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Effect of Spinal Manipulation on Pelvic Floor Functional Changes in Pregnant and Nonpregnant Women

Chiro.Org Blog: This study showed that spinal manipulation of pregnant women in their second trimester appears to relax the pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) at rest, as reflected by an increase in levator hiatus area measured with translabial 3D ultrasonography. No changes occurred postmanipulation in the nonpregnant control group; thus, the changes seen in the pregnant group may be due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy. This relaxation of the levator ani muscles seen with spinal manipulation may mean that spinal manipulation could be of benefit to pregnant women’s vaginal delivery by aiding the relaxation of their PFMs if this does not occur naturally for them. […]