Postnatal Care and Recovery

Breastfeeding
Although we often assume that breastfeeding should come naturally to infants and mothers, a difficult pregnancy, the birth process, interventions, birth trauma and early handling of the newborn may all contribute to changes in structure that affect this normal and essential function. Any alterations in spinal, cranial bone or jaw alignment or movement patterns can impact a baby’s ability to nurse well. These physical changes can lead to inflammation, increased arousal due to sensitivity and pain, muscle spasm or spinal subluxation, which can all result in a fussy, crying baby. On the other side of the nursing dyad, mom may not be producing milk well, which can also be associated with a stressful labor/delivery or difficult early motherhood experience. Since mom’s milk supply and let down are neurologically controlled, increases in supply can often follow a chiropractic adjustment. In addition, the way mom holds her own body and her baby’s body while breastfeeding are very important as pain may influence the let down reflex and, consequently, milk production. Our Chiropractors are trained in treating both infants and new mothers and use gentle, non-invasive manual techniques to assist in the early establishment of a healthy nursing relationship. We are proud to work closely with Certified Lactation Consultants and clinics in the Toronto area to help us best support new moms and their infants. For more information, or to book an appointment, please click below.

 

Managing Stress and Postpartum Mood Disorders
Stress is a reality of our modern lifestyle. Add on that you have just become a new Mom or Dad and your list of physical, chemical and emotional stresses go through the roof! It is foolish to believe that we can remove the stress from our daily lives, but there are safe and natural ways to help improve the way our bodies react to stress. Stress is important – our fight/flight nervous system response helps to keep us safe and alive. The problem with stress occurs when this fight/flight system is stuck ON for an elongated period of time and we become overstressed. Chiropractic care can help you to effectively manage your stress response by decreasing both physical and chemical stressors on the body. Gentle and specific adjustments to the spine help to dampen the fight/flight response by activating the opposing rest/repair side of your nervous system. Following an adjustment, the hormone cortisol (or your stress hormone) decreases as well. We are proud to work closely with counsellors, therapists, and psychologists who specialize in postpartum mood disorders so we can best support new mothers, fathers and their families. We encourage open and honest communication and are here to help make your journey into parenthood a little easier by providing you with a community of loving and knowledgeable professionals. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please click below.

 

Pelvic Balance and Pelvic Floor Health
Chiropractic care after you deliver your baby is beneficial for all Moms. Regardless of the type of delivery you had, giving birth is an intense experience in which the body pushes itself, causing stress and strains  that can last well after your baby arrives. Your body will require time and care to reach its full potential, but you don’t come with a factory reset button – your body will be different and this can be intimidating and frustrating for many new Moms. Postnatal Chiropractic care gently guides the body back into balance and ensures proper alignment. Particular focus is spent on the pelvis and its adjoining muscles, ligaments and tendons. In the first 8-12 weeks postpartum, the high levels of Relaxin hormone (which soften the ligaments of the body to allow delivery of your baby) starts to decrease and your body begins to tighten up. This is a key time to visit your Postnatal Chiropractor to ensure that your pelvis and spinal structures are properly balanced. We will assess your postpartum concerns, use gentle adjustments to restore balance to your body and give exercise and rehabilitation recommendations to speed up recovery time, ensure proper healing and restore your body to a familiar state. For more information, or to book an appointment, please click below.