Back pain is a common complaint for women during pregnancy, pain may present in the lower back, in the sacroiliac joint (where the spine and pelvis meet), or pubic symphysis (where the front two halves of your pelvic meet).
During pregnancy your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which causes the ligaments holding the joints in your spine and pelvis together to loosen. This creates room for your growing baby, and prepares you for the birth process, but it also results in instability of your joints, which may cause pain.
As your baby grows you will gain weight will is added load for your spine and pelvis. In addition to this, your centre of gravity shifts which may alter your normal posture.
With the change of centre of gravity and especially during stressful times in your pregnancy you may also experience increased muscle tension and spasm.
Your PhysioPro will assess and diagnose the source of your back or pelvic pain. Treatment may involve massage, joint mobilization, taping or bracing, and heat or ice therapy. Your PhysioPro will also educate you on how best to manage your pain at home, improve your posture, and may prescribe exercises to strengthen and stabilize.