Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Chiropractic care is used most often to address neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. They may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic tests to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
In addition to chiropractic manipulation, Dr. Laub provides prenatal and postpartum care, pediatric chiropractic, instrument assisted myofascial release techniques, athletic and functional taping, craniosacral therapy and nutritional counseling.
During pregnancy a woman's body encounters many changes in preparation for the developing baby. The quickly growing and protruding abdomen and changes in hormones put a lot of stress on the spinal and pelvic areas, causing misalignments and therefore discomfort or pain. Chiropractic adjustments correct misalignments in the spine and joint dysfunctions that disrupt the proper performance of the nervous system.
The Webster Technique is one of the most effective techniques to achieve this goal. The aim of the Webster Technique is to decrease the effects of misalignments in the sacrum and pelvis through a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment, in order to improve neuro-biomechanical functioning to the sacral-pelvic region.
Restoring this neuro-biomechanical functioning may affect the baby’s spinal and nervous system development, improve the baby’s positioning and birth outcome, prevent difficult labor (dystocia), help controlling symptoms of nausea, and relieve general aches and pains in the sacrum and pelvis. In other words, the goals of chiropractic prenatal care are to improve the mother’s birthing experience, a healthier pregnancy, and the healthiest beginning for the baby. There are no contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy.
Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation. The chiropractor's role in breech presentation is to balance the pelvis and corresponding muscles and ligaments to remove the constraint to the patient's pelvic area. Once this is achieved, the fetus often assumes the correct presenting position. At no time does the chiropractor attempt to change the position of the fetus, as is done with external cephalic version by your birth provider; the chiropractor only attempts to correct a potential cause for the malposition of the baby. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy will help 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 also eliminates the potential for difficult labor (dystocia) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby. A retrospective review of statistics reported that women who seek chiropractic care throughout gestation have, on average, 25% to 30% shorter labor times. For more information see www.icap4kids.org.
Childhood is the best time to begin a program of Chiropractic Care. During the growing years a child’s body experiences rapid changes. That’s why it is important to keep an eye on physical and emotional health. Many health problems can be corrected if detected early.
A child suffers many smaller musculoskeletal injuries; in early childhood due to falls and later with increased athletic type of activities. In addition, recent research shows that the increased use of mobile devices and computers exposes kids and teenagers to an increased risk of micro-trauma resulting in headaches, back and neck pain. It is time to re-think the concept of having annual visits only with a pediatrician and the dentist. A child should also have regular spinal check ups to prevent minor spinal misalignment from becoming an issue.
Spinal or extremity adjustment can increase function. This leads to improved health. Pediatric Chiropractic is safe and can be effective with a variety of symptoms, such as: bedwetting, colic, asthma, sports injuries, ear infection, headaches, allergies, some learning disabilities, neck pain, scoliosis, migraines, and back pain.
Massage therapy is often recommended in combination with chiropractic treatments. Massage before chiropractic therapy relaxes the muscles and makes the adjustments easier and more comfortable. Massage after the chiropractic therapy or adjustment ensures that the muscles are relaxed and that the proper alignment of the spine is maintained. Muscle spasms after chiropractic adjustment may be possible and this may misalign the vertebrae at some points. Massage after the adjustments prevents this from occurring making more long-term benefits.
Getting a massage generally depends on the case of the client and chiropractors would usually identify what would work best for their clients. Relaxation techniques combined with the “mechanic” work of deep tissue massage will help relieve your specific aches and pains in a way that leaves you feeling peaceful and rested. Myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular facilitation, Shiatsu and other deep tissue techniques will help accomplish your therapeutic goals.
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