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Home Chiropractic Research Pregnancy and Adjustments Chiropractic Care of Women During Pregnancy and the Possible Success at Resolving Dystocia: A Case Series

Chiropractic Care of Women During Pregnancy and the Possible Success at Resolving Dystocia: A Case Series


Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of pregnant women and the possibility of resolving dystocia.

Clinical Features: Dystocia is defined as abnormal or difficult labor due to problems with power (maternal expulsive forces), passenger (fetal presentation, position and/or development) and/or passage (maternal bony pelvis and/or birth canal). One woman had been in labor for 30 hours and her cervix was only dilated at 3 centimeters. She dilated to 4 centimeters within 45 minutes and gave birth within 10 hours following chiropractic care. The second case involved a woman with rupturing of her first membrane 12 hours before the adjustment and had not yet experienced a single active contraction despite the use of nipple stimulation and homeopathic and herbal remedies. Labor started naturally within 10 minutes after receiving an adjustment. She was evaluated later in the day when the midwife felt no progress was being made. The situation rapidly changed within 20 minutes after her second adjustment. The third case involved a woman in active labor for 6 hours when she was adjusted. The baby fully engaged immediately after the chiropractic adjustment and was born within 30 minutes.

Intervention and Outcome: The patients were cared for using the Activator Technique. Following chiropractic care at the birthing center, the patient’s dystocia eased with normal delivery of their babies.

Conclusion: These three case reports provide practice-based evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in resolving dystocia.

Joel Alcantara, BSc, DC 1 and Christine Renaud, D.C. 2

  1. Research Director, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA and Private Practice of Chiropractic, San Jose, CA
  2. Private Practice of Chiropractic, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

This study was funded by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, PA.

Corresponding Author:
Joel Alcantara, D.C.
Research Director
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
327 N. Middleton Rd.
Media, PA, USA 19603
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Presented at ACNM Annual Meeting, Boston, May 2008.