half said yes. That amount increased to 70 percent after the first month of treatment, then to 85% being pleased with the results after only three months of chiropractic care. At the 6 month mark, nearly all said that they noticed reduced pain in their back area, and the benefits continued, with 88% reporting favorable effects 1 year after the initial treatment.
If you are with child and you have back pain, give Dr. Palmer at Buffalo Chiropractic Center a call at (716) 668-2225 to learn more about how chiropractic care can help reduce your symptoms. We'd love to help you have a healthy, natural pregnancy!
Peterson CK, Mühlemann D, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014;22(1):15.