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F4CP Highlights Suffering of Addicted Babies, Cites Value of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy to Address Spine Pain, and Supports Universal Drug Screening of Pregnant Women

F4CP supports recommendations from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) calling for early universal screening for substance abuse as part of comprehensive obstetric care

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ September 19, 2017 The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a leading voice of the chiropractic profession and sponsor of September as Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month, points to the alarming statistic from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. With back and neck discomfort especially common during pregnancy, F4CP encourages expectant mothers to avoid prescription opioids and choose drug-free chiropractic care to safely and effectively address spine and joint-related pain.

"Chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant and have specialized expertise in establishing pelvic balance and alignment," says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. “During our month-long Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month, we thought it particularly important to highlight the issue of babies who are exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother’s womb. Unfortunately, these infants experience a group of problems known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) which causes a plethora of problems ranging from increased irritability, tremors, and stiffness to G.I disruption.”

She explains that NAS makes feeding intolerable for newborns, leading to weight loss, throwing up, diarrhea and causing skin breakdown. Symptoms are typically shown within 24 to 48 hours, but NAS leaves long-term effects for children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, lifelong effects can show signs of hyperactivity, attention disorders and growth issues.

Moms who choose chiropractic as a first-line option for joint and spine-related pain management will avoid prescription painkillers and potential addiction, saving their babies from agonizing withdrawal from these medications when they are born,” says Dr. McAllister.

Doctors of chiropractic receive a minimum of seven years of higher education and are specifically trained to diagnose, evaluate and provide non-pharmaceutical care and rehabilitation to individuals suffering from acute and chronic back, low back and neck pain, headaches, neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and other related syndromes.

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and Foundation for Chiropractic Education

A not-for-profit organization, Foundation for Chiropractic Education (501-C3) and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (501C6) provide information and education regarding the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit; call 866-901-F4CP (3427). Social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestYouTube.