How to Reduce Back and Pelvis Pain During Pregnancy
A woman’s body might change during pregnancy putting more or different strains on the ligaments and joints especially. In the pelvic area, changes include the softening of ligaments, weight increase and changes to posture. This can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of body, including the spine or pelvis. Your chiropractor is trained in a wide variety of techniques to help you deal with the increased stresses of pregnancy on the body and will use safe, gentle techniques that are suitable for your condition throughout all stages of pregnancy.
Is it safe ?
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is a safe and gentle way to promote comfort and minimise back pain during your pregnancy.
Chiropractors are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals who work in the private healthcare sector and in some areas, in NHS settings. Chiropractors train full-time for five years with extensive training in anatomy, physiology and bio-mechanics, with particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and nervous system. Chiropractors are fully trained to offer suitable treatment for pregnancy musculoskeletal discomfort.
What to expect ?
. Chiropractors don’t just crack spines. An initial consultation will comprise of a detailed discussion about your pain, lifestyle and history of the problem, followed by postural and orthopaedic examinations.
. Chiropractic treatment is a combination of specific massage, joint manipulation or mobilisation and advice on how to make lifestyle changes which will stretch and strengthen the necessary areas and postural habits.
. Chiropractors also give advice on nutrition, posture, exercises and ways to help yourself – all based on guidelines and research.
What can I do to help myself ?
The following simple measures may help:
. Keeping active but also getting plenty of rest
. Standing tall with your bump and bottom tucked in a little
. Changing your position frequently- try not to sit for more than 30 minutes at a time
. Sitting to get dressed and undressed
. Putting equal weight on each leg when you stand
. Trying to keep your legs together when getting in and out of the car
. Keeping your knees together when turning over in bed
. Using a pillow under your bump and between your legs for extra support in bed.
What should I avoid doing ?
. Lifting anything heavy
. Going up and down on the stairs too often, bending or twisting to lift or carry a toddler or baby on one hip
. Sitting on the floor, sitting twisted, or sitting or standing for long periods
. Standing on one leg or crossing your legs.
Written by Laetitia Ludovic BSC. MSc. D.C.