Your Changing Body: Adjusting to Postpartum Life

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Welcoming a new life to the world... a whirlwind of joy and adaptation. As your newborn opens its eyes to the waking world, your body is going through its own transition. A woman loses up to 12 pounds after delivery, including the weight of the child, the placenta (about 1 pound), amniotic fluid and a few pounds of blood. In the following days, you can expect to lose more weight as you urinate frequently to rid your body of the excess water retained by cells during pregnancy.

But most women won't see their bellies shrink significantly until they start exercising. This is because abdominal muscles are stretched to their absolute maximum. So while your body is shedding fluid at a rapid rate, you won't look like you've lost much weight at all! And what of your spine, a structure that suffered so much during the last 9 months? Well the conditions that caused spinal pain and dysfunction are still present, and you will need to be proactive in your postpartum months to prevent the pain from lingering or becoming something longer term. Here's our action plan:

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Why We Are Webster Certified

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Chiropractic makes for a more comfortable pregnancy

At our office in Ramsey, we are dedicated to helping the women of our community have a more comfortable, more successful pregnancy. That's why we specialize in pre-natal and post-natal care, carrying certifications for pregnancy chiropractic and the Webster Technique. Our services help ease the pains and other discomforts related to pregnancy and childbirth. Today, let's talk about the third trimester, the most hectic period of any pregnancy.

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How To Start Your Day with Spinal Health

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What better way to start your day...

...than by activating and energizing the structure that houses your central nervous system. No matter what your job or lifestyle, your spine is going to be under threat all day. So the best way to prevent this threat from causing damage is by being proactive about strengthening and stretching your spine. Now, we understand that very few people have the time or determination to complete an exercise routine before they go to work. We are not asking you to make such a drastic lifestyle adjustment- instead, we are suggesting that you take 5-10 minutes out of your morning to stretch. In particular we want you to elongate your spine. This helps:

  • Jumpstart your circulation, getting oxygen and nutrients flowing to your spine
  • Decrease tension in the supporting muscles which will aid in posture all day.
  • Improve mobility of the spinal joints

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How to Fully Enjoy Your Spine After Chiropractic Adjustment

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Spinal wellness on the rise

For many of our patients, the hours and days that follow a chiropractic adjustment can be a revelatory time- rediscovering lost range of motion, feeling less pain and feeling more able are the most common results of spinal adjustment. By providing gentle adjustments to the spinal joints, we are able to restore spinal alignment, alleviate nerve impingement and improve the mobility of previously dysfunctional spinal joints. But how can you turn those hours and days into months and years? Because the spinal adjustment is just the start. Once you've reestablished spinal alignment and spinal range of motion, how can you be sure to keep your spine in such a state of balance and wellbeing? It starts the moment you leave our office, the second you step in your car. Read on to find out our post-adjustment tips for keeping spinal wellness on the rise. 

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Micro-Exercise: Suited to Your Busy Lifestyle

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The power of micro-exercise is plain to see

Be honest with yourself- are you really too busy to workout? Look at it this way: you can't really afford not to exercise; a compromise has to be struck. Micro-exercise, or micro-workouts, seem to offer the perfect compromise. On the days you are simply too busy to devote an hour to exercise, try to seek out smaller blocks of time. And yes we are talking seriously small: as few as 60 seconds is better than zero. What's more, micro-exercise actually benefits your productivity and boosts well-being, meaning that it makes you more adept at dealing with a full schedule. So how does it work? 

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Yoga for Chronic Sitters

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What does a day's worth of sitting do to your back?

Sit up straight and brace yourself as you read: prolonged sitting is killing you slowly and this is no exaggeration. The human body was not made to sit for prolonged periods of time and as a result, it takes a serious toll on our physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the ways that sitting negatively affects your spine:

  • Damages your spine by increasing downward compression
  • Damages organs and 
  • Compresses your abdomen and interferes with digestion
  • Encourages poor posture which carries over into other positions 
  • Tightens certain muscles and underworks others, leading to muscular imbalance

In the end, sitting is literally taking unquantifiable years off of your life. The solution is to get up and move; in fact, this is the greatest way to stay feeling young. If you are tasked with sitting on a daily basis, make sure you are proactive in fighting the risk factors that come along with it. 

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