With pregnancy comes many delights as you prepare for the birth of your new little bundle of joy. However, often it comes with discomfort as well—especially back pain. Luckily, a recent study reveals that chiropractic care is an exceptional way to minimize back pain through pregnancy. And in addition, the beneficial effects last not just during pregnancy, but long after you have delivered.
Researchers recruited 115 pregnant mothers who were (1) struggling with pain 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 sessions and methods of manipulation solely determined based on the advice of the chiropractor for each particular expecting mother.
Data was compiled after one week, the first month, 3 months, six months, and one year past the initial chiropractic consultation to ascertain what difference, if any, the women noted 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 women felt a decline in their degree of pain, over half said yes. That amount increased to 70% one month into treatment, then to 85 percent being satisfied with the results after just three months of chiropractic care. At the 6 month mark, 90% said that they noticed diminished pain in their back region, and the results continued, with 88% reporting positive effects 1 year after the first treatment.
If you're expecting and you suffer from back pain, give Dr. Palmer a call at (716) 668-2225 to learn more about how chiropractic care can help improve 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.