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Bringing Baby Back

Nine months. That may seem like a long time to most of us, but to a mom-to-be it is a time of constant change for her body, her mind and for the little one growing inside of her. Hormone levels rise, ligaments relax, the internal organs adapt and the spine and pelvis undergo significant structural adaptations to prepare for the growth and delivery of a fetus that must pass through a relatively small opening. The impact this has on the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments that serve as the structural foundation of the body is substantial.

All of the above changes occur while the pregnant mother must still function in the daily routine of work, exercise, sleep and activities she is used to. The result of such biomechanical changes often makes doing these tasks and activities painful and difficult and can impact sleep, energy levels and recovery from stress.

Chiropractic focuses on creating and maintaining structural balance and function in the spine. Much like a bridge is built to support the loads placed upon it, the spine must support the loads it bears. A growing baby forces the spine to alter its posture as well as how the joints move and function. Muscles spasms, reduced mobility and back and leg pain are common during pregnancy – but don’t have to be. The gentle, safe, noninvasive chiropractic care alleviates the pressure in the joints and reduces muscle tension.

Post-partum chiropractic care speeds up the recovery time and assists the body in normalizing overall pelvic and spinal biomechanics. The stresses on the body change from being internal and in the lower back and pelvis to now being in the upper back and neck due to carrying and feeding the newborn in compromising positions at random times throughout the day and night. Lack of adequate sleep and breastfeeding reduce mom’s immune stores so rest and nutritional support are essential. Since chiropractic focuses on maintaining proper overall health, these considerations should be addressed by the doctor as well.

The birth process is a strenuous event for the baby. During the process, the baby’s body is squeezed through a small opening and is exposed to the outside world for the first time. Moving from a warm, water environment in a curled up “fetal” position to a world of air, noise and movement of the arms and legs is a lot for a newborn to adapt to. Add to this the potential of a traumatic birth and now taking in food from the mouth, the list of adaptations grows and the opportunity for problems increases.

Chiropractic care for the newborn, toddler and child is particularly gentle. Common childhood conditions that have been shown to respond favorably to chiropractic care include ear infections, infantile colic, asthma, scoliosis and injuries associated with learning to crawl, walk and play.

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”

Chiropractic has always prided itself on prevention. It is much easier to stay healthy than it is to get healthy so getting periodic postural and biomechanical assessments is a smart and proactive way to ensure that you are healthy and that your newborn is on track to a healthy start.

Dr. Barry’s purpose at Lifestyle Chiropractic is to care for, educate and empower as many individuals and families as we can to a happier and healthier lifestyle through the gentle, natural approach of chiropractic.

Dr. Barry Gjerdrum
7010 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

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