Chiropractic & pregnancy: chiropractic can help!

Chiropractic & pregnancy: chiropractic can help!

During pregnancy, there is an increased strain on a woman’s body due to the excess weight gain and the physical stresses of the baby’s position within the womb. Over 60% of women will experience low back pain during their pregnancy, especially during the third trimester when the baby’s head is pressing against a woman’s back. Chiropractic treatment for low back pain related to pregnancy is a safe and effective alternative to over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Chiropractic care has been shown not only help relieve back pain occurring in pregnancy, but may also decrease delivery time and labour pain.

What are some causes of back pain during pregnancy?

  • Increased ligament laxity due to the hormone relaxin
  • Increased weight gain and forward center of gravity
  • Poor body mechanics and postural habits
  • Nerve and vessel impingement due to mechanical pressure

What will my chiropractor do to help me?

  • Spinal Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments are used to help decrease the pain that originates from the joints of body, or muscle spasms. Adjustments are also used to help correct biomechanical dysfunctions, and keep the nervous system free from irritation.
  • Soft Tissue Treatment: Chiropractors often use various soft tissue therapies such as trigger point work, mobilizations and massage to work on muscles and help them to relax.
  • Postural Correction: Chiropractors give postural advice that can help minimize the amount of stress placed on the body, and decrease the risk of injury and discomfort.
  • Exercise: Women, who remain physically active during pregnancy, are better able to tolerate labour and delivery. Chiropractors can provide exercises and stretches for use during pregnancy that will help maintain muscle tone, strength and endurance, and will also help prevent low back pain and maintain spinal adjustments.

What can I do to help prevent back pain during pregnancy?

  • Be proactive: Seek treatment for your back pain, and do exercises to strengthen muscles and decrease injury.
  • Don’t try to do too much: Although you should remain as active as possible during pregnancy, you will not be able to put the same intensity into your normal activities. You may find that prolonged standing may cause you to fatigue sooner than it used to, so make sure you also get plenty of rest.
  • Use proper lifting techniques: When lifting, don’t bend from the waist. Instead, squat with your back straight, keep the object close to you, and use your leg muscles to lift.
  • Consult your health care provider: Your midwife/physician and chiropractor can all work together to help maximize your health during pregnancy.