Healthy News April 2024 Pregnancy Related Back Pain: Relieving Chiropractic Treatment and Exercise

picture of chiropractic treatment of a Severna Park pregnant patient
 

RELIEF FOR PREGNACY-RELATED BACK PAIN, LEG PAIN

Pregnancy-related low back pain, leg pain, pelvic pain and other neuromuscular pain issues drains the happiness out of pregnancy for some. Just ask a current or formerly pregnant woman! Care without drugs is desirable for these patients. Chiropractic treatment with spinal manipulation is one type of evidence-based treatment option. (1) In a study that did not track what type of care (if any) they received for their back pain, researchers discovered that the likelihood of the pain restricting self-grooming and work activities was doubled for those who had a combination of musculoskeletal pain issues versus just low back pain throughout pregnancy. Those who had both pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and low back pain (LBP) had five times greater risk of work absence. Those who noted that they experienced a mix of PGP and LBP had a 13-times greater likelihood. At 6 months postpartum, 16% had lingering pain, 38% had persistent pain, 50% were pain-free. (2) This is where pain alleviating care like chiropractic spinal manipulation comes into play. For example, a 26-year-old pregnant woman in her second trimester experienced severe pain in her low back and both hips and down her right leg noted relief after her initial treatment with Cox® Technic flexion distraction decompression. Cox® spinal manipulation was performed in a side-lying, comfortable modified position for treatment. She noted complete relief of her pain with 8 visits. (3) Chiropractic is a non-drug, gentle option for pain relief throughout pregnancy. Let your pregnant friends know that they don’t have to suffer with back pain!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Evaline Delson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson  about the use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management treatment protocols to help restore some pain free joy of the pregnancy. 

 

Severna Park HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH: Exercise for (Pregnancy-Related and All) Back Pain

Exercise certainly benefits anyone with back pain and even those who experience back pain while pregnant. 42.3% of pregnant women had low back pain which was more common than in the normal population. Being physically active with regular exercise was suggested (4) A study of pregnant women who exercised from their 17th to their 34th week versus those who did not exerices reported 21.9 mm less low back pain and 12.9 mm less sciatic pain on a VAS (0-100) scale score, 6.9%  said they had less pain, slept better, had less pain while lifting, and were less limited in their social lives because of pain. (5) A review of the outcomes of 16 randomized clinical trials found that women who performed physical activity throughout their pregnancy had less pain intensity, had decreases noted in their disability questionnaires, and reported less general pain overall. (6) What exercises work? A simple series of exercises focusing on abdominal tightness, pelvic tilting, and foot and ankle movements were found to be statistically significant in reducing pregnancy-related musculoskeletal disorders. (7) The three basic exercises for back pain patients in the Cox® Technic System are comparable: abdominal tightening, pelvic tilt, and knee chest exercises. So simple. So effective.

Back And Neck Care Center is honored to be your Severna Park chiropractor and appreciates your sharing your chiropractic care with family and friends, especially the pregnant ones this month! See you soon!

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