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Pregnancy

Why see a Chiropractor during pregnancy?


Studies on backache have discovered that over 50% of all women complain of lower back pain during pregnancy (7), with the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis being most commonly affected. (8)

Back pain is thought to be due to multiple factors, which include:

  • shifting of the center of gravity caused by the enlarging uterus,
  • increased joint laxity due to an increase in hormones such as relaxin,
  • stretching of ligaments

Each of these three factors may affect the structure and alignment of our spine and in turn the function of our nervous system. As your pregnancy progresses, the weight of your baby can become a major load to bear and hormonal changes may exacerbate any previous spinal weakness or injury.

The correct alignment of the pelvis and spine may contribute to a more enjoyable pregnancy in some mums.
 
(7) Fast A. Low Back Pain in Pregnancy. Spine. 1987;12(4):368-371
(8) Berg G. Low back Pain During Pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gyn. 1988;71:71-75


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