Did you know that between 50-90% of women experience low back pain at some point throughout their pregnancy? While pregnancy-related low back pain is common, it is not something that you have to put up with for the duration of your pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help provide relief, so that you can enjoy your pregnancy without all the aches and pains.
Several factors can contribute to low back pain during pregnancy such as the weight gain, gait changes, and postural strains that occur from hormone-induced ligamentous laxity. As your belly expands to make room for the growing baby, this increased frontal weight that causes a change to your center of gravity, which forces your pelvis to tilt forward and your lower lumbar curvature to form a hyperlordosis (think of an accentuated lower back curvature). All of these changes, while necessary for pregnancy, can cause excessive stress on the ligaments, discs, lumbar facet joints, and sacroiliac joints.
Chiropractic care has been seen to provide great benefit for pregnancy-related lower back pain. In fact, almost 75% of women undergoing chiropractic manipulation during their pregnancy reported a significant reduction in pain and improvement in disability. Many women turn to chiropractic during pregnancy as a means of non-pharmacologic treatment for their aches and pains. Common therapies for the management of pregnancy-related low back pain include manual manipulation, exercise, soft tissue therapy, and therapeutic exercise.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering with lower back pain during pregnancy, reach out to a qualified chiropractor in your area to get evaluated for care.