Please note that I do not treat women who are in their first trimester.
During pregnancy the increasing weight of your baby can place significant strain on organs, tissues, joints and ligaments of the body.
Back pain during pregnancy can occur for many reasons. Two common reasons are the increasing inability of the abdominal wall muscles to maintain body posture and the increased levels of the hormone relaxin.
As the baby grows the abdominal wall is placed under increasing pressure and the lower back takes on an abnormal amount of weight from the upper body. This is also compounded by an ever changing centre of gravity.
The hormone relaxin is present in a pregnant body at up to 10 times the normal concentration levels. Relaxin is good as its function is to relax joints and ligaments and facilitate the birth process. Unfortunately it is unable to distinguish between ligaments and joints in the pelvis and those in the back and rest of the body. As a result the back, and other joints, can become inflamed and painful due to excessive movement.
How can osteopathy help?
Osteopathy can treat a whole range of musculo-skeletal conditions by using safe and gentle techniques. Osteopaths are trained to recognize any contra-indications to treatment and should be suitable for any healthy and stable pregnancy.
Osteopathic treatment can help ease some of the physical discomfort experienced during pregnancy, including:
- Breathing difficulties
- Rib pain
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
Tips to avoid back pain during pregnancy:
- Exercise, consider pre-natal Pilates or Yoga classes
- Gentle stretching exercises
- Avoid high heels as these place excessive strain on your lower back
- While sleeping use pillows between you knees and support the bump
- Move your feet when turning to avoid excessive rotation of your spine