Back & Neck Pain

1 in 2 women experience back or neck pain during pregnancy

When you consider the weight of your growing baby, all carried at the front of your body, you realise why our postures change so much during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Furthermore, there is a hormone that relaxes our abdominal and pelvic floor muscles as well as our joints and ligaments during pregnancy. Is it any wonder that so many of us experience back or neck pain during pregnancy?

Don’t let back or neck pain spoil your pregnancy or motherhood experience

Do you have pain in the lower back that makes you want to constantly arch backwards for relief?

Does your lower back pain radiate into one or both legs?

Do you have pain across the bra line region that worsens when you feed or hold your baby?

Do you suffer from neck pain and headaches?

Back and neck pain during pregnancy can be very debilitating and prevent you from functioning properly let alone enjoying what should be one of the most exciting times in your life.

What’s more, without the right treatment, your back and neck pain could continue after you have given birth making it very hard for you to look after your new baby without pain.

While back and neck pain is common, there’s no need to put up with it.

How can we help?

Physiotherapy can relieve your symptoms and prevent the pain from worsening, which it is likely to if you do nothing.

The right exercise and postural awareness will also help you recover much faster after the birth of your baby.

What to expect

Following a physical assessment of your posture and spinal joints and muscles, your Physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist will design a personalised spinal health program designed specifically for you.

The program will include:

  • Advice on how to modify your activities and posture while pregnant and after the birth of your baby, including while breastfeeding and holding your baby, to reduce your pain.
  • A simple exercise program designed to strengthen and tone your abdominal, hip and pelvic floor muscles in order to better support your back and neck.
  • A recovery program to follow once you have given birth to prevent a relapse of your pain and help you return to normal activities.

Your individualised plan may also include the use of tape or strapping to help stabilise and support your back and manual therapy, including joint mobilisation, Dry Needling and soft tissue massage.

Don’t put up with back or neck pain during or after your pregnancy. Contact us for an appointment with one of our Women’s Health Physios today.