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Back Pain in Pregnancy

back pain in pregnancy, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, lower back pain, SIJ pain, SIJ dysfunction, pelvic pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction, PSD, pelvic pain, pregnancy painAt The Fertility and Pregnancy Acupuncture Clinic in Brisbane we see many women who are experiencing back pain during their pregnancy. Back pain is common in pregnancy with approximately half to three quarters of pregnant women experiencing it at some stage. It can occur during any stage of a pregnancy and can range from a mild annoyance to debilitating.

There is moderate evidence supporting acupuncture for back or pelvic pain during pregnancy (1). With acupuncture, cupping and heat therapy we can help to relieve your back pain during your pregnancy. All our rooms have pregnancy tables so that you can lie face down during the treatment if we feel that is most appropriate for your condition. This allows our practitioners to provide you with the most comfortable treatment possible. We can also offer lifestyle advice and suggestions to help you to prevent further back pain so you can continue to enjoy your pregnancy.

We will also not hesitate to refer you on to other practitioners (such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors or massage therapists) who are experienced with pregnancy care and may also be able to help manage your back pain if we feel that is more appropriate for your particular situation.

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  1. McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017. http://www.acupuncture.org.au.