Low back pain is common during pregnancy. The cause of lower back pain is more than your expanding uterus and hormonal changes. Your center of gravity is shifted changing your posture and putting strain on your back. This could also be pressing on a nerve. Extra weight means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints. The hormonal changes also loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can cause pain when you walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time.
There are two common areas that are related to pregnancy and back pain. One is the lumbar vertebrae in your lower back. The other posterior pelvic pain can be felt in the back of your pelvis. Some women suffer from both types of low back pain. Mostly felt around your spine but also may radiate to your legs. Normal activities can cause intense discomfort by the end of the day. Posterior pelvic pain is felt lower on your body than lumbar pain. You might notice this pain during activities such as walking, getting up from a low chair or bathtub, climbing stairs, rolling over in bed or twisting and lifting.
“Before pregnancy you may have imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in your body that could contribute to pregnancy discomfort or possible neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth.”
Our safe manipulation techniques and adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. We provide safe, drug-free, effective treatment options before, during and after pregnancy. After delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state. This prevents muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems. We are knowledgeable and confident treating and relieving the discomforts of lower back pain due to pregnancy and are not only benefiting one life, but two.
There is a bonus to our care, shorter birthing time! Research found women under chiropractic care had hours less labor! The body works better when well adjusted!
Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center