During pregnancy, back pain is present in nearly 50% of cases of pregnancy. The pain and discomfort can have a profound effect on the quality of life and one’s ability to perform regular activities of daily living. Back pain, wrist pain and leg cramps are the most frequently reported issues as your body goes through all the associated changes of pregnancy. Changes in hormones affect ligament tension, weight gain and weight distribution changes create different pressure spots, restless nights, and the list goes on. But while on this beautiful, and at times challenging adventure, there are things you can do to have a more comfortable pregnancy.
Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Back and pelvic pain is a common reason for people to seek conservative care during pregnancy. Spinal manipulative therapy and soft tissue therapy can be beneficial in reducing pain and improving function. Exercise can also be recommended to help correct and manage postural changes which can occur during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can also help in the recovery process by addressing post-natal biomechanical complaints. Intrauterine constraint or Webster’s Technique is another reason chiropractic care is sought out during pregnancy. This technique is focused on improving function and movement to the sacroiliac joints and pelvis which may have a positive effect on dystocia.
Physiotherapy during pregnancy is also a safe and effective method for managing some of the muscular complaints which are a result of pregnancy-related changes. One specific area that may be beneficial is pelvic floor physiotherapy. The pelvic floor is made up of a group of muscles which help support organs such as the bladder, bowel and uterus and work with the muscles of the abdomen and lower back to help support the low back. One in three women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. Unintentional urine leaks, bowel or bladder difficulties, prolapse and pelvic pain are common symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Who doesn’t love a massage? Especially when carrying around the weight of a tiny human. Prenatal massage may be beneficial in reducing stress, and muscle tension, and improving circulation and overall health. When pregnant, positioning on the table is often possible by using a pregnancy pillow. This will allow you to lie on your stomach without pressure on the baby. To address some areas, the therapists may have you side-lying with carefully placed pillows supporting you and your baby.
With a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy, it is safe and recommended to continue to exercise. Regular exercise may be helpful in reducing back pain, constipation, risk of gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia, and can improve the overall strength of your heart. Walking, swimming, yoga and pilates are all great examples of exercises you can do safely. If you were active before pregnancy, continue with your routine provided you have gotten the go-ahead from your healthcare provider. Some exercises which place pressure on the abdomen or contact sports should be avoided. Many exercise routines can be modified to make them safe during pregnancy.
Pregnancy can be a challenging time for many, but this experience can be made easier by accessing the care available to you. To book your appointment with one of our providers, please call 613-237-9000 for our Glebe location or 613-860-8600 for our Byward location. You can also book online through our website.