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Growing Families

Webster Technique for a Safer and Easier Birth?

Dr. Jamie is excited to announce that she is now certified in the Webster Technique.  webster for moms to be 1      

What is the Webster Technique?

It is a specific assessment and chiropractic adjustment to be used on pregnant women throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer and easier birth. While it was created with the pregnant patient in mind, this technique is meant to balance the bony and ligamentous structures of the pelvis and sacrum, and thus can be used on anyone with a spine and pelvis!

When should pregnant patients start receiving regular Webster assessments and adjustments?

This can be done as soon as pregnancy starts, or even during the preconception period!

Why is having this assessment and adjustment important?

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Happy Holidays!

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to take a few minutes to wish you a safe and happy holiday, and a joyous New Year! I hope 2017 treated you well, and that 2018 is even better! Happy Holidays 2018

At the office, 2017 brought some exciting new changes. We did a big remodel, so thank you for pardoning our dust this summer. We also held our first set of Online Nutrition Bootcamp classes. If you missed these, the next one starts January 8, so stay tuned to learn more in the coming weeks. We truly appreciate all of you for your support over the years. We couldn't do what we do without our wonderful patients, friends, and family. 

On a personal note, our family is excited to announce that Dr. Jamie is pregnant and we are expecting the new little one to arrive sometime around May 2018! 

~Dr. Jamie, Dr. Jared, and Harper

Treating Cold and Flu Symptoms

Treating Fevers, a Symptom of Cold or Flu

“My temperature is 101! Where is my ibuprofen?”

Is this your first reaction to a fever? It might not be the best action to take.

Why Taking Medicine to Reduce a Fever Might Not Be the Best Approach

A fever is the body’s natural reaction to fight off an infection, like a cold or the flu. A fever is a symptom of an illness, but not an illness itself.

Many illness-causing germs thrive at or below the body's normal temperature. Two purposes of a fever are:

  • A fever increases the body’s temperature beyond the limit that invading microbes need to reproduce.
  • A fever kicks your immune system into high gear, increasing the number of white blood cells which help fight the actual illness.

 

For most adults, 102-103 degrees is the ideal temperature for the body to kill off these microbes. (source)  Research shows that letting a fever run its course may reduce the length and severity of illnesses such as colds and flu.

 

Furthermore, conventional methods of reducing a fever can do more harm than good. Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil and Motrin (ibuprofin)  all have side effects (read a long list on the package) that includes liver damage in adults and children, especially when taken frequently. Medications are foreign substances, which the body has to metabolize and filter. This requires energy that the body could be using to fight the actual illness that led to the fever in the first place.

What About Other Cold and Flu Symptoms?

There are many ways that our bodies fight off illness caused by viruses and bacteria. Coughing, sneezing, nasal mucous, vomiting, and diarrhea are ways that your body gets rid of pathogens. Taking medications to suppress these symptoms can slow down our bodies natural processes healing itself.

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Well Adjusted Babies: Using Chiropractic for Constipation

Use Chiropractic to Help Consitpated BabiesMost people think of a chiropractic adjustment as a treatment to relieve back pain. Did you know that infants can benefit from chiropractic care??

What are babies known for doing? Eating, sleeping, and pooping, right?

If my 6 month old goes a day without pooping, I know that it is time to check out her spine. This has happened 4 times in her life! Each time, I found that the top of her intergluteal cleft (more commonly known as the "butt crack") had veered to one side or the other. This tells me that her sacrum isn't quite balanced, which can impact her colon. The adjustment for this is a soft contact on a certain ligament at the base of the sacrum with Logan Basic Technique. It is a gentle procedure, with a powerful impact.  I am 4/4 on helping her to have a bowel movement within an hour of this adjustment, and twice it happened within 5 minutes!

Chiropractic can also help with reflux, colicky babies, or babies that prefer to turn their heads one direction.

Think about the process of being born. Whether the baby comes out naturally, gets taken out with forceps or vacuum suction, or is a C-section, birth is a traumatic event for a tiny human. Since babies can't talk, crying is their only way to tell us that they are uncomfortable. If you have or know a baby that cries more than you'd expect, they might be feeling after effects from their birth. A simple adjustment might help!

Chiropractic is also important during later transitions like learning to walk, since the baby is constantly falling on their bum.

Want to learn more? Chat with us on Facebook, or shoot Dr. Thomure an email! 

Dr. Jamie Thomure 


 

Introducing Harper Rose Thomure!

We are so excited to introduce you to Dr. Jamie's new baby girl, Harper Rose Thomure!! She made her debut Monday at 3:42 pm, 7 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long!! Mom and baby are doing well!Harper Rose

 

Pregnancy Series Part 4- Decreasing Back Pain

It has been found that about 50-70% of women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. It is easy to see understand how this would happen since the average weight gain is 25-35 pounds. As the woman’s center of gravity moves forward, the curve in her low back increases. This, in addition to hormonal changes, can cause severe back pain.

Many women have no idea what to do in this situation because they don’t want to take medicine that can be harmful to the baby. Here are some basic exercises and strategies that are not only helpful for reducing pain, but are great for preparing the body for delivery.

Specific Exercises

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  1. Cat/Camel- Start on your hands and knees, and move back up to a flexed position, and then down to an extended position. Alternate between these positions (within a comfortable range) ten times. Do this several times throughout the day. Not only with this help with back mobility and core stability, but it helps the uterus to move up and off the pelvic floor slightly.This is especially beneficial before bed because it can remove some pressure off of your bladder, and allow you to not have to get up quite as frequently throughout the night to urinate. Not Pregnant? This is still a great exercise for anyone experiencing back pain!
  2. Squatting- Spending some time in a deep squat position daily is great to work hip mobility, and opening up the pelvis in preparation for delivery. Try to get your heels on the ground. Your spine should be in a neutral position and not flexed forward, so it should not bother your lower back in any way. Try to work your way up to at least 30 seconds to a minute of holding this position daily. squatDr. Thomure squatting at 39 weeks pregnant
  3. Sitting Cross Legged- This is a healthy and natural position for the lower back. It also allows the uterus to move forward increasing circulation and stretching the inner thighs.

What else can I do?

  • Get regular low impact exercise such as walking or swimming at least 3 times a week. Try for at least 30 minutes.
  • Avoid high heels, instead wear flat comfortable shoes with good arch support.
  • Use a pregnancy or body pillow when sleeping, and try to sleep on left side.
  • Wear a support belt under lower abdomen. This can help if pelvis is feeling unstable once ligaments are becoming more lax during later pregnancy.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors can offer all natural relief to back pain in this situation. According to the American Pregnancy Association, seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy can help with

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

How often should I see a chiropractor during pregnancy?

Obviously every patient is different, but Dr. Thomure typically recommends coming about as often as a woman sees her OB. This would mean approximately once a month during the first trimester, 1-2x/month during the second trimester, and 2-4x/month during the third trimester.

Article By Jamie Thomure DC