Roughly 50-72% of pregnant women develop low back pain (LBP) and/or pelvic pain at some time during their pregnancy, often worse at late stages due to the baby's head pressing down on a woman's back, legs, and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. For those who already suffer from lower-back pain, the problem can become even worse with pregnancy.
Pregnancy-related low back pain (PLBP) can be a highly debilitating syndrome that accounts for the most common cause of sick leave for pregnant women. Statistics show one out of ten women will experience daily DISABLING LBP for at least two years following delivery.
Because of the limited number of treatment options available for the pregnant woman due to mother and fetus safety, and given the high propensity of potentially disabling PLBP that can significantly limit function and quality of life, chiropractic care is often the safest and fastest way for relief. Chiropractic offers a non-invasive approach to managing lumbopelvic pain that uses many different approaches.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help with:
Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
Controlling symptoms of nausea
Increasing the likelihood of full-term delivery
Reducing the time of labor and delivery
Relieving back, neck or joint pain
A 2009 research paper of 78 participated studied disability, pain intensity, and percent improvement after receiving chiropractic care to treat pregnancy-related PLBP. Here, 73% reported their improvement as either “excellent” or “good.” For disability and pain, 51% and 67% (respectively) experienced clinically significant improvement! Researchers followed up with them eleven months later and found 85.5% reported their improvement as either “excellent” or “good!” For disability and pain, 73% and 82% (respectively) experienced clinically significant improvement!
Because of the biomechanical changes that occur in the low back and pelvis over a relatively short amount of time during pregnancy, the center of gravity shifting forward to the front of her pelvis. The displaced weight increases stress on all of her joints. As the baby grows, the woman's weight is projected even farther forward which increases her low back curve and therefore placing extra stress on her spinal disks. LBP also is often worse during the later stages of pregnancy due to the hormone Relaxin preparing the pelvis for delivery by widening the pelvic girdle, but is not limited to just the Pelvis and SI joints.
Treatment options include:
massage, soft tissue mobilization
SI belt – of trochanteric belt.