Low back pain because of pregnancy can be helped with Chiropractic.
Posted Jan 22 2010 3:42am
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is very helpful with low back pain which can occur during pregnancy. The weight gain, loosening of the ligaments, activity change can cause and/or contribute to back pain. During labor, back pain is also a problem. There are some suggestions in the literature that back pain may affect pregnancy and delivery in ways other than increasing discomfort or restricting activity. There is some evidence that suggests that women with low back pain during pregnancy had longer labors and pain during delivery know as back labor. Other researchers have reported that there may be a relationship between back pain during pregnancy and during delivery. Having a baby is hard enough (and painful enough) so if there is a way to reduce the pain and make labor shorter, it would be a good thing. Our office treats many pregnant women and their children as well. Visit our website at www.southingtonchiropractor.com for more information.
The cause of back pain during labor is unknown for sure. Some possible causes are traction or stretching of the abdominal muscles, the bladder, urethra or rectum. Other people suggest the jamming of spinal joints can refer pain to the low back area especially with the change in the mother’s size. Regardless of the cause of low back pain, 84% of women who received chiropractic treatment reported relief of back pain during pregnancy. And within the group of women who treated for low back pain during their pregnancy, a significant number of them reported decreased back pain during labor.
This study shows that there is a way to possible identify women who are a risk for back labor and possible longer labors. If a woman has back pain during pregnancy, there is a good chance she will have back pain during her delivery. This could be prevented with treatment. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe for mom and baby. If the cause of back pain is because of joint jamming, taking Tylenol or other medication the OB/GYN suggests will not un-jam those joints. In fact, not addressing this problem may increase the chance for increased labor pain.
In 1974 and again in 1982, the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a number of practitioners commented on the effectiveness of spinal care for pregnant women. “For normal patients, correction of vertebral subluxations (misalignments) definitely helps normal function and rehabilitation. Manipulation can be of great value in normalizing the body functions of women with problems of pregnancy such as toxemia.” And “Manipulative therapy…normalizes functions of the pituitary, adrenal, ovarian and placental systems, including the craniosacral respiratory mechanism. This shortens the labor…and lessens medication requirement…postpartum depression is a rarity in patients receiving…manipulative therapy.”
Chiropractic care is a drugless health care system. Drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter, can harm the growing baby. The safest thing to do is to avoid all drugs and seek natural non-drug alternatives. Exercise, weight control, relaxation are all ways to keep mom and baby happy and healthy. If you are pregnant or know someone who is and is suffering with low back pain, please share this article. Discuss with your doctor about being examined to determine if chiropractic care is right for you.