Benefits of Integrative Care During Pregnancy

If you are experiencing discomfort during pregnancy you are not alone.  As your body grows to accommodate your baby, it is very common to experience various degrees and types of discomfort such as lower back pain or sciatica.  Common discomforts include low back pain, pelvic pain, hip pain, sciatic pain, along with many others.

Chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture are all safe and effective treatments for both you and your baby throughout your entire pregnancy.  At D’Vida, all our health care providers are trained and experienced working with pregnant moms. Various techniques used at the clinic including the Webster technique have shown to be very effective to decrease joint and muscle pain, promote a healthier pregnancy, reduce the time of labor and delivery, and lessen the chance of having a breech baby and need for a cesarean delivery.

At D’Vida, we not only have special techniques to help keep moms safe and comfortable during treatment, but tools such as pregnancy pillows to help them as well.  Our specialized pregnancy pillows provide space for your growing belly and breasts, allowing you to lie face down comfortably.  Yes, you have the rare opportunity to lie face down!  Pregnant moms who take the time to visit our office during their pregnancy will find that their overall pregnancy can be more comfortable and enjoyable as they keep their bodies and their babies healthy.  As your belly continues to grow, do not hesitate to call our office to have all your questions and concerns answered.   

Written by Dr. Breanne Rhodes, DC

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An Integrated Approach in Chronic Pain

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Have you ever heard people talk about the emotional connection in chronic pain? This is something that previously would have been laughed at, and now most people are accepting of the idea that the physical and emotional components of a person are interwoven.

Traditional Chinese medicine tells us that long-standing emotional patterns can cause stuck ‘qi’, essentially a blockage in your energy. In acupuncture theory, each organ in the body is connected to an emotion as well as a meridian that runs through the body. Because of this interior/ exterior connection, blockages in the meridians can lead or contribute to long-standing emotional patterns. Because long-standing emotional patterns affect the way that Energy circulates in the meridians of the body, they can contribute eventually to postural problems in the individual . In turn, the structural and postural imbalances can further perpetuate the emotional pattern that is being held in the body and mind /spirit (called Shen, in Chinese medicine).

One of the reasons that medication such as NSAIDS (ibuprofen & tylonel), or steroid drugs may be a less effective treatment for chronic pain is because they fail to address that an individual is material but is made up of energy (qi), and mind/spirit (Shen).

An acupuncturist will look at at the mental /emotional self, and address how a person’s posture, daily activities, diet and habits may be contributing to chronic pain. Because of the integrated approach that acupuncture  takes, it has been so successful in treating chronic pain.

Written by Michelle Whittaker, LAc