Chiropractic care improved the quality of life for pregnant patients in a study published by the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health on Feb. 4, 2013. The authors note that “It has been estimated that approximately 76% of chiropractors practicing in the United States provide chiropractic adjustments to pregnant women to address pregnancy-related complaints, and to some extent ‘wellness care’.”
Six pregnant women with an average age of 33 years and a mean gestation of 20 weeks, were studied for the improvement of their quality of life and patient satisfaction. The women suffered from a variety of symptoms including neck pain, leg pain, low back pain, and extremity/shoulder pain. Chiropractic for wellness was also reviewed during the study.
The study used the PROMIS-29 research assessment tool for analyzing the collected data from the pregnant patients. PROMIS-29 uses quality of life values like depression, anxiety, physical function, pain interference, fatigue, satisfaction with social roles and activities, and satisfaction in participation in social roles, to assess quality of life, and place a numerical value on the outcome.
The study showed a wide variety of improvements in many areas that the women were previously having problems. Three women improved in the area of fear and anxiety. One woman improved with depression and sadness. Two women improved in the fatigue domain, and one woman expressed more fatigue. Pain interference improved for four of the patients, and satisfaction with social roles improved for three of the pregnant women.
The study reinforces the use of chiropractic care for pregnant women. Chiropractic care improves the quality of life with a reduction in pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety while increasing physical function and satisfaction in social roles.