Chiropractic Care is Highly
Recommended During Pregnancy
The role of a chiropractor in prenatal care is to establish pelvic
balance and alignment, not only to reduce the mother/baby discomfort
but also to allow the baby to be in the best position for delivery.
When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room for the
developing baby to be comfortable and they may seek out a less than
optimal positioning for birth. Our chiropractic training provides safe
exercises, stretches and manipulation (adjustment) to the low back and
pelvis to optimize alignment.
“Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.”
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.
Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy Related Pain
Many women experience pain from pregnancy related issues
Is it Safe?
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Dr. Tiffany Daniels has been trained to use the Webster Technique listed above in order to avoid unsafe pressure on the abdomen. She will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is a common reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may make it difficult for the baby to get into a good position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth, and lead to interventions such as c-sections.
The many benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include but are not limited to Maintaining a healthier pregnancy, Controlling symptoms of nausea, Reducing the time of labor and delivery, Relieving back, neck or joint pain, and Preventing a potential cesarean delivery.
I work in an office and sit in a chair most of the day. One day I started to feel an excruciating pain in my lower back. The pain became so unbearable I decided to seek medical attention. The day I walked into Dr. Daniels office she jumped straight into action, no xrays necessary! Not only did she relieve my pain she provided me with exercises and other options to sitting at my desk all day. After my 4th session the pain was completely GONE! I am so thankful for Dr. Daniels and the care she has provided me.
Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain
Around 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries, car accidents, and slips and falls can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—such as picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.
Maintain a healthy diet and weight. Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest by staying active. Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities. When lifting, make sure you lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and definitely do not twist when lifting. Maintain proper posture at all times. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. You may also sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest. In fact, The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommends spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for lower back problems in adults.
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
Individuals who sit in the same position and face the same direction for long periods, such as secretaries and word processor operators, Workers who operate a drill press, power equipment or continuous assembly line operations may feel fatigue and soreness in the supporting head-and-neck muscles. A forceful movement of the neck, strenuous lifting, swinging or pulling motions of the arms, or a fall. One of the most frequent of neck ailments -- whiplash from a car accident -- can produce mild or severe reaction. A degenerative disease of the bones and joints -- osteoarthritis -- can also be a source of neck pain.
Why does my neck hurt?
Have you ever awoken in the morning or finished a physical activity and felt neck stiffness or pain? How about backing up your car, and being unable to turn your neck far enough to see behind you? These are all typical symptoms of misalignments of the spinal segments in the neck and upper back. The neck is comprised of seven vertebrae. Surrounding these vertebrae are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When the vertebrae are pushed out of place by poor posture, accidents, slips and falls, or overuse, the muscles and tendons will be forced to stretch too far causing pain and discomfort.
The appropriate treatment for neck pain, in most cases, includes chiropractic adjustments of the spine, along with certain types of physical therapy. The chiropractic adjustments help restore normal spinal motion, while the physical therapy helps alleviate muscle tightness or spasms. The duration of treatment depends on the severity of the condition, how often you have had the condition in the past, your age, and your normal activity level. Your treatment will be customized to your specific situation so that your results will be the quickest and longest lasting.
I play sports on a regular basis and one day I tore some muscle tissue in my left shoulder while playing basketball. My shoulder swelled and I could barely move my arm. I had already been a patient of Dr. Daniels for unrelated back pain and knew she was the lady for the job. She helped me to a full recovery, and today I am back on the court, good as new! I will always feel safe in trusting Dr. Daniels for my chiropractor and sports injury needs.
Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain
In many cases the cause of these symptoms reside in the neck and upper back regions along with the surrounding muscles. If left untreated, the irritation and inflammation continues to grow, causing the pain to become worse. And, as the pain increases, the arm and shoulder movement will begin to decrease.
Work at a Desk?
Poor posture and repetitive activities can lead to tightness, weakness, and pain in the muscles of the shoulder, back, neck, arms and hands. Tightness and nagging discomfort will be felt worsening as the day progresses. Headaches or numbness and tingling in the arms and hands may also be present. Those who have office jobs, poor monitor or keyboard placement, and spend periods of time at a computer will often experience this.
Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue treatment is utilized to restore function and mobility of the spinal joints and muscle. Postural training, stretching and strengthening protocols are used to address weak and overused muscles. Helpful Tip: Try sitting at the edge of your chair with your back straight, shoulders rolled back, palms facing upward in your lap, and chin tucked. If this relieves the tension felt you may be experiencing this condition.
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica / Leg Pain
Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral bodies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting with a wallet in the back pocket. One common cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine, connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation. This muscle is susceptible to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length.
Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant. Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.
The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patients sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as ice/cold therapies, ultrasound, TENS, and spinal adjustments. Ice/Cold therapy reduces inflammation and helps control sciatic pain. Ultrasound increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain. TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a small box-like, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulating machine. Variable intensities of electrical current control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms