Anyone who has ever been pregnant can attest to the large number of challenges throughout the pregnancy. One of the many challenges that pregnant women face is the back pain that they must endure. For most pregnant women, the issue of back pain begins during the second half of their pregnancy. While there may not be any way to completely eliminate back pain during pregnancy, there are a number of ways to reduce the pain to a more bearable level. But before we get into ways to reduce pregnancy-related back pain, let’s first discuss what could be causing it.
Pregnancy back pain generally occurs where the spine meets the pelvis, at the sacroiliac joint. In other words, your lower back. Some of the more common reasons for this low back pain include weight gain, hormonal changes, posture changes, muscle separation, and stress. Each of these factors plays a different role in the increase of low back pain during a women’s pregnancy. However, this pain does not have to ruin your daily life. There are a number of benefits to visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy in addition to reducing back pain.
In addition to relieving back pain, some of the other major benefits of visiting a chiropractor in pregnancy include relieving neck and joint pains, controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, and reduction in the likelihood of needing a cesarean delivery. However, the child being born can also benefit from the mother’s chiropractic care during her pregnancy. For example, misalignment in a pregnant woman’s pelvis can lead to a condition known as torticollis in the child. Torticollis is the contracting of neck muscles in an unborn child or infant, causing the head to twist to one side. The baby’s head being turned during pregnancy may impair the development of nervous systems and adversely affect the a number of the baby’s body functions and systems. This turning of the baby’s head during the labor process can also create problems for the mother in the form of a longer, more uncomfortable, and more complicated delivery process.
In recent years, more and more expecting parents have come to see the benefits that chiropractic care has to offer during the pregnancy and delivery process. If you or someone you know is currently pregnant, give Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab a call today at (330) 726-7404 to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help. We have been servicing the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley area since 2001 with convenient locations in Boardman and Hubbard. At Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab, we are a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation group that treats work comp injuries, whiplash, and sports injuries and specializes in much more than just low back pain.