During pregnancy, your spine and the soft tissues of your body undergo the most rapid transformation that they will go through in your entire life. The first part of this change happens over a nine-month period, but the second part of this change (the return to previous form) happens more rapidly, as the weight of the baby is suddenly no longer there. Your body is able to integrate these changes with more ease when you receive chiropractic care. In fact, many of the common symptoms during pregnancy, especially neck pain, back pain, headaches and heartburn, are related to the stress on your nervous system from this rapid change. Remember, the spine encases the central nervous system and when it is misaligned, it can put tension on the exiting nerves and decrease normal function. The same goes for the fourth trimester. Your spine is trying to adjust to the absence of the baby in your belly. Chiropractic adjustments aid beautifully in this process to realign your spine and pelvis. Your spine is also very “soft” at the end of pregnancy. Your body has produced a hormone called relaxin to soften the joints and ligaments and allow for your pelvis to open wide and birth your baby. As you begin to nurse your baby and carry him in your arms, you may find that you feel back pain and headaches again because this softness allows your joints to become misaligned more easily. Once again, chiropractic is an excellent way to restore function and reduce pain and discomfort. Breastfeeding Breastfeeding has many wonderful benefits, and one of them is helping mothers recover during the postpartum period. As your baby nurses, your body releases oxytocin, the love hormone.
Not only does this elevate your mood, but this hormone also causes your uterus to contract, aiding in the involution process. This powerful hormone helped you to make a baby, and birth a baby, and now it helps you to recover from childbirth. Breastfeeding also helps you to get more rest. That’s right! The contents of your breast milk change throughout the day. In the evening hours your milk contains higher levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin which makes baby feel happy, which then converts to melatonin—the hormone that induces sleep. Melatonin levels in breast milk also continue to rise through the night, so by breastfeeding during the night, you will help baby to fall back to sleep faster, which helps everyone get more rest
Reference: Chiropractic and the Fourth Trimester - Courtney Meltvedt, DC, Pathways Magazine #45
Tight hip and gluteal musculature can play a significant role in limiting athletic performance. Here is a simple way to work on this frequently found trouble spot!
Our first weekly yoga class has been scheduled for Wednesdays from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. This weekly class will begin next week on April 27th 2016. This is a great class for ALL levels!
This class will feature a gentle style of Lyengar Yoga with attention paid to posture and alignment in the poses to decrease stress in the joints and muscles. Participants will learn to pay attention to their alignment to break old postural habits that may cause pain or discomfort. Each person is encouraged to work at their own ability and given appropriate options to postures as needed.
Sign up is a breeze and can be done with your smart phone or tablet! Visit your app store and download the FREE MINDBODY app today. Once you have the app you can sign up and purchase one class at a time or save money with our discounted 10 visit class packages. For additional information on the app visit http://www.mindbodyonline.com/get-the-app
The class will be lead by Laura Beauchesne, who has over 15 years experience as a certified yoga instructor and is also a practicing physical therapist.
In one of the biggest weeks of the golf year, Masters Week, Nike has launched its newest commercial featuring Rory McIlroy. The commercial highlights the hard work and training that goes in to becoming an elite golfer. Today’s best golfers are utilizing functional strength training just like the professionals in our other major professional sports leagues. These top golfers are also utilizing every cutting edge resource available to aid in their recovery and performance optimization and that includes Chiropractic Care! Tune in to the this commercial and see Rory as he gets his Chiropractic Adjustment!!
CDC recommends conservative care and alternative options prior to prescription painkiller treatment.
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – March 21, 2016 – In response to the new federal guidelines issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding opioid prescribing, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the voice for the chiropractic profession, notes that many individuals are prescribed opioids for pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions, including low back and neck pain. Individuals utilizing opioids may be unaware of the effectiveness of alternative care, which includes chiropractic.
“The growing opioid epidemic is finally gaining the attention it deserves," states Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP, referencing a report which found that in 2014, the increased utilization of opioids led to 28,647 deaths – or 61 percent of total drug overdose fatalities in the U.S. "Chiropractic care is a hands-on, non-invasive approach documented to yield improved clinical outcomes, reduced costs and high levels of patient satisfaction.”
According to a report published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), spinal manipulative therapy effectively and significantly reduced pain and improved function for patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain. Today, doctors of chiropractic (DCs) perform 94 percent of spinal manipulations in the U.S. Additionally, an earlier BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders study on upper cervical chiropractic care for neck pain, headache, mid-back, and low back pain concludes that 9.1 out of 10 patients indicated a very high level of patient satisfaction.
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