Pregnancy back pain is one of the most common conditions seen by our acupuncturists. Growing foetus pushes on muscles, adds weight, the pelvis tilts forward. This creates stress on muscles, ligaments and joints.
Soft tissue swelling and joint laxity are considered normal in pregnancy, but they predispose a pregnant woman to joint pain. Increasing oestrogen, progesterone, relaxin, and cortisol levels also have been shown to be associated with the joint pain and stiffness and arthralgia.
Acupuncture helps by stimulating your body’s own pain-relieving opioid mechanisms. It may help regulate muscle tonus and reduce inflammation.