Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy

It is our privilege and joy to work with women during their pregnancy journey. There are no known contraindications to receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy. In fact, there has been shown to be many benefits. Chiropractic care can do more than just relieve back pain and discomfort during pregnancy. Research has shown Chiropractic care to help relax the pelvic floor in the third trimester, making delivery more comfortable. (1)

Back Pain is Common During Pregnancy

A survey of South Australian women showed 35% had moderate to severe back pain during pregnancy. (2) Studies have shown that up to 84% of pregnant women get relief from chiropractic care. (3) Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce back pain during labour. (4) We are always willing to chat, so if you are wondering if Chiropractic care is right for you during your pregnancy, please come talk to us in the clinic.

Chiropractic Care and Labour

Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce labour times by 25% in women receiving chiropractic care during their first pregnancy. This increases to a 31% reduction on labour times for women under chiropractic care in following pregnancies. (5/6) Chiropractic care is adapted to cater for the special needs of the pregnant patient, increased relaxin hormone,  changes to posture and body shape. We have belly pillows in the clinic that allow you to lie face down. However, we encourage you to be as comfortable as possible and will work around the individual needs you might have.

Spinning Babies

Spinning babies technique is used by doulas, midwives, chiropractors and other physical therapists. It aims to optimize the physical relationship between baby and mother for the ease of childbirth.

Spinning babies

  • helps align the uterus so baby can curl and enter the pelvis.
  • release tight ligaments and muscles relieving pelvic pain and discomfort.

Who to see at Hands On Health

All our chiropractors are trained to care for pregnant women, however, Pru and Georgie have done further pregnancy courses in Webster technique. Pru has a special interest in pregnancy care. With many years experience as a hypno-birth practitioner, Pru has helped guide many women though having a positive birth experience. Pru has also completed the spinning babies course. She creates a nurturing environment in the clinic to help guide our pregnant patients on their journey though to labour and beyond.




1. Haavik H, Murphy BA, Kruger J. Effect of Spinal Manipulation on Pelvic Floor Functional Changes in Pregnant and Nonpregnant Women: A preliminary study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies 2016/06/01;39(5);339-47

2. Stapleton DB. MacLennan AH, Kristiansson P. The prevalence of recalled low back pain during and after pregnancy; a South Australian population survey. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 2002 Nov;42(5);482-5

3. Diakow, PR. et al. Back pain during pregnancy and labour. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies 1991 Feb;14(2);116-8.

4. Shaw G. When to Adjust: Chiropractic and Pregnancy. J Am Chiropr Assoc. 2003;40(11);8-16

5. Borggren CL. Pregnancy and Chiropractic; a narrative review of literature. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2007 6//;6(2);70-4

6. Fallon JM. Textbook on chiropractic & pregnancy; International Chiropractors Association; 1994


May 25, 2019
Georgina Smith