3 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Benefit Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy can be a real roller coaster ride of physical and emotional changes for expectant moms. In the blink of an eye, joy and excitement can turn to fear and stress because of the hormonal changes of pregnancy — not to mention the natural urgency expectant moms feel about caring for the health of their growing baby. The structural physical changes of pregnancy can also cause considerable pain, to say nothing of the intensity of delivery.

Chiropractic care can provide natural, drug-free pain relief while also optimizing nervous system function throughout pregnancy. Many expecting moms and babies experience a smoother, safer pregnancy and a better delivery.

1. Chiropractic Care: The Safe Pregnancy Back Pain Relief Option

Most women experience back pain at some point in pregnancy — sometimes so severe that it makes moving and sleeping difficult. Yet painkillers are contraindicated during pregnancy, for the safety of both the expecting mom and baby.

The most obvious reason for pregnancy back pain is that the baby is growing — causing a shift in the woman’s center of gravity, straining muscles, ligaments and tendons in the lower back. Also, hormones are loosening pelvic ligaments to prepare for delivery, making women more susceptible to injury and imbalance. All of these changes can cause spinal misalignments that pinch nerves and cause back pain and other problems.

A regular schedule of pregnancy chiropractic adjustments helps the spine and pelvis re-align and stay in balance as the baby grows. This treatment can naturally reduce pregnancy back pain problems — without any painkillers — making it safer for the expecting mother and baby. In fact, the American Pregnancy Association regards chiropractic care as a safe pain relief and wellness option for expectant mothers.

2. Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Improves Nervous System Function

Regular spinal adjustments help keep the spinal cord unimpeded during the changes of pregnancy — which helps all of the woman’s organs and glands work at their optimum levels at this crucial time when her body is building a new human being. This helps pregnant women stay healthier and more relaxed, which is good for babies. This can also decrease incidence of pregnancy-related headaches, swelling and feelings of stress, all of which help expecting moms sleep better — something else of which pregnant women desperately need.

3. Pregnancy Chiropractic Treatment Can Improve Delivery and Reduce Breech Presentations

The Webster Technique, which can be done throughout pregnancy, keeps pregnant women’s spine, sacrum and pelvis balanced — and optimizes the space available in the womb for the baby to move into correct delivery position. This pregnancy chiropractic care can reduce the incidence of breech presentations and helps many expecting moms experience a faster, less-complicated delivery.

Of course, after the baby is born, it’s also important for new moms to take the best care of themselves as they adapt to motherhood. Continuing postnatal chiropractic care can help moms avoid post-pregnancy back pain and help them stay energetic during an exciting, but physically and emotionally demanding time.

If you need safe, effective pain relief during pregnancy, chiropractic care can be extraordinarily helpful for you and your growing baby. Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor to start enjoying natural, drug-free pain relief during your pregnancy.

What Your Posture Says About Your Health

Most people hardly ever think about their posture, and that’s unfortunate. Your posture is a prime indicator of how healthy you are and what health conditions you might experience in the future.

If you want to know a little more about your health and wellness, now and in the future, try this at home:

  1. Stand in Front of the Mirror. Stand in front of a full-length mirror if possible. Keep your eyes closed at first, jogging in place for a moment. Wiggle your arms and shake your head. When you stop, stand with your feet even, shoulder-width apart. Take a deep breath, then relax.
  2. Open Your Eyes. Look at your body — really look at its structure and symmetry. Particularly pay attention to your shoulders. Is one slightly higher than the other? Is one ear a little lower than the other? How evenly do your fingertips hang at your sides? Does one hand hang farther down than the other? Think about the weight on your feet, too. Does it feel like one foot is carrying more weight than the other?

If you notice imbalances, note them in a journal. Maybe even take a selfie, if you’re comfortable with that.

What Do Posture Imbalances Mean?

If you’ve noticed any imbalances, you can probably predict that there will be some pain developing in certain areas in the future. For example, uneven shoulder height indicates that the spine is not correctly aligned. There may be abnormal spinal curvature and vertebral misalignments (subluxations) that can eventually pinch nerves that may cause health dysfunction in several areas.

Uneven wear and tear on your spine and joints can cause a host of health problems, depending on the location of the misalignment or imbalance. For example, a spinal misalignment in the lower back can slowly compress one or more of the intervertebral discs there, eventually causing painful symptoms of sciatica (a shooting pain down the lower back, buttocks, and into one or the other leg).

Joint pain in the hips and knees can also develop due to uneven body carriage as you walk and go about your active lifestyle. Athletes in particular may notice difficulties in regular workout routines if the spine is not perfectly aligned, as this can cause uneven workout patterns that lead to overuse injuries from poor spinal alignment.

If you noticed that your head is slightly tilted to one side, a misalignment of neck vertebrae, from many hours at a desk, hanging your head over your mobile device, or maybe from a sudden whiplash injury may be to blame. In this case, you might notice an increase in the frequency and severity of headaches or migraines.

Posture problems can literally cause a domino effect of poor health in all areas of the body, depending on which vertebrae are out of alignment, and which nerves are being pinched.

Even if you are not in pain right now, if you notice any posture imbalances during your mirror test, try to pay closer attention to how you sit, walk and move throughout the day.

Stand up straighter, get lumbar support for your work chair or car, and remember to hold your mobile device at eye level so that you don’t look down at it so much. Your chiropractor can also evaluate your posture, give you chiropractic adjustments to correct subluxations, and advise you on better daily posture and ergonomics. Remember — your posture can reveal volumes about your health, so please pay attention!

How to Properly Choose an Oak Lawn Chiropractor

 

Botti Chiropractic & Wellness

5569 W. 95TH Street, Oak Lawn IL 60453 / 2674 N. Halsted Ave., Chicago IL 60614

 

If you have any experience with chiropractic or you know somebody that has, you will often hear them tell you that “you need to find the right chiropractor” or a “good chiropractor”.  Most often this is done through word of mouth.  “You should go see my oak lawn chiropractor Dr. Botti…he’s really helped me!”  While referrals are good a start one must consider why he or she is making an appointment with a chiropractor before he or she sets out to choose the appropriate one.  If for example a person feels as though they need a tune up or has an inclination that they may need to be adjusted well then that person will pretty much have success anywhere they go.  There is the exception that we do see often in our Oak Lawn office where a patient believes this is what they need, only to find out through examination that this not what they need.

Many times long standing although minor aches and pains which come and go are the result of underlying biomechanical and neurological compromise which needs to be treated in a logical order.  This order needs to exist as to 1) Not harm the patient…and 2) Improve the patient’s condition successfully.  In our practice for example, we put so much emphasis on proper diagnosis from the get go that we often do not adjust our patients until we have intervened on higher levels of priority.  As a chiropractic physician, we often need to confirm our suspected diagnosis by having the patient introduce a single specific exercise between their first and second visit as a test to determine whether we are right in our suspected diagnosis, and can proceed with a recommend course of treatment, or if we need to take a look at our differential diagnosis and further explore another angle.  Patients are often confused or frustrated when I tell them that I want them to perform a single exercise after their first visit and that we will further assess their response on their next visit.  However, when the patient returns feeling substantially better and I have not even physically treated the patient  it can be very rewarding in that it creates patient trust, and allows me to proceed with treatment in confidence.  You will quickly be labeled a “bad chiropractor” if you assume you know what is best for a patient without actually confirming it first – something that happens all too often unfortunately.

For example, a patient presents to the office complaining of neck pain.  Patient X, a 32 year old female, has a three year history of intermittent/frequent neck pain  ranging VAS 2/10 to 7/10 at its worst, however as the patient sits before us the pain has been a steady 3/10 for the last month.  Although Patient X didn’t mention this on her intake forms we find out from further questioning that the patient has a history of right sided migraine headaches and occasional right sided jaw pain.  Pt. attributes sinus issues to the migraines and was given a mouth guard by her dentist which gives her some relief, although the pain does not go away entirely.  Patient X states that she used to be able to “crack her own neck”  but now she can not.  The patient has been seeing another chiropractor for the past two years who would put her on stim and heat and adjust her monthly.  She also states that the chiropractor took xrays and actually showed her that the curve in her neck was “reversed”.  Before finishing the exam the Patient X states that she knows she’ll be better once she gets adjusted since this has given her relief in the past.

One type of chiropractor may be thinking to himself at this point, “fantastic-this patient already knows that I have what she needs…what should I have for lunch”.  A Chiropractic Physician, on the other hand, never assumes.  A Chiropractic Physician listens to the findings of his orthopedic or neurological examination.   A Chiropractic Physician correlates his objective data with the relevant subjective data from his patient.  A Chiropractic Physician confirms his diagnosis without harming the patient.  A Chiropractic Physician treats the causative factor of a patient’s pain with the appropriate and most evidence based methods.

In the above mentioned case, we were able to diagnosis without MRI,  that the patient was dealing with chronic disc herniation’s at multiple levels throughout the cervical spine.  Despite the patient insisting that we adjust her, we instead introduced some simple specific functional movements for the patient to perform over the next several days while asking her to also avoid doing a few things that she was probably doing without knowing the harm it was causing.  When the patient returned for her second visit she informed us that she was feeling significant improvement in her symptoms and had not woken up with migraine since speaking to us.  Patient X has since asked us to address several other issues that she forgot to mention on her intake forms and has referred several of her family members in with similar issues.

In summary, when choosing an Oak Lawn Chiropractor that’s best for you, choose one that does not emphasis methods of treatment or new cutting technology in their office.  Chose one who appears to spend time with their patients.  Choose one who appears to show an emphasis on diagnosis and objectivity.  And choose one that appears that is cautiously optimistic when delivering their treatment recommendations to you vs. overtly confident – as confidence comes discipline, confirmation and patience!

For more information on Patient X’s condition or symptoms that you may share with Patient X please see some of the links below.

 

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BOTTI CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS

5569 W. 95TH STREET, OAK LAWN IL 60453 / 2674 N. HALSTED, CHICAGO IL 60614

www.bottichiropractic.com

 

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  3. https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/cervical-herniated-disc-symptoms-and-treatment-options
  4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/chronic-pain-the-invisible-disability-2017042811360
  5. http://www.chiropracticspinalanalysisnetwork.com