Kelly is a stay-at-home mom with two children. She absolutely loves spending time with them and is always amazed at how quickly they’re learning new things. When she was pregnant with her first child, she developed sciatica and was in severe pain during her entire pregnancy. She tried not to be too concerned considering the problem went away after she gave birth. When she gave birth to her second child, the same thing occurred: severe sciatica that went away after she gave birth. It has now been two years since Kelly’s second pregnancy, and low back pain has been pretty consistent in her life. At this point, she has pretty much accepted the chronic discomfort as a new addition to her life.
Unfortunately, Kelly’s situation is not unique. Many women often experience low back pain during pregnancy and a large number of them also admit to lingering pain months to years after giving birth. While parents’ back pain is not uncommon, a treatment plan can be easily obtained by contacting RxWellness Spine & Health and scheduling a consultation with the best chiropractic team in the DMV. We are a wellness center that specializes in holistic, gentle, and non-invasive treatment methods to benefit both expecting mothers, mothers who have given birth years ago, dads, grandparents, older siblings, and any other members of the family involved in the childcare process.
Parents’ Back Pain and Why It’s So Common
Low back pain can be a problem for moms because of the complicated process their bodies go through during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant her body will release a hormone known as relaxin, which prompts the pelvis to relax and stretch. This hormone also allows the pelvis to separate, which is how the baby is able to pass through during the delivery process. This is all normal, however, as Dr. Phil Golinsky, founder and C.E.O of RxWellness Spine & Health, explains, “in about ten percent of the cases, the hips don’t go back to where they need to go. So after about six months if you’re still in pain, it means your body might not have readjusted properly and it’s a good idea to go see a chiropractor.” This is a possible contribution to why moms may be experiencing chronic low back pain months after giving birth.
Another extremely common reason why moms, dads, and other caregivers are experiencing low back pain can be attributed to how they bend over when picking up a fussing infant. The average toddler weighs about 26lbs and when you bend your back and constantly lift 26lbs day after day, you are going to have low back pain. No doubt about it. Dr. Phil says when picking up a toddler, “you want to keep your back straight and use your legs.” Remembering the basics of proper lifting can protect your back from the low back pain too many parents experience.
Tips That May Help
Caring for a child is a lot of work and toddlers can be very demanding. Without even thinking about it, you will spend hours a day bending, lifting, or carrying that demanding toddler. They may be asleep or they will be screaming and fighting you every step of the way. That is a lot of constant stress and strain on your back, which will lead to chronic pain. The best thing you can do to manage the stress and ease the pain is to contact RxWellness Spine & Health and schedule a consultation. Regular adjustments will make a significant difference to your long-term back health.
A few things you can do at home to protect your back include some of the following:
Practice proper lifting techniques: If you are at the gym you would not bend your back to lift weights, so you want to keep the same concept in mind when lifting your toddler. Keep your back straight and lift with your legs, and according to Dr. Phil, “ if they’re having a temper tantrum, don’t try to pick them up because they’re going to be heavier than 25lbs.” You want to be careful and aware of your back health throughout your busy day.
Apply ice and heat to the area: If the back muscles are tight, applying heat can help to loosen them up. You can purchase a heating pad online and just slide it under your low back right before you lie down. If the muscles are inflamed, then icing the area can help reduce inflammation, reduce swelling, and ease the pain. Hot showers or cold baths may also be a quick substitution if you can’t find the time to heat or ice the area.
Build muscle strength: It may be impossible to find time to eat, let alone sneak away to the gym, but building muscles can strengthen the back. It will create a stronger structural base, and leave the back better supported. If you can’t find time to go to the gym, you can search for some at-home back strengthening videos on Youtube and squeeze in a quick session while your toddler is napping.
Massage Therapy: The massage therapist can target the tight muscles and gently work to remove the tension. You cannot think of a massage therapy session as a luxury treatment. If you are in chronic pain, and it helps to reduce the discomfort then it is a necessity. Self-care is not a luxury.
How RxWellness Spine & Health Can Help Parents’ Back Pain
If you have suffered from low back for a significant length of time, and are seriously considering contacting RxWellness Spine & Health for treatment, then we want you to be confident in the care you will receive. We are the natural wellness center with state-of-the-art treatment equipment and diagnostic tools. We have some of the most qualified chiropractors in the country working alongside some of the best massage therapists available.
If you are nervous about your first adjustment, Dr. Phil advises you to try and relax and wants you to understand that, “we’re very very gentle.” He goes on to explain that, “on the very first visit we probably are going to do a little less than a person might expect, or want.” simply because we do not want to overexpose the patients with too much at once. He further explains that at the deal first visit “the goal is to get you feeling better by 20 percent. If you’re feeling better by 20 percent at least, then I know we can do a little bit more.” If you receive your very first adjustments, and immediately feel a difference when you stand up, then there is a high chance that our care plan and wellness approach will help you see significant improvement in the long run.
When you work with the RxWellness Spine & Health care team, we will carefully create a recovery plan to help you live a life free from chronic pain. Each patient is different, and therefore each care plan will be unique. When you schedule your consultation, your doctor may recommend a spinal adjustment, massage therapy, and a few minutes of STIM; however, your best friend might come in with a seemingly similar complaint, but the doctor might decide that an adjustment, active release technique, and cupping will do them more good. At RxWellness Spine & Health, we have a large list of services at our disposal, and we will work carefully to closely match you with the treatment that will help you see the most improvement.
Unfortunately for many people, low back pain is a common and familiar presence throughout their day, but it does not have to be. Working with a chiropractor and receiving regular adjustments can help significantly reduce parents’ back pain and improve long-term wellness. When you schedule a consultation at RxWellness Spine & Health, we can create a care plan that will target your specific problem areas to help improve your quality of life. As parents, you should be free to enjoy quality time and fun activities with your children without back pain flaring up and forcing you to sit on the sidelines. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation at any of our offices across Virginia and Maryland, please give us a call at 1(703) 904 9666 or book a consultation online.