Occurs in approximately 50% of pregnancies and can significantly impact quality of life. It is usually caused by an increase in the lower back curvature (lordosis) due to weight gain and a forward shift of the centre of gravity. This leads to excessive stress on the joints, ligaments, and muscles in the lower back and pelvic area, causing inflammation and lower back pain. The production of the hormone relaxin leads to laxity of ligaments and instability that also contributes to lower back pain.
What are common symptoms?
- Dull ache and/or sharp pain mostly when standing and walking and when transitioning out of a chair, bed or car
- Can lead to a bulging disc and sciatica (radiating leg pain) that can be incapacitating
What are current treatments?
- Surgery and injections are rarely recommended
- Pain medication has limited benefit and is associated with side effects
- A self-management program including education, stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercise is strongly recommended
Why learn the Boot Camp Program for Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain?
- Significantly improve pain and function using a comprehensive best evidence approach
- Step-by-step and visit-by-visit instruction on how to implement the 6-week program
- Specific manual therapy techniques, exercises and self-management strategies
- Instruction on effective postural training implemented with activities of daily living
- A cognitive-behavioural approach to change behaviours, attitudes and beliefs, and mitigate negative expectations
Our Treatment Program
The Boot Camp Program for Pregnancy Related Low Back Pain is a 6-week training program aimed to reduce pain, increase function and provide self-management strategies
Learn On Your Own
Learn to implement the Boot Camp Program by enrolling in our online course. The course consists of educational videos, a step-by-step instructional workbook and implementation guide.
Become a Trained Practitioner
Enroll and successfully complete a virtual or hands-on in-person certification workshop. Once completed you will be listed on our website as a trained practitioner.