I was a doula once upon a time and I learned a ton about pregnancy and childbirth. My first baby was an unexpected c section which resulted in my learning everything I could about having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I did have a HBAC (home birth after cesarean) with my second and third babies. With all that knowledge it’s been a great joy to work with the High Plainsman on mama patients who come in pregnant or early postpartum and in pain. It’s usually lower back and hip pain.
As moms we are so often just programmed to think that we are supposed to hurt or that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. We don’t have to hurt though and we do need to take care of ourselves! Since we are moving and will start a new Physical Therapy practice in Laramie, WY, I want to reblog our mama post from our PT website.
Marnie – hip and back pain during and after pregnancy:
When I was four months pregnant, I started getting severe hip and back pain. I was as stiff as a board, no matter how much stretching I did, and I did a lot. I would get a pinched nerve near my tailbone so bad that I couldn’t lift my feet off the ground to walk. My hips felt like they were burning on fire. The mornings were the worse, when it felt like the wind got knocked out of me, my back and hips hurt so bad. I felt like I was 90 years old and there was nothing I could do about it.
I was in PT from four months pregnant until 10 months postpartum. I would feel better sometimes but it was only temporary, sometimes only half an hour, sometimes a couple of days. But nothing ever got better. Finally, a friend referred me to Tony.
Not only was Tony a kind and gentle person, he figured out what was structurally wrong with me and “fixed” it in one visit! It turns out, that during pregnancy, the hormones that let your hips open up also caused my sacrum to sort of drop down and get wedged underneath my hips and pelvis. There was no way for it to get out, until Tony and his wife teamed up and literally pulled it back out into the right place! It didn’t even hurt. I am still in shock every day that I was able to walk out of Tony’s office and not feel any pain! I will never be able to thank Tony enough for what he did for me. My life as a “90-yr old” in chronic, 24/7 pain is no longer a reality for me. I believe he works miracles!
To all the mamas out there who think that hip and back pain are just a normal part of pregnancy and giving birth, please believe me when I say, it is not normal. You can get help. You deserve to not be in so much pain!!
Emily: 34 Weeks Pregnant
I first came to Tony last Spring after visiting my chiropractor numerous times for my cramped neck and not feeling any relief. He was able to give me some tips and excercises that improved my neck pain in just a few visits. Because of my experience last spring I decided to go back a few weeks ago and have Tony work on my hip/ lower back area. I was 34 weeks pregnant and would cramp up so bad that I could hardly walk after laying down for a while. Again, it took just one visit to feel relief. I was amazed and slightly disappointed that I didn’t see Tony earlier in my pregnancy!! I had a chiropractor appointment scheduled for the following day. I knew I needed to explain that my hip felt much better after Tony’s adjustment. I asked that she wouldn’t adjust my hips so that it would stay in place. Unfortunately, she went right on and popped them like usual and undid the work that Tony and Amy had done. Thankfully I knew it could be fixed, so I came back to the Bare’s with the regret of seeing my chiropractor, and they were able to work their magic again. I love how they work together as a team and really truly want you to experience a pain free life. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me! I can’t express how greatful I am for your practice!