More than half of women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Primary causes include poor posture and muscle weakness associated with the extra baby weight gained in the abdominal region. Fortunately, there is a way to help reduce this uncomfortableness throughout pregnancy and actually prepare you for a smoother delivery.
Physical therapy, although most commonly utilized to help patients recover from surgery or injury, identifies non-surgical techniques to treat aches and pains, even those associated with pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses, your center of gravity shifts farther forward straining muscles unaccustomed to supporting the extra weight. One of our physical therapists can show you exercises to help strengthen these and other muscles to combat this overcompensation. Stretching exercises can also reduce unnecessary tension associated with muscle strain.
Another beneficial treatment option is massage therapy. Massage therapy focuses on the body’s natural healing capabilities through the holistic massage approach. By increasing blood flow and reducing muscle stiffness, it relieves joints experiencing the stress of extra pregnancy weight and relaxes any nerve tension inhibiting sleep. It can also improve your mood helping you cope with anxiety and/or depression caused by hormonal imbalances during pregnancy.
So whether it’s for treating a specific area or simply giving your body the relaxation and revitalization it needs, please come see one of our therapists. Pregnancy doesn’t have to weigh you down. Please contact our office at 509-416-0444 to schedule a FREE consult with one of our physical therapists to discuss pregnancy or post-partum pain.