November 17, 2014
I have been a patient at Elevation Health for approximately 5 years. The reason I sought out chiropractic care originally was relief from neck pain and other symptoms such as vertigo, nausea and intense ringing in my ears, which all began with an accident. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the doctors at EH were interested in helping me recover from these symptoms, and not just manage them.
At that time, I was also suffering from migraine headaches, asthma, high blood pressure, digestive issues, and sinusitis, to name a few. I was taking medications for all of these problems, but not finding real relief. In those days I visited my primary care doctor at least one or more times a month (plus I had several Specialists) hoping to get relief from the merry-go-round of symptoms and pain. Most of the time my thinking went something like this…”There must be something wrong with me, when is this going to end?”
I am pleased to tell you that there was an end in sight for me! I no longer take any medications, because I don’t need them! All the symptoms I had are gone! I no longer live in fear of the next ‘illness’ that will plague my life, nor do I have to visit my medical doctor monthly to get relief. I am currently experiencing what is the best health and vitality of my life. I enjoy my life more than ever because I have a new sense of freedom.
About 4 months ago, I started taking advantage of the new spinal corrective care therapy available, including traction and exercises. The results have been nothing short of amazing!
In conclusion I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to the entire Elevation Health staff for all they do to transform people’s lives.
November 13, 2014
Video introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C. http://youtu.be/g4u1_myNeXs
Chiropractic adjustments: adjustments decrease affects of prolonged stress and relaxes the Autonomic Nervous System/ Sympathetic Stimulation: fight/ flight/ adrenaline damage from stress.
Damaging effects of stress (minimized through chiropractic adjustments (clinical observations)):
This stress can decrease blood to reproductive organs by as much as 60% or more.
Increase fetal heart rate
decreases fetal oxygen supply (dangerous for fetal development over prolonged periods of time)
Sympathetic stimulation: increases maternal epinephrine/adrenaline which crosses placental barrier affecting digestion, growth and immunity.
Prolonged Sympathetic stimulation in pregnant mother causes increased irritability, restlessness, crying and digestive disorders in infant.
Long term effects in the developing brain and nervous system. There are life-long effects on stress-response patterns and stress related illnesses in adulthoo
Nutritional Lifestyle for Preconception/pre-pregnancy and pre-natal
Eliminate the following:
- Nutra Sweet
- Junk/Processed/Fast foods
8 glasses of water
Increase fruits, vegetables, & protein intake
6 small meals a day
Walking program: 2 times a week
Goal – 4-5 times a week, 45 minutes, 3 miles (choose from activities listed)
Swimming and water aquatics
*Pre-Natal Chiropractic Care (vital to keeping mom healthy preconception!)
Chiropractic Adjustments decreases pain and reduces stress caused by discomfort
* In one study 11 women meeting the criteria for sacroiliac joint dysfunction were treated with chiropractic treatment of the sacroiliac joints. After chiropractic therapy, 10 of the 11 women (91%) had relief of pain and no longer exhibited signs of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. (“Sacroiliac subluxation: a common, treatable cause of low-back pain in pregnancy”). Daly JM, et al. Family Practice Research Journal, 1991: 11(2) 149-159.)
*In a study 84% of patients receiving chiropractic manipulation reported relief of back pain during pregnancy. There was significantly less likelihood of back labor when spinal manipulative therapy was administered during pregnancy. (“Back pain during pregnancy and labor”. Diakow PR, et al. Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics, 1991: 14(2): 116-118.)
*In a study of 500 women during labor, 352 experienced pain in the low back during labor, an incidence of 70.4%. Low back pain during was associated with baby presentation. Application of pressure to the low back area during labor reduced the need for major narcotic pain medication and minor tranquilizing medication . (“Effect of pressure…for inhibition of lumbar myalgia during labor” (Guthrie RA, Martin RH. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 1982: 82(4): 247-251.)
Adjustment can affect other quality of life issues:
- Blood pressure: http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure
- Anxiety https://www.jvsr.com/abstracts/index.asp?id=210
- Headaches: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/intractable-migraine-headaches-during-pregnancy-under-chiropractic-care.html
Adjustments affect Birth Outcome: ICPA Research page:
Webster technique: http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/Webster_Mid.htm
Webster Case Series: retrospective: http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/WebsterRA.htm
Dystocia Case Series:http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/Dystocia-Case_Series.html
Dystocia Case Report: http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/Dystocia.html
History of Multiple C-sections: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-chiropractic-care-of-a-gravid-patient-with-a-history-of-multiplecaesarean-births-and-vertebral-subluxations.html
More Research on Pregnancy and Birth: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/Pregnancy-and-Adjustments/
View all ICPA Articles on Pregnancy Here: http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/Pregnancy/ Birth:
View all ICPA Articles on Birth Here: http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/Birth/
Other Great Resources for Mom (and Dad!)
- Makinmiracles.com: The most comprehensive list of web resources for pregnancy and birth
- Trust Birth: http://www.trustbirth.com/beliefs.html
- Fear to Freedom: http://birththeplay.blogspot.com/2011/10/fear-to-freedom-birth-tele-class-starts.html
- Hypnobirthing: http://hypnobirthing.com/
- Birthing from Within http://www.birthingfromwithin.com/
- Birth Works: http://www.birthworks.org/
- CAPPAH: http://www.cappa.net/
v International Childbirth Educators Association – http://www.icea.org/
v Doulas of North America www.dona.org,
v Bradley Method: http://www.bradleybirth.com/
v Lamaze: http://www.lamaze.org/
What are the common bonds between Midwives & Chiropractors?
• Knowledge and trust in the body’s inner wisdom
• Skills and objectives to work with the body’s normal function and natural healing abilities.
• Support and commitment towards non-traumatic, non-invasive birthing procedures.
• Increases positive feelings about labor.
• Decreases need for medication.
• Decreases intervention.
• Decreases cesareans.
• Decreases anxiety.
• Shortens labor.
• Increases acceptance of the baby.
• Enhancement of maternal/ infant bonding.
• Decreases neonatal problems.
• Increases self-esteem.
• Increases feeling of control.
• Increases mother’s cooperation and participation.
• Decreases postpartum depression.
- References: http://www.nurturedbirth.com/doula/doula_studies.shtml for more information on the Impact of a Doula (Labor Support) on Labor and Early
Chiropractic’s role in overcoming stress in pregnancy and birth:
- Reduce nerve interference to allow the body to adapt more efficiently to all stresses.
- Nurture and support the mother’s confidence of normal physiology and how it is enhanced with chiropractic care.
- The chiropractor can offer education and resources for natural birthing and supportive care providers
- The chiropractor emphasizes the chiropractic, vitalistic philosophy: the innate intelligence of the body KNOWS.
Prepping the Body for Labor: Non-medical labor stimulation in the holistic community:
- Lengthy walks of 30 minutes to several hours duration,
- Acupressure, in particular the ‘Spleen 6’ point located four fingerbreadths above the inner anklebone and
- maintained for 10-15 seconds for 3 repetitions (see below)
- Bowel stimulation through an enema of the ingestion of castor oil to increase the production of prostaglandins and initiate uterine activity,
- Nipple stimulation to cause the release of oxytocin,
- Sexual orgasm for prostaglandin action on the uterus to initiate contractions,
- Various herbal teas and tinctures to induce labor
Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter http://youtu.be/g4u1_myNeXs
Join us next week for: “Tips For Moms/Healthcare Providers During Labor.”
November 6, 2014
Before coming to Elevation Health, I was suffering from frequent migraine headaches, neck stiffness and tension, and seasonal allergies. I took several different O.T.C. medications for headaches and allergies. I was taking these several times per week!
Through Elevation Health, I began the Core 4 system of vitamins and supplements and attended several informative monthly workshops. I also received weekly adjustments and continue to do all of the above.
Since beginning chiropractic care, I am no longer experiencing any headaches and my allergies are almost symptom free! I have never felt better physically and mentally! I am also drug free! I no longer need medication for anything!
Dr. Hill and staff have been crucial to my path to wellness. They are very knowledgeable and up to date on current chiropractic trends. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them! I feel amazing!
Patient of Dr. Jason Hill
Elevation Health, Paris, TX
November 4, 2014
The Effects of Emotional Stress: Pregnancy & Birth
Video introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C. http://youtu.be/9MilGm3pwQ0
Effects of Emotional Stress in Pregnancy: Stress in Pregnancy May Affect Fetus: Lead author Dr. Pampa Sarkar said: “We are all a product of our developmental history. One of the times when we are most susceptible to the influences of our surrounding environment is when we are developing as a fetus in our mother’s womb. Our research shows that the fetus is exposed to cortisol (stress hormone) in the maternal blood, and we also demonstrated that at and above 17 weeks, the cortisol in amniotic fluid had a strong positive relationship with cortisol in maternal blood. We found that the strength of this correlation became stronger with increasing gestational age. (http://www.anxietyinsights.info/stress_in_pregnancy_may_affect_the_fetus.htm).
Stress level and BP affect Birth Weight:
The findings suggest stress and high blood pressure may affect fetal growth in a number of ways — by constricting blood flow to the uterus, for example, or through effects on hormone levels or immune system function. Thus, pregnant women with both high blood pressure and chronic stress should be monitored more closely. (http://www.doctorndtv.com/news/detailnews.asp?id=3033).
Prenatal Stress Negatively Affects Baby
Stress during pregnancy is almost a toxin to fetal brain development. Maternal stress levels during pregnancy are highly predictive of less desirable ends of the scales of infant neurodevelopment. (http://www.personalmd.com/news/a1998033014.shtml)
Fetus to Mom: You’re Stressing Me Out!
Stress is an example of how a fetus responds to stimuli in the womb and adapts physiologically. “When the mother is stressed, several biological changes occur, including elevation of stress hormones and increased likelihood of intrauterine infection,” Dr. Wadhwa says. “The fetus builds itself permanently to deal with this kind of high-stress environment, and once it’s born may be at greater risk for a whole bunch of stress-related pathologies.” (http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/fetal-stress).
The Importance of Prenatal Support
“We measure a woman’s blood pressure, her uterine size, listen to the baby’s heart tones, but no one asks how things are going with her life.” … But what may be equally important are a woman’s support network and providing enough information about prenatal care and the pregnancy to ward off worries. (http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51730). Maternal stress during pregnancy predicts cognitive ability and fearfulness in infancy. These findings strengthen previous research that suggests that fetal programming can be important for neurodevelopmental and psychiatric outcomes. They imply that the mechanisms by which mental development and fearfulness are affected are different and that prenatal stress due to relationship strain may warrant particular attention.
Effects of Emotional Stress in Birth:
Can your thoughts affect your birth? Keep in mind, that there is no perfect preparation for labor or motherhood. Psychological “readiness” occurs because we are given encouragement and opportunity to address the concerns we have as women who are giving birth and becoming mothers. Our psychology lives inside our bodies. There is no war of mind over matter here. The mind-body connection is based on a relationship with, rather than control over, our physicality.
Give yourself the opportunity to face your fears. Reflect on the many ways you may be afraid of “losing control.” Childbirth, motherhood and life itself cause us to yield to the power of nature. Turning inwards to reflect on your development will help you strengthen your inner resources at the same time you express your specific needs for support from others. Facing your fears and reaching out for emotional support increases your ability to handle whatever situation lies before you with a sense of calm and well-being. Achieving this state of mind ensures that you have done your part to increase the potential for a smooth and uncomplicated delivery.
Resources Articles to Overcome Fear in Birth
- Midwifery Today: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/
- ICPA Public Resource Site: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/pregnancy/natural.htm
- About Physiology in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Verena Schmid, Midwife -an excellent book integrating physiology with physical and emotional outcome.
Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C.