Dr. Joel D. Duchon
Derrick Stenson, D.C.
Sorry for the late reply. Childbirth can definitely change a lot of things, including your posture. Pelvic misalignment and poor biomechanics of the pelvis can result from childbirth and can cause your body to compensate with tight muscles and changes in postural curves. That may be why you feel like your posture has bent. Focus on getting back to core exercises like yoga and Pilates as well as some light weight training to strengthen your spine and core muscles. Start lightly with everything and focus on form and flexibility first to get your body accustomed to movement. Then you can gradually add more and more. Look up postural retraining exercises.
If there is pain when you extend, you may have to see a chiropractor to align your spine before you begin posture exercises. If you go directly to new exercise or stretches without a balanced spine, you will feel discomfort strengthening and stretching muscles and ligaments out of alignment. When you do so, ask them to show you doorway posture exercises/stretches or corner stretches to strengthen between shoulder blades and stretch the chest and anterior shoulder muscles at same time. Hope I
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Dr. Todd Gewant
Lynnette Hendrickson, D.C., CACCP
Dr. Brian Pazera
Since it has occurred after delivery, it may well be due to some musculoskeletal changes associated with your pregnancy and/or delivery. The best time to have had this checked and probably corrected easily would have been in the first 30 days postpartum for several reasons. At this time, however, my first suggestion would be to see a chiropractor who works with and treats pregnant females, as they should know the most likely underlying causes for your problem. X-rays to check for abnormal curve formation would be appropriate along with a thorough musculoskeletal examination. They should be able to explain your problem, recommend a corrective program including exercises, and get you back to a "normal" posture.
If some pathology is detected, they may refer you for a medical evaluation. However, my 38 years of experience tells me that, till proven otherwise, chiropractic treatment would be the best for you.
A spinal exam from a licensed chiropractor should identify what is pulling you forward. You didn't mention if you had a C-section, but even if you didn't, those muscles are weak and will need some activity to restore the spinal integrity.
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