Prenatal Chiropractic: The Key to a pain Free Pregnancy

Prenatal Chiropractic: 

The Key to a Pain Free Pregnancy

BY DR. KIMBERLY DELMAGE, DC

According to the American Pregnancy Organization and the International Chiropractic Pediatric  Association, women who seek chiropractic care during pregnancy report 24% shorter labor and delivery times and have fewer complications and 75% of women who received chiropractic care during their pregnancies stated they found relief from pain. Due to the increased hormone called relaxin that is secreted during pregnancy, a woman’s ligaments are more flexible and often any areas of weakness in the alignment of the spine are made worse. This can result in lower back pain and sciatica, neck pain and headaches, pubic symphysis pain and sacroiliac discomfort. The sooner you begin care the more likely you are to avoid the common pains and discomforts many women experience during pregnancy.

One of the most important roles of a chiropractor in prenatal care is to establish pelvic balance and alignment, not only to reduce the mother’s discomfort but also to allow the baby to be in the best position for delivery. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room for the developing baby to be comfortable and they may seek out a less than optimal positioning for birth. A specialized treatment called the Webster Technique can be performed by a certified chiropractor if the baby is in the breech position during the final weeks of pregnancy. This technique is performed to safely turn the baby into the ideal position for delivery and has an 85 percent success rate when performed before 39 weeks. Common pregnancy complaints such as heartburn, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome and even swelling in the hands and feet can be relieved with chiropractic care.

Exercise of the Month – February

February’s exercise of the month is a modified plank which involves a stability ball . It is a tremendous core strength and stability builder. Check it out!

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Congratulations Dr. Peter Wohl – NJ Top Doc 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Wohl, DC, ART, BCIM for being named one of New Jersey’s Top Doctors of 2016 for his commitment to excellence in chiropractic care and spinal disorders. Dr. Wohl is also Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) and Trigenics. Dr. Wohl has also been named as one of the top chiropractors in Bergen County in 2015 and 2016 by 201 Magazine. He is also a team chiropractic physician for the 2015 ACC Champion Clemson Track and Field teams. Congrats Dr. Pete!

Congratulations Dr. Kelly Blundy – NJ Top Doc 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Blundy, DC, ART, BCIM for being named one of New Jersey’s Top Doctors of 2016 for her commitment to excellence in chiropractic care and spinal disorders. Dr. Blundy is also Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) and Trigenics. Dr. Blundy has also been named as one of the top chiropractors in Bergen County in 2015 and 2016 by 201 Magazine.

 

Lift With Your Legs, Not With Your Back!

by Dr. Vincent Porta, DC

“Lift with your legs, not with your back” is a saying that we have all heard before but don’t often put into practice. The reason we overlook this saying is because more times than not, we lift or bend improperly with no immediate adverse effects. Although we lift improperly and may not feel pain right away, lifting with our back puts an excess and unnecessary strain on the muscles, ligaments and vertebral discs. At The Spine and Health Center of Montvale, I see patients on a daily basis that have either strained muscles, caused a bulging disc, or even worse a herniated disc, due to improper lifting technique. In most cases, patients come in and say something along the lines of “I was not even lifting anything heavy, I bent over to help my son or daughter or I was just moving some light boxes around the garage, how could I possibly be in this type of pain?” The answer is simple. Years of improper technique while bending over and picking objects up has compromised the low back.

What is a Herniated Disc?

To understand how to prevent an injury while lifting objects we must first understand the biomechanics during a lift. When we lift improperly we are using only back muscles and do not activate the leg muscles for assistance. This means we are putting the lumbar spine (the low back) into full forward flexion. This position causes the vertebrae in the lumbar spine to come closer together in the front and further away from each other in the back.

The vertebral disc, which is located between the vertebral bodies, acts as a spacer and shock absorber for the spine. It is designed to handle the movements our bodies go through but when weight is added, like when lifting an object, excess strain is put on this disc and the surrounding musculature. Over a time period of years and years this excess strain can cause the disc to fail leaving us with a bulging or herniated disc. A common way to describe a disc herniation is to compare the disc to a jelly doughnut. When the tough outer ring of the disc fails due to an increase in pressure, the jelly-like substance in the middle protrudes out the back of the disc. This can cause an extreme pain that is more commonly referred to as “throwing your back out.”

The Proper Technique

So what is the proper technique to prevent this type of injury to the low back? We cannot use the low back to lift objects, we must use our legs. This means we must approach the object we are lifting straight on so we are not lifting and rotating at the same time. Next, bend at the knees. Do not bend at the hips but lift with a squat-like motion. Last, while keeping the low back straight at upright contract the leg muscles to preform the lift. This simple technique can save the low back excess strain and long term injury.

Exercise of the Week #34 – Band Resisted Rows

Are you performing your exercises correctly? At The Spine and Health Center of Montvale, we see many patients performing rows initially with poor form. The key points to remember are keeping the shoulders down, chest up, and pulling back by squeezing the shoulder blades together to get the elbows to end up at approximately a 90 degree angle. Check out the examples of the incorrect and correct ways to perform rows in this week’s video.

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Exercise of the Week #33 – Foam Rolling Quads and Calves

Check out this week’s Exercise of the Week – Foam Rolling for the Quadriceps and Gastrocnemius (Calf) muscles. Foam rolling should be a staple in every athlete’s and weekend warrior’s workout routine. Watch the video below to see how to foam roll properly!

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Exercise of the Week #31 – Push-Ups with Alternating Knee Taps

Check out this week’s Exercise of the Week – Push-Ups with Alternating Knee Taps, which is great for core strength and stability, as well as increased obliques activation.

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Good Luck Natoya!

Make sure to watch former Clemson Track and Field star and ACC champion Natoya Goule run the 800m in the Olympics today! Our very own Dr. Peter Wohl had the privilege of working with Clemson University and Natoya this past year. She will be running this morning at 10:44 AM in Heat #8. So from everyone at The Spine and Health Center, good luck Natoya!!!


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Exercise of the Week #30 – Eccentric External Rotation Ball Drops

Check out this week’s Exercise of the Week – Eccentric External Rotation Ball Drops, a great exercise for shoulder strength and stability especially for throwing athletes.

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Keri Moran, PT
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DISCLAIMER: NOTHING AVAILABLE THROUGH OR ON THIS WEBSITE SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. OUR WEBSITE DOES NOT OFFER MEDICAL DIAGNOSES OR PATIENT-SPECIFIC TREATMENT ADVICE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL ABOUT ANY CONDITION YOU MAY HAVE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISES OR EXERCISE ROUTINE. DO NOT DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, OR DELAY SEEKING IT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ IN OR ON THIS SITE.

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