If you haven’t been to a chiropractor during your pregnancy or postpartum period, you’re one of the few who have not taken advantage of the opportunity. Chiropractic care is considered relatively safe and effective for treating musculoskeletal conditions during that delicate time period. They can adjust what they call subluxations, or partial dislocation, which result from the changing posture and pressure on the vertebral column. A technique known as the Webster Techniques is often used to treat this population but it is not the only manual therapy tool in their toolbox.
During pregnancy, there are number of medical appointments. From your regular prenatal check ups to blood work and glucose testing; there’s a lot of people asking questions, putting cold gel on your belly, sticking you with needles, etc. After a while, it gets overwhelming, especially towards the end of the pregnancy when prenatal visits increase from monthly to weekly.
While I was pregnant with my second baby, I became intrigued by how women in other countries are cared for after the birth of their babies. My fascination started with a Facebook post from a friend of Chinese descent. In the Chinese culture, women and their household are taken care of by family members - usually the grandmother - while the mother’s job is to stay in bed and feed baby for 30 days. The postpartum mother is treated with a special diet of warming foods and drinks such as soups, ginger, and vinegar...
There’s been quite a bit of attention on urinary incontinence lately. Or at least that is my perception. Just last month, I came across an article in my local town magazine highlighting the leaky problem many women face and the solutions, usually Kegels or surgery. Before that, I got involved in a discussion with some women who joked about not being able to jump without leaking. And shortly before Mother’s Day, I came across an image giving moms gold stars for jumping without peeing. Some of these discussions had a comedic tone behind them, but I don’t think there’s anything funny about peeing on yourself. For those of you that are unfortunate to have this issue, you know it’s time consuming, messy, embarrassing, and it can take a big toll on emotional health. So let’s get our laughs out, without leaking of course, and talk about fixing this problem.
Small movement, separation or inflammation at your pubic symphysis, located between your pubic bones, can be a big pain in the pelvis. During pregnancy, some separation is normal, but excessive separation can make simple things like going up a flight of stairs, getting in and out of a car, and even walking really difficult. If your separation is really bad, your OB or midwife may keep you on bedrest. Because you have enough things to deal with during your pregnancy and after birth, here are a few simple things you can do to decrease your pubic symphysis pain.
There are a few articles circulating on the web describing why every woman should receive physical therapy after the birth of a baby. In some countries, it’s standard practice (lucky)! We should also add that every woman should receive physical therapy before the baby is born as well. If you are pregnant, or have been down that road once or twice before, you know quite well the downsides that come with the territory. You know which ones I mean. You remember the annoying pains, hemorrhoids, lack of energy, and who can forget the leakage with a sneeze. You probably didn’t you know that physical therapy can manage some of the less than pleasant feelings.
If you have a baby or are close to someone that has had a baby, you’ve probably heard the term “diastatis rectus abdominis (DRA).” You may know it has something to do with your abdominal muscle but that is as far as your knowledge goes. Let’s clarify a few things here.