Postnatal

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!

Chiropractic and Postnatal Care

 

Typically our focus is to realign the structures in the pelvis so they can heal nicely. Dr Gillian, HIHF Chiropractor, disusses how she works with postnatal patients.

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.

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.
Infant check-ups are one of my favorites! It gives me a chance to ohhh and ahhh at the new little one. Infant check-ups focus on developmental reflexes, assessing symmetry and balance of the growing joints and muscles.

Many new parents are pleased to know that chiropractic care for their little one can help with symptoms related to colic. The thing to remember here is that you are not alone. It is said that infantile colic is common in 25-40 percent of babies. It is typical that babies tend to grow out of it by about 12 weeks. However, those 12 weeks can be very long if you have an inconsolable baby on your hands.

Parents often show up to the clinic after a family or friend has asked them if they have tried chiropractic. Clinically, I have found the most common outcomes that parents report after chiropractic treatment for their baby is less fussiness, improved sleep quality/ length and ease of pain or discomfort related to digestion. The treatment tends to have a very calming effect on the nervous system.

The pressure used to treat a baby is no more than the pressure used to test a ripe tomato. Gentle pressure is applied to the affected areas along the spine to reduce tension and stress. I typically find that with just a few treatments mom and dad are reporting improvements.

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 going to the bathroom or lying in certain position. Colicky babies also tend to respond very well to chiropractic treatments as it can have a significant calming effect on the nervous system.

How Infant Assesments are Done

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.

When Can I Bring My Little One in For a Checkup?

It’s typical that these small issues that arise after birth are taken care of after a few treatments. Moms often comment on their baby sleeping for longer periods of time, being less fussy and feeding better. This can make such a huge impact on those first few weeks and months for both baby and the family! Moms’ ask in those last few weeks of pregnancy when the best time is for them to bring in the baby. The youngest I’ve seen is 3 days old and I’m always amazed to see them so quick! Typically I’ll see the little ones with in the first month or so because it takes about that long for mom to get out of the house.

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Acupuncture and Postnatal Care

There is much information on what to do for a healthy pregnancy. However, preserving good health after childbirth is just as important. Childbirth consumes a lot of energy and blood or as we say in Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM) Qi and Blood.

This deficiency of Qi and Blood leaves the immune system susceptible to weakness and disease. Women lose a lot of Qi and Blood during and after childbirth which results in women having Postpartum Qi and Blood deficiency. This can lead to many disharmonies in the body.

Signs/ Symptoms Qi & Blood Deficiency

Tiredness, fatigue

  • Pale skin, complexion
  • Weakness of limbs
  • Dizziness, light-headedness
  • Poor appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Poor memory
  • Insomnia

Acupuncture and Herbals for Postnatal Care

Chinese herbal formulas prescribed by your TCM Practitioner are by far the quickest way to restore Qi and Blood. While one formula may be good for one person the same formula for another could make her condition worse. Therefore it is important to have herbals recommended by a TCM Practitioner.  Acupuncture and herbs can also help increase milk supply.

Massage and Postnatal Care

massage-calgary-250Postpartum massage has been shown to be effective for a quicker recovery and better health. Integration of maternal bodywork may add welcome value to your healing journey and transition to motherhood.

Consider the many benefits:

Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Postpartum massage has been shown to be effective for a quicker recovery and better health. Integration of maternal bodywork may add welcome value to your healing journey and transition to motherhood.

Postnatal Massage is Beneficial for

  • Pain Relief
  • Hormone Regulation
  • Swelling
  • Better Sleep
  • Improved Breastfeeding

When Can a New Mother Start Postpartum Massage?

You may start receiving postpartum massages as soon as you feel comfortable. Your therapists will position you comfortably if your abdomen or breasts are sore. If you have maternal complications, first consult with your medical provider.

What Positions Are Safe in Postpartum Massage?

Any position is safe after delivery, but may be adjusted for your comfort or specific treatment. Some women anticipate being able to lie face-down again after lying on their sides for 36+ weeks. Others may be uncomfortable face-down because of breast discomfort or  leaking milk. The side-lying position can be very comfortable and effective in treating soft tissue issues of the shoulders, hips or legs.

Include Postpartum Massage in Your After Pregnancy Care

Massage can improve post-delivery recovery and health for many women. Call us today for more details

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