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Winning the Battle Against Back Pain During Pregnancy

The second trimester of pregnancy is when back pain rears its ugly head

For many women, back pain becomes prominent during the second half of pregnancy, and gets progressively worse until the due date. There are a host of reasons for this because, as with all things spine-related, back pain is a much more complex biological process than we have been led to believe. 

With pregnancy, we start by identifying the common suspects, beginning with the hormonal changes of the first trimester. During this time, the hormone relaxin is produced in higher quantities, loosening the ligaments in the pelvis to prepare for childbirth and, crucially, destabilizing the spine. In the second trimester, this instability combines with:

  • Your center of gravity shifting forward
  • Growing weight of the baby as your pregnancy progresses
  • Postural difficulties and changes in the spinal curvature 

So while you may be showing and ready to announce your pregnancy to the world, back pain is lurking in the background trying to spoil the party. 

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Pregnancy Doesn't Have to Mean Nine Months of Pain

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Why your back hurts when you become pregnant

Hormone changes set the stage for back pain. Relaxin is the hormone that is produced by the ovary and placenta and it is the hormone that all chiropractors are allowed to hate. Quantities of relaxin peak during the first trimester- it makes your body ready for the passage of the child by loosening ligaments in the pelvis.

How does this cause back pain? 

The pelvis, attached to the base of the spine, is very important for the stability of the upper body. As relaxin increases, and the structures are allowed to move, they quite often move in the wrong direction, causing spinal misalignment and impinging on nerves that exit the spinal canal. With the spine out of alignment, tissues in the surrounding area tighten and strain to support the new position.

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Relaxing Ergonomically: Sitting with Style on your Sofa

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Go ahead, take a seat on that sofa...

...but remember that sitting itself puts pressure on your spine, and melting into an old sofa for 4 hours of Netflix is not doing your back any favors. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we are not the types to deny anyone their well-earned relaxation hours; however, we do hope that you will keep your spine in mind when it comes to relaxing. A few adjustments to the way you sit while relaxing can vastly improve the relationship between your spine and your sofa. Always remember that good posture is good style! 

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How High Heels Hurt Spinal Health

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Is your spine suffering for you to look good? 

We would never begrudge anyone the chance to look tall and elegant with the perfect pair of heels. However, it is always worth asking: at what price? High heels change the position of our body, with the most significant change affecting the curvature of your spine. Over time, heels also take a toll on the joints in the lower body, as well as altering your standing posture and the way you walk. This all points in one direction: toward back pain. 

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Chiropractic for Sacroiliac Dysfunction and Related Pain

sacroiliac joint pain

The sacroiliac joint is one of the most important joints in the body

And that is saying something considering that every joint in your body is a focal point of movement and therefore extremely important. The sacroiliac joint just happens to be located at a crucial confluence in the body, linking the pelvis bone (iliac) to the lowest part of the spine (the sacrum). Supported and stabilized by a host of ligaments and muscles, the sacroiliac joint conducts the transfer of forces between the upper body and legs. Problems with the sacroiliac joint include: 

  • Weakness in the surrounding muscles
  • Tightness/ stiffness in the joint or surrounding muscles
  • Acute injury of the joint
  • Inflammation in the joint capsule

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Gentle Chiropractic: Why Mobilization Improves Spinal Health

chiropractic mobilization

Mobilization is the act of of making something movable or capable of movement

Joint stiffness hurts- whether it is caused by acute injury, chronic inflammation or anything in between, a stiff joint anywhere in the body is going to affect your life in a negative manner. When spinal joints are stiff, the ripple effect is even greater; because your spine is the center of movement for your whole body, every single motion is likely to affect the spinal joints. Stiff spinal joints, therefore, have a way of limiting our movement far beyond the site of the initial stiffness. 

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