For some individuals, pregnancy is not always easy. Many changes occur to one’s mental and physical health within each trimester. The individual then transitions into the postpartum phase following childbirth. This stage can be either a smooth or difficult process. Some women incur problems with a serious mental health condition called postpartum depression. This condition can happen to anyone. An individual who is facing challenges with postpartum depression is at an increased risk of developing major depression later on. Early intervention can be highly beneficial for both the parent and the child. Exploring acupuncture for postpartum depression with Restoration Recovery vs. traditional prescription medication treatment may significantly improve an individual’s condition and overall quality of life.
What Is Postpartum Depression?
According to the Office on Women’s Health (OASH), it is common for most women to develop what is called the “baby blues.” This is referred to as a very short period where an individual experiences feelings of sadness and emptiness within just a few days after delivering their child. The baby blues is expected by many health professionals to fade after about three to five days. Feeling low after childbirth is not a typical part of being a new parent. If an individual feels a strong sense of hopelessness, sadness, or emptiness for longer than a two-week span, they may have postpartum depression.
This serious mental health disorder involves an individual’s neuropsychological function. Postpartum depression can impair an individual’s behavior and physical well-being. Symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe. In some cases, an individual may also experience co-occurring anxiety disorders following childbirth as well.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the intensity and length of postpartum depression symptoms can be different for every individual who develops the condition. Although the symptoms of postpartum depression are very similar to depression, they can be slightly differentiated. This can be especially so if an individual had additional complications with their pregnancy or delivery. An individual’s relationship status can also impact the “severity” of one’s postpartum depression. Starting parenthood alone can be quite challenging for some individuals. Moving forward with parenthood in a toxic relationship can also be difficult. Postpartum depressive symptoms may include:
- Feeling numb
- Frequent crying spells
- Feelings of intense anger
- Avoiding family, friends, and loved ones
- Feeling disconnected from the baby
- Having thoughts of hurting oneself or the baby
- Feeling guilty for not being a good mother
- Doubting one’s ability to care for the child
Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression
Although postpartum depression can significantly impair an individual’s ability to function on a daily basis, the condition can be highly treatable. For those looking for a more natural approach, acupuncture may be a great start as it is a unique form of treatment. Therefore, one has the chance to enjoy care as an act of encouragement for additional treatment options. Many health providers may advise one to start prescription treatment. Holistic therapy in combination with prescription medications or psychotherapy may greatly improve an individual’s ability to fully recover from postpartum depression.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression
Based on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis, although controversial, acupuncture is an effective complementary or effective treatment option for those who are facing problems with postpartum depression. Acupuncture is a holistic key component of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for several years. This type of therapy uses thin needles that are inserted into an individual’s body to relieve different types of pain. It is an effective treatment option for treating some symptoms related to the condition with respect to specific outcomes. Benefits may include:
- Increased relaxation
- Reduced stress levels
- Restored balance
- Decreased feelings of hopelessness
- Better sense of control
- Improved sleep patterns
- Aiding recovery
Moving Forward With Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression at Restoration Recovery
Many individuals may feel hesitant to move forward and seek mental health treatment for postpartum depression. Some individuals fear their symptoms may interfere with their parenting rights due to having feelings of hurting themselves or their baby. Surrendering to treatment at Restoration Recovery can be a safe place to overcome postpartum depression. Our facility understands that coming forward for professional support is a big step toward a positive plan moving forward. We not only provide professional support, but emotional enhancement as well.
Restoration Recovery’s mental health team can kindly help individuals better understand their condition. Our holistic rehab in California can develop a comprehensive plan of care and tailor services to the individual’s specific needs. Choosing to participate in treatment for postpartum depression can greatly improve an individual’s ability to mentally recover. Taking time to discuss the benefits of acupuncture along with complementary treatments can be a good starting point for a better future. Reporting any questions, concerns, or further symptoms can increase an individual’s ability to effectively manage their condition at Restoration Recovery.
At our California Recovery Center, our serene setting helps clients achieve not just wellness, but wholeness. Many holistic therapies are rooted in bodywork and mindfulness practices. An individual can expect to have their mind, body, and spirit integrated into treatment. Rather than just treating the condition, holistic treatment looks at a person as a whole and introduces healing to other aspects of an individual. By addressing other aspects of the person, acupuncture, in combination with other treatment options, can promote an individual’s overall well-being and support recovery from all aspects. If you or a loved one is facing problems with postpartum depression, call (888) 290-0925 to learn how our facility can offer professional and emotional support.