By Dr. Michelle MacDonald, Chiropractor at Yoga Mamas
Let’s face it, having a baby is not easy on your body, both physically and mentally. There is sleep deprivation, the endless breastfeeding and diaper changing, the new mentality of putting your baby before you own needs. Frankly it is exhausting. However, what I do know is that as a mom, we need you to be ok and that begins with a little self-love. Since this topic is very near and dear to my heart, I decided to compile my top 5 reasons to see a Chiropractor postpartum.
1. Realignment of the pelvis to ensure optimal functioning of the nervous system.
This is the bottom line of what I do on a daily basis! I ensure that our nervous system is functioning properly – this includes gentle and effecting spinal adjustments and mobilizations to the spine to help alleviate low back and pelvic pain not only during pregnancy but after as well. A lot of my patients also suffer from pregnancy related sciatic nerve pain. Realigning and balancing the pelvis ensures optional function of the nerves to the rest of the body.
2. To assess for Diastasis Recti.
Diastasis what? This is the separation of the abdominal muscles associated with pregnancy and post pregnancy. Diastasis Recti reduces the integrity and functional strength of the abdominal wall and can aggravate lower back pain and pelvic instability. It is important to be assessed for this condition to ensure that we are rehabilitating the core and pelvic floor safely and properly.
3. Help alleviate mid back, rib, and neck pain associated with holding and breastfeeding your beautiful new baby.
Many of my new moms complain of mid back, rib and neck pain. Although this common, it is important to know that it is not normal. This is due to a change in posture that is associated with repeated picking up, looking down, holding and breastfeeding your newborn baby.
4. Support the body through its transition to postpartum exercise.
A lot of new moms and anxious to get back to their “old bodies” but given all the things I have mentioned above, it must be a guided transition which allows the body to slowly return to its natural balance. Using a Chiropractor to help with the aches and pains associated with return to exercise programs as well as tips for proper techniques will ensure a safe and efficient return to homeostasis.
5. Provide as a physical and emotional support to help avoid any symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD).
I’ve had many new moms come to me and say that they feel as though “their bodies are falling apart”. Although this is not true, it does contribute to some of the feelings associated with PPD after birth. Chiropractic care can offer an alternative way to help heal the body which in turn will allow you to be pain free and better deal issues as they arise instead of focusing on the physical pain.
If you are experiencing pre and post-natal pains please reach out to your healthcare provider for options. Your chiropractor is always ready to assist you to help ensure you have a better pregnancy and motherhood.