Chiropractic Care of the Pregnant Woman

It was back in 1980 when I realized that there was a niche in chiropractic that was untouched. For those who are not aware of the definition of chiropractic, chiro- means hands, and –practic means practice. So chiropractic is practice by use of the hands only. The chiropractic approach is that the brain controls and coordinates all functions in the body through the spinal cord and nerves. The chiropractic approach uses specific adjustments to the spinal column, one level at a time, to re-establish normal nerve flow, or homeostasis in that area. Too much or too little nerve flow will cause disease to the area where the nerve innervates. An example would be an abnormal nerve flow from the fourth level down from the base of the neck, or the 4th thoracic vertebra, would cause gallbladder problems. Eating fatty foods would also cause pain in this area of the back and spine, as it would irritate the organ which would send a message of disease back to the spine (known as a viscero-somato reflex). In any case, chiropractic adjustments help to keep everything in homeostasis or in “ease”.  Chiropractic is safe and has been shown to be very effective in managing pregnant women, babies and children. The results are instantaneous with the benefits experienced by mother and baby.

In the early 1990’s, a 3-year program was developed for chiropractic physicians to grant them a post graduate degree in Pregnancy and Pediatrics. It is a Diplomate status which a doctor earns after a rigorous program and testing. These diplomates are specialists in this field of pregnancy and pediatrics. To find a chiropractor with this degree, go to the website, www.icapediatrics.com and click on the “Referral Directory”.

After 22 years in practice of dealing with pregnant women, the most important approach has been utilizing nutrition to make effective improvements and favorable changes in the course of the pregnancy. However, in the last 10 years, the most important benefit we have seen in the field of nutrition is the utilization of nutraceuticals/micronutrients. These include glyconutrients, phytochemicals and phytosterols. The impact on the health of these mothers has been astoundingly consistent, and in 99.9% of the cases, the nutraceuticals have shown to be an improvement across the board.

When dealing with pregnancy, the practitioner is limited. One of the only sciences that can directly have an effect would be chiropractic care. The other would be nutrition.

Below is a list of some of the many published articles and studies that have been written on the subject of pregnancy, pediatrics along with the glyconutritional studies with genetic conditions and cerebral palsy.
Pregnancy studies are forthcoming utilizing the glyconutrients and micronutrients.

Back pain in pregnancy is one of the main reasons pain meds are given by their doctors.

Chiropractic Care is one of the main reasons pregnant women don't suffer as much with back pain.

Why not go to an experience Chiropractor instead of taking the risk of a life long damage to your baby.

Use you common sense and know You Are What She Ate!