Pregnancy Back Pain Treatment
Pregnancy back pain treatment may include :
- massage of tightened muscles around the shoulders and neck, and lower spine and pelvis
- stretching of the lower spine, pelvis, and leg muscles
- reducing swelling of inflamed joints and pinched nerves
- mobilzing and manipulation of the low back and pelvis to correct alignment and improve mobility
- advice on exercises suitable during pregnancy
- footwear advice to reduce foot pain, and supply of custom orthotics
Back Pain During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, a woman’s centre of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. This additional weight in front causes stress to the joints of the pelvis and low back. As the baby grows in size, the added weight causes the curvature of her lower back to increase, placing extra stress on the fragile joints on the back side of the spine. Any pre-existing problems in a woman’s spine tend to be exacerbated as the spine and pelvis become overworked, often leading to pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities.
Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby’s body gains the most weight.
Chiropractic care for back pain during pregnancy may relieve pain and discomfort frequently experienced during pregnancy. It is one way to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in physical stress by restoring a state of balance in the spine. In fact, many women in our clinic have found that chiropractic care helped them avoid the use of pain medications during their pregnancy.
At Advanced Care Chiropractic, our Chiropractor can be your partner for less back pain during pregnancy.
Chiropractic tips for pregnant women:
- Chiropractic care can help maintain a healthy spine, pelvis, and nervous system function throughout a pregnancy if there a biomechanical issues with the spine..
- Do gentle exercise each day. Walking, swimming, or stationary cycling are relatively safe exercises for pregnant women. Avoid activities that involve jerking or bouncing movements. Stop exercise immediately if you notice any unusual symptom, such as nausea, dizziness or weakness.
- Wear flat shoes with arch supports or orthotics. Your feet become more susceptible to injury during pregnancy, due to increasing body weight, and also because the ligaments that support the feet become more flexible.
- When picking up children, bend from the knees, not the waist. Your low back is much more prone to injury during pregnancy.
- When sleeping, lay on your side with a pillow between your knees to take pressure off your lower back. Full-length “body pillows” are popular seem to be helpful.
- Eat several small meals or snacks every few hours, rather than three large meals per day. This will help alleviate nausea, stabilize blood sugar and allow your body to get the maximum amount of nutrients from the foods that you eat.
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