A study in the Journal of Orthopedics reported that 50-90% of pregnant women will likely experience lower back pain. This pain may persist after giving birth if you don’t take action. Seeing a chiropractor throughout your pregnancy and after can greatly reduce the chance of having back pain and neck pain while trying to care for small children. It is perfectly safe for both mom and baby, and most chiropractors can make quick modifications to keep the pregnancy mom comfortable while receiving treatment.
It is also important to keep you back health while at home and between visits. The following includes helpful exercises and tips that can help reduce the risk of back and shoulder pain’;
Lighten your load:
Choose a diaper bag that distributes weight evenly across your body to limit the stress of isolated muscles.
Stretch your body:
While your baby is old enough for tummy time, join them on the floor and do some exercises to stretch your neck and back.
When nursing, avoid hunching and keep your baby close to you. Also choose a comfortable, upright chair with a pillow.
Keep your baby close:
Don’t stretch your arms out – bring your baby close to your chest before lifting. Consider wearing your baby on your front so you can alleviate the strain on your back.
Keep tub trouble at bay:
Avoid reaching or twisting when bending over a tub. When kneeling, use a non-slip mat to protect your knees.
Exercises/Stretches To Help Alleviate Your Back Pain At Home:
Breathing deeply and calmly, relax your stomach muscles
Let your head hang loosely forward and gently roll from side to side
Bring your hands up to your neck and gently massage the back of your head and neck
Drop your arms to your sides, relax your shoulders & slowly roll them backward and forward for 15 seconds
Standing with feet shoulder width apart, raise your hands
Bring your right elbow across your body while lifting your left knee
Touch elbow to knee, remaining upright and repeat alternating sides for 15 seconds
There is no time for back pain in parenthood. Consult a Chiropractor so that you can stay on your toes and a step ahead of your toddler.
Pinjal is the newest member of the Brant Wellness and Rehab team, but you will have seen his face around the office in the past. Pinjal has been our “go-to” guy for the past two years when we have needed physiotherapy cover. We love working with him, and we are excited to now have him here with us full-time.
Pinjal comes to us with four years of physiotherapy experience in Canada and many more years of experience from his home country of India. Pnjal has experience treating various ages, from pediatric care to the elderly. He enjoys working with each of these age groups and the challenges that come with each patient. Pinjalalso performs acupuncture and cupping. We are excited to add those to the list of physiotherapy treatments at Brant Wellness and Rehab.
Vestibular rehabilitation (balance, fall prevention, vertigo)
When Pinjal isn’t at work, he lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter and enjoys making the most of his family time.
Dr. Jun is a recent graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He brings with him the clinical knowledge and skills to help patients of all ages. Jun uses an evidence-based approach to his Chiropractor care and develops patient treatment plans that work. The array of treatments he provides include acupuncture, manual spinal manipulation techniques, mobilization, and soft tissue therapy within those treatment plans. Rehabilitation and education play a significant role in his patient care to emphasize recovery and prevent further injuries. He enjoys helping and treating patients’ pain and loves to talk and listen to their stories.
Dr. Jun can help you with neck, low back, shoulder, hip, and many other types of pain and physical dysfunction. He is passionate about the importance of active care to maintain health and improve function as you perform your daily activities.
When Dr. Jun isn’t in the clinic, you’ll find him in baseball and softball fields, playing the piano at home, or spending time with his family and friends.
Fun Fact: Jun is a huge sports fan – as he roots for the Leafs, the Blue Jays, and the Raptors.
Karen is one of the massage therapists at Brant Wellness and Rehab, and she has been with the team since the clinic opened. She brings with her 20 years of experience working in multi-disciplinary clinics. Her wealth of knowledge is something that her patients genuinely appreciate.
Karen grew up North of Toronto and graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1998. Before that, she attended York University for psychology.
Karen enjoys treating patients with complex medical issues. Her experience teaching pathology (the study of diseases) allows her to understand where their problems may be coming from. She is also passionate about treating women during pregnancy and enjoys treating geriatric patients.
When Karen isn’t working, she enjoys the outdoors, and you can often find her hiking or camping with her husband, Joe. In addition, she is a gifted musician and plays the drums and sings in several different bands in her free time.
Dr. Spenser is the owner of Brant Wellness and Rehab. Spenser has been practicing Chiropractic for almost a decade. He enjoys helping people of all ages live a more active lifestyle, free from the constraints of chronic pain.
Unlike other Chiropractors, Spenser takes a gentler approach to Chiropractic by using an instrument called an activator to perform his adjustments. This alternative approach requires no twisting or cracking of the joints, so you don’t need to worry about having your “neck cracked” when you come to Brant Wellness and Rehab.
Spenser also uses “Functional Range Release” techniques to address specific joint and muscle problems. As a trained Functional Range Release practitioner, Spenser regularly uses this superbly effective technique to treat shoulder pain, neck problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, elbow dysfunction, knee issues, and much more. He particularly enjoys treating patients with Sciatica, as his unique approach has delivered life-changing results for many of his patients. In addition, Spenser loves helping patients with pain management and helping them to avoid taking medication or having surgery.
When Dr. Spenser isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys reading and playing guitar.