Pregnancies can be tough. From significant physical changes to mood swings, many women struggle to adapt. On top of that, widespread pain—especially in the lower back—only adds to the problem.
Fortunately, chiropractic care or physical therapy has emerged as a viable option for treating and alleviating pregnancy-related discomfort without medication. The best part is that it’s safe!
Here, the health professionals at Kilian Chiropractic will break down the causes of pain during your pregnancy and how chiropractic care can help.
What Causes the Pain in the First Place?
The human body undergoes several changes throughout pregnancy to accommodate a growing fetus. The release of the hormone relaxin in particular softens the joints and ligaments so as to make labour and delivery easier. With this comes a loosened spine, which can lead to instability and pain.
Of course, the fact that you are carrying an additional 25 to 30 pounds also causes your core muscles to deteriorate, exaggerating the curve in your lower back. The resulting poor posture and nerve compression can lead to pain.
Is It Safe?
In short, there are no recognized contraindications to chiropractic therapy during pregnancy.
All chiropractors are qualified to work with pregnant women. They are familiar with the needs of this demographic and can recommend workouts and stretches that are safe for the mother and baby. Put simply, you’re in good hands.
Not just that, chiropractors use various techniques to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. For instance, they may employ tables that adjust to the changing shape of your body. They may also avoid maneuvers that can put unnecessary pressure on your abdomen.
Whether you are suffering from back pain or sciatica during pregnancy, rest assured knowing chiropractic care is a safe and effective solution.
What Are the Benefits?
From promoting pregnancy back pain relief to helping you sleep better, chiropractic care offers many benefits.
It’s well known that many pregnant women suffer from morning sickness and acid reflux. Chiropractic adjustments decrease nerve pressure in various areas of the spine, neck, and mid-back; this increases nerve transmissions to alleviate your symptoms. This can also help you sleep better and reduce any swelling in your feet and hands.
Second, changes in posture and the spine can impact the neural and immune systems’ ability to operate correctly. To combat this, chiropractors are able to recommend healthy dietary practices to boost your immune system and overall health.
Third, as the baby grows in size, pelvic misalignment is common. Chiropractic adjustments help restore balance and promote pelvic stability. On top of that, specialized procedures and adjustments, particularly in the final stages of pregnancy, ensure you achieve back pain relief.
Lastly, regular chiropractic therapies during pregnancy have been shown to reduce labour time and alleviate delivery discomfort. What’s more, ensuring proper pelvic alignment and infant position also decreases the likelihood of a cesarean delivery.
How Do I Continue to Minimize the Pain at Home?
Following simple aftercare advice can maximize your results and help keep the pain away. For instance, minor modifications in the way you sit or stand can go a long way to preventing and alleviating back pain in pregnancy. Similarly, you should avoid standing for long periods of time. At night, sleep on your side and use a firm mattress and pregnancy pillow for maximum comfort.
Avoid lifting heavy objects as much as possible. If you have to, be sure to follow good lifting biomechanics—bend your knees, keep your back as straight as possible, and hold the object close to your body.
The gentle compression of a maternity belt may also help minimize hip and abdomen pain. Remember to consult your doctor before using this garment; belly bands provide a temporary rather than permanent fix.
Get Rid of Your Pregnancy Pain Today!
Are you looking for a pain-free pregnancy?
Located in Vancouver, BC, the team at Kilian Chiropractic will be glad to help you with any pain-related problems resulting from your pregnancy. Call us at 604-688-0724 or visit our website to book an appointment today!