Maternity and childbirth will be among the most amazing events in your life, but unfortunately, for many the experience is spoilt by chronic back pain.
“Approximately 70 percent of all women experience some degree of back pain during pregnancy. For some, it is merely an ache that comes and goes, but for others it can be really debilitating.”
If you are planning your pregnancy, it would make sense to minimize the risk of suffering lower back pain, sciatica or aching to your neck and shoulders. This can easily be achieved by getting yourself, especially your spine, in the best possible shape before you become pregnant.
A bulging pregnant belly shifts your centre of gravity out from your body. Often without realizing it, you let your lower back be pulled forward into a “swayback posture”, making back muscles short, tight, and painful. A supple spine allows you to stand up straight allowing your muscles to naturally lengthen and stretch, making good posture one of the easiest “exercises” for easing lower back pain.
However, when your spine is stiff then attempting to improve your posture will cause you to lean back further and exacerbate your “swayback posture” and increase the risk of lower back pain.
A course of treatment, before you become pregnant, including the use of Theraflex can increase your mobility helping you to improve your posture comfortably and effectively. By minimising the stresses placed on your low back and relaxing your neck and shoulders it can significantly decrease any symptoms and perhaps even prevent back pain altogether.
If you are in the unfortunate position of suffering low back pain, including sciatica, or neck and shoulder pain, as well as tension headaches, then The BackCare Clinic offers muscle energy treatment and cranial osteomyology to give gentle relief without the need for manipulation.
Tips to help your back during pregnancy:
You should look at how you’re sitting or standing while working or at home, slouching while sitting or standing are big causes of problems with posture, and can be exacerbated while pregnant. Relieving back pain during pregnancy can be as simple as sitting up correctly, and doing simple stretches and exercises can help relieve back, neck and shoulder pain.
Wearing sensible, low-heeled, comfortable shoes will help your posture and the alignment of your spine.
Where ever possible, lift with your legs, not with the more vulnerable muscles in your back.
Try not to sleep on your back as it can put stress on your lower back. Always try to sleep on your side. If sleeping on your back is unavoidable place two pillows under your knees to reduce the pressure on your spine.