Chiropractic Care at Purellements Wellness
The word origin of chiropractic is from chiro- "hand" + praktikos "practical." The whole of it essentially means "done by hand." Dr. Alanna Fenton is a manual practitioner who uses a combination of mobilization, manipulation, active release and soft tissue therapy to achieve maximum relief for her patients.
Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy
The rapid changes that a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the joints and soft tissues of the hips, spine and pelvis. These changes are related to hormonal levels, change in size, as well as biomechanical and gait alterations.
At Pure Ellements, Dr Fenton takes a gentle approach to relieving and correcting the discomforts that arise during the pre natal period.
Second and Third trimester low back pain
As baby grows and the uterus expands, a woman’s center of gravity is shifted forward increasing the tilt of the pelvis and the natural curve of the low back. The joints, muscles and ligaments of the low back must work harder to accommodate these changes and often end up feeling tired and sore. The tightening of muscles can lead to decreased and aberrant movement of joints, increasing stiffness in a cyclic pattern. Chiropractic care can help gently relive muscle tension and restore joint mobility leading to a more comfortable second and third trimester of pregnancy.
During labour and delivery, a woman’s body is required to do some pretty phenomenal things! An important part of delivery is the passage of the baby through the bony ring of the pelvis. The pelvis consists of 3 bones and 3 joints: two ilium bones and the triangle shaped sacrum at the base of the spine. A pelvis that is properly aligned and mobile will help with baby’s positioning as well as help with ease of movement for baby to pass through. A study by MD Dr. Irvine Henderson found that “women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort.”
In some cases, a breech presentation can be related to intrauterine constraint. The constraint is usually caused by a combination of tightness stemming from the pelvic joints, and the muscular and ligamentous tissue that surrounds and supports the uterus. The Webster technique helps to treat these dysfunctions in order to provide baby with the best opportunity to assume the ideal position for delivery.
Post partum Care
Following delivery and an initial phase of healing, it can be helpful to check the alignment of the SI joints and the pubic symphisis. Ensuring the pelvis has come back together correctly following delivery can decrease the likelihood of having issues in the future.
At this time, there is often some tension that begins to develop in the upper back and shoulders as a woman adjusts to the roll of feeding and caring for baby. A lot of time may be spent with the neck flexed forward looking down at baby, and many tasks involved holding baby and holding arms in front such as bathing or changing diapers. At this stage it is often important to remind women to care for themselves as well as their infant!
Infant/Baby Chiropractic Care
Many people are shocked at the idea of chiropractic care for infants, as they imagine a baby receiving a similar adjustments or treatments to what they have experienced with a chiropractor. Truthfully, chiropractic care for infants is unique and very gentle. Most babies do not require chiropractic care, but there are some instances where it may be helpful.
How do I know if my baby might need to see a chiropractor?
- Prolonged, unexplained crying
- Consistent abdominal bloating and gas with discomfort or distress
- Consistent arching of back with discomfort or distress
- Inability to turn head to one side
- Abnormal hip movement or structure
Custom Orthotics are prescribed and used to correct abnormal mechanics and/or structure of the feet, knees, hips and lumbar spine. Abnormal mechanics can result in many ailments associated with these aforementioned joint complexes.
Our finished orthotic product is of very high quality and precise design. We are very proud of our orthotics.
Not all conditions can be treated with custom orthotics. Dr. Alanna Fenton takes a conservative approach to orthotic prescription. If you think you need orthotics, the first step is to call the clinic to book a no-charge consultation.