chiropractic and pregnancy

More and more women are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Birth care providers are seeking the skills of Doctors of Chiropractic trained in the Webster Technique and other specific chiropractic adjustments for the pregnant woman.

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers numerous post graduate courses on pregnancy and chiropractic . Doctors of Chiropractic around the world have incorporated these techniques into their practices. Find a DC in your area .

Chiropractic Use Grows Among Pregnant Women

A growing number of pregnant women are turning to holistic therapies, including chiropractic. Researchers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School pooled data on 463 women who had recently given birth.

In total, 31.3% of subjects used at least one type of complementary care during their pregnancies. Specifically, 5.2% visited a chiropractor; 2.8% had acupuncture or acupressure and 2.8% took vitamin supplements. 5.8% tried alternative techniques (biofeedback, meditation, yoga, tai chi, mental healing, imagery, Reiki, therapeutic touch or polar, dance, reflex, art and aroma therapies); 24.2% used natural therapies (teas, herbs, oils and foods used for medicinal purposes).

Ranzini A, Allen A, Lai Y   Use of complementary medicines and therapies among obstetric patients   Obstet Gynecol 2001;   97 (4 Suppl 1):   S46

Most Nurse Midwives Recommend Chiropractic

Nurse-midwives frequently refer patients to doctors of chiropractic, according to a survey of 82 certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina. Altogether, a whopping 93.9% of midwives surveyed reported that they recommended "complementary and alternative medicine" to patients during the past year. However, only 57.3% encouraged more than 10% of their patients to consider these approaches.

Overall, chiropractic was the third most popular referral, with 57.3% of midwives surveyed recommending chiropractic to their patients. In addition, midwives recommended herbal therapy (73.2%), massage therapy (67.1%), accupressure (52.4%), mind-body interventions (48.8%), aromatherapy (32.9%), homeopathy (30.5%), spiritual healing, (23.2%), acupuncture (19.5%) and bioelectric or magnetic applications (14.6%).

Allaire AD, Moos MK, Wells SR   Complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: a survey of North Carolina certified nurse-midwives   Obstet Gynecol 2000 (Jan);   95 (1):   19-23

Women Seeking Natural Care in Pregnancy

A recent study at Woman and Infants' Hospital in Rhode Island reveals that a significant number of pregnant women are using herbs and alternative therapies. Out of the 240 women involved in the study, 9.1% said that they used herbs some time during their pregnancy and 7.5% used herbs on weekly basis. The most commonly used herbs included garlic, aloe, chamomile, peppermint, ginger, Echinacea, pumpkin seeds and ginseng. Thirteen percent of the women also reported that they used chiropractors and other alternative therapies, such as aromatherapy, meditation, relaxation, yoga, acupressure, therapeutic touch, homeopathy, acupuncture and reflexology.

Gibson PS, Powrie R, Star J   Herbal and alternative medicine use during pregnancy: a cross-sectional survey   Obstet Gynecol 2001;   97 (4 Suppl 1):   S44-S45

Read more about chiropractic and pregnancy:

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
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Improving Your Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care
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