Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Advice for Moms-​to-​Be

On April 2, 2004 the TV sta­tion WOAI from San Anto­nio Texas ran a spe­cial dur­ing their news pro­gram with Chi­ro­prac­tic advice for preg­nant women. The fea­ture started by not­ing, “Stud­ies have found that about half of all expec­tant moth­ers will develop low-​back pain at some point dur­ing their preg­nan­cies.” The arti­cle explained this by say­ing that dur­ing preg­nancy, a woman’s cen­tre of grav­ity almost imme­di­ately begins to shift for­ward to the front of her pelvis.

Addi­tion­ally as the baby con­tin­ues to grow, the preg­nant woman’s weight is pro­jected even far­ther for­ward, and the cur­va­ture of her lower back is there­fore increased. This places extra stress on the spinal disks. As a result, the nor­mal cur­va­ture of the upper spine increases, as well.

The arti­cle notes a series of tips from the Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion, these include:

  • Try exer­cis­ing at least three times a week, gen­tly stretch­ing before and after exercise.
  • Wear flat, sen­si­ble shoes.
  • When pick­ing up chil­dren, bend from the knees, not the waist.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Sleep on your side with a pil­low between your knees to take pres­sure off your lower back.
  • If you have to sit at a com­puter for long hours, make your work­sta­tion ergonom­i­cally correct.
  • Eat small meals or snacks every four to five hours-​rather than the usual three large meals-​to help keep nau­sea or extreme hunger at bay.

The fea­ture also rec­om­mends chi­ro­prac­tic care for preg­nancy. They con­clude, “Before you become preg­nant, your doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic can detect any imbal­ances in the pelvis or else­where in your body that could con­tribute to preg­nancy dis­com­fort or pos­si­ble neu­ro­mus­cu­loskele­tal prob­lems after childbirth.”

Ran­dom Article

This shock­ing rev­e­la­tion comes by way of Reuters Health News Feb. 14, 2000 issue. The arti­cle reports on a recent study pub­lished in the

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