What causes lower back pain in women?
Women can have slightly different lower back pain presentations due to the different functions of a women’s body. Women who have been through childbirth are affected by hormones, altered posture, weakness of the abdominals and gluteal muscles.
Whether it has been months or years after childbirth, lower back pain in women can often include the following challenges:
- The hormone ‘relaxin’ released during pregnancy causes ligament laxity during and after pregnancy, thus resulting in the joints being hypermobile during this period and can cause lower back in antenatal and postnatal women
- Sacroiliac joint laxity and pain
- Rectus abdominus diastasis – this is a gap in the six pack or rectus abdominus muscle due to perinatal stretching of these muscles. This can reduce a women’s core stability and cause lower back pain as a result
- Pelvic floor tears, weakness and dysfunction
- Muscle imbalances and weakness
- Exaggerated lumbar and thoracic curves in the spine can put more pressure on the joints causing mid-back pain or thoracic pain in women
How to treat lower back pain in women:
Understanding and diagnosing the cause of a women’s lower back pain is the first key step. Is it a tight muscle or muscle spasm, stiff joint or overly lax joint? We will be able to tell you this on your first session and assessment with us.
Much of our treatment will first address your lower back pain and can include massage, joint mobilisation, dry needling or strapping. Treatment will also include the necessary exercises specific to your needs and what we have found to be weak or tight in your initial assessment. The aim being to get you pain-free and keep you that way so you can enjoy the things you love most.
We also have a special interest in lactation and supporting moms on their breastfeeding journey. You can read more about this here.
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