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Let's face it: pregnancy is going to be uncomfortable. With your body undergoing enormous changes at a rapid clip, there is bound to be periods of pronounced pain, nausea and distress. It's in your best interest to do everything in your power to keep these circumstances at a minimum. One way you can do this is through exercise: staying active contributes to more physical and emotional balance. At Holmes Chiropractic, we have decades of experience using chiropractic modalities to help women achieve a more comfortable, more successful pregnancy with fewer complications during childbirth. But the work doesn't stop once you leave our office! Read on to discover some simple, yet profound, ways to stay active during pregnancy
By keeping you active and socially engaged, tennis does a lot for our well being. It is a low-impact sport that can be enjoyed at any ability, while also contributing to lower levels of anxiety. But tennis still has its risk factors, as up to 60% of regular players will suffer some form of injury related to their sport. The most common injuries in tennis are:
The repetitive actions and motions involved in tennis lend themselves to wear and tear that can cause injury. If you want to prevent an injury from keeping you off the court, it pays to be proactive.
Allowing our lifestyles to run out of control and become dominated by stress is a sure way to leave our bodies and minds vulnerable to the onset of degenerative conditions. Stress is linked with heart disease, headaches, obesity, depression and a whole host of musculoskeletal conditions; this wide-ranging set of conditions shows how stress can be an underlying killer. As we see it, stress is a malevolent glue that remains quiet at the root of much of the pain and many of the conditions we treat here at Holmes Chiropractic. We can't let the members of our community leave stress unaddressed! Read on to find out about our action plan for dealing with stress.
But on the other hand, we are humans and thus it is easy to procrastinate. We are really good at ignoring the pain and stiffness that has set into our spines over the years. But take it from a chiropractor, the stakes have never been higher. Do you really want to be someone who starts taking spinal health seriously after their spine has succumbed to a serious, degenerative injury or condition? That is the reality for so many Americans, who neglect their spine for decades before it finally says, That's it, no more. From that point forward that person's life will be, at least partially, defined by a struggle for spinal health. We urge you to take a look at your lifestyle and determine which habits are holding you back from achieving maximum spinal health.
The key word here is prevalent- pregnancy is not considered a direct cause of sciatica, and thus we didn't say, "how is sciatica caused by pregnancy?" However, some explaining needs to be done for why sciatica seems to strike an unusually large amount of pregnant women. The reason is that pregnancy creates a perfect storm of conditions that lends itself to impingement on the sciatic nerve. Let's take a look at this mosaic in greater detail:
It's no wonder that many women in the third trimester begin to feel the symptoms of sciatica- pain in the lower back, usually limited to one side; shooting and burning pains down the leg; weakness or numbness in the lower extremities. So how can chiropractic remedy this situation?
You've welcomed your baby into the world and spent the first week adjusting to life as a mother, caring, feeding, and attending to your newborn's every need. But what about your own body? In order to effectively care for your child, you need to be in a state of balance, physically, emotionally and mentally. In the immediate period after giving birth, you lose about 12 pounds between the weight of the baby, the placenta, blood and amniotic fluid. You will continue to lose weight as you urinate more frequently- this is your body expelling the excess water retained by your cells during pregnancy.
Even then, your belly is not going to shrink on its own! Your abdominal muscles remain stretched out and many women complain that they still look pregnant. A final consideration (some might say primary) is your spine: levels of the hormone relaxin can remain elevated for weeks and even months after pregnancy, which means that your pelvic ligaments are not going to tighten, and instability will still exist at the base of your spine. This is often a cause for the aches and pains of pregnancy to persist even after birth.