Pregnancy and Chiropractic:
A Narrative Review of the Literature
SOURCE: J Chiropractic Med 2007 (Jun); 6 (2): 70–74
Cara L. Borggren
Chiropractic Clinical Resident,
Northwestern Health Sciences University,
College of Chiropractic,
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review the literature on the topic of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
METHODS: A PubMed search was performed using the terms pregnancy and chiropractic. Sources were cross-referenced to obtain further articles and research information after reviewing the articles obtained through the search.
RESULTS: Thirty-three references were used for this review. The current literature reports favorable results on the use of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy.
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CONCLUSIONS: Chiropractic evaluation and treatment during pregnancy may be considered a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms that affect pregnant patients. The scarcity of published literature warrants further research.
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Chiropractic care has typically included the care of pregnant patients to assure the patient a comfortable pregnancy and to help facilitate an uncomplicated labor and delivery. The literature describing the rationale for characteristics of care for this group of patients is sparse but growing. A few conducted studies support the care of pregnant patients, but the paucity of definitive literature has resulted in a lack of consensus in approaches to chiropractic care within the profession. This article provides a narrative review of the use of chiropractic care for women during pregnancy and labor in an attempt to summarize the chiropractor’s role in the comanagement of the pregnant patient.