Pregnancy-Related Back Pain
If you have recently learned that you are pregnant this is an exciting time. You are probably both delighted to welcome a new baby and apprehensive about all the changes to come. The nine months of pregnancy required for a fetus to fully develop bring many physical changes to the mother's body. This can create considerable physical stress and discomfort. Here at Apex Chiropractic, we are happy to help expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy to experience greater comfort and better overall health through our gentle, natural and drug-free techniques.
We are all familiar with the extended belly and weight gain. But there is a natural process that prepares the low back and pelvis to optimize space for the growing fetus. These changes alter your normal posture. Special hormones are released to allow the muscles and ligaments of the pelvic floor begin to loosen, preparing the way for eventual birth. This alters the tilt of the pelvis, and the extra weight up front and causes your lumbar spine to shift forward. This increased lordotic curve causes significant mechanical stress and muscle tension. The postural shifts and hormone production have a significant destabilizing effect. This often results in lower back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder stiffness, foot pain and muscular strain. When vertebrae misalign and nerves may become pinched, causing discomfort and reduce your body's ability to control its myriad of functions. Hormonal changes common during pregnancy may become magnified. This can produce many symptoms including swelling in the extremities, headaches, mood swings, and fatigue. Expectant mothers who receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy have less pain and typically have more comfortable deliveries.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a safe and effective way to maintain proper spinal function and mobility while relieving much of the discomfort associated with this period. Our chiropractor will closely monitor any spinal changes that occur, performing gentle adjustments as needed to help correct misalignments that might cause discomfort. Because proper spinal alignment optimizes nerve function, we can help you enjoy more even hormonal balances while reducing nerve pain. A balanced skeletal system allows for even weight distribution which decreases muscle strains and the chronic pain associated with them. As the pregnancy and size of the abdomen increases special techniques are used to gently adjust any misalignments in supine (face up position) or side lying position. One of the most important factors in a healthy, comfortable delivery is the alignment of the sacral spine and pelvis. Call Apex Chiropractic to schedule your chiropractic prenatal evaluation. We look forward to reducing your pregnancy related back pain, while providing a healthier start for your new baby.