Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

Most expectant mothers understand the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and supplements during pregnancy, as well as avoiding alcohol, smoking and certain medications. However, many pregnant mothers may be unaware of the benefits chiropractic care can provide before, during and after pregnancy. chiropractic care and pregnancy

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

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When trying to conceive, it is important to keep all the organs working properly, especially those pertaining to reproduction. Dads-to-be can benefit from chiropractic for this reason as well. Obviously maintaining a healthy diet and, if necessary, taking appropriate supplements are important when trying to conceive. But if any nerves leading to the reproductive organs are pinched at all, fertility will be negatively affected. (Read more in this post about how and why this works.) In this way chiropractic can help improve fertility and chances of becoming pregnant.

Chiropractic also helps prepare the mother's body for carrying a growing baby. A woman's body goes through myriad changes during pregnancy. Chiropractic care will keep her at optimum health by keeping her spine in alignment, and a healthy mother means a healthy baby.

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Chiropractic will correct vertebral subluxations (out-of-place vertebrae) that often occur during pregnancy. This happens when the mother's lower back will get pulled forward as her abdomen grows. To compensate, the mid-back and shoulders pull back, and the neck and head tilt forward. All of this can mean backaches and headaches for the mother-to-be. Chiropractic care keeps the spine in place, relieving the mother of many aches and pains.

Regular adjustments can help decrease morning sickness, back pain associated with a growing belly, and keep mother and baby healthier. A healthy spine allows the immune system to function at its best, which means the baby's immune system (intimately connected with the mother's) will be stronger as well.

Chiropractic also often shortens labor time and can decrease amount of labor pain, since a pelvis which is properly aligned makes enough room for baby to grow and be delivered more easily.

Chiropractic care is so safe that it can continue up till the day of delivery, and the mother may choose to be adjusted during labor, according to the discretion of her doctor and chiropractor.

After:

As the mother's belly returns to a normal position, chiropractic helps her spine return to its normal position. Adjustments can help curb back pain from nursing, carrying baby, and normal wear-and-tear from the work of caring for a newborn.

Keep baby healthy and make sure he or she gets adjusted too, as soon as possible after birth (see our post on Kids and Chiropractic).

Chiropractic care is for everyone, and that includes expectant mothers! If you received chiropractic care during pregnancy, please comment below with your experience. We'd love to hear your story!

Source:

French, Matt D.C. (2007). The Gonstead Difference: Pregnancy (pamphlet). Chirodesign, LLC.

Up, Up and Away: A Teleseminar for Kids

Check out the "Up, Up and Away" teleseminar and listen to it with your kids! Hackbart Chiropractic Kids Super Hero Club Image - Hackbart Chiropractic Seward NE

What do you think makes these Superheroes so SUPER?

Is it because of their superhero masks?

Or their superhero capes?

Or the fact that they can fly?!

Nope – although flying does sound pretty super.

They’re super because they followed the tips in our “Up, Up, and Away” teleseminar for kids.

This teleseminar is for parents and their kids to listen to together!

Click the "play" button below to listen.

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Summertime Chiropractic Care

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Summer: a time for family vacations, visits to the pool, lemonade stands, suntans, and-- chiropractic visits?

Yes! Chiropractic care is needed during the summer as well as during the rest of the year, if not more! Special summer activities can get your spine out of misalignment. If you're in the car or plane for a family vacation (and if you're lucky enough to be able to sleep on long trips), just think about the strange positions your neck and back is in! An adjustment is always a good idea post-vacation.

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Summer work can also be hard on your back, whether you're digging in the garden, mowing the lawn, or working on the farm.

As for your children, they'll be participating in summer sports, playing outside, and probably at least as active as they are during the school year. Bring your kids with you to get adjusted so they can stay healthy while they play and relax during the summer months!

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Keep your back healthy this summer with these tips:

  • Focus on keeping your posture straight, whether standing, sitting, or lying down.
  • Be careful when lifting heavy objects. Use your legs, not your back.
  • Stretch before and after exercising (and make sure your kids do the same).
  • For long car trips, get a neck pillow so you can sleep comfortably without hurting your neck. On a car trip, stop to stretch and walk around every couple hours. On plane trips, get out of your seat every hour or two (if it's safe to do so) to stretch and move around.
  • Don't let the dog days of summer keep you from exercise! Swimming and walking are easy, pleasant, and not damaging to your back.
  • Continue to get adequate sleep (7-9 hours for adults) and eat healthfully (always essential!) to keep your whole body in optimum health.
  • See your chiropractor for regular adjustments!

This summer, keep yourself and your whole family healthy and happy with chiropractic!

Kids and Chiropractic

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Kids need chiropractic, too!

Children need regular chiropractic care for many of the same reasons adults do: injury, poor posture, and wear and tear on their spine from daily activities. But chiropractic care is a little different with children.

Many adults need chiropractic to help heal problems that have been developing over time--some since their childhood.

It is easier to create healthy kids than to fix unhealthy adults!

Starting children with chiropractic early in life helps keep them healthy so they have less problems as an adult.

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Both Dr. Hackbart and Dr. Folkers see patients of all ages! Whether you're 9 months or 90, chiropractic can benefit you.

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Like brushing teeth to prevent cavities, eating well, and getting enough sleep, chiropractic is another healthy habit to encourage in your children. Start them off right to prevent problems when they're older.

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And yes, it's important to start them early! Elijah (below) has been seeing Dr. Hackbart since he was just a few weeks old. Dr. Hackbart adjusted his own children within days or even hours of their birth.

Why is this important? Well, the experience of being born can be very traumatic for infants' spines. Their necks get twisted and backs get bent as they travel through the birth canal, and that's after 9 months of being curled up in the womb! If your baby was born with the help of forceps or a vacuum (which puts a lot of pressure on the spine), they'll be in even greater need of an adjustment soon after birth.

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If possible, the new mother and baby should both come in for an adjustment as soon as the mother is up and about. Pregnancy is tough on a mom's spine, too, and she needs chiropractic as much as her baby. (But that's a topic for a future post!)

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Like these families, yours should make regular visits to the chiropractor a family thing! We have small-person-sized chairs in the waiting room, along with books and toys, to entertain younger patients. Dr. Hackbart is a dad of 5 and Dr. Folkers is a soon-to-be dad, and they both love working with kids and families.

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Chiropractic care is as necessary and important for kids as it is for their parents. If your children, or some kids you know, haven't been to see the chiropractor, now is the time to change that! Stop in the office or give us a call (402-646-2020) today!

 

Hackbart Chiropractic Kids Super Hero Teleseminar!!!

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That's the sound of awesome coming your way! We're part of the Super-Hero Club and we want you to join us! We have a new mission and we need help from Hackbart Chiropractic Kids! Become a Super-Hero with us at the Hackbart Kids Teleseminar! Check out the details!

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Why Chiropractic Makes Sense

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It's hard to understand the benefits of chiropractic care if you don't understand how the human body works. The whole body is connected. It was designed to be able to heal itself from injury and infection. But the body can't heal itself if the connections between the brain and the organs and muscles--nerves--aren't functioning properly. That's where chiropractic comes in: it helps keep those connections working the way they were designed to.

From Brain to Organ and Back

The nerves in your body send messages between the brain and your organs and muscles. Nerves need a clear path to send a correct signal: to tell a muscle to move, to tell organs to do their job, basically to keep your body running properly.

All nerves go back to the spinal cord and travel up to the brain from there. The spinal cord is protected by the spine: vertebrae (the bones of the spine) and inter-vertebral disks. If the vertebrae and disks are not lined up correctly (out of alignment), the nerves can become pinched, thus sending a faulty signal to the brain and/or the organ or muscle to which the nerve leads.

Below is an image illustrating this. This is a side view of the spine. You can see the herniated disk (red and "inflamed"), above the vertebra that is out of alignment. Between the two is the pinched nerve. Compare this to the normal disks and properly aligned vertebrae above and below, and the nerves which are free and not pinched.

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Why Chiropractic Makes Sense

Many people visit a medical doctor for health problems such as headaches, digestive issues, allergies, and other ailments. These health issues can be caused not by something wrong with the organs of the body, but by incorrect signals between those organs and the brain resulting from pinched nerves in the spine.

This is how chiropractic care helps keep the whole body healthy. It keeps the nerves functioning the way they were designed to, so the rest of the body works the way it's supposed to.

A medical doctor doesn't always consider a pinched nerve to be a possible cause for health issues. Instead, they prescribe drugs to fix the problem, when those drugs may only mask the problem.

Consider as an example the problem of chronic constipation: a relatively minor problem, but frustrating and painful nonetheless. A doctor might prescribe a laxative to be taken daily, which can have other less-than-desirable side effects. A chiropractor will look for misaligned vertebrae in the area of the spine where the nerves are which lead to the intestine. (This is why x-rays are necessary in chiropractic care, so the doctor and patient can see where the problem areas are in the spine.) The chiropractor will also discuss nutrition with the patient in the example given, since a less-than-healthy diet might also be an underlying cause of constipation. Good nutrition and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand: but that's a topic for another article!

The Importance of Continued Care

A few adjustments may be enough to heal the spine to the point where the nerves and organs are functioning normally once again. But most people have habits and lifestyles that cause their spine to get misaligned on a regular basis. Injury, poor posture or already worn-down inter-vertebral disks make regular adjustments a necessity to keep the body functioning optimally.

Poor posture is something that can be remedied, simply by changing one's habits. (This will be discussed in greater detail in a future article!) But many people have disks that have been worn down over time, and those disks will never "grow back" to their original healthy state.

When a spine is affected by scoliosis, a condition many people have to some degree or another, the spine is bent or twisted. The disks of the spine with scoliosis are worn down where the spine is unnaturally curved. Several adjustments will help the spine get back in place where it should be. But because those disks are already worn, the vertebrae will slip back into the twisted or curved position. Thus to keep the nerves free and not pinched, regular adjustments are absolutely necessary.

No drugs will keep the spine aligned properly. No drugs can solve the problem of a pinched nerve. Drugs can help with many things, this is true, but if the cause of a problem is a pinched nerve, drugs will only cover the symptoms, not heal the actual problem.

This is why chiropractic makes sense!

Why Choose Hackbart Chiropractic?

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Our top priority at Hackbart Chiropractic is the health of you and your family. Our goal is for you to experience lifelong health and freedom from pain, not just to mask your symptoms. Learn more about how our doctors can help you achieve that in this welcome video from Dr. Hackbart.

 

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Work Like A Charm: an Audio Seminar

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benefits of chiropractic for your work and career - Hackbart Chiropractic, Seward, NE

Dr. Hackbart, Dr. Isaacson and I have put together an audio seminar. We've got great tips and advice for staying healthy at work. You don’t have to sacrifice your health for the perfect job – in fact, the healthier you are, the more successful and productive you’re likely to be in your career as well! So give yourself the balanced life you deserve and be happy, and healthy, all work-day long.

With these tips you will feel full of energy, vigor, passion, and enthusiasm!

Click play below to listen to the Work Like A Charm Seminar:

Hackbart Chiropractic Massage NOW OPEN!

Mary Lostroh, Hackbart Chiropractic Massage Therapist
Mary Lostroh, Hackbart Chiropractic Massage Therapist

If you haven't met Mary Lostroh already through the front desk, stop in and say "Hi" and check out her new massage therapy room at our office! Mary is a Seward native who graduated from the Myotherapy Institute in Lincoln, NE in January.   Mary has a passion to help others. Serving others through massage therapy is one way to share hope, healing and health through the care that she provides with each session.  Give her a call today at 402-646-2020 and schedule an appointment!  Her hours are: Monday & Friday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Chiropractic for Athletes

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chiropractic for athletes at Hackbart Chiropractic in Seward, NE

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Chiropractic isn't just for car accidents and headaches! We provide care to a wide variety of people, many of whom are avid sports players. Chiropractic care is an excellent supplement to a healthy, fit lifestyle and influences coordination and balance. Regular adjustments can also improve reaction time and strength. One of our local college athletes talks about how chiropractic has benefited him in his athletic career.

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Want more information on chiropractic for athletes? Stop into our office and pick up one of our pamphlets full of excellent information and fascinating studies that reveal just how beneficial chiropractic can be in the world of sports.

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Jim shares about his journey to finding relief from stomach issues through chiropractic care, after having been to medical doctors, and being put through numerous tests (CT scans, ultrasounds, liver tests, etc.). Listen to his inspiring story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jn8yUidlAk

Bursitis

Bursitis is when the bursa or “lubricating pad” of the shoulder joint becomes inflamed or irritated.       This is associated with pain in the shoulder with movement.  The bursa in the shoulder joint is very susceptible to nerve interference.  When the nerves to the bursa are not properly functioning, the bursa is unable to produce proper amounts of lubricant reducing its ability to lubricate.  Bursitis may also be a chemical problem that is related to diet.  This may also need to be addressed in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments.

During a chiropractic exam, nerve pressure is typically found in the areas of the lower neck, upper back or pelvis. Pressure on the nerves in these areas reduces the lubricating ability of the bursa.  Once the pressure is removed from the nerve with a specific chiropractic adjustment, the function of the bursa can be restored.  With a properly working bursa and a healthy nervous system, the shoulder should function properly without pain.

Shoulder Pain

Frozen shoulder is a term that describes the inability to fully move the arm in all directions. Typically a person has trouble lifting their arm to shoulder level or above. This can be seen in people of all ages and is usually not following an accident or injury. 

Chiropractors work with this type of issue by first evaluating the spine.  They will perform a thorough exam on the spine and nervous system paying close attention to the areas of the lower neck.  The nerves that travel out of the spinal column in this area communicate with the muscles of the shoulder that aid in movement.  If the nerves to the shoulder are pinched then the shoulder isn’t going to work as well.  If this pressure is removed from the nerve and the nerve has time to heal, normal function and movement will be regained in the shoulder. 

Success Story: Allergies

A Chiropractic Approach:

Allergies

(Success Story)

For the past 10 years I've had sinus and allergy problems. It seemed I was allergic to everything in Nebraska – mold, pollen, dust.  Outside activities left me with cold-like symptoms and exhaustion.  I took allergy shots for three years, and about every kind of allergy medication available.  I had between five and eight sinus infections each year.  I was prescribed antibiotics so often that I grew resistant to the medications; some had no effect on me at all. 

Since getting adjustments at Hackbart Chiropractic, I haven't used my allergy medicine once!  I can mow a lawn, workout and exercise.  The doctors were straightforward and talked with me extensively about how changes in my lifestyle would help improve my health.

 The staff at Hackbart Chiropractic genuinely care about my personal well-being and have worked around my busy schedule to get me in for my appointments.  I previously thought chiropractic care was only for joints and muscles.  I couldn't have been more wrong, it has changed my health entirely!

 

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Allergies

Research shows that with regular chiropractic care, the body’s immune system will work more efficiently.  When the immune system is healthy and working properly it is better able to identify foreign objects such as dust, pollen, bacteria, mold, and dander.   Once detected, a healthy immune system will properly deal with these objects so the body is not harmed.  If the immune system is not working properly it can over react to these objects resulting in allergy symptoms such as runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, and fatigue. 

Chiropractors can get great results with allergies by working with the immune system.  They typically find nerves pinched in the lower neck or low back as well.  Once the nerve pressure is removed with an adjustment by a chiropractor the immune system will work more efficiently.  If the immune system is not functioning properly, the body will over-produce histamine causing allergy type symptoms.   With a healthy and full functioning nervous system the body’s immune system will work properly and have a better ability to properly handle common allergens it is exposed to. 

Along with chiropractic adjustments and care, diet plays a big role in allergies as well.  Some foods to avoid include milk, orange juice, beer and refined foods.  These foods cause an increase in mucous production which is increased with allergies.  Helpful vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin B3, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E.  Standard process supplements that help with allergies include Allerplex, Antronex, Cal-Amo.

Asthma

Your lungs are made up of 150 to 300 million air sacs. If they were spread out flat they would cover an area the size of a tennis court!  Unfortunately when a person suffers from asthma the airways to the lungs do not function properly.

There are two things happening when a person has asthma.  The first is the airways become restricted due to constriction or tightening of the muscles which hold the airway open.  The second is the lining of the airways become inflamed as well as produce extra mucus.  Chiropractors work with the nerves of your body that communicate with the muscles holding your airways open as well as with your immune system which is involved in the inflammatory response.  When you have a healthy nervous system your body is able to fight off any invaders that trigger the asthma attack.  Also by having a full functioning nervous system the signals from the brain to the muscles of the airways are uninterrupted allowing for easy breathing. 

Chiropractors generally find nerve pressure in the middle to upper back and occasionally in the neck regions.  Great results have been achieved with specific chiropractic adjustments to these areas removing the nerve pressure and allowing the nervous system to function properly and reduce the risk of asthma attacks.