Postpartum Chiropractic Care
Most people have no idea how important postpartum chiropractic care is. Once the baby arrives, mom’s attention is focused on caring for the newborn, often to her detriment. After delivery, the hormone relaxin keeps making ligaments soft for 6 months which increases vulnerability to lower back and pelvic joint misalignment and pain. In addition, baby-holding and breastfeeding put tremendous stress on the neck, upper back, shoulders and arms. Because postpartum care for mom is often neglected, many new moms suffer from headaches, neck and shoulder aches as well as wrist and forearm problems such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and deQuervain’s stenosing tenosynovitis (tendinitis of the thumb).
The good news about the postpartum time period is that since relaxin is still softening mom’s ligaments, correcting musculoskeletal problems with postpartum chiropractic care is easily accomplished due to the body’s increased pliability. Because of this, postpartum chiropractic care can even be an excellent opportunity to attend to long-standing issues that have built-up scar tissue.