Breech Pregnancy Back on Track using Chiropractic - A Case Study

A recorded research study demonstrating chiropractic care assisted a breech pregnancy was published on April 7, 2008, in the scientific periodical, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR). In this instance, a 28 year old woman went to the chiropractor in her 34th week of pregnancy. She had been getting chiropractic care for headaches and sacroiliac pain.

In week 34 of her pregnancy, the woman's midwife suggested that she go back for chiropractic care after it had been found that the presentation of her current pregnancy was breech. She had previously carried her first pregnancy in a breech presentation until 37 weeks until seeking chiropractic care.

This research says that around 3%-5% of term pregnancies in the United States result in a breech presentation, while 80%-100% of those breech presenting fetuses are delivered by cesarean section. Breech presentation happens when a fetus is set up for the birth with the rear or feet toward the birth canal as opposed to the normal head first, known as the "cephalic presentation".

Upon examination, the breech presentation was verified and the chiropractic evaluation and treatment known as the "Webster Technique" was used to establish intrauterine constraint and begin correction.

2 days after getting chiropractic care using the Webster Technique, the woman went back to her midwife for her follow-up visit. That check-up revealed that the fetus had turned to a regular presentation. In the summary of this case report, the chiropractor, Dr. John Cameron Thomas mentioned, "The importance of avoiding intrauterine constraint and cesarean section deliveries is obvious. For women who would like to deliver vaginally, you'll find alternatives which can be performed before having a scheduled cesarean section."

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