SPD, PGP or Back pain in Pregnancy?
Back pain in pregnancy is very common, so much so it is almost considered normal. Persistent back or pelvic pain either in the low back or in the front of the pelvis as is more common in pelvic girdle pain (PGP), previously know as symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), however common it may be should not be ignored.
What causes back pain in pregnancy?
During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes a lot of changes. Some of these changes can cause aches and pains in the spine and pelvis which can lead to back pain in pregnancy.
Some of the muscle and joint pain experienced in pregnancy is due to the changing posture that takes place as a result of the growing baby. As the ‘bump’ gets larger you will notice a change in posture from standing straight to leaning backwards.
This puts increased pressure on the joints in the spine which can lead to pain in the low back and pelvis. Chiropractic care can help to make sure the joints and muscles in the low back and pelvis are moving and functioning at their best.
It’s not all in the low back
It is not just the low back that can be painful during pregnancy. Many pregnant women also suffer from upper back pain, neck pain and headaches – this can be as a result of changing posture.
However, some women also find that they cannot take the painkillers that they would have normally take to treat these problems. Chiropractic care can help with the treatment of neck and back pain and headaches that are as of a result of problems with the muscles and joints in these areas.
Does the back pain stop after I’ve had the baby?
The majority of pregnancy related back pain can stop once the baby is born. But not all pregnancy related pain does. Unfortunately, a lot of the tasks involved in caring for a new-born baby such as lifting and carrying not only the baby but the car seats and pushchairs and of course the nappy bag can put a toll on the back. If you are still suffering from pain after you have had the baby it is best to have the problem assessed. So that we can help you get pain free and moving well as soon as possible.
What is involved in Chiropractic treatment of pregnancy related back pain and PGP?
Chiropractic care involves adjustments to the spine and joints of the body as well as soft tissue therapy to the surrounding muscles. It is safe to have chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy.
During your first appointment you will discuss your pregnancy, the problem you are looking for help with and your past medical history. A thorough assessment of your spine and pelvis is then carried out. The results of these tests will be explained to you and Rosie will create your individual treatment plan with advice and exercises so you get the best results from your care at Total Chiropractic.
Still have questions?
At Total Chiropractic we offer a free 20 minute Chiro Chat appointment. During this appointment you can talk to Rosie about your pregnancy and the back or pelvic pain you are having. It is also a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about chiropractic care. From there you can then book a new patient appointment for a complete assessment of your problem.
If you would like to speak to us call us on 01635 791 301 or you can email us.
Bronfort; Effectiveness of Manual Therapies: the UK Evidence Report, 2010.