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Is it safe to get treatment if you’re pregnant?

December 12th, 2019 by

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Is it safe to get treatment if you’re pregnant?

Are you pregnant and in pain?

Are you wondering whether it is safe or not to come in and get treatment?

Throughout your journey of pregnancy, it is very common to experience aches and pains as your child begins to grow and a common question we come across is whether it is safe to come in for treatment. The simple answer is… Yes! In this article we will explain why.

Why are you feeling the way you do?

Some of the most common complaints that we see normally within the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy is low back and hip pain. The reason for these aches and pains is because your uterus and abdomen are expanding. This affects your and the way your body load which will be discussed later in the article.

Another reason why you feel the way you do is because of the hormone relaxin. This causes the muscles and ligaments in your hips and lower back to loosen to allow for the growth of your child and to prepare for delivery. As a result of the loosening of these structures often you can experience pain as there is now an inherent instability so you are more likely to overload your low back. 

A study last year found that 85% of women had reduced symptoms of back and pelvic girdle pain after the use of complementary therapies such as hands-on treatment to relieve tension.

How do we help?

If you are experiencing aches and pains because of pregnancy, we can most definitely help you make it to your final days of pregnancy a little easier. We can complete some soft tissue releases and give you some really valuable advice on how you can manage your movement and your body so that you are feeling as good as possible.

A study last year found that 85% of women had reduced symptoms of back and pelvic girdle pain after the use of complementary therapies such as hands-on treatment to relieve tension.

But also keep in mind that you are only safe to be treated given that your pregnancy is uncomplicated and you as a mother are medically stable. Our team with go through an in-depth history and assessment to determine whether it is safe to proceed with treatment and advise accordingly.

What else can you do to manage the pain?

When pain strikes, you are going to want instant relief. Here are some strategies you can do to manage the pain from your home:

  1. Practise good posture
    With your little one growing, your centre of gravity will shift. To compensate for falling forward, it is very easy for you to load your lower back. Think tall and keep you weight centred rather than the balls on your feet.
  2. Use a Heat Pack
    Although this strategy is only temporary, heat will give sensation of relaxation and reduce the stiffness and give some immediate, short-term pain relief.
  3. Lay on your side when sleeping
    This essentially keeps the load of your baby off your body. It is also worth having a supportive pillow under your stomach while laying vertically. If your pain is too much, take a 15 minute lay down with this method to take the pressure off your hips and back.
  4. Keep Moving!
    Moving around and incorporating some physical activity in your daily routine will help strengthen your muscles. Nothing too strenuous, just a light walk or some light stretches will suffice in managing your back pain from home.

If you need any clarity or have any questions regarding the above information do not hesitate to give us a call- we are always here to help.

Yours in Health,
The YHS Team

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