Prenatal Sciatic Pain
Pregnancy Sciatica Chiropractic Treatment
Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness for expectant mothers, even with the periodic nausea, aches, and pains. For some, the pregnancy is plagued with Sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica nerve pain can make standing, lying, or even sitting down an unbearable ordeal.
Numbness, sharp pains, and weakness can happen anywhere from the lower back region down to the feet (along the length of the sciatic nerve). For expectant mothers, the treatment is limited since pain medication or even electroshock become non-options. Chiropractic care provides sciatica pregnancy relief that is completely natural and safe for your pregnancy.
What Is Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy?
Sciatica is a collection of symptoms that occur when there is a disturbance in the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of your lower back, thigh, and down to your feet. This disturbance is usually the sciatic nerve being compressed by some bony spinal element. Other causes may include:
- Disc Herniation
- Arthritic bone spurs
- Disc degeneration or decay
- Narrowing of the spinal canal
During pregnancy, most women conclude that it is the baby that is pressing against the sciatic nerve and causing their pain. Although they may be correct, sometimes it is actually a disc injury that is causing the sciatic pregnancy pain.
Unhealthy postures, excessive standing or sitting, underdeveloped muscles, and poor lifting techniques, or an accumulation of all these lead to sciatica symptoms.
For pregnant women, the additional stress of carrying a baby is what makes sciatica symptoms begin. The change in posture and the additional weight that accompanies pregnancy aggravate any underlying disc injuries (from the aforementioned causes), leading to sciatic nerve pain.
Traditional Sciatica Treatment
Traditional sciatica treatment places an emphasis on treating the symptoms and reducing pain, rather than addressing the underlying cause (trauma, bone spurs, herniated disc, etc.). The use of anti-depressants, anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories, and narcotics can cause temporary sciatica pain relief. These medications have their adverse effects on pregnancy, so alternate methods are needed.
Chiropractic Treatment For Pregnancy Sciatic Nerve Pain
Chiropractic treatment for sciatic pain during pregnancy is a safer option as compared to other traditional treatment methods or mainstream medical methods.
Manual chiropractic adjustments are commonly employed to alleviate the pressure a herniated disc may be placing on your sciatic nerve. Manual therapy, including massages, stretches, and exercises are also employed to reduce any discomfort stemming from your pregnancy or sciatica reaction.