It is estimated that two-thirds of American women will experience lower back pain by the 36th week of pregnancy. Why is this such a common problem? And what is causing this pain? One of the reasons low back pain during pregnancy is so common is because of a general lack of awareness of proper care for the spine prior to and during pregnancy. As a Boise Chiropractor and Meridian Chiropractor I see a wide range of patients. Among those, I often see pregnant women who are suffering from back pain. One of the most common causes of back pain during pregnancy has to do with the internal biochemistry which actually has an effect on the spine and pelvis. During the pregnancy the body produces a hormone known as relaxin which is designed to help loosen ligaments, particularly in the low back and pelvis. This is primarily to help better facilitate movement and shifting of these joints in preparation for the birthing process. This is good for labor, but not so good for the low back. What inevitably happens as a result of this release of relaxin is shifting and misalignment of various structures in the low back and pelvis causing abnormal tension in these areas resulting in pain and irritation.
A Simple But Effective Solution
So what can be done to help with these problems? Well unfortunately many physicians feel as though there isn’t much that can be done. You obviously can’t use any sort of pharmaceutical intervention during pregnancy. What many people still are unaware of is how powerful and effective chiropractic care can be for pregnant women. The reason why chiropractic care helps so much is because it addresses the fundamental cause of back pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore proper alignment of the spine and pelvis which in turn helps to relieve tension and irritation of the surrounding muscles and ligaments. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor might also prescribe some simple stretching and strengthening exercises to help prevent any further problems.
But is it Safe for You and Your Baby?
The number one concern that most pregnant women have when seeing a chiropractor for the first time is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Rest assured, chiropractic care is extremely safe and effective. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care. In addition to this however chiropractic malpractice insurance rates are lower than any other physicians treating pregnant patients. This is a direct reflection of safety.
Preventing Back Pain During Pregnancy
Without reservation I always recommend that any woman that is pregnant or is considering getting pregnant seek out a trusted chiropractic physician as part of their healthcare team. Regular preventative chiropractic care should be a part of everyone’s health and wellness strategy, especially women who are pregnant. Ensuring that the spine and pelvis are correctly aligned and functioning properly ahead of time can help prevent problems that could creep up. If you are pregnant or are considering getting pregnant, contact your chiropractor today to see how they can help you.
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