From the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health on September 30, 2013 comes a case study documenting the correction of a breech pregnancy and the elimination of pain in a pregnant woman undergoing chiropractic care. A pregnancy is considered breech if the fetus is in the head up position in the last several weeks of a woman’s pregnancy.
In this case, a 24-year-old woman went to the chiropractor in her 37th week of her pregnancy. She was seeking a natural childbirth but was suffering from lower back pain, and leg pain. The woman’s obstetrician/gynecologist had diagnosed her as having a breech pregnancy and had scheduled a Caesarean procedure for the birth.
The woman had a history of lower back and leg pain that had started at the 29th week of her pregnancy. She described the pain as constant, burning, sharp, and tingling, with her leg pain being worse than her back. She reported that stretching seemed to help, but that normal activities such as sitting, standing, lifting, sleeping, and walking made the pain worse.
A chiropractic examination was performed, subluxations were determined to be present, and care was begun including the Webster Technique which was developed to help women with breech pregnancies. The Webster Technique was administered once a day for two days.
According to the patient, her fetus shifted from the breech to vertex position following the second visit, and was confirmed by ultrasound imaging. The study also reports that the woman’s leg and back pain was reduced by 50% by the 5th visit and continued to reduce up untill her delivery.
In their conclusion, the authors summed up their results coupled with the growing body of evidence showing chiropractic helping pregnant women. They wrote, “We described the successful care of a pregnant patient presenting with pregnancy-related low back pain and leg pain concomitant with a breech presentation. This and other publications reviewed provide some measure of chiropractic effectiveness in the care of pregnant patients.”