Postpartum chiropractic care is equally essential as chiropractic during pregnancy.
As a new mother adjusts to life after the upheaval of pregnancy, the body is attempting to find some state of balance and normalcy: this is made difficult by a multitude of factors. Here is a recipe for postpartum back pain:
- The hormone relaxin, responsible for loosening ligaments involved in delivering the baby, lingers in the woman’s body for up to six months after delivery.
- Instability and weakness in the lower back and base of spine remain prevalent until strengthening exercise is undertaken.
- On top of an unstable spine, you now add the weight of holding a child and breast feeding, which adds a new regime of muscle strain to the upper back, neck and shoulders.
In this scenario, there are many ways your back can get out of whack. With raised relaxin levels, the body is in a pliant and compliant state that responds particularly well to chiropractic adjustments. It is important to ensure proper alignment at this stage because as time progresses, the ligaments and tissues will begin to tighten and return to pre-pregnancy standards and voila, you are left with “mommy aches.” With gentle stretching and exercise, even these more common pains can be prevented and mitigated.
Call our office at (201) 342-6111 if you are experiencing lingering back pain in the wake of your pregnancy. We provide an effective treatment that support your back’s return to health, allowing you to enjoy your time as a new mother pain-free.
Dr. Albert Stabile, D.C.