Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman's life, but with the joy of expecting comes some physiological changes that can cause pain and discomfort. In fact, there's an established connection of pregnancy with low back pain, and as the due date approaches, the back pain may increase.
Is there anything that is a natural type of treatment for pregnancy low back pain? Yes, according to researchers at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.
Pregnant women have long sought out the care of a chiropractor, and with good reason. They feel better after a spinal adjustment. But where's the proof? And is it safe?
In the Toronto study, 11 pregnant patients and 12 chiropractors were interviewed about their experience with pregnancy low back pain and chiropractic. The researchers found that there had been no adverse side effects from chiropractic care for women during their pregnancy who had low back pain. All chiropractors agreed that chiropractic was safe during pregnancy, even in the third trimester.
Most of the chiropractors advised exercises or exercising for the pregnant women with low back pain and found it was beneficial. The types of exercises were walking and stretching. Yoga was also recommended.
All the pregnant women reported that chiropractic treatments did relieve their low back pain and improved their mobility. They were able to carry out their normal daily activities better, plus their pain and discomfort lessened. The women were very much satisfied with the chiropractic care.
If you go to a chiropractor for pregnancy low back pain, your treatment might vary every time you have an appointment. Treatments are slightly different because the spine is not exactly the same every time there is back pain. One vertebrae may be out of alignment one day and another day, several segments may be out of alignment. A chiropractor never assumes that your back is exactly the same each and every time. But one thing that you can expect is that no matter what the treatment, relief is nearby.
Source: Sadr S, Pourkiani-Allah-Abad N, and Stuber KJ. The treatment experience of patients with low back pain during pregnancy and their chiropractors: a qualitative study. Chiropractic and Manual Therapy 2012;20(1):32.