Postpartum Physical Therapy
Childbirth either natural birth or caesarean surgery is a highly traumatic experience for the body. Months before childbirth, the female body produces relaxin, which is a hormone that loosens up the body joints to prepare the hip for birth. This also causes a lot of joints to go out of alignment especially during childbirth. This is the reason why so many new mothers experience back and hip pain.
Postpartum means after-birth. There is a need for the body to recover from the birth process. Postpartum physical therapy can help the body to realignment and the joints will be strengthen again. Otherwise, the pain will persist and will affect the patient’s new role as a new mother.
One common condition that most new mothers experience is pelvic girdle joint pain. This is a condition that only happens during and after pregnancy that causes the stiffness and limitation of movement of the pelvis bones. It generally causes pain at the pubic area of the pelvis bone. It is also called pubic symphysis dysfunction.
New mothers also experience pelvic floor dysfunction. This is caused by the weakness of all the musculature of the pelvis internally. Patients often experiences discomfort in their pelvic region. They lose their ability to control the pelvic floor muscles causing incontinence, frequent urination, painful urination, constipation and lower back pain. This is caused by the muscles of the pelvic floor loses their ability to contract and relax normally. Chiropractic postpartum physical therapy can help solve this problem.
Lastly, most postpartum patients experience low back pain. Research shows that as high as 95% of new mothers experiences back pain due to excessive strain on their low back during delivery and during confinement. Breast feeding also causes strain on their lower back because the need to hunch their back during breast feeding.
Chiropractic treatment is the safest therapy as it doesn’t require medication and drugs for their body.