|Posted on July 9, 2008 at 12:09 PM|
Learn how chiropractic care during and after pregnancy
can relieve lower back pain and help align the pelvis.
Lower back pain is a typical complaint during pregnancy but Dr. Jamie L. Berringer, a Dublin, Ohio chiropractor, has been helping pregnant women to relieve lower back pain and is getting excellent results without the use of drugs.
According to Dr. Berringer, "Many physicians are starting to welcome alternative forms of healthcare, but the majority are still telling pregnant patients there will be a lot of discomfort during pregnancy and women are going to have to accept this as trade-off for the miracle of life.� But women do not have to deal with lower back pain while their bodies change; now they can do something to prevent it. Chiropractic care is safe and effective at treating lower back pain, and as a bonus, can sometimes lead to a quicker and less painful labor.
A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 1991 revealed that 84% of patients who received spinal manipulative therapy (chiropractic adjustments) reported a decrease in back pain while pregnant. A study conducted by Irvin Henderson MD, a trustee of the American Medical Association, concluded that pregnant women who received chiropractic care during their 3rd trimester were able to carry and deliver with more comfort. Studies conducted by orthopedic researcher Per Freitag MD showed that analgesics during delivery was reduced by half in pregnant patients under regular Chiropractic care. Chiropractic researcher Dr. Joan Fallon conducted studies that showed a 24% reduction in average labor time for first-time mothers who received chiropractic care, and 39% reduction for women who were delivering for the second or third time.
Lower back pain has been such a prevalent symptom during pregnancy for the following reasons: weight gain adds stress to the lower back, the center of gravity changes during pregnancy which causes increased muscle tension and fatigue, and hormonal releases which cause joint laxity and decreased joint support. But with the aid of chiropractic care, regular adjustments to realign the joints of the spine and pelvis as well as stretches and strengthening exercises, the discomfort can be reduced and relieved.
Dr. Berringer recommends chiropractic care for women at all stages of their life. Whether trying to conceive, during pregnancy, or post-partum, the pelvis and nerves that supply the reproductive organs need to be stress-free and functioning as best they can. She recommends other things that can be done to reduce strain on the back such as sleeping on your side, maintaining good posture, eating and exercising properly, using a pregnancy pillow or support belt, and many more.
To learn more about pregnancy and lower back pain schedule a consultation with Dublin Family Chiropractic. Dr. Berringer offers a discounted consultation for pregnant women or women interested in becoming pregnant. She can be reached at 614-764-4001 and Dublin Family Chiropractic is located at 7010 Hospital Drive, Dublin, OH 43016. Also, visit her website at www.dublinfamilychiropractic.net.
*Henderson I. American Medical Association records released in 1987 during trial in U.S. District Court Northern Illinois Eastern Division, No. 76 C 3777, May, 1987
*Freitag P. Expert Testimony of P. Freitag MD PhD comparing the results of two neighboring hospitals, U.S. District Court Northern Illinios Eastern Division, No. 76 C 3777 May 1987
*Fallon J. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic, 1991:24-31