The chiropractic care of a gravid patient with a history of multiple Caesarean births.

Joel Alcantara, BSc, DC (1) and Ingrid Hamel, DC, FICPA (2)

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

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

Corresponding Author


Objective: To demonstrate the role of chiropractic care in the management of a gravid patient with pregnancy-related low back pain and 2 prior Caesarean births.

Clinical features: A 29 year old gravid female was provided chiropractic
care to alleviate her low back pain. The patient had two surgical Caesarean deliveries for 2 previous births due to “failure to advance during labor and associated fetal distress.” In addition to the low back complaint, she wanted to undergo a trial of chiropractic care to possibly enable her to have a natural childbirth.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for primarily with the
Webster Technique employing a drop-piece mechanism for the sacral adjustment. The patient’s low back complaints were ameliorated along with
a successful vaginal birth.

Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in patients with pregnancy-related musculoskeletal complaints and the possibility for facilitating vaginal birth despite previous Caesareans. We encourage further research into this area.