Numerous articles and reports have been in the press recently on chiropractic care for pregnant women. One such news story appeared April 16, 2003 on the NBC TV affiliate from Providence, Rhode Island. The news report by Health Check 10 Reporter Barbara Morse, started by featuring one woman Lee Ann, who recalled having severe pain during her pregnancy by saying, “Pelvic pain, mostly the bone. It felt like something was digging in to my bone. The doctors told me there was nothing they could do.”
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 another chiropractic success story of a woman named Lucia. She recalled, “Where I was living during the pregnancy, I had two flights of stairs I had to go up all the time. It got to the point I could barely carry my son up the stairs.” She described the outcome of the chiropractic care by saying, “I probably couldn’t have gotten through it without it.”
On their website, www.icpa4kids.com, 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 reported on the ICPA website, 82 certified nurse-midwives in North Carolina were surveyed about chiropractic care. The results showed that 57.3% of midwives participating in this survey recommending 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.”