Family First Chiropractic and Wellness is located at 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. Dr. Joelle Johnson,Dr. Stephen Kelly, Dr. Elton Clemence, Guy Lacoursiere TPT RMT,and Jeannette Raskin RMT CST,are available 6 days per week. The clinic is a family friendly environment for chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy and massage therapy.403.347.3261 www.family1stchiro.ca
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Post Partum Depression- Ask for Help
Partum Depression (PPD)- ASK FOR HELP!
How can spinal chiropracitc care help
Post partum Depression or PPD affects up
to 20% of new moms or 1 in 7mothers
depending on the study, but it can be effectively treated. An effective
treatment is some combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which
emphasizes here and now tools to get the woman back on her feet, remember:
You are not alone.
You are not to blame.
You will be well.
Your experience is real and there is help.
chiropractic’s beneficial effects on emotional stress and personality have been
noted. At least one journal has quoted a doctor as saying that “postpartum
depression is a rarity in patients receiving…manipulative therapy (sic).” 
 Peterson, D.M. More on OMT in obstetric care. Journal of the AOA, 1975, 74,
Up to 80% of women experience the baby
blues postpartum. But they will usually begin having more good days than bad
ones by the time their babies are two weeks old. Women who are depressed longer
should seek help from a healthcare professional.
of postpartum depression include: “Sadness, anhedonia (inability to experience
pleasure), sleep disturbances, emotional sensitivity and appetite disturbances.
Depression occurs during pregnancy at similar rates and should be treated as
well. A medical screening is important to rule out other conditions that cause
depression, including thyroid disorders.Postpartum anxiety disorders are also
common, obsessive in their thinking, irritable, compulsive about baby care or
housework, and have physical symptoms such as stomach aches, muscle
tension/spasms, headaches and fatigue. They probably wouldn’t consider
themselves depressed and might not seek help. Women who have OCD have disturbing,
intrusive thoughts of harming their children or that they have harmed them in
some way. These women are upset by their thoughts and would not act on them.
They often secondarily become depressed.
Women with a history of depression or anxiety, or a history of mood disorders
in their biological families are most at risk “No one is immune. It’s the most
common complication of childbirth.”
Having physical help caring for the baby
can offset the risk.Women often
plan to have help for two weeks or less which is inadequate for most women. Our culture gives women an
impossible vision of motherhood to live up to. Being around other new mothers
is a huge buffer; it can dispel the isolation and pain around learning this new
ASK FOR HELP! Many mothers do not ask for
help when they need it, ask someone to make dinner and bring it over for your
family- yes they can fold laundry, sweep your floor and vacuum as well. This is
not a weakness to ask for help.Click here for The Edinburgh Post partum depression questionnaire.
1.Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of good fat needed for normal
brain function. Our bodies can't make omega-3s on their own, so we must obtain
them through our diet. Studies have linked depression with low dietary intake
of omega-3 fatty acids. In countries with higher fish consumption,the depression rate is 10 times lower than in
North American. Postpartum depression is also less common.
"sammy", is short for S-adenosyl-L-methionine. It's a chemical that's
found naturally in the human body and is believed to increase levels of
neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
3.B- Complex with Folic Acid and
4.5-HTP5-HTP is short for
5-hydroxytryptophan. It's produced naturally in the body and is used to make
the neurotransmitter serotonin. Although taking 5-HTP in supplement form may
theoretically boost the body's serotonin levels, many experts feel there is not
enough evidence to determine the safety of 5-HTP. It should not be combined
5.Get adjusted- post
partum depression is lower in patients that get regular adjustments
Dr. Joelle Johnson is located at 142 Erickson drive, Red Deer.
She has extensive training and education on pre and postnatal care. Dr. Joelle
is a mother of 3 and has been practising in Central Alberta for over 15 year. www.family1stchiro.ca to book an