Pregnancy Related Musculoskeletal Pain

Pregnancy induced biomechanical, hormonal, and vascular changes can increase the risk of musculoskeletal problems in pregnancy. As your baby grows, extra weight can place mechanical stress on the back, hip, and pelvis. Additionally, hormonal changes cause the surrounding ligaments and muscles to loosen and relax, which can place more stress on joints. Finally, fluid retention leads to compression of soft tissue structures. As a result, musculoskeletal pain is extremely common.

Musculoskeletal problems have been shown to be a major source of disabilities and loss of work among pregnant women. Although these problems are common, you should not accept them as a side effect of pregnancy. In many cases, physiotherapy can effectively treat and resolve your pain. For example, it is known that if pregnancy related pelvic pain is left untreated, it can last for up to 2 years. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you seek advice from a trained physiotherapist.

Women's Health Physiotherapy Harley Street

Common pregnancy related conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain (umbrella term for pain in the lumbo-sacral, sacro-iliac and symphysis pubis joints)
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome – pain, pins + needles, numbness in the wrist and hands
  • De-Quervains tenosynovitis – pain into the base of the thumbs
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Thoracic pain and stiffness
  • Shooting pain, pins & needles and numbness into arms or legs

What’s involved in the treatment?

Following your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will advise you on what treatments are most suitable for your condition. Common tools that we use as part of our treatment include;
  • Manual therapy
  • Supervised and home-based safe exercise plan
  • Pilates
  • Vibration therapy: can be used to relax or stimulate muscle, improve vascularisation, and help with nerve pain
  • Taping to support and offload joints
  • Advise to help manage your symptoms and prevent further injury


Andre has been treating me for 4 months now. I came to him for my chronic prostatitis (chronic pelvic pain syndrome). The progress has been astonishing and after having seen 10+ doctors/physiotherapists I can say that Andre is leading the way for treatment. He has been the only one that is able to help me and the improvements in my condition speaks for itself. I highly recommend Andre/ALO Physiotherapy, specifically if you're struggling with Men's Health.


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