Not all superheroes wear capes. An unsung superhero in many of our lives is the one who always puts herself before us, makes our favourite food even when she’s tired, and checks in on us no matter the time or season. This, of course, is our mother. She’s always got our back, but have we ever stopped to think about whether we got hers?
This Mother’s Day, we spoke to several mothers to see what sort of pains they experience. We’ve picked out the top few, explain why they happen, and how it can be cared for:
1. Pregnancy Pains
The biggest change during pregnancy is the increased weight bearing and postural adaptations that the mother experiences. More than 50% of women experience low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. It is common that a pregnant woman has an increased curve in her lower back. Often, this type of misalignment can lead to numbness and tingling in her thighs, knees, and possibly feet.
Thankfully, chiropractic care during pregnancy has shown to help relieve these symptoms and reduce tension. A woman’s uterus is anchored to the inside of her lower pelvis via ligaments and other support structures. If an expectant mother’s pelvis is distorted or misaligned, this distortion can transmit stress and tension to the uterus that is anchored to it.
Chiropractic adjustments, such as the round ligament adjustment, can help realign the pelvis to reduce the mechanical stress on the uterus, relieving the discomfort there and even minimizing the likelihood of birth trauma.
Get more details on chiropractic care during pregnancy here.
2. Neck and Shoulder Pains
After childbirth, many women develop a new sort of pain. Unless you have a child that only sleeps, it is likely that you spend a good deal of the first few years of your child’s life carrying him/her – be it going out or multi-tasking while doing things around the house.
Unlike gym-goers who know the importance of working both sides of the body to ensure balance, carrying a child is instinctive, and many of us would be guilty of carrying the child on just one side. As the child grows heavier, more pressure is placed on the spine, resulting in misalignments in the spine (or what we call subluxation).
Get more details on back and pain injury prevention here
3. Low Back Pains
Parenthood multiplies the amount of housework there is to do. To quickly complete household tasks, one often locks in a particular position (just like when you sit for too long), forcing our spinal joints to stiffen and muscles to grow inactive.
The most obvious example would be the act of mopping or vacuuming. This is one of those things that can quickly lead to a habitual ‘bent over’ posture. Washing dishes can also result in neck and back pains if your sink is too high or too low.
To maintain a healthy spine, having little breaks in between your housework and stretches will help “reset” your body and minimize damage to your spine. It is common (but not normal!) for people to feel these pains. If the cause of your persistent muscle tension is due to a physical misalignment in the lumbar spine, improving its alignment is the only solution. Chiropractic care can help through regular adjustments to improve alignment and increase joint mobility (See how chiropractic care can help with low back pain here).
Mom’s Got Your Back, and We’ve Got Hers.
With Mother’s Day around the corner, what better way to show her your gratitude than to give her the gift of health. If you schedule for a comprehensive spinal check-up with us, your mom’s will be on us!
As our parents get older, it’s time for us to step up and be proactive in taking good care of their health.