Dealing with Pregnancy Pains through Physiotherapy
There are a lot of changes in the body before, during, and after pregnancy. It’s not only the hormones that change but it’s also the body parts themselves. These body changes can come as a shock to you or you might barely feel them at all, but it is best to be prepared for whatever that can happen during the whole cycle of your pregnancy.
When a friend of mine got pregnant, she noticed that there were a lot of times that she experienced pain in her lower back. I told her that this was because her body is not used to the extra weight she is carrying and that her center of gravity is shifting. If before it used to be only in a straight line, now that her tummy is bulging her posture somewhat curves to the back to balance the weight in the uterus. There are other changes in the body that she experienced and some are muscle cramps or tightenings, pelvic pain, and of course, stress. Although stress cannot be fully treated since it is a natural reaction of the body, the pain she felt on her lower back and pelvic area was treated with the use of physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy is also called physical therapy and it is mainly associated with exercises and massages to heal muscle pains and injuries. This can also be applied to pregnancy because pregnant women also experience these things just in a different way. Going back, what my friend did was to search for clinics that are experts at pregnancy physiotherapy. She then searched Capital Physiotherapy servicing the Middle Park area since it turned out that Capital Physiotherapy was one of the more famous clinics in this field.
The clinic had a number of services and some of them include: prenatal and postnatal wellness, postural corrections and massages. When my friend got to the clinic, they assessed her before recommending a pregnancy physiotherapy session. As she was experiencing back and muscle pain, she was recommended general physiotherapy sessions. There was also a brief check-up to further diagnose her condition.
So my friend was describing what happened during her physiotherapy sessions. What usually occurred was a physical therapist asks which part of her body was aching and if there weren’t any she was given exercises to prevent further pains. She claims that preventive measures on bodily changes were helpful since her body was able to adjust even before her baby got heavier and she, in turn, felt more at ease than uncomfortable.
Aside from exercises that helped her body adjust with the added weight and the change in center of gravity, her physical therapist also gave massages at times to loosen up her muscles. She claims that when a woman is pregnant, there is a tendency that the hormone relaxin is produced. Relaxin occurs naturally to women during pregnancy because this helps ligaments loosen up a little bit to make them more flexible to accommodate the baby.
Another aspect of physiotherapy was posture correction. I mentioned earlier that when my friend got pregnant, her center of gravity changed. It no longer was in a straight line and since the weight is in her stomach area, her back had to bend a little bit back to counter this change. Because of this, further back pains are caused and her posture was potentially at risk to be like that even after pregnancy. To prevent this, pregnancy physiotherapy was necessary to make changes in the posture that will not lead to anymore back or pelvic pains.
If you are experiencing the same thing or are worried that these pains might happen to you (more often than not that it will) it is best to consult a physiotherapy clinic immediately to prevent any further discomfort during your pregnancy.