Proper alignment and spinal motion allow required information to flow freely between the brain and the body. The nervous system regulates bodily health and the concept of optimal function within the system drives home the importance of every man, woman, and child caring for their spine and posture from birth until death. Chiropractic provides immense benefits to mother and child beginning with pregnancy and continuing through labor and delivery. No stronger bond exists than that between mother and child and that relationship begins with the opportunity for vibrant health for new life from the moment of conception.
Every mother and doctor imagines a pregnancy and delivery free from fear and worry. Research published in 2012 showed that women receiving spinal adjustive care during pregnancy experienced a decreased likelihood of having a preterm baby, decreased use of forceps during delivery, decreased probability of meconium-stained amniotic fluid, decreased fluid overload, decreased low back pain, decreased carpal tunnel syndrome, and decreased duration of labor. No pill or drug provides health driven birth preparation like the priceless power that exists within the body being unlocked through Chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractors began advocating the benefits of adjustments for pregnant women over the last thirty years. Most obstetricians and pediatricians still remain unaware of the benefits and safety that come with Chiropractic care for women before, during, and after pregnancy. A study involving 223 women showed the average labor time for first-time mothers concluded at 21 hours. Labor time decreased from 21 hours to approximately ten hours for women receiving spinal adjustive care. The same 223 women again participated in the study during their second pregnancy. The mothers who did not receive spinal adjustments averaged labor times of approximately 11 hours and 41 minutes. The second time mothers under spinal adjustment care experienced an average labor time of just 6 hours and 19 minutes. The similar study repeated these conditions a second time with similar results.
The structure within the body directs function of the systems within the body. The benefits of a healthy spine manifest through improved organ and hormone health. High functioning organs and hormones contribute directly to pregnant women under Chiropractic care experiencing healthier pregnancies with less labor time and less need for intervention. Every Chiropractic office accepts the responsibility of educating current and future parents regarding the benefits that can be achieved through gentle and safe Chiropractic adjustments. Awareness and education contribute essential steps along the mission to improve infant and women’s health around the world.
Each satisfied practice member delivering their Chiropractic success story into their community brings the whole world closer to a healthier tomorrow.
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
2012 Jun; 112(6): pp. 343-346.
“Osteopathic manipulative treatment in pregnant women.”