Back Pain During Pregnancy – Some ideas on managing it.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 April 2017 06:25 Written by Dylan Paydar Friday, 21 April 2017 06:11

It is not surprising that during pregnancy back pain can come on, given the facts that you gain more weight, your centre of gravity is lowered and your ligaments are starting to relax to prepare your body for labour.

pregnant-womanThe first “port of call” would be gentle exercises  to strengthen the core abdominal muscles which can help to take some of the strain off your back and prevent acute localised pain in your lower back. Exercise sheets may be available in the antenatal clinic you are attending.

If you are unfamiliar with core stability exercises, yoga or Palates, find the discipline of home exercise difficult, or would prefer supervised exercise classes with other pregnant women then a local antenatal exercise class might be the way to go. If this seems like too much try an aquanatal class, (water aerobics for mums to be).

For some women however, the pain is too intense to attend an exercise class or even to do home exercises. Typically women find the back pain most intense when they’ve been in the same position for a long time as the muscles start to become stiff. To self manage this, make sure to change your position regularly and use the appropriate support, such as a cushion when sitting. Regular walking can help too.

In cases where the pain is quite intense and intrusive it may be worth consulting with a chiropractor or other healthcare professional to see if a trial of treatment can help to alleviate the symptoms.

Whether your pain is mild, or severe, observing good back care rules to minimise stress on your back becomes even more important now, than before you became pregnant.

So let’s remind ourselves of these rules for looking after our backs. Firstly, posture can be key to managing lower back pain. When you’re moving around make sure to bend from the knees and keep your back straight. Don’t forget to move your feet when turning as this can help prevent excess twisting on the spine. If you sleep on your side use a pillow between your knees and if you sleep on your back try putting a pillow or two under your knees to help relax your spine whilst you are sleeping.

As well as the above remember to stand up straight and tall, hold your chest high, keep your shoulders and back relaxed and use a comfortably wide stance to keep your upper body fully supported.

In conclusion… Although back pain is common during pregnancy, it is important to make sure you’re getting the right exercise. Where pain prevents this, speaking to your GP or midwife (at the antenatal class) can be very fruitful. They might recommend you need some hands on therapy such as chiropractic  to help.

 

Edited by Dylan Paydar, Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic, London. N10 1ER

 

 

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Is your work really a pain in the neck or back … asks a North London chiropractor

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 04:23 Written by Dylan Paydar Friday, 1 November 2013 04:16

If research carried out in Australia last year is anything to go by then it could be. The research suggested that people who were working in roles they didn’t enjoy were more likely to suffer persistent back pain than those people with a more positive attitude.

The research was undertaken by an orthopaedic surgeon and rheumatologist, Associate Professor Markus Melloh, working alongside the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research. Professor Melloh stated “Attitude in the workplace and positive thinking has a huge impact on lower back pain”.

A survey undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) in March 2012 would also suggest a string link between people’s back problems and their work. The survey found that 15% of people interviewed, who were suffering from back or neck pain, specifically cited their work as being the cause of their problems.

It was long believed that people working a manual job were more prone to back problems, however, increasingly people who have office jobs where they are sitting at their desks often undertaking work at PCs, laptops and now mobile devices are equally at risk of suffering back pain.

The research results in Australia would highlight that our attitude to our work can also contribute to back pain.

If you do spend a lot of your work time at your desk and on a PC or laptop you may want to follow the advice in this video.

If you are suffering back pain or neck pain then why not make an appointment with us and find out how we may help you.

Dylan Paydar at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic
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Including Muswell Hill, Finchley, Highgate and Southgate

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Sports Injuries: Can a chiropractor help? North London Chiropractor Dylan Paydar explains more

Last Updated on Monday, 1 July 2013 03:19 Written by Dylan Paydar Monday, 1 July 2013 03:12

Sports injury treatment at North London Chiropractor As a chiropractic clinic in North London we often treat patients who have sustained sports injuries.  Indeed we’ve built up a bit of a reputation for getting people back to full fitness. And, we offer help and advice on how to avoid repeating similar injuries in the future.

Anyone who plays sport on a regular basis is liable to suffer an injury at some time, such as a slip, fall, or collision and also have the potential for a repetitive stress or overuse injury.

It is not surprising that we treat patients with:

  • Knee pain due to wear and tear
  • Lower back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Frozen shoulder/shoulder joint problems
  • Planta fasciitis (a condition causing foot pain)
  • Neck pain

Broadly speaking, sports injuries can be classified as either traumatic or overuse type injuries. Traumatic injuries are usually sustained in contact type sports such as football or rugby. Treatment depends on the degree of damage sustained by the patient. We also take into account the patient’s age and how severe the injury actually is.

Overuse injuries are sustained as a result of repetitive actions being undertaken. The patients coming in for treatment are runners, cyclists, people who do yoga, as well as those playing sports like golf, tennis or bowling – essentially sports or activities that require the participant to make the same movement repeatedly. When it comes to treating overuse or repetitive strain injuries we can also help.

Chiropractors can help with treating such sports injuries and give advice such as warming-up properly before exercise, advice that is tailored to you, which can be a major factor on some muscle injuries especially if you tend to tense in one area.

Patients tell us they are surprised at the rate of recovery once chiropractic treatment starts. A chiropractor will also give you tips on how to manage the injury and avoid further instances occurring.

But let’s not forget that the types of sports injuries we deal with on a daily basis aren’t just limited to those doing athletes or other sports. We treat a wide range of similar injuries not sustained when playing sports!

For more information about how Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic can help you and get you back to your optimal level of fitness, call us now.

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