First time moms averaged a 35% shorter labor, while mothers who have already given birth experienced a 50% reduction in the average labor length.
Chiropractic Care Is Essential For The Pregnant Mother
When pregnant, a woman's systems and organs are now providing for two and their optimal function is critical for the baby's healthy development. The mother's spine and pelvis undergoes many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby and the risk of interference to her nervous system is increased. Specific chiropractic care throughout pregnancy works with enhancing nervous system function providing greater health potential for both the mother and baby.
Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care
A few benefits of having chiropractic care during pregnancy include but are not limited to: maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling the symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck and joint pain, and preventing a potenial cesarian section.
Breech Position and Webster's Technique
Most babies will move into delivery position a few weeks prior to birth with the head moving closer to the birth canal. When this fails to happen, the baby's buttocks and/or feet will be positioned to be delivered first. This is referred to as "breech presentation." Breech births occur in approximately 1 out of 25 full-term births. It is preferable to try to turn a breech baby between the 32nd and 37th weeks of pregnancy.
The late Larry Webster, D.C., of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed a technique that enabled chiropractors to reduce stress on the pregnant woman's pelvis leading to the relaxation of the uterus and surrounding ligaments. A more relaxed uterus makes it easier for a breech baby to turn naturally. His technique is known as the Webster Breech Technique.
The July/August issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported and 82% success rate for the Webster Technique. Further, the results of the study suggest that it is preferable to perform the Webster Technique in the 8th month of pregnancy.
Dr. Colman has extra training in Webster's technique and prental care.
Recent studies indicate that chiropractic care can help women struggling with infertility. This is especially true for women diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”. The average patient seeking care for infertility can expect to see positive changes in 3-4 months. This includes improvement in hormone levels, endometrial thickening, and normalization of luteal phases. Chiropractic care can be safely added to any existing fertility treatments.