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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:35

Importance of Chiropractic and Pregnancy

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Pregnancy and Chiropractic Treatments

Numerous articles and reports have been seen in the press recently surrounding the subject of chiropractic care for pregnant women. One such news story aired on April 16, 2003 on the NBC TV affiliate from Providence, Rhode Island. The news report by Health Check 10 Reporter Barbara Morse, began by featuring a woman named Lee Ann, who recalled having severe pain during her pregnancy and was quoted, "Pelvic pain, mostly the bone. It felt like something was digging in to my bone. The doctors told me there was nothing that could be done."

Lee Ann then learned that chiropractic care was available at the medical facility, Women and Infants' Hospital. At this facility, she sought the services of Dr. Ron Tyszkowski, a chiropractor at Women and Infants' Hospital. "Chiropractic is an option for them and the doctors that are on staff at Women and Infants' use specific safe techniques for pregnant women that are gentle, natural and do a really effective job of controlling those symptoms," Dr. Tyszkowski said.

The story also highlighted on another chiropractic success story of a woman named Lucia. She recalled, "During my pregnancy I was living in a house which had two flights of stairs that I had to go up and down all the time. Eventually I got to a point where I could barely make it to the top of the stairs." She described the results of her chiropractic sessions by saying, "I probably would'nt have made it thru if it weren't for my chiropractor."

On their website,, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) has many articles on chiropractic care during pregnancy. The articles state that a growing number of pregnant women are turning to holistic therapies, including chiropractic. Researchers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School pooled data on 463 women who had recently given birth. In total, 31.3% of subjects used at least one type of complementary care during their pregnancies. Specifically, 5.2% visited a chiropractor; 2.8% had acupuncture or acupressure and 2.8% took vitamin supplements. 5.8% tried alternative techniques (biofeedback, meditation, yoga, tai chi, mental healing, imagery, Reiki, therapeutic touch, dance, reflex, art and aroma therapies); 24.2% used natural therapies (teas, herbs, oils and foods used for medicinal purposes). According to another study thats published on the ICPA website, 82 certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina were surveyed about chiropractic care. The results showed that 57.3% of midwives who participated in this survey claim to regularly recommend chiropractic to their patients.

ICPA Board member, Dr. Jeanne Ohm, sums up the benefits by saying, "Chiropractic care is essential for the pregnant mother. Her 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."

Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:32

Pregnancy and Chiropractic

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Pregnant Woman Has a Sucessful Natural Birth After Two Cesareans Thanks to Seeking Chiropractic Care -

From the March 11, 2008, issue of the the scientific periodical, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), comes a case study involving a pregnant women who was experiencing lower back pain and thus sought out chiropractic care. This was her third pregnancy and the previous two pregnancies resulted in cesarean births. The 29 year old woman hoped she would be able to deliver this baby vaginally.

In this specific case, the woman started chiropractic sessions beginning in her 34th week of pregnancy in hopes of relieving her extreme back pain. She reported having experienced on and off back pain which had become unmanageable with this pregnancy. She had similar problems in the third trimester of her previous two pregnancies.

A chiropractic examination was performed and the determination of subluxations was made. Care was initiated focusing mainly on the lower spinal column. On the patient's 4th visit, she reported that her back pain had improved substantially and she has been "getting around better" since she started her sessions with the chiropractor.

In the 40th week of her pregnancy, the woman went into labor. She was in active labor for 12 hours at home with her husband before going to the hospital. Although she reported that the medical staff was extremely anxious, given her previous birth history, she delivered a healthy baby girl, naturally and without the use of medications or a Caesarean surgical procedure, thanks to her decision to seek out a chiroprator.
The authors of this study, Joel Alcantara, BSc, DC and Ingrid Hamel, DC, FICPA, concluded, "This case report described an example of a successful chiropractic management for a patient with pregnancy-related low back pain and essentially facilitated a successful vaginal birth despite having two previous Caesareans."



Look for us on Friday, November 16th at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita for the second annual Golf Tournament and Auction.  This is a great event to support our own Ladera Ranch Middle School and Ladera Ranch Elementary.  All proceeds this year will go to support new computers in the computer lab, which are nine years old now.  Sounds like my office!  We just installed new computers and office software and it has made an incredible difference in our office effeciancy.

One of our amazing massage therapists, Leslie, will be there to offer chair massage to the golfers as they are finishing their rounds.   We have also donated to the silent auction two initial chiropractic exam and x-rays certificates and two 1-hour massage gift cards for the silent auction.

Hope to see you there!!

Our office is happy to be supporting the San Juan Hills High School Casino Night to help raise money for the school's Athletic Boosters.  If you are going to attend, check out our certificates for initial exam, x-rays, thermal scan and report of findings.  We are also donatiing 1-hour massage certificates!

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