One major area of healthcare that demands a safer, more effective approach comes in the form of life’s most fragile stage: pregnancy, labor, and delivery. An advanced country like the United States would seem to model the safest and least invasive methods for healthy childbirth in the world. Current statistics reveal the contrary when it comes to some of the most developed and advanced countries in the world. The United States ranks at the very bottom when it comes to pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies when compared to other developed and industrialized nations. Chiropractic offers a solution engineered by the innate power found in the body and not found in any pills or medicines.
The science and research behind Chiropractic offer safe and effective outcomes to mothers and babies that enable a healthier start to a new life. Spinal adjustments improve mobility and alignment in the spine, enhancing a woman’s whole-body health and function through a more balanced and coordinated nervous system. Results from a 2012 study demonstrated the effectiveness of spinal care for pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Some results included:
- Women who received spinal adjustive care showed a decrease in labor duration compared to women who did not receive Chiropractic care.
- Women who received spinal adjustive care averaged 11 fewer hours of labor in one study and 5.5 fewer hours of labor in another study when delivering their first child.
- Women who received spinal adjustive care averaged five fewer hours of labor in their second and subsequent pregnancies.
This research shows women who received spinal adjustive care during pregnancy experienced a decreased likelihood of having a preterm baby, decreased use of forceps during delivery, decreased probability of meconium-stained amniotic fluid, decreased fluid overload, decreased low back pain, decreased carpal tunnel syndrome, and decreased duration of labor. The study also indicated that viscero-somatic feedback occurred following adjustments to the lumbar spine, indicating the possible onset of uterine contractions and indicating spinal adjustments could help jumpstart the labor process and reduce the necessity of Pitocin and drugs.
If you are pregnant and someone told you that research shows SHORTER labor times, and healthier outcomes wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that? I know my wife is glad she did! Our first child was almost 10 lbs, and our second was a really fast labor with both being 100% natural. She is the strongest women I know, and what she experienced during labor made my love for her grow 10 fold. My son just turned 9 about a month ago, and my daughter will be 5 in two weeks. It feels like yesterday we were blessed with these amazing children. If you know of anyone who is pregnant, or you are yourself, give us a call at Life Source Chiropractic in Omaha Nebraska. One of my passions is to help women enjoy their pregnancy, and also make sure that it is the healthiest outcome they could hope for.