So, you’ve been seeing your chiropractor for a couple of years now. You visit her for those little aches and pains that pop up occasionally, maybe those signs of age and inflexibility that have begun to creep up on you. But you’re scared to tell her all those other things that are going on – things you tell other doctors, perhaps, but not your chiropractor.
Did you know that chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity more than 100 years ago, after the deadly flu epidemic? Chiropractic medicine was first developed by a Dr. D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa when, in 1895, he noticed that his janitor was stooped and discovered one of the man’s vertebrae was out of place. The janitor, who was deaf, explained to the doctor that years earlier, he had moved the wrong way and lost his hearing as a result. Through a simple spinal adjustment, Dr. Palmer was able to move the vertebrae back into place and within 24 hours, the janitor reported that his hearing was back!
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression related to changes in the seasons. Most people with SAD begin to notice symptoms in the fall and those symptoms continue through the winter months. SAD often causes us to feel moody and may even deplete your energy levels.
Rushmore Family Chiropractic knows how critical our patient’s “whole body” health is. We strive to work with our patients to treat not just the pain in their spine but a wide variety of ailments and complaints. Your spine connects to your entire central nervous system, which in turn connects to literally every cell of your being. This has a significant impact upon your immune responses and particularly, your gastrointestinal system.
Rushmore Family Chiropractic is focused on treating all members of your family, including
babies and toddlers. But we also have made a name for ourselves in treating expectant
mothers! It is essential during a woman’s pregnancy that she is well cared-for, physically
and emotionally and that includes good spinal health. Mamas, don’t let the human that
you’re carrying cause unnecessary pain or discomfort. Their wellbeing depends on yours!
You may have noticed on your last visit that Rushmore Family Chiropractic is now carrying
the Young Living Essential Oil lines. We find that essential oils can be a wonderful tool in
your health and wellness practice along with medical and chiropractic care. Some of our
patients use particular oils at the time of their scheduled adjustment. This can help them
feel at-ease and to relax their muscle tissues (allowing for easier spinal manipulation).
Essential oils can also be used just following your chiropractic adjustment, helping to
minimize any residual tenderness and soreness.
The application of particular oils can also increase blood circulation. Their chemical
structure allows essential oils to be easily absorbed into the blood stream when applied to
the skin. And some of the oils we carry simply have a positive scent for our patients,
helping them to relax and put themselves into our capable hands!
We have worked with a number of expectant women in our chiropractic care and there are
particular essential oils that may be of benefit for them. These include:
But today we’re going to talk about the use of one particular essential oil in treating
pregnant women: Frankincense!
Frankincense, also known as Boswellia Carterii, is an aromatic resin that is harvested from
trees primarily in Somalia, in North Africa. Frankincense has been used for thousands of
years as perfume, aromatherapy and in religious ceremonies. It has been used in Ayurvedic
Medicine in India as treatment for arthritis, wound healing and for women’s fertility.
In Iran up to 30% of pregnant women use frankincense during labor. It is known for its
pain-reducing or sedative effect. They often rub the oil on their lower backs or abdomens
to lessen their labor pains. Frankincense has an earthy scent that many laboring moms find
comforting. We do recommend that you test out any essential oil in advance of your
delivery so that you know if it causes any reaction or unpleasantness first.
A 2016 study published in the “International Journal of Preventative Medicine” reported
that “oral administration of Boswellia extract during pregnancy and lactation strengthens
short- and long-term memory in infants”. There are tons of research studies out there
showing the effectiveness of many essential oils for pregnant women including
If you’re looking for ways to supplement your health and wellbeing before or during giving
birth, please ask your chiropractor for a recommendation for essential oil! Rushmore
Family Chiropractic has open sample bottles of many of our essential oils for you to test