During pregnancy most of us experience back pain and it usually occurs in the lower back, where the pelvis meets the spine, at the sacroiliac joint.
What are the reasons for this to happen?
During a healthy pregnancy, women can gain 20 or more pounds of weight. The structural body has to support this new weight. The weight of the growing baby and uterus also put pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvic area and back. A pregnant body is constantly changing!
These are some of the causes of back pain during pregnancy:
Posture and alignment change. Pregnancy shifts the body center of gravity. The body has to adjust posture in different positions (standing, sitting, sleeping) and the moving patterns such as walking.
Hormonal changes. Relaxin is the hormone that allows the ligaments in the pelvic area and the joints to be more flexible in preparation for the birth process. Relaxin also causes the spine ligaments to get more loose, causing instability and pain.
Muscle Separation. The rectus abdominis run from the rib cage to the pubic bone, these muscles may separate along the centerline as the uterus expands.
Feeling tired or stressed. These can cause the muscles to tense in different areas of the body, this pain feels like spasms. Back pain will probably increase during stressful moments during your pregnancy.
How osteopathy can help you?
Osteopathy offers a gentle and effective approach in relieving back pain during pregnancy. Postural changes cause tightness in the muscles, leading to a shift in the pelvic area. The area that is more sensitive to pain is where the pelvis meets the spine. Structural osteopathy techniques relieve tension by stretching tight areas. These techniques are safe for mom and the baby.
After treatment, you won’t go home empty handed. You will bring with you a homemade plan tailored just for you!! I also invite you to join my prenatal yoga classes. Read another article What is Yoga Therapy?
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