Well­ness Arti­cles

Adjust­ing to Preg­nancy

The above is the actual head­line from the August 7, 2007 Mil­ford Daily News in Mass­a­chu­setts. This arti­cle addresses the ben­e­fits of chi­ro­prac­tic care in preg­nancy. The arti­cle starts by fol­low­ing the story of one chi­ro­prac­tic patient, Amanda Giampaoli-​Martinez, who was receiv­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care through­out her preg­nancy. The story notes that when Amanda was ready to give birth she called her chi­ro­prac­tor Dr. Maryam Ahsan, to be present at the birth.

It was not two min­utes after the birth of Amanda’s new baby girl, Ari­anna, that she was checked by Dr. Maryam. New mother Amanda recalled the activ­ity by stat­ing, “Dr. Maryam was dri­ving when I called her and asked if she could come to the hos­pi­tal. She just turned her car around.” Giampaoli-​Martinez con­tin­ued, “When I was hav­ing bad pain, (Dr. Ahsan) put me on my side and adjusted me while I was on the table.” Ms. Giampaoli-​Martinez was pleased with her results and noted, “I went three times a week, and after a month my back pain was gone. I was also hav­ing shoot­ing leg pain and the hip align­ment helped to take that away.”

The arti­cle explains that the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion teaches a tech­nique named after the asso­ci­a­tions late founder Dr. Larry Web­ster, called the Web­ster Tech­nique. The arti­cle explains that the Web­ster Tech­nique decreases intrauter­ine con­straint, result­ing in a quicker, less dif­fi­cult deliv­ery. This tech­nique became promi­nent after it was dis­cov­ered that cer­tain adjust­ments had a high suc­cess rate in revers­ing the posi­tion of breech babies.

Dr. Jeanne Ohm, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion, explained the pro­ce­dure, “There is no deep tis­sue mas­sage with this tech­nique. It’s a really light force,” she said. “Chi­ro­prac­tors will check the woman’s sacrum (pelvis bone) and press on dif­fer­ent areas to restore bal­ance. They (patients) turn her on her back and check her belly and a round lig­a­ment for tight­ness.” Dr. Ohm con­tin­ued, “There are no known con­traindi­ca­tions or com­pli­ca­tions to the adjust­ments. No one’s ever called back to report a prob­lem, and I would def­i­nitely be the first to know. Osteo­pathic stud­ies have shown the adjust­ments reduce labor time and fight dys­to­cia (abnor­mal or overly long childbirth).”

The arti­cle also inter­viewed Dr. David Bil­strom, a board cer­ti­fied phys­i­cal med­i­cine and reha­bil­i­ta­tion spe­cial­ist, and direc­tor of Oasis cen­tre for Health in Hins­dale. He feels that most med­ical doc­tors are unfa­mil­iar with chi­ro­prac­tic care. He states, “Chi­ro­prac­tic care tends to be quite safe. In the right hands, I would feel very com­fort­able see­ing the treat­ment done.”

Ran­dom Article

The Novem­ber 9, 2005 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, (JAMA) pub­lished a study that showed that antibi­otics are still

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