Pregnancy can be a very wonderful experience. However, the woman is likely to suffer from back pain at some point in time due to changes in the body. The pain can be mild and caused by spending long periods of time standing. There can also be very severe pain that will cause the woman to be unable to function on a day to day basis.
The causes of back pain during pregnancy are as follows:
- The hormones produced during pregnancy make the joints less stable as they allow the pelvis to expand to accommodate the growing child.
- The weight gained during pregnancy of 5-15kg adds stress to the body’s framework.
- There is an increase in postural strain as the body readjusts its centre of gravity because of the pregnancy.
Back pain during pregnancy is commonly caused by a condition called sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The pelvis consists of three joints and bones. The middle (front one) is the pubic symphysis, and in the back are the left and right sacroiliac joints.
As the abdomen grows forward, the woman must lean backwards in order to stop from toppling over. The pelvis will be under pressure from this and this causes dysfunction and pain.
In order to relieve this pain, chiropractic is the safest and most effective way. The pelvic joints can be realigned and healthy movement restored.
Chiropractic can also reduce stress and pain during labour. The pelvic bone has to expand in order to accommodate the birth of the child. If the pelvis is stiff due to sacroiliac joint dysfunction, then the birth will be more painful and there may even be a need to do a caesarean section. Through chiropractic, labour time and pain can be greatly reduced. Improving pelvic joint movement and flexibility before the birth will prepare the body adequately.
After the birth of a child, the body would have gone through a lot of stress as it adjusts itself for the baby and then has to readjust again after the birth of the child. Chiropractic can help you adapt to these changes and heal quickly
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