Story at a glance:
- Adjusting pregnant women appears to relax the pelvic floor muscles at rest.
- This may mean that chiropractic care could be of benefit to pregnant women, as it may help them have a natural vaginal delivery.
- The pelvic floor muscles have active roles in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as in spinal stabilisation. When the pelvic floor muscles are damaged or stressed over time, health issues like incontinence and vaginal prolapses can crop up, which are problems with massive emotional, physical, social and financial costs across the world and a significant cause of stress for these women.
- The primary findings of this study are incredibly encouraging, especially given the fact that quantitatively assessing the effect of spinal adjustment on pelvic floor muscle function has not previously been done.
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