Pregnancy Pain – Is Pregnancy a Pain in the Butt
Pregnancy pain can be debilitating. I have been treating a lot of pregnant women at varying stages throughout their pregnancy recently. So I 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.
Despite pregnancy being a beautiful experience, it can sometimes be a real pain in the butt – quite literally! Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) refers to pain felt around the pelvic, pubic, lumbar, abdominal or thigh area. It occurs in approximately 20% of pregnancies. If you’ve had pelvic or lower back pain in the past 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. This leads 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.
How Chiropractic Can Help
If you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself, chiropractic may be your answer. Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment. It 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.
The Webster Technique
There is also a technique called the Webster Technique which improves function within the pelvis. If the pelvis is in the correct alignment, it gives baby enough space to turn. Pregnant mum’s who are breech or tansverse will benefit from this technique. All our chiropractors can perform the Webster Technique,
Our chiropractors have done additional training, on top of our chiropractic degrees, specifically in the treatment of PPGP. We have helped many women manage their PPGP throughout their pregnancies.
Please call us on 0161 879 7701 if you are suffering with Pregnancy Pain
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