This weeks Spine Health Chiropractic Posts: Chiropractic and #Pregnancy, Cervical #Herniation, Low Level #Laser,Aerobic #Exercise, and #Sacroiliac Joint Problems

dreamstime_xl_56550976This weeks Topics Are: Chiropractic and #Pregnancy, Cervical #Herniation, Low Level #Laser,Aerobic #Exercise, and #Sacroiliac Joint Problems

Post 1)

Chiropractic treatments for pregnant women suffering from lower back pain has a very high success rate and can be combined with other treatments that do not include adding medications into the system.

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/pregnancy-and-back-pain/treatments-low-back-pain-during-pregnancy

Post 2)

When a cervical herniated disc is treated, the first methods are often to use physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, activity modification, and possibly anti-inflammatory medications.

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/conservative-treatment-a-cervical-herniated-disc

Post 3)

The light from low level lasers can penetrate the skin and tissues between 2-5 cm and those photons are absorbed by the tissue cells to generate more energy, which is believed to help those tissues heal faster.

http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/pain-management/cold-laser-therapy-pain-management-treatment

Post 4)

Aerobic exercise increases the blood flow in the body, which helps speed up healing, but high-impact exercises may cause additional stress or trauma to the structures of the spine.

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/low-impact-aerobic-exercise

Post 5)

Sacroiliac joint problems can cause lower back pain and/or leg pain and is often treated first with chiropractic care.

http://www.spine-health.com/video/chiropractic-adjustment-sacroiliac-joint-video

Back Discomfort During Pregnancy (Chiropractic can help)

baby_boy_shoes_on_belly_198403For patients going through back discomfort during pregnancy, #chiropractic care may provide effective relief from #pain with only a couple of simple treatments.

For instance:

  1. Manipulation or adjustment from the pelvis provides relief and restores function for 91% of patients analyzed. See much more about Chiropractic care Manipulation.
  2. To help increase effectiveness of these treatments, your chiropractor or medical professional may recommend: Easy stretching exercise programs.
  3. Finally a pelvic support belt may be recommended to help with the treatment.

Also See Exercise for Back Discomfort Throughout #Pregnancy.

You Have the Power in Your Pregnancy

It is important that women feel empowered during their pregnancy. There are several steps that can be taken to achieve this goal. the first step is to get informed and to surround yourself with a great health team.

After discover that you are pregnant you should start learning about the process and compiling a birth plan. Creating a birth plan is the best thing you can do to make sure your wishes are considered during your delivery. The birth plan should include basic decisions such as moving around during labor, when to start pushing, fetal monitoring decisions and  whether or not and when to induce labor induction. The plan should also contain contingouncy plans as well as contingency decisions, including whether to get an epidural, an episiotomy or a C-section. That is just the beginning. Your birth plan should also have special instructions for the nurse and staff regarding who should be with you during the delivery as well as who you want to stay with the baby  should there be complications.

The Do’s of Pregnancy to empower the mother:

  • DO consider having a doula: A doula is your advocate during your  delivery and there job is making sure that your wishes are considered this is their primary responsibility. A doula will stay with you throughout the entire labor and delivery. A doula will provide emotional support and see to your physical comfort. For more information about doulas or to find one near you, talk to your doctor and visit the Web site of the Doula Association of North America at http://www.dona.org.
  • DO rely on your family chiropractor: Chiropractors only don’t only treats back and neck pain, but many more women have discovered the benefits chiropractors can provide in terms of prenatal care. Preconception and prenatal chiropractic care for you can mean less morning sickness, less lower back pain and a shorter, more quality labor and delivery. More than that, chiropractic care supports the integrity of your pelvic function, which includes the uterus, the associated muscles and ligaments, and the interfacing of the nervous and hormonal systems, which is important for you and your baby. Also Consider it a way to help your baby to be a healthier infant if chiropractic
  • DO know that you have a choice between hospital birth and a home birth: Choosing to give birth at home, in a birthing center or in a hospital is definitely a decision that you should make with the help of people you trust and who are close to you. Today more women are choosing a home birth over a hospital birth. Women are choosing to give birth in the comfort of their own home with family and friends nearby, this is often less invasive and leads to less medical intervention unless absolutely necessary. Studies have shown women with planned home births have significantly less obstetrical interventions or adverse maternal outcomes, and that newborns delivered at home vs. in a hospital are less likely to require resuscitation, oxygen therapy or meconium aspiration after birth.
  • DO recognize your right to make decisions: After all this is your pregnancy and your baby, and you have the right to ask questions or to get second opinions when you are unsure about anything. You are in control! You should make your decisions based on information provided by those you trust. Remember that at every turn, you control what you allow during your pregnancy and delivery, and that at any time it is alright to say, “No,” and expect your decisions to be honored.

This is not about choosing to ignore medical advice and put you or your baby at risk; it’s about making decisions in conjunction with your health care team to have a safe, natural pregnancy.

By: Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC

Mahler Family Chiropractic Center Kingston, PA

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Chiropractic and pregnancy it is for more than low back pain!

Adjusting women through pregnancy is probably the most rewarding aspects of chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment leads to a healthier pregnancy means a simpler labor and delivery, along with a better transition for the baby into this life.

Chiropractic through pregnancy is not only safe, it is vital. We could go through the implications of subluxation from the biomechanical, hormonal and neurological standpoint. It’s easy for everyone to find out postural changes, through pregnancy, lead to changes in the center of gravity, the body weight of the fetus causes increased pressure about the spine and pelvis, and in the end of the pregnancy, changes have emerged in gait pattern, the waddle of pregnancy. What we can’t see, are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring in mom as well as the developing baby. These changes are controlled and coordinated with the nervous system. This is where chiropractic care comes in. It is not just for back pain in pregnancy.

Adjustments result in an easier pregnancy, significantly decreased average labor time, and assists new mothers in returning to per-pregnancy health. In one study, women receiving Chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group failing to get enough Chiropractic, and on subsequent pregnancies subjects reported 39% shorter labor times. Thirty-nine percent-this is a massive difference. Moreover, 84% of women report relief of low back and hip pain when receiving care from a chiropractor. Because the sacroiliac joints and pelvis function better, there exists significant less probability of back labor when receiving chiropractic care through out the pregnancy.

Body position during delivery can also be critical. Any late second stage labor position that denies postural sacral rotation denies mom and the baby critical pelvic outlet diameter and jams the top off the sacrum as much as 4cm into the pelvic outlet. Put simply, the typical delivery position used in hospitals with the mother on her back in the stir-ups reduces the size of the pelvic opening, which closes off the vital space essential for the infant to move through the pelvic outlet.

This delivery position is a common reason why numerous births are traumatic, labor is stalled, mother becomes fatigued and in pain, so making use of epidurals, forceps, episiotomy, vacuum extraction and cesarean increases. This is why squatting should be the preferred position. In this position gravity helps and the pelvic outlet can open to a greater degree. Squatting during delivery leads to decreased utilization of forceps plus a shorter second stage labor as opposed to semi-recumbent position.

Greater complications during delivery lead to greater neurological damage to the newborn as a result of injury to the head and neck. Even with vaginal births, 4.6% of full term neonates suffer unexplained brain bleeds and 10% suffer neonatal encephalopathy. Because so many children have been injured with forceps deliveries, (facial nerve palsy, tearing of cervical spine musculature) vacuum extraction originated. Suction cups they fit around the newborn’s head, and the baby generally is sucked from the mother.

When utilized, 120 pounds of pressure goes through the baby’s head and neck. Decapitation occurs at 140 pounds of pressure, to offer you a perception of the forces involved. Remember when you were just a little girl or boy and there was a new baby present, our parents always said, “Watch his head-you don’t want to hurt him.” We’re careful for the reason that fontanel’s with the skull are very pliable, and also the neck and brain are fragile and unprotected. This is why numerous babies sustain injuries with their heads and neck during vacuum extraction. The force of vacuum extraction is far greater than a newborn’s little bodies can tolerate.

Adjustments to newborns contain only ounces of force, on average 6-12 onces. This is the same weight approximately as a bottle of food. The force of the adjustment is directed into the spine to facilitate health by removing subluxations. We adjust babies just after birth, to correct subluxations brought on by in-utero constraint as well as the journey down with the birth canal and delivery.

It is also important to note that chiropractic is not a cure it only frees up the optimal potential of the nervous system and allowed us to express the best us we can be. It isn’t relief from ear infections, for colic, for allergies, for asthma, for frequent colds, nor for ADD/ADHD, but it can help the body deal with and heal all of these conditions.

Whenever we listen to mothers’ stories with their pregnancy, labor and delivery, the children that suffer the best from these complaints, are the ones who’ve had the best challenge with their births. Even relatively easy deliveries may result in subluxations. That is why every child should be checked, before difficulties with their health ever develop. That’s maintenance within the truest sense-preventing subluxations in mothers to stop subluxations in their babies during childbirth. For this reason all women needs Chiropractic through pregnancy so that the arrival of the baby is really a miraculus experience.

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By: Paul R. Mahler DC
mahler-chiropractic.com
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The Webster Technique

A technique for pregnant women.

by ICPA Staff Writer

You have seen the Webster’s Technique — that chiropractic technique to help pregnant mothers with breech babies — featured on The Learning Channel’s hit series “A Baby Story.” You have read about it in Mothering magazine and Midwifery Today. You have seen it on the Internet. You have heard it talked about by birthing professionals. Perhaps potential patients have asked you about it. But what is it?

The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. It is a chiropractic technique designed to relieve the causes of intrauterine constraint.

Formerly known as Webster’s “In-Utero Constraint Technique” or “Webster’s Breech Turning Technique,” the Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Webster in 1978. For over 20 years, it has been highly successful in relieving intrauterine constraint and allowing babies to get into the best possible position for birth.

What is intrauterine constraint? Intrauterine constraint is defined as any forces external to the developing fetus that obstructs the normal movement of the fetus. Intrauterine constraint can prevent the developing fetus from attaining a head down vertex position and achieving a vaginal birth, resulting in caesarean section delivery. Today, nearly 13% of all caesarean deliveries performed are due to breech presentation.

In 1985, the World Health Organisation (WHO) proposed 15% as the highest acceptable limit for caesarean section rates. This figure was based on the caesarean section rates of countries with the lowest perinatal mortality rates in the world. In 1991, the figure was adopted as a goal for the year 2000 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently, approximately 4.6 % of all singleton pregnancies develop into breech presentation and the incidence of perinatal mortality with breech presentation is approximately four times that of a vertex presentation. While many infants in breech presentation before 34 weeks will convert spontaneously to a cephalic presentation, few will do so afterward.

Decreasing the number of caesareans for breech presentation has been offered as a strategy to reach the Healthy People 2000 goal of 15% caesarean section rate. The importance of preventing intrauterine constraint and subsequent caesarean section delivery is apparent, considering in the United States approximately 22% of all births were caesarean section deliveries. In Canada the incidence of caesarean section ranges from 15%-22%, depending on the province. The Webster Technique is a chiropractic means of decreasing the number of caesareans for breech presentation.

Performance of the Webster Technique involves analysis of the relationship of the bones of the pelvis, and correction of aberrant bio-mechanics through the use of a light force chiropractic adjustment of the sacrum (Step 1). It also involves analysis and relief of specific abdominal muscle tension or spasm (Step 2). Both steps are intended to relieve the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint that may lead to caesarean section delivery.

This is not a breach turning technique although by removing intrauterine constraint which may allow the baby to turn as well as help with the low back and leg pain often experienced during pregnancy. The pain of pregnancy is well controlled by a family chiropractor without the use of medications.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
We can treat  back pain  related to pregnancy including sciatica, disc, herniation,  slipped disc, stenosis, and much more.