Back pain is common for all people but not normal. Frequently females are referred to Physical Therapy for back pain during pregnancy. Pregnancy do cause back pain, especially in the last trimester. If you are pregnant and have back, hip, knee or leg pain, then you must feel frustrated when looking for the right treatment. Have you been told that you just need to wait until you have your baby to feel better? Have you been told that there is nothing that can be done for you at this time? If you answered yes, then you need to read this carefully. Pregnancy is normal and healthy, not a disease. Sciatica is also a typical side effect of your changing body, but also should be addressed. There are other typical “side effects” of pregnancy that can be eliminated or significantly decreased with the appropriate care.
A female client told me on the phone that when she was in her final trimester she was referred to a physical therapist by her physician for her back pain. When she was seen by the therapist, the therapist told her that there was nothing she could do for her because she was so close to her due date. She called me, 6 months after the birth of her child, because she still has this same pain. I find this rather upsetting as there are many techniques I use that are safe during pregnancy that help relieve and reduce back pain, and she should not have had to wait this long before receiving help. I can help you feel better, move easier and see you in my office within 24-48 hours, even if you are in your final weeks of pregnancy.
I utilize a technique called Myofascial Release and it is a very safe, gentle and effective form of hands-on manual physical therapy, massage and bodywork that helps the tight and painful areas in your body let go and feel better again.
It is important to have your pelvic balanced prior to delivery and post delivery. I can also help after delivery during the postpartum time with any lingering issues and can teach you how to regain your core stability, strength and a flat stomach. These techniques can also help if you had a rectus diastisis (abdominal wall separation) or other normal postnatal pelvic floor problems you may experience such as stress urinary incontinence (leaking when you sneeze).
Until next time,
Aman Dhaliwal PT, DPT
Serving Physical Therapy in Tracy, CA