Experience a holistic approach to addressing the root cause of postpartum pelvic pain through chiropractic care.
Postpartum pelvic pain is a common complaint among new mothers. It can be incredibly tough, especially when you are already facing the challenges of balancing the demands of a newborn, interrupted sleep, significant routine changes, and added stress. But remember, you are not alone. Most new moms experience pelvic pain when bending over to pick up a car seat, engaging in excessive walking or standing, returning to exercise, or getting out of a chair.
What causes postpartum pelvic pain?
Postpartum pelvic pain is a common concern among new mothers, but understanding its causes can help alleviate discomfort and promote a faster recovery. Several factors contribute to this pain, including changes in hormones and the body structure of the mother.
After childbirth, hormonal fluctuations occur as the body adjusts to its pre-pregnancy state. These hormonal changes can affect the ligaments and joints in the pelvic area, leading to discomfort and pain. Additionally, the physical changes that occur during pregnancy, such as loosening of ligaments and stretching of muscles, can also contribute to postpartum pelvic pain.
Lack of sleep and limited movement play a significant role in exacerbating this pain. New mothers often experience sleep deprivation due to caring for their newborns. The combination of fatigue and limited physical activity can lead to muscle tension and stiffness in the pelvic region.
Other factors such as poor posture during breastfeeding or carrying the baby, previous injuries or trauma, and stress levels can also contribute to postpartum pelvic pain.
Common signs and symptoms of postpartum back pain
Postpartum pelvic pain is a common concern for many new mothers, but recognizing the signs and symptoms is crucial for seeking proper care and support. So, what does the mother feel when experiencing this discomfort? Let’s dive in!
One of the most common signs of postpartum pelvic pain is a persistent ache or sharp sensation in the pelvic region. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and may be accompanied by a feeling of pressure or heaviness.
Daily life can be significantly affected by this pain. Simple activities like sitting, standing, walking, or even lifting objects may become challenging and uncomfortable for new mothers. It can also impact their ability to care for their newborn, causing frustration and emotional distress.
How chiropractic care can help you with your postpartum pelvic pain
Chiropractic care focuses on the alignment of your spine and nervous system, which plays a crucial role in your overall health. By gently adjusting misalignments in your spine, chiropractors can alleviate pressure on nerves and promote proper functioning of your body.
After an adjustment, many women report feeling immediate relief from their postpartum pelvic pain. The adjustments help restore balance to the pelvis, reducing inflammation and enhancing blood flow to the area. You may experience improved mobility, reduced discomfort, and increased overall well-being.
Meet Dr. Carly – Your certified specialist
Dr. Carly specializes as a prenatal chiropractor, specifically trained in the Webster technique. She has also completed extensive coursework in caring for postpartum mothers. In addition to providing chiropractic care, she leads group workshops at a midwife practice in Haarlem, helping new mothers improve their pelvic floor and core strength.
Tailored treatments just for you
At The Movement Recipe, there are a variety of techniques to effectively manage postpartum pelvic pain, providing you with much-needed relief. The approach includes hands-on treatments such as spinal adjustments (spinal manipulative therapy) to enhance joint range of motion and alleviate pain. These treatments are combined with various soft tissue therapies to address muscular tension.
During the initial evaluation, we will perform a comprehensive assessment of your core and pelvic muscles using targeted movements like breathing exercises and crunches. This will help identify any issues such as diastasis recti, pelvic floor overactivity, and sacral tightness. You will also receive a personalized set of at-home exercises designed to improve range of motion and flexibility in your back and neck. Additionally, I highly recommend incorporating simple strengthening exercises into your routine at home to rebuild upper back and core strength, as this can greatly alleviate postpartum pelvic pain.
Lifestyle advice including appropriate postures for breastfeeding and nursing, as well as how to lift your child out of the crib, are also an important part of our treatment.
Remember, being pain-free allows you to fully embrace and enjoy precious moments with your little one, without any limitations. Let me be there to support you on your journey towards feeling better, both physically and mentally. Schedule your appointment online today and take the first step towards a healthier and happier you!