The increasing abdominal weight can lead to altered posture and biomechanics as we change the way we sleep, stand, and move during pregnancy. As the baby grows and the uterus expands, the abdominal muscles also stretch and lose their natural supportive function. The change in forward shift, and other postural changes are one of the chief causes of pregnancy back pain.
Hormones also play a role, especially during the third trimester. One of the functions of the hormone “relaxin” is to help loosen the pelvic joints to accommodate the enlarging uterus and baby. However, the loosening of joints can decrease joint stability and further alter posture. Other structures including musculature may be taxed, resulting in a predisposition to pain and injury.
Chiropractic offers a natural, gentle, and drug-free solution for pregnancy back pain.
Pregnancy Back Pain Treatment & Self-help Tips
A few self-help tips to manage back pain include:
- Gentle exercise to keep the muscles in your neck and back strong.
- Rest as needed. Use a pregnancy pillow for support.
- Practice good posture when sitting or standing.
We’ve treated pregnant women for years. Treatment is always gentle and soothing. We use specially designed chiropractic adjusting tables to provide maximum comfort.
Common forms of treatment for pregnancy-related back pain include low back distraction treatment, sacroiliac (hip) adjustments, and soft tissue therapy.
Discover How Chiropractic Can Help You
Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen understand pregnancy-related back pain and have experience working with patients like you in the Watertown area to relieve the pain. Feel free to contact Deutsch Chiropractic for treatment of your pregnancy-related back pain.