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Post-Partum Low Back Pain

Relief from Post-Partum Low Back Pain

A lot of effort and planning goes into a pregnancy, with the clear goal regarding the healthy birth of a new baby.  But when the baby arrives, the hard work doesn’t end.  Now there is a need that supersedes the mother’s own needs, the baby.  This post-partum period is a challenging time for all mothers.  Often times the mother is tired, drained of energy, and still healing from their pregnancy and delivery.  Unfortunately, 80% of women report low back and pelvic pain post-partum – with 7% of these pains being severe.

As a Chiropractor in Mississauga I often work with patients through their pregnancies and into their post-partum time as they recover and rebuild their bodies.  This is a very exciting time as many things change in the body and in the life of the new mother.  Fortunately, our health and wellness office is greatly able to help these mothers do their best through their pregnancies and deliveries.  Not only are our Chiropractors comfortable and great at working with a patient through their pregnancy and beyond, but so are our massage therapists and our Naturopathic doula team!

I was discussing with a Chiropractic colleague from the Womb in Milton regarding the post-partum time and the importance of Chiropractic care in helping a new mother’s spine and pelvis recover at its best, even with the new challenges.  We both agreed that their was enormous importance, but also that the mother often times puts herself last in the priority list.

Here is a case of Improved Health Outcomes in a Woman Experiencing Chronic Post-Partum Low Back Pain after Chiropractic care.

This mother unfortunately waited 3 years before seeking Chiropractic help after her c-section delivery.  Through the Chiropractic exam she was ‘twisted’ or ‘crooked’ at the pelvis or sacrum.  By addressing and adjusting this imbalance, the patient was able to get quick results.

Here is a case of Chronic Post-Partum Osteitis Pubis Managed with Chiropractic

This patient’s pelvis was very irritated during the pregnancy and delivery to the extent that the pubic bones in the front of the pelvis were extremely inflamed and painful.  This mother unfortunately even had difficulty walking due to the pelvic pain.   Fortunately, Chiropractic adjustments of her pelvis were able to help her recover and gain function again!   In the Chiropractic technique that I personally use to adjust, Activator Methods, we can adjust the pelvis from the back and/or the front in order to help correct the pelvic imbalance.

Keeping office visits effective and efficient for mothers

At our Mississauga location, we try our hardest to make the appointments as seamless as possible for all the patients.  The staff often times assists the mothers with the kids, the paperwork, and the doctors try their hardest to keep the appointments on time and moving smoothly.  One thing that helps new patients to our office is that our patient forms are located on the website, which prevents time in the office filling out forms and ‘juggling’ the baby!

 

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The Importance of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

The Importance of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Prenatal Chiropractic care, or Chiropractic care for pregnant women, is an important and frequently used service provided by Chiropractors. All Chiropractors are trained to manage the unique set of musculoskeletal symptoms that arise during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life of the person expecting. Some Chiropractors even specialize in this discipline and provide personalized care to women both during and after their pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association states that Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy by a Chiropractor trained to work with expecting women is safe. In this edition of the Wellness Express (pdf attached below) we will examine the importance of prenatal Chiropractic care for the health and well-being of expecting mothers. Women receiving prenatal Chiropractic care may experience numerous potential health benefits, including decreased back pain, neck pain and pain or discomfort in other joints, reduced nausea and an all-around healthier pregnancy.

Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapies may also help treat headaches during pregnancy. According to a 2009 study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Chiropractic care is both safe and effective for patients with pregnancy-related headaches. Chiropractic pregnancy care is a healthcare approach that supports your body’s structure and function in a natural way. Speak with your Chiropractor to see how you and your developing baby may benefit from Chiropractor pregnancy care. To Read The Full Article…Click On The Link Below.


Pregnancy and Low Back Pain

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Pregnancy is a unique and challenging condition. The effects of major hormonal shifts, an incredibly rapid weight gain (and then loss), and the stress associated with being a new mother all combine to make pregnancy one of the most common causes of low back pain.

Since low back pain often occurs in the later stages of pregnancy, experts suggest that the main cause of this type of pain in the pregnant population can be attributed to the shift in the center of gravity caused by the growing fetus and the hormonal changes that prepare the mother’s body for delivery of the baby.

The pain caused by sacroiliac strain is usually localized to the low back. It can be sharp and stabbing, or achy and dull. It can affect one side, or both sides, and often any weight-bearing activities can aggravate the pain. Although it is typically felt directly over the joints, the pain can also rediate into the buttocks or down the back of the leg, mimicking siatica. Sacroiliac pain can be differentiated from sciatic nerve pain due to the fact that sacroiliac joint irritation usually does not extend past the knee. This is an important point to consider because pregnant women can also experience true bouts of sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation or other causes of nerve irritation.

Fortunately for pregnant women everywhere, Chiropractic care is ideally suited for pregnant patients.  Studies show Chiropractic to be a very safe and effective treatment option for low back pain.

To Read The Full Article…Click On The Link Below.


Does Erin Mills Optimum Health work with pregnant patients?

YES!We do work with many pregnant mothers throughout their pregnancy at Erin Mills Optimum Health in Mississauga.  All of our Chiropractors are very comfortable and skilled at helping women throughout the different stages of their pregnancy.

What is the importance of prenatal chiropractic care?

A regular routine of chiropractic care can help keep the spine and pelvis moving well which helps take the pressure of the mom and baby.  A Chiropractic adjustment can also reduce the negative effects of subluxations on the nerves which can impact the growing environment of the baby.

We also see women who are in need of immediate  chiropractic treatment due to the changes in their spine, pelvis, muscles, and how the baby is positioned.

Contact us in Mississauga

Does your health office in Mississauga have other practitioners who can help me through my pregnancy?

Yes!

Our pregnant patients often enjoy connecting to our team of Naturopathic Doctors and Doulas through their pregnancy.  By encouraging your natural healthy self from all angles they find that they have the best experience in their pregnancy and beyond.

Check out the blogs below for more information or contact our office

Fertility 101 – Natural Health information from your Mississauga Health Clinic

Naturopathic Doula Helped Throughout Pregnancy Well Adjusted Babies

Fit and Pregnant

Planning on Having a Baby?

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Optimal dosing of sunshine vitamin D in pregnancy

Optimal dosing of sunshine vitamin (Vitamin D) in pregnancy

Vitamin D is extremely important nutrient during pregnancy.
It can even decrease the rate of C-sections!
Here is an article on optimal dosages and how it can help both mom and new baby:
Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: double-blind, randomized clinical trial of safety and effectiveness.
J Bone Miner Res. 2011 Oct;26(10):2341-57.
The researchers conclude …
that vitamin D supplementation of 4000 IU/d for pregnant women is safe and most effective in achieving sufficiency in all women and their neonates regardless of race”…
In my experience anywhere between 1-3000IU can usually be a safe and effective dose.  You should consult your health care providers for your personal optimal dose recommendation.

How the sunshine vitamin plays a role in your fertility and pregnancy

This article demonstrates how vitamins are essential for reproductive health.
It is vital for those diagnosed with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.
Vitamin D – roles in women’s reproductive health?  Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2011; 9: 146.
Come in for a consult and have your sunshine vitamin  and other nutrients assessed!
To learn more about vitamins and other important nutrients during pregnancy, contact us at Erin Mills Optimum Health in Mississauga.
Kirsten Almon ND, Doula