Join Date: Nov 2005
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Another vote for massage/chiro combo here. (And another massage therapist, too!)
The only thing that troubles me about your post is that you mention numbness in your hand-- usually a sign of nerve impingement, which can be caused either by cervical spine misalignment or supertight muscles clamping down on the nerve. Both chiro and massage will work to decrease the pressure on the nerve, but like the other mamas are saying, it's SUPER important to work on your muscle tone and also take a hard look at your body mechanics. It's way too easy to lift things (and babies!) the wrong way, and it's even easier to fall into bad body-mechanics/posture habits.
Try to shift the baby-holding from one side to the other, avoid cradling the phone on your shoulder or wearing heavy bags on your shoulder, and check your posture when you're using the computer. Stretches for your neck, shoulders and chest (pecs) would be especially beneficial, too.