Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy
What is Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy
Lower back pain is frequently experienced by pregnant women with more than two‐thirds of pregnant women experience low‐back pain and almost one‐fifth experience pelvic pain. The two conditions can occur separately or together and typically increase with advancing pregnancy, interfering with work, daily activities and sleep .
How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy
Pregnancy and childbirth weaken the back in two ways; in a purely physical way, they put a strain on the back muscles; in an energetic sense, they may weaken Kidney-Qi, which consequently fails to strengthen the back muscles.
However, pregnancy and childbirth are not by themselves a cause of disease. They only become that in women of weak constitution, in those who do not take care or rest after childbirth, or in those who have several children in close succession. In fact, if a woman takes particular care after childbirth, having adequate rest and a good, nourishing diet, a weak constitution may even be strengthened .
Studies showed acupuncture performed on women with low back pain had positive health effects. Furthermore, according to the pain assessments following treatment, there was a statistically significant reduction in low back pain among the pregnant women from as early as the second acupuncture session, with a gradual improvement with the advancement of the number of sessions. There were no serious adverse events related to acupuncture .
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What You Can Do to Help Yourself
There are several thing that may help to relieve NSLBP including:
- Rest, but not total bed rest. Move about but do not strain the back.
- Hot packs placed on the painful area will promote blood flow to the area and may lessen the pain. If the pain is particularly strong or application of heat irritates or increases the pain, use a cold pack instead. It will help to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain in this circumstance
- Seek professional help from a healthcare professional if you are unable to relieve the pain using the methods described above. Acupuncture and/or massage are a great place to start.
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