Physiological changes that a pregnant women faces
Women invariably suffer from some degree of low back pain in pregnancy. It can be a one-off experience or an always-there kind of malady but only the extremely lucky ones don’t feel it even once during the 9 months. Science has a reason for every occurrence.
During late pregnancy, a baby pushes the posterior section of its mother a lot. The pressure extends to back, buttocks and legs. This irritates the sciatic nerve (the longest nerve in the body which runs from the hip area to the feet).
When the sciatic nerve is pressed, it compensates by pushing up the tension above, thus causing pain in the spinal region.
Centre of gravity
Women gain weight during pregnancy. As they go ahead with it, their centre of gravity also begins to shift towards the front-end of their pelvis. Their posterior section is naturally groomed to hold the baby but the displaced weight begins to stress out the joints.
Degree of curvature of spine
Curvature of their lower back goes beyond the degree intended for the human species and despite body’s ability to accommodate; their ligaments also tighten up on the pelvic bone.
Chiropractic tightens defence against physical issues
There is a sound reason why Chiropractic is considered a viable alternative for the pregnancy blues. After all, it ensures treating the postural imbalances and also eliminates any risk of lower back pain through vertebral subluxation (spinal manipulation).
Tackles any possible neuromusculoskeletal problem
By detecting even the minor imbalances in the pelvis region, Chiropractic minimises the discomfort associated with these 9 months. It also makes sure that no neuromusculoskeletal difficulty arises post delivery.
Ligaments must loosen up post childbirth
Ligaments are known to loosen after pregnancy and thus Chiropractors also need to book you for post-delivery chiropractic care in order to assess how your body is coping up. Any residual tension needs (it is a must) to be taken care of.
Chiropractic advice may include, but is certainly not limited to, ergonomic, nutritious and exercise-related recommendations.
- Sleeping on your left side, possibly with a pregnancy wedge (body pillow) is advised.
- Eating small but frequent meals and taking in a lot of folic acid is recommended
- Short 15-minute bursts of exercises is advised. You must not let your heart rate go beyond 140 beats a minute.
If you are feeling any discomfort during pregnancy or are wondering what lies next, you can contact or visit us at our Chatswood Clinic.