Prenatal care helps expectant mothers adjust to the changing postural strain associated with pregnancy, and prepare for the birth process.
During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. This additional weight in front, causes stress to the joints of the pelvis and low back. As the baby grows in size, the added weight causes the curvature of her lower back to increase, placing extra stress on the fragile facet joints on the back side of the spine. Any pre-existing problems in a woman’s spine tend to be exacerbated as the spine and pelvis become overtaxed, often leading to pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities.
Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby’s body gains the most weight.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort frequently experienced in pregnancy, and creates an environment for an easier, safer delivery. It is one safe and effective way to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in physical stress by restoring a state of balance. In fact, most women have found that chiropractic care helped them avoid the use of pain medications during their pregnancy and transition to an easier postpartum experience with their new family
Postpartum care helps new mothers recover from delivery and adjust to life with the new physical demands associated with a newborn and growing family.
The birth process, even straight-forward vaginal births, can be stressful, exhausting and on occasion, traumatic for both the new mama and her baby. The process of labour is exactly that… labour. And like any other physical activity, it can place great stress and strain on the muscles and joints of the mother’s already over-taxed body. Post partum chiropractic care addresses this stress and strain, thus allowing the new mother to focus on taking care of her precious baby without the distraction of unnecessary physical symptoms.
With the hormone Relaxin still present for awhile after the birth process, there is a window of opportunity to gently set the pelvic bones into balance and ensure proper alignment before ligament support returns.
For more difficult deliveries with intervention or surgery, rehabilitation of the spine, pelvis, and associated muscles and ligaments may be needed. Once a woman has healed and is well enough to visit the chiropractor, gentle adjustments can be made to the pelvic structures and recommendations for exercise and rehabilitation of the core musculature can be addressed to ensure proper healing and restoration.
New parents are focused on taking care of their beautiful new baby, but they must remember to also take care of themselves.
It is a stressful time in the life of new parents, as family dynamics and patterns change. The fatigue of long nights, prolonged postures, and often a reduction in physical activity leaves the body less able to deal with the new stresses, and less able to heal itself.
After delivery-related symptoms have been addressed, wellness-based chiropractic care can begin to maintain nervous system and spinal health and to keep the mother functioning at her best during the early and later postpartum periods. This allows the woman to be in the best health possible for herself, her family and for subsequent pregnancies.
But, ALL parents need to be able to keep up with their kids and their energetic lives. Regular self-care for parents prevents injury, increases energy and overall wellness. Having regular check ups after delivery prevents ongoing musculoskeletal issues, and helps new parents focus on the important things… like the first smile, the first laugh, and beyond.
From newborns to grandparents, people of all ages come to our office.
There is no age too young—we’ve even adjusted day-old babies! We find that many of our younger chiropractic patients don’t have a lot of the same problems as their peers do. Pediatric chiropractic is extremely safe care with a light touch, and we provide a fun environment that kids love to be in.
When your child visits us, it’s a gentle appointment. We want your child to feel comfortable with us and have a lot of fun at our office. We have many different techniques to use that are comfortable and perfect for children.
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