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Chiropractic care and Pregnancy

Two news reports chronicled chiropractic care assisting pregnant women during their pregnancies. One story appeared on the website from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 2, 2007 and observed a second time mother who had been experiencing lower back pain brought on by her pregnancy. The 2nd story was from the May 22, 2007 Asheville Citizen-Times and reported on a four time mother who has been under chiropractic care on a regular basis to help avoid problems and make the experience healthier.

The St. Louis story followed the plight of Tykita Bethley who has been struggling with what she often called typical aches and pains. She said, "My back hurt, and then once I had my daughter, it hurt much more, particularly on the right side." Then throughout her second pregnancy she added, "My back hurt constantly then, too, but I'd accepted my back pain for the longest time."

Tykita went to the Pregnancy Clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a center that's established to help research the result of chiropractic care and exercise on pregnant women. She began treatment at week 27 and carried on through the remainder of her pregnancy. She received stretching exercises and chiropractic adjustments. The end result was that she became almost pain free. I can't tell you," Tykita stated, "I feel so much better.

In the 2nd story from Asheville, NC, Wendi Lonabaugh is a continuing chiropractic patient who had been under care to avoid the issues she had with previous pregnancies. She mentioned that chiropractic made a big difference and in contrast to her previous pregnancies, she didn't have any sciatic nerve pain this time around, she commented, "It makes sense if you consider it.

The Asheville Citizen-Times also reported that according to the N.C. Chiropractic Association, more than 25 million people visited chiropractors last year. They noted that the number of people receiving chiropractic services has doubled in the past 20 years, and they estimate that the number will double again by 2010.

The article also reported on cyclist Patricia Pinner, who uses chiropractic to help improve her performance. The article reports that Pinner estimates that 90 percent of the women on the Asheville Women's Cycling team see a chiropractor. "The whole keeping your spine in alignment is necessary for total health," she said. "When you are trying to compete, total health needs to be as good as it can be."

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