Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Every pregnant woman dreads being a victim to pain! You can't pop any medications and if you really need some relief you can ONLY take Tylenol.

Why do we have to experience pain & discomfort during such a wonderful experience? 

So let's understand pain and pregnancy. During pregnancy our bodies change shape, that's because of a hormone called Relaxin that allows our joints and muscles to loosen up to accommodate the weight gain. Our breasts become larger, waists widen and hips become round. This increase in SIZE makes our muscles work harder.

In a nutshell, the pain and discomfort we feel just points to the structures and areas of our body that are being overloaded! Rather than getting alarmed or accepting pain, speak out and seek help. Your best bet is a physical therapist that can help you to alleviate pain through joint techniques and teach you stability exercises so your weak areas become strong.

At Duffy & Bracken we see at least six pregnant women per week with pain....with successful outcomes. We explain why that particular area hurts and then offer solutions to avoid undue stress.

Stay tuned for later blogs were I will cover how pregnancy affects individual areas like your spine, feet and pelvis in more detail.

Renuka Pinto, MPT, PGDR, CSCS, CES