The joy that comesabout when a woman learns that she is pregnant, that in a few months’ time, she will be holding her bundle of joy, is immeasurable. Unfortunately, to most women, there is one thing that may make their pregnancy journey difficult- Lower back pain. Women who have had the chance to carry a pregnancy before, understand the stress that comes with lower back pain during pregnancy. For first time mothers, you have probably heard the horror stories brought about by lower back pain in pregnancy.
Lower back pain during pregnancy can be caused by a couple of things. Poor posture, weight gain, baby’s position in the body, hormones that cause the ligaments to relax, stress, exhaustion, worry, and plenty more. Women have, at most times, walked to their doctor’s office complaining of lower back pain. Most doctors nowadays send them to chiropractors who help to ease the discomfort associated with lower back pain. Chiropractors have a safe and effective ways of dealing with lower back pain.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor is a healthcare professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions.
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, non-invasive and drug-free way to deal with lower back pain. Chiropractors use a range of techniques to relieve back pain.
The three most common techniques used are:
#1. Joint Manipulation/Adjustment :
Joint manipulation or joint adjustment is the most common procedure performed by chiropractors. This is done through gentle movements of the joints in specific directions to allow increased mobility in the spine.
During pregnancy, the body goes through a couple of changes in readiness for the baby developing in it. Ligaments relax, joints shift to create more room for the baby. This at times brings about a change in the structure of the pelvis and low back. A change in the structure of the spine leads to more compression on joints and muscles in the spine leading to lower back pain. As your baby grows this can further increase tension increasing pain throughout the pregnancy due also leading to other muscular imbalances.
Joint manipulation/adjustment helps in establishing pelvic balance and alignment during pregnancy. As it creates a state of balance in the pelvic bone structure, muscles and ligaments which allows pressure and tension to reduce your back, therefore decreasing any pain you may experience. Joint manipulation also helps to reduce inflammation by restoring motion and reducing muscle tension keeping back pain away over long periods of time.
#2. Exercises :
Exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy, and one of the things you should do to reduce lower back pain and maintain an active lifestyle. Many people believe that when pregnant, a woman should not exercise as this may put unnecessary stress on the baby. Truth is, exercises and stretches are one of the most beneficial things you can do as they allow specific joints and muscles to keep moving lower the risk of back pain while allowing you to stay as healthy as possible during your term.With a chiropractors help, you are able to exercise and stretch without worry.
The Chiropractors at Sydney CBD Spine and Posture Care can recommend the safest exercises that can be done by pregnant women that will allow pain to be minimized and reduce the risk of experiencing lower back pain. Before starting any exercise program while pregnant, ensure you consult with a health therapist like a chiropractor who can recommend a specific stretching and exercise routine you can perform as you go through your pregnancy.
#3. Soft Tissue Treatment :
Soft tissue treatment is more than a massage. It is treatment on specific muscles which are affected due to imbalances and overuse in the body. It is a painless technique that focuses on trigger points (tight bundles of muscle fibre) within the muscle, improving circulation and reducing tension in the lower back, therefore providing an almost instant relief to lower back pain and slowing down the buildup of tension that causes lower back pain.
A chiropractor can assess muscular imbalances in the body which are causing problems to not only reduce your symptoms but help solve any underlying causes of pain
It is always a good idea to visit a health practitioner after you’re pregnant to not only help solve any problems once they arise but to help prevent them from occurring in the first place!
Dr. Mark El-Hayek is a graduate of Macquarie University Sydney, Australia with a Masters of Chiropractic and a Bachelor of Medical Science majoring in human anatomy, physiology, and neurobiology. To help people in pain, he opened Spine and Posture Care in 2013 with a view to treating those who suffer from the pain in the spine and back. He has used his experience to implement several new methods to treat those who suffer from the pain in the spine and back. He takes pride in varying his workouts to address individual deficits, avoid injury, maintain enthusiasm, and maximize results to get rid of pain forever.