Along with morning sickness, food cravings and weight gain, back pain can be a common complaint during pregnancy. There are a few things you can do, however, to prevent pregnancy-related back pain or manage your discomfort once it starts.
Back pain is a common complaint in the months leading up to delivery, especially during the final trimester, but there are a few things you can do to manage your back pain so that you can keep the focus on what’s most important — getting ready to welcome your new baby!
There are many reasons why women can develop back pain during pregnancy. Some of these reasons relate to the direct effect of hormonal changes in muscles, ligaments and joints, changes in weight, spinal alignment, and activity levels.
Hormones released during pregnancy cause the bodies joints and ligaments to become softer and elastic, in preparation for the birthing process. These changes can affect your backs natural support mechanisms, particularly as the weight of your baby increases.
A growing baby also causes your center of gravity to shift. Abdominal muscles stretch and weaken, further compromising posture and spinal alignment. Typically, changes to posture and spinal alignment result in forward flexion of the hips associated with forward rotation of the pelvis and sacrum. This produces a ‘swayback’ effect in the lumbar spine and a painful back. If pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve or on a spinal disc, pain may radiate through the hips, buttocks and legs.
To help reduce the risk of back pain during pregnancy you can try to implement the following preventive measures:
If you are experiencing pregnancy-related back pain, consult with your doctor and discuss the option of physiotherapy or massage therapy to alleviate your discomfort. You can also see a physiotherapist without a referral. All the physiotherapists and massage therapists at City Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre are highly skilled and experienced in treating Pregnancy-related back pain. Commonly prescribed therapies for easing pregnancy-related back pain can include:
Not all health care providers are aware of treatment options during pregnancy. At City Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre our staff are experienced and specifically trained to deal safely and effectively with pregnancy-related back pain. You have the option of seeing the massage therapist who is highly skilled and experienced in treating musculoskeletal pain in pregnancy or you can first be assessed by one of our experienced and highly skilled physiotherapists. The physiotherapist can then determine the best approach to treat your condition. Often, treatment will also include massage therapy. In addition, there are special exercises, posture advice, stretches and other techniques which your physiotherapist may elect to include in your treatment plan.
To make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists or massage therapist call us now on +91 33 2466 0510 / 96740 04799.