Pregnancy and Back Pain
Relief for Back Pain in Pregnancy
Back pain during pregnancy is a very common complaint and I see it on a daily basis in my practice. The causes of back pain in pregnancy are varied and many.
However, generally speaking, there are two types of pain relating to your back in pregnancy: Postural pain and Structural back pain.
In this section we will look at specific types of back pain during pregnancy - conditions such as sciatica, lower back pain and upper back pain. We will also look at various treatment approaches (as opposed to just waiting to have your baby!) for each as well as conditioning programmes such as Pilates and Yoga.
Lower back pain is the most common area in your back to suffer during your pregnancy. The most common cause of back pain that I see is in your lower back, and is related to the changes in your lower…
Doing Pilates during your pregnancy helps to enhance your understanding of good posture and how you can unload your tired spine using simple pilates exercises, postures and positions.
This can occur as a result of the postural changes associated with pregnancy, or as a result of the “ligamentus laxity” that pregnancy hormones can cause - which results in strain on your upper back.
One of the most painful types back pain experienced in pregnancy is when you have lower back pain and leg pain - sciatica. This is where your sciatic nerve is compressed or trapped due to postural changes or displaced joints.
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