Adverse events from spinal manipulation in the pregnant and postpartum periods: a critical review of the literature

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 05/11/2012

There are only a few reported cases of adverse events following spinal manipulation during pregnancy and the postpartum period identified in the literature. While improved reporting of such events is required in the future, it may be that such injuries are relatively rare.

Author Commentary

There is some disagreement among manual therapists and other health professionals as to whether spinal manipulation is appropriate for pregnant and post-partum women. With the findings of this review, it is hoped that it will open up discussion of this topic and that in the future that there will be additional research and improved reporting. This further research will hopefully help guide clinical decision making for manual therapists going forward.

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