Postpartum chiropractic is vital. With the buildup to labor, elation at delivery and upheaval that comes with transitioning to life with a new baby, it is easy to forget that your body needs support. The hormone relaxin, which is produced in greater quantities to loosen ligaments in preparation for birth, remains elevated for six months after delivery. This leaves your lower back, pelvis and sacrum weakened and vulnerable to misalignment and damage. Instability in the base of the spine is exacerbated by baby holding and breast feeding which puts undue pressure on the neck, upper back and shoulders. It is a formula for pain which chiropractic is excellent at nullifying.
The positive side of raised relaxin levels is that in this pliable state, the body responds well to chiropractic adjustment. As ligaments begin to tighten and return to pre-pregnancy standards, back and pelvic pains ensue. “Mommy aches,” are common but avoidable. Maintaining the body’s alignment during this period of change is a great way to prevent pain.
Mothers who have been prescribed extensive bed rest in the wake of a C-section birth can experience aches due to poor posture. We make recommendations for creating an environment conducive to healing and introduce stretches that will relieve this discomfort.
At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we want you to enjoy and explore the wonders of being a mother without the anxiety of dealing with aches and pains. If you are a new mother in New Jersey, schedule an appointment today: in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.
Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.