Back Pain and Pregnancy:
Chiropractic Treatment Can Help!
During pregnancy, most women will experience pain and discomfort as their bodies adapt to the changes taking place inside. As many as 50-80% of women will experience low back pain during pregnancy!
There are a couple of key changes that can cause back pain during pregnancy. First, increased levels of the hormone relaxin cause ligaments to stretch more than usual, increasing strain on the joints of your spine and pelvis. Next, weight gain, especially the weight added to the belly, will change your posture and increase strain on the spine and pelvis.
Dr. Sarah Brise and Dr. Laura McCall at Kamloops Active Health have both been trained to work with women who are pregnant. The techniques we use are appropriate for people of all ages, and can be adapted as needed during pregnancy.
Your chiropractor may use a variety of techniques to ease pregnancy-related pain, including: spinal adjustments, massage techniques, therapeutic exercises and stretches, and lifestyle and nutrition advice. And remember, chiropractic adjustments are very safe during pregnancy! Often, the chiropractor will use a special table or pillow to increase the comfort of the pregnant woman, and may use more gentle treatment techniques.
Many women choose to see their chiropractor on a monthly basis during pregnancy to make sure the spine and pelvis stay properly aligned, and to reduce muscle strain. Regular adjustments have also been linked to easier labor and delivery! Discuss your treatment options with your chiropractor to determine what works best for YOU! Please feel free to call us at 250-372-8856 if you have any questions!
NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to replace the examination and advice of a Registered Health Care Provider.