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April 2024 Healthy News from Moriarty Chiropractic Chiropractic Care and Exercise for Pregnancy-Related Back Pain

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Pregnancy-related low back pain, leg pain, pelvic pain and other neuromuscular pain conditions zaps the happiness out of pregnancy for some. Just ask a current or formerly pregnant woman! Care without medications is desirable for these patients. Chiropractic treatment with spinal manipulation is one such evidence-based treatment option. (1) In a study that did not track what type of care (if any) they underwent for their back pain, researchers discovered that the likelihood of the pain restricting self-grooming and work activities was twice the risk for those who had a combination of musculoskeletal pain complaints versus just low back pain during pregnancy. Those who had both pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and low back pain (LBP) had five times greater risk of work absence. Those who had a mix of PGP and LBP had a 13-times higher likelihood. At 6 months postpartum, 16% still had some pain, 38% had persistent pain, 50% were pain-free. (2) This is where relieving care like chiropractic spinal manipulation comes into play. For example, a 26-year-old pregnant woman in her second trimester experienced severe pain in her low back and both hips and down her right leg expressed relief after her initial treatment with Cox® Technic flexion distraction decompression. Cox® spinal manipulation was delivered in a side-lying, comfortable modified position for treatment. She reported complete relief of her pain with 8 visits. (3) Chiropractic is a non-drug, gentle option for pain relief during pregnancy. Let your pregnant friends know that they do not have to suffer with back pain!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Evaline Delson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson  about the utilization of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management treatment protocols to help regain some pain free joy of the pregnancy. 

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Nashua HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH: Exercise for (Pregnancy-Related and All) Back Pain

Exercise certainly benefits anyone with back pain and even those who experience back pain during pregnancy. 42.3% of pregnant women had low back pain which was more common than in the normal population. Being physically active with regular exercise was recommended. (4) A study of pregnant women who exercised from their 17th to their 34th week versus those who did not exerices reported 21.9 mm less low back pain and 12.9 mm less sciatic pain on a VAS (0-100) scale score, 6.9%  reported less pain, slept better, had less pain when lifting, and were less restricted in their social lives due to pain. (5) A review of the results of 16 randomized clinical trials found that women who performed physical activity throughout their pregnancy had less pain intensity, had decreases noted in their disability questionnaires, and reported less general pain overall. (6) What exercises are effective? A simple series of exercises centering on abdominal tightness, pelvic tilting, and foot and ankle movements were found to be statistically significant in reducing pregnancy-related musculoskeletal disorders. (7) The three basic exercises for back pain patients in the Cox® Technic System are similar: abdominal tightening, pelvic tilt, and knee chest exercises. So easy. So effective.

Moriarty Chiropractic is honored to be your Nashua chiropractor and values your sharing your chiropractic care with family and friends, especially the pregnant ones this month! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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