Back pain, another unwelcome aspect of pregnancy, isn’t surprising, yet it shouldn’t be ignored. Back pain, along with morning sickness, is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy and most often occurs during the second and third trimesters due to the added weight of the baby and growing body. The pain usually feels like a dull ache and is more common in women who have had multiple pregnancies and those who may have had a weak back prior pregnancy. Studies show that fifty to seventy percent of women have dealt with back pain during pregnancy. If not taken care of, this pain can interrupt a your daily lifestyle, including an increase in absences from work and possibly a difficult delivery.
There are many reasons for spinal or back pain during pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s body produces a hormone called relaxin. As this hormone is released, ligaments and joints loosen, which changes how the body and spine support themselves. This can lead to instability and pain in the spine, which causes back pain. Later in pregnancy the looser joints and ligaments move from the increasing weight of the baby and may cause pain in the lower back, sometimes feeling like a dull ache, muscle spasms or shooting pains in the upper legs or buttocks. These changes create tension on the lower back which, in turn, may cause stress. Stress is another major cause of back pain and can sometimes feel like an endless cycle. Stress causes back pain, and many women get stressed because of their back pain. The last significant cause of back pain during pregnancy has to do with a change in the center of gravity while the baby is growing and the body is changing how it supports itself. Your center of gravity moves forward causing a negative change of posture, and without noticing, you may begin to adjust the way you move or the way you sit or stand up.
While back pain during pregnancy is not 100% avoidable, there are many things you can do to decrease the discomfort and prevent the pain. One solution is to visit your Chiropractor. When you first visit your chiropractor he will discuss with you a variety of exercises that can be done daily to help strengthen back, abdominal, and core muscles. It’s important that you use proper posture when sitting and standing, a pillow between your legs when sleeping, and pay attention to how you sit down and get up. When bending to pick something up, try squatting with your legs instead of bending at the waist. You may also try heat or ice to relieve the pain you feel in your back. Attention to these small details can make a difference in the amount of back pain you experience. Some women have reported success in wearing a support belt under the lower abdomen as an added support to their backs. With all of these remedies, the most important goal is to reduce the amount of stress on your back.
You do not have to live with the uncomfortable feeling of back pain during pregnancy. A chiropractor can provide different treatments to help with this type of back pain. Chiropractic care is non-invasive and natural and along with therapy can greatly reduce your back pain. When you visit, he will assess your pain and can adjust and align your spine, reducing the pressure and pain in the back. As a result, your muscles will feel more relaxed, and your tension will decrease. Your chiropractor may also try a technique called Graston, pinpointing any knots you may have. The use of this technique employs the use of a variety of steel tools, the length of a butter knife and a little bit thicker. Using this tool, your chiropractor will gently rub on the knots for a duration of thirty seconds or less. Following your visit, your back will feel relaxed, and you’ll feel some relief, like a breath of fresh air.
Another reason to visit a chiropractor is the benefits it has shown during labor and delivery. With regular visits during pregnancy, it has been shown to decrease labor time. Simply stated, when the pelvis is misaligned, delivery may be more difficult. When properly aligned, the muscles that contract during the labor and delivery process won’t have to strain against joints that are not aligned properly.
Take time to pay attention to your body as your pregnancy progresses, specifically to the pains described above. Begin your visits early and remain consistent with them so that you are able to enjoy your pregnancy and labor and delivery. If you feel uncomfortable about receiving chiropractic care without permission from your Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician, this is normal. Be sure to consult them prior to visiting to discuss their thoughts of chiropractic manipulation to help alleviate your back pain during pregnancy.
If you have questions, comments or concerns, feel free to contact Premier Sports Chiropractic in Seabrook TX, at 281-942-9011. Don’t live with your pain any longer. Make an appointment today.