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3 Reasons Why Massage & Chiropractic Care Are The Ultimate Combo for Postpartum Recovery


Congratulations! You did it! Over the last nine months, you carried and brought a tiny little human earthside. But did anyone prepare you for the realities of postpartum recovery? Also known as the fourth trimester, the postpartum period is a time of more changes to your body, mind and new life as a mother. But navigating the early days of motherhood does not mean you have to be uncomfortable and down. Holistic-minded and gentle approaches to your physical and emotional well-being are available! Together, chiropractic care and prenatal and postnatal massage can have incredible benefits to a new mama’s healing and recovery. Let’s discuss our top 3 reasons why massage and chiropractic care are the ultimate combo to help new mothers heal during their postpartum recovery.

Power of Massage and Chiropractic Care for Postpartum Recovery: Relieves muscle tension & discomfort

Pregnancy, labor and delivery does a lot to a woman’s body. Between the constant hormonal changes, increases in weight, and overall changes in your body, the process of bringing new life to this world can put quite a bit of stress on your entire musculoskeletal system. As pregnancy progresses, these changes can make it difficult to move, walk and sleep. After delivery, daily activities can feel difficult and you may ultimately start to experience discomfort and tension throughout your body:

  • Back

  • Calves

  • Feet

  • Hips

  • Neck

  • Pubic bone

  • Shoulders

Chiropractic care can help to relieve muscular tension that may be causing all of these aches and pains. Safe, specific and efficient chiropractic adjustments can help to realign the spine and pelvis. Effective chiropractic care ultimately improves mobility and functionality of your joints, making your pregnancy more comfortable and your postpartum recovery smoother!

Massage therapy, during both the prenatal and postnatal stage, complements chiropractic care by addressing particular muscle groups, encouraging relaxation, and releasing tightness. 

Restores proper alignment & function

Pregnancy is an incredible time of creating the miracle of life. Which is why it can be quite demanding on the body. As a result of the changes that pregnancy brings to the body, misalignments in the spine and pelvis are often inevitable. The result of misalignments can lead to less than ideal mobility and system functioning. If left untreated, spinal and pelvic misalignments can result in postpartum issues such as back pain, sciatica and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Chiropractic adjustments can help to realign and restore proper alignment and optimal function to the spine, pelvis, and nervous system. When the nervous system is balanced and functioning, your body’s natural healing process will THRIVE.

In combination with chiropractic adjustments, specific postpartum massage therapy and techniques can help to boost the effectiveness of the body’s ability to heal and recover. 

Promotes overall wellness & emotional health

The postpartum period, also known as the 4th trimester, is a time of healing. And the healing goes beyond just the physical aches and pains of recovering from pregnancy and childbirth. This postpartum healing period also includes the mental well-being and emotional balance of becoming a new mama.

Holistic chiropractic care can help to boost the nervous system, regulate hormones, and optimize neurotransmitters that are responsible for mood and emotional health. 

In conjunction with chiropractic care, massage therapy can help to stimulate endorphins which help to support happy and healthy hormones and mood-boosting chemicals.

Conclusion: Treat yourself to the self-care you deserve!

Taking care of YOU should be at the top of your priority list as a new mama. Self-care is essential during the 4th trimester as you navigate the early days of motherhood. Treat those aches, pains, and baby blues by reaching out for the self-care you need and deserve. 

Chiropractic care and massage therapy are the ultimate combination to help you start feeling more like yourself again. Together, specific and effective adjustments and massage techniques can promote overall health and wellness during the postpartum recovery period by restoring proper spinal and pelvis alignment, reducing aches and pains, lowering stress, improving relaxation and supporting a better night’s sleep (which all new moms need)!

Book your first postpartum chiropractic visit and massage with us today! Our new massage therapist, Effie, offers an incredibly gentle and specific approach to massage for our new mamas. We will address your needs and concerns, and design an individualized care plan to help you recover and heal from pregnancy and get you feeling back to yourself! 

Dr. Cristina Padilla Bravo | Mobile Family Chiropractor in Jacksonville, FL 

Dr. Padilla’s practice focuses on expecting mothers, babies, and children, creating a supportive and educational space for women and their families. 

Thrive Family Chiropractic, LLC was founded by Dr Padilla in the fall of 2017 with the idea that Chiropractic care should be convenient and accessible to all, with a focus on facilitating care for families, women during pregnancy and children. Throughout her years of practice, Dr Padilla has seen how challenging it can be for families to incorporate Chiropractic into their lifestyles and make it a priority rather than a luxury. With this thought in mind, Dr Padilla wants to provide the best, most personalized, and individualized Chiropractic care to women during pregnancy and to children of all ages, to help improve their lifestyle, prevent chronic illness and allow them to express their full potential in life, sports, and school.

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