Chiropractic for Pregnant Women

If you are like 75 % of pregnant women you have experienced lower back pain during your pregnancy.  Usually the pain comes on during the later months and becomes worse as the pregnancy progresses.  However there are many ways to alleviate the lower back pain that occurs during pregnancy.  Many of them can be done while you are home.

Causes of Low Back Pain during Pregnancy

1) Weight gain-typically pregnancy can add 30-35 pounds of extra weight to carry around.  This puts more stress on your spine, and the growing baby can also put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in the back

2)Hormonal changes- Relaxin is a hormone the body makes during pregnancy which loosens the joints and ligaments to prepare the body for childbirth.  This can also cause instability in the spine as those ligaments also relax,leading to pain.

3)Muscle weakness-as the stomach stretches during pregnancy the abdominal muscles become looser and can sometimes seperate at the seams in the middle.

Types of Low back pain

There are 2 main types of lower back pain that occur during pregnancy.  The first is lumbar pain which will be felt mostly in the low back and is like pain you may have experienced before pregnancy. It is usually felt around the waist, can be aggravated by sitting or standing for long period , and  gets worse towards the end of the day.  It can also radiate into the legs.  The second type is posterior pelvic pain which is felt lower in the back,usually in the buttocks or the back of the thighs. This pain can be aggravated by walking, lifting,getting up and down from a chair or bed and lifting.  When you are bending at the waist you can irritate pelvic pain  You will probably feel this pain over your pubic bone.

Treatment of lower back pain

1) Ice-application of ice for 15-20 minutes can ease pain

2)Exercise-such as walking, stationary bike or swimming will stregthen muscles and increase flexiblity

3)Posture-it is important to take stress off the spine while performing normal activity.  Sitting with a rolled up towel behind your back and having your feet supported on books takes stress off the spine.  Sleeping with a pillow between your knees relieves stress.  Keeping your shoulders back and avoiding slouching is important

4) Hands on treatment such as soft tissue treatment, joint mobilization, and stretching will loosen muscles and decrease pain.  These are some of the treatments we offer at our Merrick Chiropactic office for pregnancy back pain.As far as safety of chiropractic for pregnancy, a 2009 literature review found 33 references on this subject and concluded the results revealed a favorable outcome regarding the use and safety of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy.  The authors concluded that chiropractic is a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal complaints that often affect pregnant women.  The use of chiropractic includes (but may not be limited to): making the pregnant mom feel more comfortable during her pregnancy, helping to facilitate an uncomplicated labor and delivery process, and to help control low back, mid back, and/or neck pain during the nine-month process. They reported that 50% of all pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy and 50-75% experience back pain during labor. The study points out that only 21% of pregnant women with back pain consult their medical physician about it. More than seven out of ten expectant mothers in a study who sought chiropractic treatment for back pain benefited from care. Don’t worry about laying down, Lupo Saladino Chiropractic has tables that release at the abdominal section to allow pregnant women to receive care while comfortable.

You want your pregnancy to be as enjoyable as possible.  Don’t suffer with low back pain, seek treatment as quickly as possible if the home remedies do not alleviate your pain.

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