Between 50 to 70 percent of all pregnant women experience back pain during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and suffering from lower back and sciatic pain, it is very likely I can help you fairly quickly. When your pregnant your hips and lower back are under increased stress, which can shift you out of alignment. These changes to your structural alignment are likely a major contributing factor to your pain.
Although it can occur at any time, back and neck pain becomes more common as your baby increases in weight. Pain can disrupt your daily routine, mood, and sleep. There are steps you can take to reduce or eliminate pregnancy back pain.
Dr. Sarro examines all patients to diagnose what is causing pain. No x-rays are taken if a women is pregnant. Non-invasive diagnostic tools are utilized to determine the source of pregnancy related back and neck pain. He will isolate the specific areas of the spine that need treatment. All other areas are left alone. Our chiropractic treatment tables are designed to accommodate pregnant women.
Some Causes of Pregnancy Back Pain:
- Hormones released during pregnancy allows ligaments and joints to relax leading to misalignment.
- Your center of gravity shifts forward as your uterus and baby grows, effecting your posture.
- Your developing pregnancy and baby add weight to your body that your back has to support.
- Poor posture, excessive standing, and bending over repeatedly can aggravate your back
- Increases in Stress – stress usually finds the weak area of your body.
- Because of the changes in your pelvic area, you may experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods.
Tips to minimize your back pain during pregnancy:
- Use exercises and stretches approved by your Doctor to help support and strengthen your back.
- Squat to pick things up versus bending over.
- Avoid high heels and other shoes that increase stress on your lower back.
- Avoid sleeping on your back
- Wear a support belt under your lower abdomen.
- Make sure your back is aligned by a chiropractor.
- Get plenty of rest.
Tips on how to treat your back pain during pregnancy:
- Ice your lower back for 20 minutes every 1.5 hours as needed.
- Use a Pregnancy Support Belt.
- Sleep on your left side using a support pillow between your knees.
- Fish oil can be used to treat inflammation associated with back pain.
- See a Chiropractor or Massage Therapist.
Your Next Steps:
- Begin an approved exercise program to support your back and abdomen.
- Set aside a couple of times a day where you can take a nap or get off your feet.
- Call our office at (781) 829-9300 for a Chiropractic posture evaluation and treatment.
- Purchase a support belt or pillow.Purchase a sleep aid pillow.