Pregnancy and Chiropractic

In the October 8, 2002 issue of the online magazine “The Beacon Journal” at, appears a story with the simple headline, “Adjusting baby”. The story talks about pregnant women’s success in going to chiropractors as part of their care. The article states that many women who go to chiropractors during pregnancy do so for back pain related issues. The misconception is that we treat pain,’ says Dr. Joseph Medina, an Ohio chiropractor. “My job in health care is to find pressure that’s in the spinal column and take it off. When I do that, back pain tends to clear up.”

Additionally, the article highlights that more women are going to chiropractors for a procedure known as the Webster technique. This technique is specifically intended to help women who have a breech pregnancy when the baby should be positioned with the head downward. Dr. Jeanne Ohm, a chiropractor from Philadelphia and executive coordinator and instructor for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, described the Webster technique this way: “It’s a specific chiropractic adjustment that removes interferences of the nervous system, balances out pelvic muscles and ligaments, which in turn removes constraint to the woman’s uterus and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.”

The article ended with a response from the patient who originally went to the chiropractor for the pain she was experiencing. Her comments about her results were, “In the morning, my back would hurt so bad it would be hard to walk,” she stated. “Now it’s not bad at all. I really think it’s helping.”