If you're in the final weeks of your pregnancy, it's time to schedule your chiropractic care. You may think that your need for chiropractic care will end after pregnancy. But, chiropractic care can help you recover from the birth of your baby. Here are four important ways a chiropractor will help in your recovery.
Reduce Neck and Back Pain
If you've suffered back and neck pain during your pregnancy, a chiropractor can help. You may expect the discomfort to go away after delivery. Unfortunately, that's not the case. In fact, the neck and back pain may get worse after delivery. That's because labor and delivery put a lot of pressure on your body. Also, if you're going to breastfeed your baby, you can expect the discomfort to increase. You can take pain medication to reduce the pain. But, medication won't treat the cause of the pain. That's where chiropractic services come into the picture. Chiropractic care will help your body heal. Once your body heals, the pain will subside.
Get Your Pelvis Into Alignment
Pregnancy can cause serious problems for your pelvic floor. Weight change puts pressure on your pelvic bones. Not only that, but the position of your baby can also put pressure on your pelvis. During labor, your pelvic bones separate to make room for the birth of your baby. If the pelvic bones don't realign after delivery, you may have long-lasting problems. You may also experience problems with your sciatic nerve. Chiropractic care will help get your pelvis back into alignment.
Identify Weakened Stomach Muscles
Your stomach muscles may stretch beyond their limits during pregnancy. If they don't return to shape after delivery, you may suffer from something known as diastasis recti. This is a condition where the stomach muscles separate from the abdominal wall. Without proper treatment for diastasis recti, you may experience significant low back pain. You may also have problems with your pelvis. After delivery, your chiropractic can assess the strength of your stomach muscles. They can also help ease the discomfort that can come from diastasis recti.
Ensure Emotional and Physical Recovery
Childbirth can take a lot out of you — emotionally and physically. Doctors tend to focus on physical recovery. But, for a complete recovery from childbirth, you need to focus on both aspects. That's where chiropractic care can help. Your chiropractor will provide you treatment for your emotional and physical recovery.