Back Pain & Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women with Back Pain

Back Pain during The Pregnancy

50% of pregnant women experience some back pain. Usually, the symptoms are minor but can be debilitating if there are not addressed early enough. A common cause is the increase of weight accompanying the pregnancy, generally between 10 or 15 kg, shifting the centre of gravity and straining the lumbar spine. Another reason is that muscles, ligaments and pelvic joints, called sacroiliac joints, loosen under the effect of certain hormones being released to prepare the delivery, but increasing the stress on the body structures.

Enlargement of breast tissue, creating postural changes, can also strain the muscles and spine, provoking backache between the shoulder blades or even neck and headache.

Typically, the patient reports her first symptoms before the fifth month, when the body experiences structural changes due to the inside growth of the baby. Pregnant women reporting back pain describe first some stiffness, ache or soreness. When getting worse, pain radiates down the leg, commonly known as sciatica. Urgently, it would help if you visited a chiropractor to correct the structural disorders. They are due to the changes experienced by the body during the pregnancy, from the unbalance of the pelvis and spine to muscle tensions leading to back, buttock, hip or pubic pain, even sometimes in the abdomen.

At Orewa Chiropractic, we establish a management strategy tailored to each patient. All the individual factors must be taken into account and explicitly treated.

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Managing Back Pain during Pregnancy

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The spine should maintain a neutral posture standing, sitting or lying to avoid putting too much strain and load, preventing future ache or pain in the upper or lower back.

To ease the strain on the back, you can sleep on the side with a pillow between the knees or put a cushion behind the lumbar spine sitting.  

It is essential to maintain some gentle activity like mobilisation and stretching for the shoulders, neck, chest, hips and legs to maintain strength and flexibility of the muscles, joints and spine.

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