One of the most common discomforts suffered by women during pregnancy is low back pain. 28% of females suffering from chronic low back pain throughout life stated their first incidence of pain was during pregnancy (1). Back pain usually begins around the 5th -7th month of pregnancy but also can occur as early as the 12th week (3). Unfortunately, if you had a history of back pain or suffered from back pain prior to pregnancy, YOU ARE AT RISK OF PREGNANCY BACK PAIN! (2)
Back pain during pregnancy is triggered by the uneven mobility of the pelvic joint and hypertonic muscles (1,2), hence, relief can be attained by a simple and gentle adjustment by a chiropractor. Based on a research conducted, 84% of pregnant women reported more than 50% decrease in pain after adjustments(3). Chiropractors also prescribe exercises and stretch specific to each pregnant mum within the safe limits.
When pain is eliminated, stress and anxiety affected by it will decline as well. Along with remedial massage therapy, muscle tightness can be relaxed effectively further easing the pain.
Apart from taking care of the spine, chiropractors are trained to detect when symptoms are suggestive of something more serious and non-mechanical related (2). Patients will then be referred to the appropriate health professional.
IS IT SAFE FOR YOU AND BABY? The answer is Yes. As to date, there are no studies indicating any adverse effects or harm to either mother or unborn baby from the treatment (3).
Therefore, if you are an expecting mum suffering from back or pelvic pain and are afraid of the possible side effects of medication, this will be a good treatment for you to consider!
Speak to your chiropractor and massage therapist NOW to find out more about alternative management and if you are suitable for natural care!
Written By Iris Tan
B.App Sc (Chiropractic)
1. Anthony J. Lisi, Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain of Pregnancy: A Retrospective Case Series, Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, Volume 51, Issue 1, January–February 2006, Pages e7-e10, ISSN 1526-9523.
2. Oswald C, Higgins CC, Assimakopoulos D. Optimizing pain relief during pregnancy using manual therapy. Canadian Family Physician. 2013;59(8):841-842.
3. Stuber K, Smith D. Chiropractic treatment of pregnancy-related low back pain: a systematic review of the evidence. Journal Of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics [serial online]. July 2008;31(6):447-454 8p. Available from: CINAHL with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed April 19, 2016.