I have been treating a lot of pregnant women at varying stages throughout their pregnancy recently, so thought I would write a little piece about the benefits of chiropractic for all those soon to be mums who may be suffering with their lower back or pelvis and don’t know what to do about it (as originally published in Moor Magazine).
Despite pregnancy being one of the most beautiful experiences a women can go through, it can sometimes be a real pain in the butt – quite literally! Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) refers to any pain felt around the pelvic, pubic, lumbar, abdominal or thigh area and occurs in approximately 20% of pregnancies. If you’ve had pelvic or lower back pain in the past, or during a previous pregnancy you may be more likely to suffer from PPGP. It can occur anywhere from the end of the first trimester all the way through to the first month post pregnancy.
During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called relaxin which affects the laxity of your ligaments. As your baby grows and your lower back starts to curve more, increasing strain is put onto your ligaments, joints and muscles leading to them becoming dysfunctional, irritated and painful. Common symptoms of PPGP include pain on walking, going upstairs, standing on one leg and turning over in bed.
If you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself, chiropractic may be your answer. Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment, which primarily works by restoring normal function to joints, muscles and ligaments, allowing them to function at their optimum and to cope better with the increasing strain being put on them. As a result healing is promoted, irritation is reduced and pain is alleviated.
I have done additional training, on top of my chiropractic degree, specifically in the treatment of PPGP and have helped many women manage their PPGP throughout their pregnancies.
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