Postnatal Chiropractic

There are a few common reasons why mom returns to the office after baby comes. The first of course is to show off their new bundle of joy!

Postpartum Care for Mom

Typically our focus is to realign the structures in the pelvis so they can heal nicely.

The delivery itself can cause shifting in the pelvic structures. Ensuring that everything is sitting in the correct position will not only help in recovery but also minimize the recurrence of low back pain in the future. The upper back and neck can also be a source of tension after baby because of the change in load with carrying the baby, constantly looking down and also with breastfeeding. Aside from relieving post-partum aches and pains there are some great strategies to introduce simple exercises to help you regain some strength and stability around the lower back and pelvis.

Moms always ask me when they should come back and my response is really whenever you feel ready to get out of the house. I typically see new moms anytime within a month or so of the baby arriving.

KEY POINTS for MOM

  • realign pelvic structures after birth to minimize low back pain episodes
  • manage upper back and neck pain from breastfeeding/carrying baby
  • strategies/exercises to regain strength/stability

Care for Baby

Infant check-ups focus on developmental reflexes, assessing symmetry and balance of the growing muscles and joints.

Common Issues with Infants

Some common issues are favouring one side for breastfeeding, sometimes this is a result of imbalance in the muscles in the neck, making it more comfortable to turn to one side versus the other. Other issues may include poor sleep quality, excessive spitting up, or discomfort with bowel movements or in certain positions (lying on their back). Colicky babies also tend to respond very well to chiropractic treatments.

Wiberg published a study in 1999 that examined the short-term effect of chiropractic treatments on children with colic. The children were split into 2 groups. One receiving chiropractic care for 2 weeks and the other treated with a drug called Dimethicone for 2 weeks. They measured the number of hours spent crying and found that in the drug group the hours of crying reduced by one hour over the 2 week period compared to 2.7 hours after 2 weeks in the chiropractic group. The results of this study demonstrated that chiropractic care was superior to the drug in infants with colic.

How infant assessments are done and when?

The pressure used to treat the tissues in an infant is no more than the pressure you would use to test a ripe tomato. Most of the assessment and treatment can be done in mom or dads arms or by placing the babes on the parent’s tummies, so both can feel connected and comfortable. Typically mom brings baby within the first month (it can take a few weeks to notice habits in your baby), some as early as a few days old. The earlier the better!

KEY POINTS for BABY

  • align/balance structures following birth for overall health/well-being
  • common baby issues include challenges with breastfeeding, sleep quality, gas, spitting up, discomfort in certain positions
  • A natural approach to symptoms associated with infantile colic

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