Take Care of Your Back During Pregnancy

pregnacy posture advice, cliffs chiropractic clinic, back pain, arif soomroDuring pregnancy your body goes through significant changes some of which will affect your posture. Unfortunately it’s not uncommon for these changes to result in back aches and pains. Some of the more common changes which can result in back aches and pains during pregnancy include:

  • Lumbar curving increasing due to the increased weight being carried at the front of the body. In turn more pressure is put onto the spinal joints which can cause discomfort mad for some pain.
  • Increased pressure put on the upper back as a result of an increase in breast size can result in upper back aches and pain.
  • During the final stages of pregnancy the releasing of relaxin to soften muscles, ligaments and tendons can cause more problems when over stretching and lifting.

Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend recommend that you take care of your back during pregnancy.  Seeking advice from a healthcare professional to help advise you on exercises and stretches you can do to help support your spine is highly recommended.

Taking appropriate forms of exercise is important, especially exercises that will help strengthen the core. There are specialist pregnancy yoga classes that can be undertaken from 12 weeks. Swimming and aqua natal classes can also be beneficial.

Our chiropractors recommend that you seek the advice of a health care professional such as a chiropractor, your GP, midwife or other healthcare professional to advise you appropriately.

Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend s a leading chiropractic pregnancy care clinic. Arif Soomro, one of our experienced chiropractors, is a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association. He has helped many ladies through their pregnancies both patients and other chiropractors. Arif is also certified in the Webster Technique.

Arif says, “Caring for an expectant mother is an extremely rewarding experience. It offers an unique opportunity to positively influence two lives at once.”

If you are suffering back aches and pains during your pregnancy why not call us today and book an appointment with Arif.



Could Poor Deskbound Posture Be Causing You Health Issues?

echo back story 20sWorking mum, Laura Clegg, was suffering headaches from morning through to night. On the advice of her husband she paid Arif at Cliffs a visit and was astonished by Arif’s diagnosis, the results of Arif’s treatment and the positive impact of doing the exercises that Arif prescribed to help her.

Click the link to read the Echo article of Laura’s story and get the exercises you can do if you are deskbound: Poor Deskbound Posture To Blame For My Night And Day Headaches



Effective exercises for lower back pain

If you suffer from lower back pain, strengthening your back and supporting muscles can help.

Here our Cliffs chiropractor shares two effective exercises that could help to manage your back condition:

Knee to Chest Stretch

1: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Next, use both hands to pull up one knee and press it to your chest. Then tighten your abdominals and press your spine to the floor. Hold this position for 5 seconds.

2: Return to the starting position and repeat the action with the opposite leg

3:  Return to the starting position and repeat the action with both legs at the same time.

Repeat each stretch two to three times – once in the morning and once at night.

Lower Back Rotational Stretch

1: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. With your shoulders firmly on the floor, roll your bent knees to one side and hold the position for five to 10 seconds.

2: Return to the starting position and repeat the exercise on the opposite side.

Again, repeat each stretch two to three times – once in the morning and once at night.

Important Note: These exercises are designed to help moderate lower back pain. If your back pain is a result of an injury or you suffer with any medical condition, contact your chiropractor or doctor before starting any new form of exercise. If symptoms develop/ worsen during the exercises, stop immediately and contact your healthcare provider for advice.

Let’s Squeeze, Sway and Cuppa

A healthy back will support you every day but, if you sit or stand for hours at a time, the chances are your back needs support from you. If you do nothing else, do these three things …

If you spend hours working at your desk all day, you may very well be complaining of a stiff neck, aching shoulders or a bad back. If any of this sounds familiar, please take a look at these three simple exercises. They’re really easy to do, especially in the confines of an office. If you can make this part of your daily routine, you’ll be alleviating all those symptoms associated with lack of movement while improving your overall sense of wellbeing at the same time.

The Squeeze

The Sway

The Cuppa

You can find three more exercises you can add to your routine on our Back to Business page.

So there’s no time like the present – let’s Squeeze, Sway and Cuppa our way to better back health:)