The importance of seeing an obstetrician during pregnancy is obvious, but did you know that a chiropractor can help with your pregnancy too? As a baby grows and develops during pregnancy, pressure is placed on the mother’s spine and pelvis. Chiropractors gently adjust the spine to realign vertebrae and alleviate pregnancy-related pain and discomfort in the upper and lower back, pelvis, and ribcage areas. At Advanced Physical Health, Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier, and Dr. Monique White are your pregnancy chiropractors in Columbia, MO.
How Chiropractic Care Helps
During pregnancy, as the baby grows and the mother’s body changes, the mother’s spine and pelvis can become misaligned. Pain and discomfort can be felt in both the upper and lower back, as well as the pelvis area and even around the ribcage. Chiropractic care involves making gentle adjustments to the spine to bring it back into alignment. Aligning the spine can alleviate some pregnancy-related discomfort. Further, chiropractic care is a natural way to ease some pregnancy symptoms without the use of drugs or medications.
The American Pregnancy Association supports the use of chiropractic care during pregnancy. According to the association, "chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe with no known contraindications."
Further, chiropractic care can make pregnancy more comfortable by easing some of the pain and discomfort often associated with it. If the hips, pelvis, or spine shift out of place or become misaligned during any time of the pregnancy, a chiropractor can correct the alignment sometime before childbirth, allowing an easier labor.
After giving birth, chiropractic care can also ease the discomfort of joint problems, shoulder problems, rib discomfort, muscle tension, and headaches. In Columbia, a pregnancy chiropractor can help you develop a plan for continuing chiropractic care after giving birth.
Enjoy better spinal alignment and less discomfort while pregnant by letting a chiropractor help with your pregnancy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew White, Dr. Sylvie Carpentier, and Dr. Monique White, your Columbia, MO pregnancy chiropractors, contact Advanced Physical Health by calling (573) 446-2242.
Find out how Spinal Decompression could improve how your low back feels and functions.
If you have suffered from long-term lower back pain then you know how much it can disrupt your daily life. From just trying to sit comfortably at your work desk to getting through your exercise regimen, lingering and intense back pain is enough to affect anyone’s quality of life.
Our chiropractors here in Columbia, MO are here to tell you whether spinal decompression might be the right treatment option to finally manage your back pain.
What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression is a form of nonsurgical spinal traction in which the spine is gently stretched in order to take pressure off discs. By being able to take pressure off the spinal discs, we can improve blood flow and healing to these areas while also reducing pressure and inflammation on the nerves that might be causing pain, numbness or other symptoms.
Spinal decompression is particularly a great alternative for those who may be considering surgery to improve their spinal health. This chiropractic therapy can, and does; actually prevent the need for surgery in numerous cases.
Who should consider this treatment?
If you are dealing with the following symptoms:
· Back pain
· Spinal stenosis
· Degenerative disc disease
· Bulging or herniated disc
· “Worn” spinal joints
…and you aren’t able to find relief through other treatment options like physical therapy, injections and medications, then it’s time to talk to our Columbia chiropractic specialists. We will be able to tell you whether spinal decompression might finally provide you with the relief you need while also improving the health and function of your spine.
Decompression therapy can take up to 45 minutes each visit and several sessions will be necessary over the course of multiple weeks in order to provide the most relief while healing the region. Other treatments such as heat therapy, ultrasound or electrical stimulation may also be recommended as complementary measures along with spinal decompression.
Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO, is dedicated to providing you with the chiropractic care you need to improve the health and function of your body. Whether you are dealing with back pain, sciatica or bulging discs, we will cater treatments specifically to your problems and needs.
Long-Term Health Includes Correcting Your Posture
One of the biggest stressors in our lives is repetitive use injuries, and this includes how we hold ourselves throughout the day. As chiropractors, we help restore the optimal integrity to the disc, joints, muscles, and ligaments of the spine. Once we are able to promote healing the region, we also try to improve our patients' long-term postural health. This further enables the adjustments to hold in the spine and prevent further exacerbations. In spines that are still growing, this is imperative to help optimal function of their spines for years to come.
Our doctors provide specific exercises for our patients and Dr. Monique White also conducts workshops at the clinic devoted entirely to postural health.
Some sources of things that damage posture with jobs includes...
- Prolonged sitting
- Prolonged standing
- Sustained positions
- Lifting requirements
Some sources of poor posture manifested in kids, teens, and students are caused by...
- Studying positioning
- Backpack usage
- Forward head carriage
- Forward rounded shoulders
Our doctors provide specific, effective spinal exercises for our patients to do at home and Dr. Monique White often hosts Posture Correction Workshops at the office. The workshops are free of charge and the exercises are modified for all ages and conditions.
The workshops are held Tuesday nights at 6 pm at the office. Our patients and their loved ones are welcome to attend.
The rest of the scheduled workshops for this year are the following:
- July 11th, 2017
- September 19th, 2017
- November 7th, 2017
The number of attendees is limited, so please reserve a seat beforehand. In order to RSVP, please email [email protected] with your interest.
"Find out what could be leading to your musculoskeletal pain & how we can help.”
While everyone will experience pain at some point during his or her lifetime, it’s amazing how even the smallest amount of pain can put a damper on your quality of life. If you are someone who has been battling neck pain, whether recently or on and off for years, then chances are good that you are looking for something that will finally provide you with the relief you need. Our chiropractors here in Columbia, MO are here to tell you the many causes of neck pain and when chiropractic care may be able to help.
As you might have guessed, there are a number of different issues that can lead to neck pain including:
- Injuries (e.g. whiplash, concussions)
- Neck strain (e.g. sleeping in an awkward position)
- Poor posture
- Herniated disc
- Pinched nerve
- Degenerative disc disease
- A viral infection
If you have neck pain you may also notice that you experience other symptoms such as migraine and or tension headaches, weakness or tingling in the arms, soreness or tenderness around the neck, neck stiffness and even throat pain. While at home, you can ice your neck, perform certain stretching exercises and avoid activities that could exacerbate your condition, it’s important that you seek proper care when necessary.
When should you consider getting chiropractic treatment? You should visit our Columbia, MO Chiropractic team of specialists if:
- You have a headache with your neck pain
- Your neck pain doesn’t improve
- Your neck pain gets worse
- You have trouble moving the neck or turning your head to the left or right
- You have difficulty looking over your shoulder in the car
- You have a history of neck pain that “comes and goes”
- Your neck pain is the result of a car accident or injury
- Your neck pain is worse in the morning but improves throughout the day
- Your neck pain radiates to the arms or down the spine and causes weakness, numbness or tingling
- You have pain, numbness or tingling in your shoulders, wrists or fingers
If your pain is due to sprain/strain, pinched nerve, herniated disc, spinal misalignment or spinal degeneration, our chiropractors can help. Chiropractic care and our techniques help improve how the discs and nerves within the neck and spine function. This can help increase blood flow to the neck, improve spinal disc movement and overall range-of-motion, dissipate headaches and tension, facilitate faster healing and even help you feel more relaxed.
If you have questions about how our chiropractic treatments could reduce pain and improve how your body functions then call Advanced Physical Health in Columbia, MO, today.
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