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Breech Preg­nancy Cor­rected with Chi­ro­prac­tic

transverse breechCase Study & Lit­er­a­ture Review

On Jan­u­ary 13, 2015, a study was pub­lished doc­u­ment­ing the case of a preg­nant woman with a trans­verse breech preg­nancy being cor­rected under chi­ro­prac­tic care. The study also reviewed a num­ber of other such cases doc­u­mented in research adding to the body of evi­dence show­ing chi­ro­prac­tic help­ing with this issue.

A Trans­verse Breech Preg­nancy is when a fetus is lying across the womb with the spine per­pen­dic­u­lar to the mother’s spine. Later in preg­nancy, the baby should be head down­ward in prepa­ra­tion for birth. The authors report that by the 28th week of preg­nancy, about 4% of women have a breech preg­nancy. Of these, it is expected that 86% will deliver via cesarean sec­tion. Nation­ally, the rate of cesarean birth con­tin­ues to rise, being at 31.6% in the year 2010.

In this case study a 31-​year-​old preg­nant women went to a chi­ro­prac­tor for help. She had been diag­nosed by her obste­tri­cian with trans­verse breech mal­po­si­tion, con­firmed by ultra­sound, at 30 weeks ges­ta­tion. She was also suf­fer­ing from lower back pain.

A chi­ro­prac­tic exam­i­na­tion was per­formed involv­ing a pos­tural analy­sis which showed imbal­ances in her pos­ture. Addi­tion­ally, pal­pa­tion showed tight lum­bar mus­cu­la­ture and spinal mal­po­si­tion­ing. Sta­tic elec­tromyo­g­ra­phy, or sEMG, along with ther­mo­graphic scans were per­formed that revealed areas pos­i­tive for the pres­ence of sub­lux­a­tions. Based on the exam­i­na­tion, it was deter­mined that the woman had sub­lux­a­tions at the top and bot­tom of her spine.

Chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments were begun to cor­rect the sub­lux­a­tions along with a spe­cial­ized tech­nique called the Web­ster tech­nique. This tech­nique addresses the sub­lux­a­tions in the base of the spine as well as eas­ing ten­der nod­ules in the round lig­a­ment of the pelvis, thus address­ing in-​uterine con­straint. This care was given to the woman twice per week for the remain­der of her pregnancy.

On her eighth visit, the woman reported that her baby was no longer in the breech posi­tion and had turned into the nor­mal ver­tex pre­sen­ta­tion. As a result the study noted, “The patient con­tin­ued care and was able to have a nat­ural, assisted home­birth and healthy vagi­nal deliv­ery of a baby boy, in the pres­ence of her mid­wife and family.”

The author summed up this study in their con­clu­sion by say­ing, “This report of a 31 year old mul­ti­parous [hav­ing borne more than one child] female patient pre­sent­ing with trans­verse breech pre­sen­ta­tion uti­liz­ing Web­ster tech­nique dur­ing her preg­nancy proved to be effec­tive. Receiv­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care dur­ing preg­nancy, specif­i­cally uti­liz­ing the Web­ster tech­nique, helped to reestab­lish nor­mal sacral align­ment and bio­me­chan­ics of the female pelvis.”

Ran­dom Article

The above is the head­line of a fea­ture story that appeared in the August 11, 2006 issue of the Post-​Crescent, a local news service

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