Kent D. Vanderslice, DC, FICPA & Andrew R. Beachum, DC
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2017 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 40-43
Objective: To describe the changes in labor and delivery duration for a pregnant patient that did not receive chiropractic care throughout her first pregnancy but did receive subluxation centered chiropractic care throughout her second pregnancy.
Clinical Features: A 28-year-old female presented to the chiropractor for wellness care. She stated that he would sometimes experience pain at the tip of her tailbone that started after she gave birth to her first child. When asked about her labor and delivery she stated that it was long and difficult. Her initial chiropractic examination took place approximately eleven months before the conception of her second child and she received regular chiropractic adjustments throughout the pregnancy all the way up until the birth of her second child.
Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with Diversified Technique adjustments and was recommended, and used, a pelvic compression belt. She received 32 adjustments prior to the conception of her second child. She also received 19 adjustments after she became pregnant that took place all the way up until the birth of her second child. Her second birth experience was both shorter and easier than the first birth.
Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence that subluxation centered chiropractic care on pregnant patients can have beneficial effects on the birthing process. It is also important to note the lack of research on the topic of subluxation centered chiropractic care and its effect on labor and delivery. There is a need for more research on the matter.
Key Words: vertebral subluxation, chiropractic, pregnancy, labor and delivery, diversified technique, adjustment