Prenatal/Postpartum Musculoskeletal Dysfunction
During pregnancy, there is an increase in elasticity of connective tissues, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. With an expanding uterus and added weight on the front of the body’s frame, posture and alignment changes. Pregnant women may experience pain in the joints of the pelvis, spine, hips, back, headaches, and numbness in the extremities. Weak abdominals result in pain during moving and lifting. During the postpartum period, hormone levels fluctuate causing musculoskeletal issues such as excessive joint mobility, weakness of core stabilizers, and altered spinal mobility and function.