There is this idea that pregnancy causes sciatica; there are even strange theories out there which purport that the baby somehow presses directly on the sciatic nerve. And while we can assure you that this is not the case, we do agree that there is a strong correlation between pregnancy and sciatica, particularly in the third trimester. The fact is, pregnancy breeds a perfect set of conditions for nerve impingement:
In this scenario, there is a good chance that your muscles are becoming strained and pulling your body out of alignment; this is when nerve impingement happens. When this impingement happens to occur to the sciatic nerve, sciatica symptoms develop, including:
Spinal adjustments help to mitigate the unstable situation which is brewing constantly during pregnancy. By returning the vertebrae in your lower spine to proper alignment, we can undo the problematic nerve impingement. From the vantage point of alignment, we introduce gentle stretching and exercises which strengthen the supportive muscles and restore mobility to the lower back. If your sciatica persists, we can help you change your lifestyle to account for the pain, including implementing heat and ice, improving posture, and changing the way you sleep. Massage further aids in the healing process by increasing circulation and stimulating the healing process. We can advise you on stretches, including yoga poses and other gentle exercises, that will prevent your body from falling back into the old patterns of misalignment and impingement. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.