2017 Presentations

Partial list, more to come!
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Sylvia Burgos Toftness
Bread and Soup: The How’s and Why’s of Making Bone Broth and Baking Sourdough Breads
Bread and soup – a combination that’s sustained cultures worldwide. How and why? Sylvia Burgos Toftness will describe how you can make bone broth in your home kitchen and why it’s absolutely worth the effort. She will also explain how sourdough not only creates great taste but also unlocks nutrients important to family health.
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Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD
Gut and Psychology Syndrome
Dr. Campbell-McBride will be talking about GAP Syndrome or GAPS, which stands for Gut and Psychology/Gut and Physiology Syndrome.   In addition to the well published psychological and neurological disorders, there will be a wealth of information on autoimmune problems, allergies, asthma, eczema, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes type one, chronic cystitis, chronic skin problems and many other physical conditions.  New information on GAPS for those familiar with Dr. Natasha’s work will be presented and discussed.  This seminar is a must for both those learning about GAPS for the first time and those who are already experienced. This seminar contains information used in the recent GAPS Practitioner Certification Courses.
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Ask the Practitioner Panel                                        Friday 8:00-10:00 pm
Tom Cowan, MD, Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Louisa Williams, DC, Kim Schuette, CN and Ronda Nelson, PhD
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Ben Greenfield
Why You’re Not Losing Weight: Fat Loss Frustration & What to Do About It
Are you eating the “perfect diet” but still frustrated by excess adipose tissue and weight gain, or an inability to lose weight? In this presentation from America’s top personal trainer and nutritionist, Ben Greenfield, you’ll discover the truth about how to get the scale moving, change your body composition, improve your aesthetics, and shift your metabolism into fat-burning mode.
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Stefan Hagopian, DO
Chairs, Beds and Footwear – Negotiating Their Pervasive Influence in Our Daily Lives
Sitting may be the leading cause of back pain. While there are ways to mitigate that influence, we should also realize that chairs, beds and footwear are impacting us nearly twenty-four hours per day. Like the wrong chair, our mattresses and shoes can exert biomechanical pressures and strains which affect our joints, internal organs, nerves and vessels.  They can also restrict or divert the normal movement of fluids and energies in so many different places that we rarely connect the symptoms to the underlying causes.
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Chris Knobbe
Macular Degeneration – Preventable and Treatable with an Ancestral Diet?
Could age-related macular degeneration (AMD) be another “disease of Western civilization,” produced by the consumption of processed food-laden diets?  Ophthalmologist and associate clinical professor emeritus, Chris Knobbe, MD, formerly of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will present the hypothesis he has proffered for the cause of AMD, along with a sampling of his group’s supportive research collected from twenty-five nations. Dr. Knobbe will also review pertinent existing dietary research that supports the hypothesis as well as plausible biological mechanisms whereby toxic, nutrient-deficient, processed foods may produce this potentially blinding disease.
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Kiran Krishnan
Forget What You Know About Probiotic – A Paradigm Shift
A presentation on the most up-to-date understanding of the human microbiome, its origin, development, form and function as it relates to human health and wellness. An overview on the different strategies in probiotic therapy and an introduction into the role of commensal spore based probiotics. The presentation will also cover how a probiotic can protect its host by resolving a major disease driver, leaky gut.You are more bacteria than you are human with 10 trillion human cells outnumbered by over 100 trillion bacteria cells in and on your body. The human genome contributes just 1% genetic material to daily metabolic function compared to the 99% that is contributed by the microbiome. Understanding the form and function of the human microbiome is critical to understanding the human condition and the etiology of most common illnesses.
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Karen Lyke, MS, CCN, DSc, CGP
The HPA (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal) Axis: An Introduction to the Major Hormones which Operate and Maintain the Body
This introduction to hormones will cover the glands of the HPA (Hypothalamus – Pituitary – Adrenal) axis, their associated hormones and overall roles in maintaining day to day balance along with moderating changes as we go through life. Their interactions with the thyroid, pancreas and reproductive organs will be discussed as well as will the use of nutrient-dense foods to optimize their function. It should come as no surprise to Weston A. Price fans that traditional animal fats provide crucial support here.
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Ronda Nelson, PhD
Nourishing Your Thyroid: The 7 Key Principles for Optimizing Thyroid Health
Part I:         Understanding How Your Thyroid Works
Thyroid dysfunctions are not as complicated as you might think. During this 2-hour session, Dr. Ronda Nelson will explore the unique physiology of the thyroid gland and its relationship with the other primary endocrine glands. Discussion will include a review of the four most common thyroid disorders and how they can be supported using a very common-sense approach.
Part II:         Bridging the Nutritional Gap
As with any endocrine gland, the thyroid requires certain nutrients to function. Learn which nutrients are the most crucial for optimal thyroid health, which foods should best be avoided (and it’s not cruciferous veggies!) and how you can create a customized diet that is thyroid-healthy!
Part III:     Proper Testing, Support and General Recommendations
In her final session, Dr. Nelson discusses which blood tests are most important for a thorough evaluation of the thyroid and what kinds of herbal or nutritional support may be needed to restore optimal function. She will also discuss thyroid-healthy lifestyle habits that can make the difference between having to live with fatigue, anxiety, and weight gain vs. having an energetic, vibrant lifestyle that makes each day better than the one before!
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Tim O’Shea, DC
Detoxification Protocol for Autistics and Other Vaccine Injured
Defining vaccine injuries – symptoms and characteristics. What are the requirements of normal neurocranial development?    How is the formative neurology of the infant brain damaged by vaccine ingredients?  Can these bioaccumulative residuals be chelated out? Can cognitive function be improved?  What are the chances of full recovery?
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Laura Schoenfeld,MPH, RD
STRESS PROOF: Creating a Diet and Lifestyle To Recover From “Adrenal Fatigue” or HPA-D
Part I: Defining “Stress” and the 4 Main Triggers of Adrenal Fatigue (HPA-D)
Part II: How Diet and Exercise Help (or Harm) Your HPA Axis Function
Part III: Supplements, Sleep, and Stress Management for Promoting A Healthy HPA-AxisStress is one of the biggest contributors to chronic health issues and poor quality of life. Did you know that your diet and lifestyle can play a huge role in how your body responds to stress? After working one-on-one with hundreds of clients, Laura Schoenfeld, MPH, RD has found that under-eating, overly restrictive dieting, inappropriate exercise, and inadequate attention to sleep and stress management is rampant in patients who are hoping to solve their health concerns through functional medicine and real food. In this seminar, Laura will teach you the five most important lifestyle factors that will influence the way your body responds to stress, maximize your energy and mental wellbeing, and improve your body’s ability to heal itself from chronic conditions.

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Kim Schuette, CN, Cert. GAPS Practitioner
Recovery from Bio-Identical Hormones
Despite the promises of “achieving balance naturally” via bio-identical hormones, many women are left fatigued, bloated, anxious and sleepless. The use of bio-identical hormones shares many of the same downsides that come with synthetic hormone replacement therapy and the use of the birth control pill. In this session, Kim will share the importance of balancing hormones naturally at any stage of life as well as how to gently detox and recover from the use of bio-identical hormones. Learn how to eat right for your detoxification pathways, especially methylation, glucuronidation and sulfur conjugation, that are intricately involved in processing and eliminating hormones. The end result will be a healthier, more energized you.
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Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Everything You Wanted to Know About Glyphosate but Were Afraid to Ask
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, the most popular herbicide in agriculture due to its perceived non-toxicity.  My research over the past several years has revealed that, contrary to claims, glyphosate is insidiously, cumulatively toxic to humans and to all life on earth. Furthermore, it works synergistically with toxic metals and other toxic chemicals to increase their ability to cause harm. This presentation will be divided into three sections as follows (1) description of the methylation and transsulfuration pathways and the ways in which glyphosate disrupts these; (2) glyphosate contamination in vaccines and the mechanisms by which glyphosate induces autoimmune and neurological diseases; and (3) an expose of the microcephaly epidemic in NE Brazil as one of the best models for how a complex interplay of toxic chemicals is ruining our health.  I will conclude with some suggestions for how to safeguard your family.

Kim Thompson
FRIDAY MORNING
Gentle Movement                                              
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
How to Sit Comfortably
Good sitting alignment leaves you physically relaxed, mentally alert, and able to engage with the world around you. We’ll take a look at the role of the feet, knees, hips, spine, and shoulders for sitting postures that are simultaneously dynamic and restful.

SATURDAY MORNING
Gentle Movement
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
Release Low Back Tension
The pelvis can go out of alignment in three basic ways. Learn techniques to bring it back into balance and relieve stress in the low back and hips.

SUNDAY MORNING
Gentle Movement
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension
Learn simple and effective techniques you can do anytime, anywhere to release tight muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders.

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Donald K. Weber, DC
The Eight Critical Systems
There are the eight “critical” systems including the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, spinal fluid, cranial/spinal pump, nervous, cellular, and lymphatic systems. And the other nine systems are the immune, endocrine, integumentary (skin), musculoskeletal, muscular, reproductive, skeletal, colon, and urinary systems which will only work properly if ALL of the eight “critical” systems are working together. It seems that everyone has pieces of the puzzle, However, until now no one has put all eight of the “critical” pieces of the puzzle together into one perfectly functioning unit “necessary for “optimum health.”
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Cilla Whatcott, PhD, HD, RHom, CCH
Real Immunity: Educate the Immune System Using Homeoprophylaxis
Homeoprophylaxis, also called HP, is a natural, non-toxic method for disease prevention. Learn how HP educates the immune system, supports healthy development, promotes robust long-term health and engenders a harmonious relationship between humans, bacteria and viruses.  HP is the perfect solution for those seeking an alternative.
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Louisa Williams, MS, DC, ND
Exercise Tips from an Exercise Dropout! The Benefits of Active Stretching, Interval Training, and CBD Oil
In this dynamic presentation, the neuromuscular pitfalls of various popular exercise regimens such as yoga and aerobic classes will be discussed as well as demonstrated on participant volunteers. This talk will specifically address the physiological and hormonal benefits of active versus passive stretching, and interval training over boot camp aerobic classes. Additionally, the muscle toning and strengthening effects of CBD oil will be described and demonstrated. Further, the neuromuscular and psychological benefits that CBD oil engender will be addressed, and can help explain why individuals in this more positive state of mind are inclined to exercise more frequently, experience faster recovery time, and have reduced soreness post-exercise.
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Lindsea Willon
Tone Your Hormones: How Exercise Affects Insulin Resistance & Inflammation
Current estimates show that one in three people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Insulin resistance and diabetes are serious conditions with painful, costly and deadly side effects. In this presentation, nutritionist Lindsea Willon will provide you with an illuminating discussion of how insulin resistance develops, with a special focus on inflammation. With an eye on recovery, she will detail how diet and nutritional therapy can support healthy blood sugar regulation, as well as discuss recent findings on the effects of exercise training on inflammation and insulin resistance.

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique® is a diagnostic and treatment system used by some chiropractors to treat many types of back pain, neck pain, and headaches (both chronic and migraine).

 The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.

It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, known as the high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust.

Next to the Diversified technique, the Activator Adjusting Instrument is reported to be the most common therapeutic intervention used by chiropractors.

  1. According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, more than half of full-time American chiropractors report using the Activator Method in their practices.
  2. The Activator Method is also commonly used in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

How the Activator Method is Thought to Work

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a type of manipulation described as follows:

A spring-loaded, hand-held mechanical instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument provides a quick, low-force impulse at specific points.

There are two theoretical advantages of an Activator instrument-assisted treatment. The first is based on the speed of the device. The instrument is so quick that the body’s muscles are less likely to tense in response, and resist the treatment. The lack of muscle resistance may facilitate the treatment effectiveness. The second is that the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.

Sometimes an evaluation of apparent leg length may also be performed. This evaluation is based on the theory that apparent differences in leg length may indicate where vertebral misalignments in the spine are present. However, this form of evaluation is controversial and there is a lack of clinical evidence to support this aspect of the process.

Activator providers may or may not use the evaluation method. Some chiropractors choose only to use the Activator Adjustment Instrument based on their physical examination findings alone.

Activator Method Development

The Activator Method was initially developed in 1967 by Dr. Arlan Fuhr. The first Activator adjusting instrument was patented in 1978 by Activator Methods International, Inc.

At the time of this article, there are 4 Activator instruments on the market: 1 beginner instrument (Activator I), 2 advanced spring-loaded instruments (Activators II, IV), and 1 mechanical, cordless instrument (Activator V). Most research has been done using the Activator IV instrument.

What to Expect with the Activator Method

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique involves multiple steps. The chiropractor may use all of the steps, or may focus on only using the Activator instrument to adjust the spine.

A typical treatment will be done while the patient lies face down on the adjustment table. The treatment typically begins with the low back and progresses toward the head, targeting each vertebral segment individually.

The chiropractor will evaluate the patient for signs and symptoms to identify the joints of the spine or the extremities that may be the source of complaints and amenable to treatment with the Activator instrument.

Activator Adjustment

During a typical adjustment with the Activator, the chiropractor applies the Activator device to the tissues at or near the affected joint. An initial pressure is followed by a quick thrust from the device, which feels much like having one’s reflex tested by tapping your knee.

The patient remains still, with no twisting or turning as there often is for a traditional chiropractic adjustment (high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust).

After an adjustment, the chiropractor will often re-evaluate for correction of signs and symptoms associated with the complaint.

Treatment Plan

A practitioner will recommend a series of treatments, such as 1 to 2 times per week, for an initial period of 4 to 6 weeks, though the final decision is dependent on each individual case. Once the patient’s symptoms are improved, the Activator treatment is completed.

If the patient feels no pain relief after approximately 3 – 4 treatments, the chiropractor will stop the treatment and re-evaluate the patient’s symptoms and condition. For example, the patient may need a different type of manipulation and/or referral to a different type of spine specialist.

References

  1. Huggins T, Boras AL, Gleberzon BJ, et al. Clinical effectiveness of the activator adjusting instrument in the management of musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review of the literature. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2012;56(1):49-57.
  2. National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Job Analysis of Chiropractic 2005: A project report, survey analysis, and summary of the practice of chiropractic within the United States. Greeley, CO. January 2005.
  3. Richards DM. The Activator story: development of a new concept in chiropractic. Chiropractic Journal of Australia 1994;24:28-32.
  4. Chiropractic adjusting instrument Patent No. US 4116235 A. patft.uspto.gov. Accessed June 19, 2013.

This Article was originally written by Steven G. Yeomans, DC and can be found at: Spine-Health

Dr. Mary Ann Ley Presents

“Stress, Fatigue & Posture”

Thursday June 15th 7:00 PM

Are you stressed?  Come hear about contributing factors to fatigue, the relationship between your body and your mental wellbeing, the effect that stress has on your immune system, posture, and how to create optimal functional movement patterns!!

 

Seminar held at Achieve Wellness Chiropractic Center

110 W. Padonia Road

Timonium, MD 21093

CALL: 410-628-9355 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!


Weston A. Price Foundation

Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts

TRADITIONAL DIETS/HEALTHY SNACKS (FOR KIDS)

 

Tired of having chicken nuggets, carrot sticks, go gurts, etc, for snack time? We have great ideas for GOOD nutrition for you and your children!!

 

 Learn about the principles of healthy diets, nutrient-dense foods, healthy snack alternatives, food storage for traveling and more….

 

Join us on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 PM

Dr. Mary Ann Ley will discuss these issues.

 

  • All Seminars and Meetings Held at Achieve Wellness Chiropractic Center

110 West Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093

To reserve your seat call: 410-628-WELL (9355)

Drmaryann@leychiropractic.com

Please BRING a FRIEND!

                                    LOCAL FOOD VENDOR WILL BE JOINING US so PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD

Healthy Recipes

Healthy and Delicious Recipes

At Achieve Wellness Chiropractic Center, we believe in a holistic approach to health. What you eat is a major factor in your overall wellness. Dr. Ley provides very specific nutritional testing (NRT) and counseling services to help you determine what food choices will best impact your health. Here you will find fun and delicious and most of all, healthy recipes that you and your family will love!

Race Against Traffick

Community Events: Race Against Traffick

Everyone is invited to rally their friends, family, and networks to participate in this fun and family friendly event to support the mission of Araminta Freedom Initiative. By participating in Race Against Traffick and/or becoming a fundraiser, you will help Araminta continue to awaken, equip and mobilize the Church and community in Maryland to end human trafficking through education, prevention strategies, and restorative survivor services. Content at Race Against Traffick will be appropriate for all ages, and we invite those wanting to explore and learn more about the subject matter to attend our AWAKEN: Introduction to Human Trafficking events throughout the year. Registering as a participant, creating a team, or starting a fundraiser is easy to do, and it’s fun! We’ll give you all the tools you’ll need to make a difference. With your help we can move towards the reality of Every Child Free From Human Trafficking.

5K/10K Run and 1K Family Fun Walk

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 2017

WHERE: Druid Hill Park | Baltimore, MD (by the Maryland Zoo)

TIME: 8 AM

5K Race: $35

10K Race: $40

1K Family Fun Walk: $15

Headaches & Chiropractic Care

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.

Headache Triggers

Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.

Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern.

“The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.”

What Can You Do?

The ACA suggests the following:

  1. If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  2. Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  3. Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
  4. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.

What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

Dr. McClelland says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:

  1. Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  2. Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  3. Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

“Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.”

This article is originally found on American Chiropractic Association.

Back and neck pain are the chief complaints for which patients seek chiropractic help. Through manual spinal manipulation, chiropractic care is a holistic therapy that focuses on maintaining healthy musculoskeletal and nervous systems to ensure overall wellness.

Effectiveness
The research about chiropractic care is growing. According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, recent studies show that spinal manipulative therapy performed by a chiropractor, along with exercise, relieve neck pain more effectively than medication.

Furthermore, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that an integrated approach to health care — including chiropractic care — results in a 51.8 percent reduction in pharmaceutical costs and 43 percent fewer hospital admissions.

You should consider seeing a chiropractor if you experience frequent pain in your back, neck or joints, as well as headaches. This is especially so if intense soreness follows accidents, household chores or prolonged periods of poor posture.

Back and neck pain
Chiropractors are best known for safely and effectively treating acute back and neck pain, as well as headaches. Whereas a medical doctor might prescribe pain medicine, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs, and an orthopedic doctor might suggest surgery, a chiropractor will treat your back problems by hand, through manipulation of the spine.

Nancy Elwartowski-Cooper, a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor, sees more and more referrals from medical doctors: “They (patients) are tired of the drugs and want answers to what is causing their problems.”

Chiropractors bring the musculoskeletal structure into proper alignment. Chiropractors change the position of your body and apply pressure to particular points along the spine that are not properly aligned. This results in a popping noise similar to the one created when you crack your knuckles. The noise is created by a change in pressure in your joints as gas bubbles are released.

By adjusting the spine with their hands at particular pressure points, chiropractors unblock nerve energy and allow it to flow better down your spine and throughout your entire body. Repeated visits can, over time, realign your spine to optimize overall health.

Chiropractor Brian Elwartowski said the brain sends messages down the spinal cord and out through the nerves to the rest of your body. If certain nerves are squeezed by a twist in the spine, they won’t function as well as if they were straight. “Chiropractic [care] allows the nerves to work at their most optimum ability,” he said, “allowing the body to heal at its optimum ability.”

Treatment plan
Many chiropractors seek to care for the whole person, from general wellness to disease prevention. They examine every patient, not only for the reason of their visit but also their level of health. After diagnosis, a chiropractor develops a treatment plan.

Keith Overland, president of the American Chiropractic Association, said, “This may include combinations of chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and rehabilitative procedures for many musculoskeletal problems.”

Some chiropractors provide nutrition advice, exercise recommendations, ergonomic and lifestyle counseling and so on. The successful management of chronic conditions may require a combination of these major components. This holistic approach can reduce the need for potentially addictive pain medication or invasive surgery.

 

Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes health throughout the body. Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.

Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training. Below represents designations of chiropractors who have taken advanced steps in working with infertility and pregnancy wellness.

  • DACCP – Diplomate with ICPA reflecting highest level of advanced training
  • CACCP – Certified with the ICPA reflecting advanced training
  • Member of ICPA reflecting special interest
  • Webster Certified – trained to work specifically with pelvic balance in pregnancy

Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.

A chiropractor who is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.

Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.

The following changes can result in a misaligned spine or joints:

  • Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
  • Pelvic changes
  • Postural adaptations

Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another 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 restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.

This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections. The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant.

Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Preventing a potential cesarean delivery

What about chiropractic care and breech deliveries?

The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association(ICPA), developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments.

This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.

It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique, as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy, when a woman has a breech presentation.

Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends 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 also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and, therefore, results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.

Chiropractors and pregnancy: Talk to Your Health Care Provider

As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained doctors of chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out more about its many benefits.

Most importantly, seek options that support your body’s natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.

Chiropractic care may be a treatment option for you if you have chronic back pain.

Various chiropractic care treatments can help you manage chronic pain caused by a neck pain or back pain condition, such as a herniated disc.

Pain Management for 2 Types of Pain
Pain management often deals with 2 broad categories of pain—intractable pain and chronic pain.

Intractable pain is a term that was first used in World War II as a clinical definition of soldiers who required morphine (an opioid) for constant pain.1 People with intractable pain are in severe, constant pain that controls their life. This type of pain is often treated with powerful medications and surgery—not chiropractic care.

Chronic pain is ongoing pain that persists beyond an expected time frame, and it doesn’t respond to the typical pain management techniques. Chiropractors can treat chronic pain. They use a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as spinal manipulation, to address chronic pain symptoms, such as inflammation and muscle tension.

How Does a Chiropractor Manage Chronic Pain?
Before you go to a chiropractor to address your pain, it’s important to know what exactly is causing your pain.

Your chiropractor will do a physical exam as well as some tests to help him or her diagnose your pain. Once you’re diagnosed with a pain condition, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include spinal manipulation, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercises.

Follow the links below to learn more about how chiropractic care can help with specific spine conditions:

Chiropractic Care and Chronic Pain
Work with your chiropractor to develop a treatment plan for your chronic pain. Once your pain is fully addressed, you should be able to gradually increase your daily activities.

This article is originally found on Spineuniverse.com  and written by Julie M. Gentile.