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Back Pain in Pregnancy

She Found Health
Back Pain in Pregnancy
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In part two of our series with physiotherapist and pregnancy/postpartum pelvic health expert Krysta Norwick, Dr. Alicia discusses the very common issue of lower back pain in pregnancy. While it is highly likely to occur to most pregnant people at some point, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to help reduce and/or treat the pain and symptoms! Join us as Krysta and Dr. Alicia discuss the reasons we get back pain in pregnancy and postpartum, symptoms to keep an eye on, and potential treatments!

Reasons for Back Pain

As we shared in previous episodes, shifts in hormonal balances impact our musculoskeletal system - our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones! As a result, the way our body moves may shift to compensate for these changes causing us discomfort, much like in other times of hormonal change such as our teenage years or menopausal time. 

Sometimes it's a bit difficult to identify if you're experiencing lower back or pelvic pain as your lower back ends...

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Pelvic Floor 101

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Pelvic Floor 101
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As we have said many times in the past, education is a form of healthcare. When it comes to your pelvic health, the better understanding you have of the physiology of the area and changes in pregnancy and childbirth, the more empowered you will feel! So today we are chatting with Aliya Dhalla, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, about the basic structure of the pelvic floor, the changes undergone during pregnancy, and how and when a physiotherapist can be useful - even with remote consultations which empower you with the tools and knowledge to understand and heal your own body!

What is the Pelvic Floor?

As the name would suggest, the pelvic floor is literally the bottom of your pelvis, the bony structure that connects our legs to our spine. Imagine it like a hammock or a layer of tissue that sits on the bottom of that pelvis and is made up of three layers of muscles, connective tissue, nerves, fascia, and so on. The pelvic floor helps us do a lot of things that typically happen in our...

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Pelvic Pains of Pregnancy

If you're pregnant or postpartum, then you've more than likely experienced pelvic pain in some way, shape, or form.  

And one of the messages we want to get out there is that YES it's common but it's NOT necessarily normal!  

 

 

Dr. Sarah talks with Lauren from Core Connection physio about all things PRPGP.  They cover lots of important topics including: 

What are the common myths and misconceptions about PRPGP? Let's talk relaxin, "instability" and "separation".

They cover in detail what we know to contribute to PRPGP including pelvic floor and/or abdominal tension, poor coordination of muscles around pelvis and core (motor control), strategies to move that strain the muscles around the pelvis, and emotional distress and tension.
 
They talk about how a pelvic floor physio can help you with PRPGP and offer some helpful tips and tricks for PRPGP including: 
- SI belt - do or don't?
- How symmetry can help --> check out...
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