Common causes of Pain during Pregnancy
Chiropractic care is safe in pregnancy and here at Thrive Clinic we tailor the treatment to your preferences and needs. It is common for women to experience joint, muscle or nerve pain during pregnancy. Discomfort and pains can also continue after or be exacerbated by childbirth. Our Verwood chiropractor treats a large number of pregnant ladies providing gentle relief from their discomfort.
Described below are the normal changes and discomfort often experienced in pregnancy, we treat these symptoms along with specific pregnancy related conditions. These conditions include persistent rib and chest pain, low back and pelvic pain, sciatica and symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). Our chiropractors take an in depth history of your condition and progress through pregnancy together with a physical assessment before discussing the appropriate treatment options.
In the initial stages of pregnancy an increased strain is felt on the body, even morning sickness can put increased stress on the spine and ribcage. Enlarging breast tissue can exert strain on the ribcage and muscles. Our chiropractors use gentle treatment of the joints, stretching techniques and soft tissue work in the rhomboids, trapezius, pectoral and intercostal muscles which can be of benefit and provide relief of these symptoms.
In the second trimester the uterus rises and the abdomen enlargement becomes more prominent. The posture alters as a new centre of gravity is found, increased weight is placed on the heels and the natural curves of the spine are often accentuated. These changes can place increased pressure on pain sensitive structures. Our Verwood chiropractors use treatments including joint manipulation, mobilisation and muscle work which can be helpful during this phase to assist the body in adapting to these changes.
Some anxiety about the birth is normal towards the end of this trimester and is often more acute for first time mother. Thrive Clinic we offers Clinical hypnotherapy for childbirth and this would be a good time to start preparing for the birth that you would like.
In the third trimester the abdomen rapidly enlarges. Much of the enlarging uterus is borne by the surrounding musculature and pelvis including the rectus abdominalis muscles, the perineum, the pelvic floor and the pubic symphysis. The hormone relaxin is also released to help relax the interuterine ligaments but this subsequently allows other ligaments to relax. These hormonal changes can result in altered movement patterns and put increased strain on the joints causing discomfort. Our chiropractors tailor treatments which can assist in decreasing muscular and joint strain. As the pregnancy nears term treatment can help maintain good sacroiliac function which is important in preparation for labour and delivery.
Labour and Beyond
As the birth approaches support for babies refusing to engage or in a breech position is available. Our Chiropractors use a combination of gentle techniques and visualization to assist in “baby moving”. After the birth we continue to support you back to you optimal health.
If you are unsure if we can help you, call Thrive Clinic and book a fifteen minute free advisory chat where we can discuss your condition and advise you if we can help.
Pregnancy Pain Research
Click here to view the ‘outcomes of pregnant patients with back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment’ report