How Physiotherapy Can Help Pregnancy-Related Back Pain?

Pregnancy is one of the most crucial and demanding phases in a woman’s life. The feeling of a life growing inside you, added with the responsibility of taking good care of it and yourself can be anxiety-provoking.

Especially, the phase of pregnancy demands a lot from the woman’s body. And with each month, the pressure on the body, especially the back region can increase significantly. Recent studies suggest that almost 50% of pregnant women suffer from lower back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Hence, it is important for one to take proper care of their physical health. The best health management in such a situation can be physiotherapy.

Let’s discuss how physiotherapy at home can be a great relief for pregnant women.

What are the symptoms of pregnancy-related low back pain?

There are the common symptoms of lower back pain that indicate the need for a home visit physiotherapy:

  • It’s difficult to lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Certain movements, such as prolonged standing and twisting, produce pain.
  • It’s difficult to climb and descend the stairs.
  • Incapable of performing certain basic daily tasks such as washing and dressing, entering and exiting a vehicle, and performing housekeeping.
  • Localized stiffness of the joints
  • Tightness of the muscles in the lower back area

Reasons for low back pain during pregnancy 

When you carry a budding human being inside you, your muscles and joints carry the weight on you and your little baby. Hence, the body takes up the responsibility of carrying more overall weight than usual.

Here are some of the reasons why low back pain occurs frequently during pregnancy:

  • Increase in the baby’s weight
  • Muscles, ligaments, and joints are all subjected to increased stress.
  • Reduced activity levels

How can a physiotherapist help during pregnancy? 

A physiotherapist can assess your physical well-being and identify any musculoskeletal or neuromuscular problems that may be worse by pregnancy. Any concern that arises is recognised by the physiotherapist, and preventative actions are prescribed. After an inspection, leg exercises to prevent varicose veins might be given, and abdominal contractions are practised in a variety of scenarios. Physiotherapists teach pregnant women how to recognise and manage stress. Relaxing techniques, such as breathing awareness, can help alleviate discomfort during labour.

Usually, pregnant women are advised to have physio home visits more than a couple of times a month.

Some of the usual recommendations: 

  1. Postural correction exercises are performed to ensure structural integrity and that the muscles and the spine work in proper coordination to avoid pain.
  2. Physio home visits also include lifting advice and training. This includes using a proper technique, pace and amount of weight to ensure that the mother and baby are pain-free and safe.

Pregnancy is a life-changing experience and we at Medulance would love to be a part of your experience anytime you need us. You can book our ambulance through the Medulance app (or our customer care service). With Medulance , you get GPS-enabled technology that allows you to  track nearest ambulances and establish direct contact with your ambulance driver.

Home Healthcare and Insurance – What has Changed in the Last Few Years?

changes in home healthcare and insurance

When we think of home care services, many of us have a mental image of a doctor or nurse providing care to an aging relative at their home. However, healthcare at home has seen a great transformation in the last decade. The number of companies providing professional home care services has increased, with many of them committed to providing well-managed, process-driven, and client-centered care. A patient-centered approach is emphasized, as are clinically driven protocols, competent and trained professionals, and a patient-centered strategy.

At Medulance, home health care services  are designed as per the specific needs of the individual. This may include, physical therapy, nursing, nutritional care, doctor assistance etc. and much more

With the health insurance companies coming on board, having home care services is much easier. A number of insurance companies are now paying for healthcare at home . Patients have found Covid home quarantine programmes to be a cost-effective alternative to hospitalization, with claims falling from an average of 1.1 million rupees to around Rs. 15,000/-.

Home healthcare services are generally covered into the following three categories:

Domiciliary Treatment  

When a medical procedure that would normally be performed in a hospital is performed in the patient’s house, this is referred to as domiciliary treatment. This typically occurs when a patient is deemed unfit for hospitalization or advised for home treatment due to complications or when a hospital is unable to admit a patient due to a shortage of beds. In these instances, domiciliary treatment becomes a viable option.

Domiciliary Treatment

Pre & Post Hospitalization 

Medical expenses made prior to and after hospitalization are usually covered by most insurance carriers. Pre- and post-hospitalization coverage periods may differ from one insurance provider to the other. But coverage of such expenses is an encouragement for those who wish to choose home treatment. However, it must be noted that these pre and post expenses must be related to those illnesses as covered under the policy.

Day Care and OPD Treatment  

Not all medical procedures require hospitalization. Insurance companies cover hemodialysis, chemotherapy, and other day-care procedures. Certain insurance companies give maintenance benefits such as nursing care, physiotherapy, medical consultations, and diagnostics at home under the OPD treatment category.

doctor holding hand to assure the patient

Having a home car set-up is easy and can save you a lot of time, money and effort while providing equally beneficial medical services. At Medulance , we are always ready to serve you with the best medical assistance and medical guidance. To know more about our home health care services and At Home ICU, contact our customer care support . Remember, we are always there for you.