Banishing Back Pain from Breastfeeding

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A healthy transition for mother and child

Keep these tips in mind:

  • When sitting, recline to an angle of 20 degrees to take pressure off your neck.
  • Use cervical and lumbar support pillows when sitting
  • Choose a supportive chair when sitting
  • Vary your position between sitting and standing to prevent muscle fatigue
  • When standing, always use a baby carrier or a wrap 
  • If lying down, make sure to use a pillow to prop yourself up and support your upper body effectively

From here, it is a matter of exercising to restore lost muscle tone and improve the weight-bearing and compression-resistance capabilities of your core muscles. If you can do this while also focusing heavily on hydration, nutrition and sleep, you will go a long way towards making a healthy transition for yourself and, by extension, your child. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we can facilitate this process! We have the expertise and experience to help you fight pain and keep well being on the up and up. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

Calcium-Magnesium Balance for Better Spinal Health

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Magnesium is key to calcium absorption

So many people focus exclusively on intaking the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D, forgetting about magnesium. Magnesium and calcium share a complementary relationship, the former helping the body absorb the latter. Without a balance of magnesium, calcium accumulates in the body and this in of itself can be detrimental. Magnesium has a lot of health benefits beyond simply helping your body absorb calcium but, from a spinal wellness perspective, this can be one of its most important roles. Fortunately, magnesium is even more widely available from natural foods than calcium and certainly moreso than vitamin D. 

Simple diet tricks for improving spinal health

The magnesium-calcium balance is a great example of how simple dietary changes can have profound effects on your spinal health. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today. 

How Acupuncture Directly Treats Back Pain

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Acupuncture for back pain explained through a western medicine lens

Studies show that when acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points in the body, they stimulate a nervous system response- neurochemicals including endorphins are released in the brain, triggering a ripple effect of chemical and hormone release throughout the body, that in turn affects the spinal cord and the localized soft tissues. These chemicals change the way you perceive pain and help the body regulate its internal functioning; the resulting improvement in biomechanical balance is what TCM calls balancing the Qi. 

Making your body more capable of caring for itself 

For all these reasons, acupuncture should be a front line treatment. It should not be a last resort, when all other pain remedies have been tried and proven ineffective. It is most effectively used as a conservative, proactive approach to dealing with back pain and dysfunction. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.