For a female, pregnancy is one of the most rewarding times in their life. With this reward can also come great pain and suffering with lower back conditions, shoulder pains and other musculoskeletal complaints. During pregnancy, the pressure and stress placed upon a woman’s lower back is immense. The ligaments of the lower back begin to become lax or in other words, loose and weak. When this happens, the lumbar spine (lower back) and pelvic bones can move out of position causing pressure on nerve structures in the lower back which results in pain. Due to the extra weight on the pregnant woman’s lower back, some females can experience an increase in the lower back curvature, which can cause on-going complaints following child birth.
Signs and Symptoms
Pain at the base of the spine
Tingling pins and needles and numbness into the legs
Pain in between the shoulder blades (due to increased breast size and weight on the front of the body)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
These are only some of the typical signs and symptoms that can be experienced by pregnant females.
How can Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy and Pilates help?
Chiropractic treatment for pregnant females varies in technique. The techniques used are much lighter but equally effective. It is a safe and non-invasive treatment that helps to maintain good spinal posture and lower back muscular strength throughout pregnancy. Chiropractic care aims to decrease aches and pains experienced throughout the 9 month period and works on maintaining good spinal posture post pregnancy.
Physiotherapy can help alleviate muscular signs and symptoms experienced throughout pregnancy. It is safe and effective to have physiotherapy throughout all trimesters of pregnancies. Our physiotherapists at Bradley Clinic also provide two Pilates for Pregnancy Classes for 0-16 weeks and weeks 16+ which aid in both prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and can help decrease in delivery times.