How does chiropractic care support postpartum recovery?
Following delivery, the body systems require as much support as possible to rebalance the physical, mental, and emotional systems. Chiropractic care focuses on supporting the neuromusculoskeletal system, which comprises the nervous system, the muscular system, and the skeletal system—and all of the facets and functions in which the three are interrelated.
After delivery, each of these systems is strained, leading to physical changes, emotional changes, and changes in cognition. Chiropractic care can help to support and balance each of these areas of health by decreasing inflammation, decompressing nerves, realigning bones and joints, supporting immunity, enhancing cognitive function, and facilitating optimal nerve energy flow.
After delivery, child care can also take a toll on the mechanical components of the body—lifting, carrying, feeding, and even sleeping and sitting typically all occur on a different schedule and through different mechanisms than they did prior to delivery. This can create biomechanical stress in the limbs, back, neck, and other areas of the body that chiropractic care may address.
Finally, sleep deprivation can become a prominent part of postpartum life, for a variety of reasons. Chiropractic care can help to support cognitive function by boosting the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which helps to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the brain. Chiropractic care can help you to feel sharper, clearer, and more present overall, smoothing the transition from pre- to postnatal life.