PREGNANCY RELATED PAIN
Many pregnant mothers experience back pain during pregnancy due to the changes their body is experiencing as it progresses through each trimester. Just because it’s common, though, doesn’t mean physiotherapy can’t help.
WHAT CAUSES IT
As your baby begins to grow inside your womb, your pelvic ligaments will begin to loosen and/or stretch to accommodate your him or her. The front of your pelvis begins to stretch and widen slightly, often compressing the back of your pelvis at your sacroiliac joints. As you walk, your pelvis tends to rotate on one side and compress on the other side to provide stability.
In addition, as your baby grows, the maturation tends to increase the natural curve on the lower part of your back, putting more pressure on the lower part of your spine. If you already had this large curve before you became pregnant, you may be more susceptible to low back pain during pregnancy.
HOW WE CAN HELP
First, we examine how your lower back and pelvis are moving. Then, we assess the muscles in your lower back, abdomen, pelvic floor and diaphragm to see from where your pain is coming. Once we’ve completed this assessment, we devise a treatment plan to relieve your pain and establish a prevention strategy to enable you to manage the pain throughout your pregnancy.
HOW YOU CAN TREAT IT
The most important thing you can do to reduce pregnancy-related back pain is rest adequately. If you try to push through the pain, it will only prolong the recovery period. Try resting with the back of your lower legs or backs of your knees up on a few cushions or a foot stool. This will take the load off your lower back and help it recover. If you have a large curve in your lower back, applying some ice and water in a small plastic storage bag on the lower back and sacral region may help.
If your pain hasn’t resolved in 3-5 days, please don’t hesitate to call us for some friendly professional advice and reassurance. Don’t be shy – we pride ourselves on our customer service and are always here to help,
Also, if you’re not sure whether or not physiotherapy can help, don’t hesitate to contact us for a complimentary consultation. We’ll discuss your symptoms and see if our services are the right course of treatment for you.