While pregnancy is a joyous and beautiful part of life, it can come with a considerable amount of discomfort, including nausea, fatigue, and even neck and back pain. Here are some natural remedies for pregnancy neck and back pain:
1. Sit Comfortably
When sitting in front of the computer, or even relaxing on the couch, make sure you’re using pillows to your advantage. Providing lumbar support and even neck support on the couch is very important to take some of the strain off of your back and neck. Also, use a stepping stool or an ergonomically designed foot rest to elevate your feet when in a seated position.
2. Wear The Right Shoes
Try as much as possible to wear flat shoes that offer support. Avoid flip flops and high heels, as they offer little to no support. High heels can also throw your back out of alignment, shift your posture forward, and even be potentially dangerous as you are more likely to fall in high heels.
3. Visit A Chiropractor
Chiropractic adjustments can be very helpful, particularly with neck pain. Make sure you find a chiropractor you are comfortable with, who will give you a full assessment before beginning any treatment. Choose a chiropractor with experience working with pregnant women, as adjustments for pregnant women can be different than those for non-pregnant women.
4. Sleep Comfortably
Sleeping positions are very important to keep your back and neck properly aligned. Many pregnant women find side sleeping with a body pillow or pregnancy pillow can greatly help reduce back and neck pain, as well as migraines. Try to keep your neck aligned with your back—a stiffer pillow can assist you with this.
Massage therapy can greatly help back and neck pain during pregnancy. Swedish massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
For more information on booking a chiropractic or massage consultation with Quartell Chiropractic, please call us at (561) 625-5556 today!