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Baby, Back, Ribs: Why Your Newborn (and You) Should See a Chiropractor

By Sara Butler

A New Mothers Guide to Chiropractic

Being a new mom is tough. Your entire life is turned upside down by one little human -- and you couldn’t be happier about it. From the moment you lay eyes on your new bundle of joy, you have one mission in life: To make sure they’re healthy and happy.

A chiropractic care regimen can be an effective tool in helping you to accomplish your new mission as a mom. In fact, there are many ways that chiropractic is beneficial to your new child and to you as a new mother. Here are a few of the things new moms everywhere should consider regarding chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Benefits to Babies and Toddlers

It’s not uncommon for those who are new to the world of chiropractic to think that you have to be a certain age to see the chiropractor for the first time. The right age to see the chiropractor is really from day one.

Infants as young as a few days old can glean benefits from chiropractic care -- and it’s a great way to make their transition into the world and every succeeding stage go just a little bit smoother.

A few of the benefits you can expect for your child when it comes to regular chiropractic care include:

  • A healthy immune system - Babies and toddlers are little Petri dishes. Going through the seasons and the illnesses that go along with them can be a challenge for any parent. Regular chiropractic care has been shown to help support a healthy and optimally functioning immune system.
  • Better sleep - When you have a baby, there’s one thing you learn to miss a lot: sleep. Most babies and toddlers are notorious for being poor sleepers, but chiropractic may be able to help them get better and healthier sleep at night.
  • Stress relief - It may be strange to think of babies and toddlers as being stressed out, but remember that they can experience stress and it can often impact their behavior. Regular chiropractic adjustments allow for stress to be alleviated from your child’s body to help improve mood and behavior.
  • Help for infants - If you have a colicky baby, a baby with frequent ear infections, or simply a baby who struggles to breastfeed, then chiropractic can help to address many of the concerns related to infants during these very early stages of development.
  • Recovery from birth trauma - Coming into the world isn’t easy and babies can benefit from chiropractic adjustments that help to relieve some of the joint restrictions in the spine, ribs, and other joints that can result from the birth process.

One more thing. Chiropractic adjustments to babies and toddlers aren’t the same as with adults; theirs are little bodies and the adjustments are scaled accordingly.

What About You, Mom?

As a new mom, or even a mom with kids out of the newborn phase, it can be easy to stay focused on your children and their wellness without much thought for yourself. The kicker is that to be the best mom for your child, you have to put some energy and focus on yourself -- something chiropractic can help with!

Right after you have a baby, your body is undergoing a lot of change. Many women struggle with pain and discomfort related to hormonal changes as well as physical changes in the body such as:

  • Back pain
  • Loosened ligaments
  • Shifts in body weight distribution
  • Posture shifts
  • Pinched nerves
  • Differentials in balance

Chiropractic can help with all of these things -- and more -- to make the postpartum recovery process faster and easier. With targeted chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help to relieve any postpartum discomfort. Your body can be restored to its best function prior to the birth of your child and you will be in the best position to take on the demands of motherhood.

Adjusting for Motherhood

New moms commonly complain of aches and pains after giving birth. Besides carrying your newborn all day, you now have all of their stuff to lug around, as well as constantly moving things all over the house. Many of these repetitive movements cause problems for new moms, such as:

  • Swaying while holding a baby
  • Leaning over the baby’s crib
  • Stooping or hunching as you feed the baby
  • Slouching when you buckle a baby into a car seat
  • Carrying a child on your hip
  • Spending a lot of time leaning forward or sitting as you care for the baby
  • Rocking a baby to sleep

Neck, back, hip, and shoulder pain are not uncommon complaints for mothers. The Joint's chiropractors are experts at releasing joint restrictions to keep your body working and healing as it was intended.

Motherhood is exciting and scary, but at the end of the day, you have this perfect little person who you don't have a problem feeling pride over because, well, you brought it into this world. Now work hard to ensure that they have the best start to life -- and you have the best start to motherhood -- with the help of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

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