IS MY POSTURE OK?

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Everyone remembers a time when their parent or teacher sternly ordered them to “Not Slouch, look up,” not surprisingly they were on to something. Proper posture has shown to: keep your joints in proper alignment, decreases abnormal wear and tear on the joints, decreases the stress placed on the ligaments that support your spine, helps reduce the feeling of fatigue (this is because your muscles will be used more efficiently, which results in your body using less energy to keep you upright), it can help prevent muscular pain, increase your confidence and make you LOOK GOOD!

Your next question may be,

“Well what does proper posture look like?”

The best way to explain that is for you to first imagine a line going straight down the middle of your body as you are standing straight. The line should pass through the skull, straight down the spine, cutting through the spinous process (those are the bumpy bones that you can feel going down your spine). From the sideview, this imaginary line, should cut through the earlobe, down to the front of the shoulder, through the knee, and down to the lateral Malleolus (that’s the bone that you can feel on the outside of your ankle).

For Proper posture, your body should align

For Proper posture, your body should align


From here you are probably wondering, “what can I do to improve my posture?” There are many ways to do that:

1. Be mindful of your posture when you are standing straight. Remember that Imaginary line.

2. Chiropractic care- has shown to help maintain proper posture

3. Stretching has shown to not only improve flexibility, it also relaxes tightened muscles related to poor posture.

Finally, be mindful of your body’s needs, never stretch past your body’s tolerance, always stay hydrated, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your Chiropractor!

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HOW DO I RELIEVE ROUND LIGAMENT PAIN?

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Expecting mamas describe round ligament pain as Jabbing pain or as a sharp pain, located in the lower belly or the groin area either on the right side (the most common side) but can sometimes be also felt on the left side or even both sides. Mamas usually start feeling round ligament pain during the second trimester.

Causes:

There are several thick ligaments that support the uterus. One of the ligaments that usually does this is the round ligament. the round ligament connects from the front of the uterus to the groin. This ligament can stretch or tighten normally with little issue. However, as the baby grows in the womb, the round ligament is stretched and becomes increasingly strained.

Symptoms:

Expecting mamas usually feel this pain with:

• Sudden movement- IE standing quickly
• Sneezing
• Coughing
• Laughing
• Rolling in bed

Relief:

At this point, you may be wondering, “what can I do for some pain relief?” There are a few tips and tricks that can help you feel some relief.

  1. Chiropractic care! Chiropractic helps expecting mamas to properly align the spine and pelvis to allow for proper fetal positioning.

  2. Avoid sudden transitional movement. For example, slowly stand up and support the belly while doing so.

  3. Stretch! Stretches such as the hip flexor stretch, bird dog, and the cat cow have shown to reduce pain sensations felt from the round ligament

  4. Sports Taping- Sports taping can help provide additional support by reducing some of the tension felt from the round ligament


CAUTION:

If your abdominal pain increases, it is not relieved with rest, or is constant, a visit to your health care provider is necessary, as this may indicate a more serious medical problem such as eclampsia or a serious non-pregnancy problem such as appendicitis.

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