December 3, 2014
Chiropractic Care Is A Journey You Don’t Want To Miss Out On Because It Will Change Your Life Forever!
Before Elevation Health chiropractic care I had a muscle pain in my left leg and because of trying to give ease to the pain, I was walking with my head and neck forward.
My blood pressure was very high and I was ordered by my medical doctor to take a pill both day & night. I heard about the doctor 7 years ago and was seeing him as much as possible but due to my work schedule, I was unable to continue care. But I did believe & embrace chiropractic care.
After restarting chiropractic care, my blood pressure is gradually reducing and I am walking upright without having any pain in my leg, which has allowed me to walk for longer distances.
I will always continue with this level of care for my body’s well-being because it encompasses my spiritual & overall life.
I would tell my family and friends that chiropractic care is a journey that you don’t want to miss out on because it will change your life forever.
September 10, 2014
Elevation Health patient
November 20, 2014
Prolonged or painful latent phase (early first stage) suggestions for birth supporter
- Adjusting may help to optimize baby position, eliminate dystocia, dilate cervix, enhance parasympathetic function. (The chiropractor will focus on the parasympathetic nervous system and increase the ease of the mother to allow for cervical dilation.)
- Allow the mother to rest, sleep if necessary. Offer light liquids like broth (miso), juices and herb teas with honey, and even coconut water (excellent source of electrolytes).
- Encourage the mother to be patient and trust her body. Provide reassurance.
- Have mother move as she pleases; encourage her to walk, kneel, sit, stand, lean or go on her hands and knees.
- Avoid having the mother lie on her back because it is uncomfortable and inhibits blood and nerve flow to the uterus.
- Provide a continuous caregiver in addition to spouse. (a doula?)
- Do not allow the mother to squat in early labor as this position opens the outlet and closes the inlet of the pelvis.
- Bathing too early in labor may cause the body to absorb too much water and therefore decrease the oxytocin levels.
- Encourage the mother to practice deep relaxation and to breathe- in through the nose-out through the mouth.
- Have the mother concentrate on the baby or visualize a tranquil scene.
- Darken and quiet the room, or listen to soothing music at the mother’s discretion.
- Rub the mother’s back. Contact acupressure points from booklet (see below).
- Avoid pain medication because it may slow down labor.
- Avoid pitocin as it leads to painful, hard, unnatural contractions.
Key Areas to Observe for Maternal Relaxation:
- The jaw – encourage slackening of the jaw and “sagging” of the mouth. Stroking of the anterior neck muscles downward from mandible. Encourage use of verbal sounds and “Open” to keep neck and shoulders relaxed, diaphragm, and cervix dilating.
- The feet – observation of tension in the feet with curling of the toes and plantar or dorsal arching of the feet.
- Use massage and reflexology points to relax the feet.
- Breathing: encourage deep, relaxed breathing in through the nose, out the mouth.
Birthing DVD Resources:
Fate of Earth, Fate of Birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0_HRJjt3zg
Hospital Forum and First Time Labor: Born in the USA: http://patchworksfilms.net/films/born_usa.html
Midwifery Home Birth: Giving Birth Challenges and Choices: www.birthingthefuture.com
Birth As We Know It: http://www.birthintobeing.com/
Birth Trauma a Modern Epidemic: http://www.makinmiracles.com/for_the_doctor-products.html
More than One in Four Babies Now Delivered by C-Section
(AHRQ News and Numbers Release date: August 15, 2006)
More than one-quarter of all children born in the United States—over 1 million—are delivered by cesarean section, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Cesarean section, or C-section as it is commonly called, is a procedure that involves making an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus to deliver her child. AHRQ’s report also found that:
- C-section births have increased by 38 percent since 1997, when about a fifth of all American babies were delivered this way.
- The rise was accompanied by a 60 percent decline in the rate of women giving birth vaginally after having a previous child born via C-section, and conversely by a 33 percent rise in the rate of repeat C-sections.
- The national bill for childbirth as a whole in 2003 totaled $34 billion with hospital stays involving C-section delivery accounting for nearly half this amount—$15 billion.
- Medicaid, the Federal-State program for the poor, was billed for 43 percent of childbirths overall and 41 percent of those involving C-section deliveries.
- AHRQ, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, works to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care in the United States.
- The data in this AHRQ News and Numbers summary were drawn from the Agency’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), the nation’s largest source of hospital inpatient care statistics, regardless of insurance status or type of coverage. For more information on C-section deliveries, go to Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2003.
Preliminary data for 2003 indicated that 27.6% of all births in the United States resulted from cesarean deliveries, an increase of 6% from 2002 and the highest percentage ever reported in the United States. After declines during 1989– 1996, the total cesarean rate and the primary cesarean rate (i.e., percentage of cesareans among women with no previous cesarean delivery; 19.1% in 2003) have increased each year. In addition, the rate of VBAC, which had increased during 1989–1996, decreased by 63% to 10.6% in 2003. Among women with previous cesarean deliveries, the likelihood that subsequent deliveries would be cesarean was approximately 90% in 2003.
SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, annual files, 1989–2003. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm.
Information Provided by Dr. Dan Yachter
Join us next week for: “Tips for Moms Pt. 2”
Video introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C. will posted later due to technical difficulties.
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.”