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Is Chiropractic safe and effective for pregnant women?

Is Chiropractic safe and effective for pregnant women?
The short answer: Yes, if performed by a trained pregnancy chiropractor.

Our team here at Compass Family Chiropractic has done a lot of research into this field.  Here is a brief glimpse of some of the evidence based research on chiropractic care and pregnancy. Pistolese cites a study conducted of 112 ICPA members and their experience regarding the Webster Technique in resolving intrauterine constraint and breech fetal positions. 102 of the 112 surveys (92%) that were returned for the study reported a resolution of breeched fetal position. This study suggests that the Webster Technique can contribute to the overall health care of pregnant patients.

Alcantara, Ohm and Kunz cite a study composed of 24 chiropractors and 81 pregnant women under chiropractic care. The average age of the patients was 32.4 years. 70% of the patients with abnormal fetal pregnancies reported a correction to the vertex position suggesting that women with abnormal fetal positions may derive benefits from chiropractic care using the Webster Technique.

Alcantara and colleagues report on a case series of five females with pregnancy related musculoskeletal complaints and breech fetal positions. Each patient was adjusted using the Webster Technique, and each patient reported favorable changes in fetal position while undergoing chiropractic care during their pregnancies.

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way of removing subluxations and consequently allowing pregnant women and their babies a happier and healthier pregnancy and delivery.

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