Pregnancy can be an emotionally and mentally overwhelming time for expectant mothers who may also face a range of health challenges. Could new studies show that chiropractic care is viable for improving quality of life during pregnancy?
A new quality of life-focused project was carried out by Dr. Joel Alcantara, involving the satisfaction of pregnant women receiving chiropractic care with the Webster technique. The survey aimed to work out whether women who received chiropractic care had any sleep disturbances, pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety, before and after seeking chiropractic help. The survey focused on a specific treatment, the Webster technique, which aims to reduce sacral subluxation and ease neuro-biochemical pelvic function.
GETTING TO KNOW THE STUDY PARTICIPANTS
A significant part of the study involved getting to know the study participants – working out who they are, and the general type of person who would seek chiropractic treatment during their pregnancy. The group consisted of 343 people with an average age of 30.96. On average, all women also sought chiropractic care 25 weeks into their pregnancy, and 75% said their primary care provider knew about their consultation.
The study goes into extensive detail on a number of points, as well as the reasoning for visiting a chiropractor in the first place. Out of all study participants, 41% wished to receive wellness care as well as relief for musculoskeletal pain.
WHAT DID THE STUDY SHOW?
One of the main goals of the study was to also establish the quality of life of women before and after chiropractic care during pregnancy – a dramatic difference from studies in the past. All
patients reported as having a “fairly good” quality of life overall, but baseline and re-evaluation data showed vast differences. The most promising of these discoveries was that some women noted reductions in their fatigue levels, sleep disturbances, and pain. There was also an increase in social participation, but very little difference in anxiety and depression levels.
The use of a study type with self-reporting data can mean there is some bias, but the knowledge that participants were “highly satisfied” with their chiropractic care shows some promise in the field of using chiropractic care to improve quality of life during pregnancy.
When treating pregnant patients, chiropractors often use adjustable tables and apply techniques that avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen. Patients may also be given safe exercises and stretches to do at home. While there is still some way to go before research can safely say chiropractic care is beneficial for pregnant women, studies such as this show promise and solid data toward making chiropractic one of many valid wellness and treatment options. Consult your local chiropractor if you would like to know more about chiropractic care during pregnancy