Up to 96% of women suffer from low back pain during pregnancy[i]. Apart from the obvious discomfort, pain can trigger a host of associated complaints. A US study, for example, found that 80 per cent of pregnant women who experience pain slept less than four hours per night.[ii]
Research has shown that pregnant women who experienced low back pain and undertook chiropractic care obtained greater relief from back pain, as well as less pain during labour.[iii]
With a higher prevalence of the hormone Relaxin in the body during pregnancy, muscles and ligaments are more relaxed in preparation for labour. This structural adaptation is a contributing source of pain during pregnancy.[iv]
The Chiropractic Domain does not x-ray pregnant women. Thorough assessment is always carried out before Chiropractic treatment is provided.
[i] Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16399602 [ii] Source: Back and pelvic pain in an underserved US pregnant population (2007). http.//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17320734 [iii] Source: Back Pain during pregnancy and labor. (1991) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1826921 [iv] Shaw G. When to adjust: chiropractic and pregnancy. J Am Chiropr Assoc 2003; 40(11):8-16.