Congratulations On Entering A Very Exciting Time Of Your Life!
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, you’re in for a lot of excitement.
Specialized prenatal chiropractic care can enable you to experience the wonders of pregnancy and childbirth without unnecessary and dangerous medical interventions. If you are like a lot of women, you may have a lot of questions about the safety of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
It is not only safe but it is highly beneficial to both mom and baby. Also, reports show that the need for medical intervention during labor greatly decreases in women who have prenatal chiropractic care. For women who are carrying a breech baby chiropractic care can help them to avoid an invasive and dangerous c- section.
The Gardner Method (formerly known as The Bagnell Technique) is EXTREMELY successful in enabling a baby to turn to the normal head-down position. This Technique focuses attention on the spinal and pelvic alignment of the mother-to-be. It is NOT like a medical treatment like the external version.
Most people are amazed that kids get chiropractic adjustments, too. The truth is, that everybody with a spine can benefit from natural chiropractic care. Babies and children are no different!
The latest research shows that things like reflux, nursing difficulties, ear infections, colic, and even ADD/ADHD have been linked to problems in the spine that most likely occurred during the birthing process. Restoring the spine to its normal function often helps with these problems.
Not only is chiropractic care safe for children, but the pediatric adjustment is MUCH different than one might expect. Parents mistakenly think their child will receive spinal corrections like the ones adults receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person's size and unique spinal problem, but an infant's spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes a child's chiropractic adjustments gentle. Newborns and infants are adjusted with no more pressure than you'd use to test the ripeness of a tomato. Many parents have commented that they see almost instant improvements in the well-being of their children. So the next time you make an appointment, make one for your child(ren) as well! It's never too early to have a properly functioning spine and nervous system.
The whole family benefits from regular chiropractic check-ups. Dr. Gardner's experience with patients ranging from only hours old to octogenarians makes her well adept at caring for the needs of your entire family.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as a professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch that is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
It was in 1970, during a neck surgery in which he was assisting, that osteopathic physician John E. Upledger first observed the rhythmic movement of what would soon be identified as the craniosacral system. None of his colleagues nor any of the medical texts at the time could explain this discovery, however.
His curiosity piqued, and Dr. Upledger began searching for the answer. He started with the research of Dr. William Sutherland, the father of cranial osteopathy. For some 20 years beginning in the early 1900s, Sutherland had explored the concept that the bones of the skull were structured to allow for movement. For decades after, this theory remained at odds with the beliefs of the scientific and medical communities. Dr. Upledger believed, however, that if Sutherland’s theory of cranial movement was in fact true, this would help explain, and make feasible, the existence of the rhythm he had encountered in surgery.
It was at this point that Dr. Upledger set out to scientifically confirm the existence of cranial bone motion. From 1975 to 1983 he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University, where he supervised a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists, and bioengineers in research and testing. The results not only confirmed Sutherland’s theory but led to clarification of the mechanisms behind this motion — the craniosacral system. Dr. Upledger’s continued work in the field ultimately resulted in his development of CranioSacral Therapy.
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect, and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.