If you are experiencing pain during pregnancy, you are not alone. Over the years I have treated dozens of pregnant women who suffer from lower back pain and sciatica brought on by the changes that occur. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and nature solution to reduce pain and restore normal function of your body.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, back pain is very common during gestation. They estimate between 50 to 70 percent of all pregnant women having back pain. I’m excited to report that the APA also advocates chiropractic care is safe and effective in the treatment of pregnancy related back pain and sciatica.
Even WebMD makes this statement when answering the question, What Alternative Therapies Are Considered Safe During Pregnancy? Their answer…”Backache: Chiropractic manipulation holds the best track record.”
Luz’s Review of Tranquility Chiropractic Studio
I started seeing Dr. Funk around my 5th month of pregnancy and I must say that I wish I would have found her sooner because she is incredible. I was having intense back pain and difficulty sleeping at night. I went to a massage therapist and it actually agitated my back pain more. That same week I scheduled my appointment with Dr. Funk. She was very upbeat, honest and took time getting to know me and my needs before starting treatment. After our session, I left her office on cloud nine. My back hadn’t felt that good since before my pregnancy, and I knew Dr. Funk was the reason. Looking for a chiropractor may be a bit on the unnerving side, but hands down I would recommend (and have) Dr. Funk to anyone. -Luz
Common Causes of Pregnancy Related Back Pain:
- Increase of hormones– in particular a hormone called relaxin will soften your ligaments and other tissue to prepare your body for the developing child. While all joints are affected by relaxin, the joints that bear weight (back, pelvis, knees, ankles, feet) are mostly vulnerable. In addition, this hormone will make it harder for your adjustments to “hold”. This is natural, and your body will return back to normal postpartum.
- Changes in soft tissue- as the ligaments and supporting fascia become more relaxed, the muscles become more tense to stabilize your body. This can also cause spasms and pain.
- Center of gravity– As your baby develops, you will become more clumsy and tend to feel awkward in space. You may be more prone to injury as your proprioception changes and your center of gravity shifts.
- Altered body biomechanics- As your belly grows, you will be leaning backwards more to maintain your center or gravity. This increases the curve in your lower back, and can create tension on the muscles and ligaments, and as the case with sciatica, can pinch the nerves as they exit the lumbar spine.
- Additional weight– as you gain weight, you’ll have increased pressure on the discs of your spine. This can create pain.
- Altered sleep position– You’ll most likely be sleeping differently once your belly grows, as well as, getting up more frequently through out the night. Many of patients complain they can not get comfortable at night near the end of their term. These changes put stress on the spine and surrounding soft tissues and can create pain.
- Stress– Wouldn’t it be nice if stress just disappeared when you were pregnant? Nice thought, but the reality is stress can increase pregnancy pain.
Chiropractic care can help reduce the effects that strain your back! If you are curious about my services and/or have concerns you want to discuss before you schedule your first visit, do not hestiate to call me and ask questions. I also want to share a few of my patient success stories, so you can see how chiropractic care has helped other woman like you.
Before you come in, it’s important to know if the pain you are experiencing should be treated by your MD or can be treated by a chiropractor. These red flags will help guide you. If you are not experiencing these signs and symptoms, then an exam at my office will determine if you are a good candidiate for chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Red Flags (Go see your MD if you have these signs and symptoms):
- Pain is severe, persistant, and/or abrupt in nature
- Pain that is associated with fever
Curious about the treatment while pregnant, read about these modifications Dr. Funk uses during this special time for you!