Many physiological and biomechanical changes occur over the course of pregnancy. Neuro-musculoskeletal symptoms may arise, such as low back pain, edema, and numbness and tingling. Many pregnant women seek out natural forms of therapy as opposed to pharmaceutical interventions to promote the wellbeing of the fetus.
A 28 year old nulliparous woman is experiencing neuro-musculoskeletal symptoms 33 weeks into gestation. She presents tingling and numbness in her right hand which is aggravated by her work as a church organist. The patient also seeks care and relief of her swollen right leg and low back pain. Her chiropractic care started off with 2 visits per week for 4 weeks. She received adjustments on her thoracic spine, as well as on her upper and lower extremities. By the fourth visit, the patient reported diminishing edema and by the ninth visit, resolution of numbness and tingling in her right hand. Her lower back pain resolved progressively over the weeks of care. A week after the ninth visit, she delivered a healthy baby boy.
Natural methods of care should be the first type of intervention considered, especially for pregnant women. The body goes through incredible changes and it is an experience like no other. Besides caring for physiological difficulties, I am fascinated by the reduction in psychological stress associated with child birth. A mother’s love for the new born child should be reflective in the type of care she seeks. Chiropractic care strengthens the body’s natural healing abilities during and post birth. It is fascinating how our bodies respond to the positive stimuli that progresses the development experienced by the mother and child. The celebration of life through birth is congruent with the goals of chiropractic care; prosperous and vitalizing.
John Edwards DC & Joel Alcantara DC. Resolution of Peripheral Neuropathy, Lower Extremity Edema, and Low Back Pain in a Pregnant Female Undergoing Chiropractic Care. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health Chiropractic. 2015;3:86-91.