Ladies, are you thinking of having a baby? Are you making plans for your next pregnancy, or considering having your first child? Did you know that chiropractic care can be an important element of your prenatal and postnatal health plans? We’ll help you get your spine and central nervous system in tip-top shape first, before you conceive.
This is the second in our three-part series on specific spinal ailments. In our last series, you learned about Sciatica. In this installment, let’s talk about Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction.
Sacroiliac (say-kro-ill-ee-ak) sounds like a mouthful! Your sacroiliac joint is also referred to as your ‘SI’ by chiropractors and it’s the joint that connects your hips to the sacrum, or the triangular bone between your tailbone and lumbar spine. Your sacroiliac joint absorbs shock between your hips and your upper body. The SI joint itself doesn’t move very much, although small movements help to absorb shock as well as ease of movement with forward and backward bending. It is surrounded by several ligaments, which supports the joint.
Sciatica, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and slipped disks – you’ve heard these terms before and you might be wondering if one of them is the cause of your back pain. The next three blogs will focus on these specific spinal issues including prevention and treatment.
Many chiropractic patients believe that having a diagnosis and treatment plan is the first step to feeling empowered and eventually healthier. While some issues may be more severe, just understanding what the root cause of one’s back problems can alleviate the stress around your pain management and begin the process of helping you to recover.
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.
We are seeing lots of pregnant mamas at Rushmore Family Chiropractic! We love treating entire families and offering chiropractic and wellness solutions to the very young, the very old and everyone in between.
Both Dr. Ashley Kauffman and Dr. Becky Beilstein have infants who are nursing (they gave birth to Owen and Aria last October – on the same day, in fact!). Many of our nursing patients have expressed worries about breastfeeding their newborns. We know what that’s like and are happy to offer solutions.
After you have a baby, it is natural to feel different than you did before your pregnancy. Emotionally, mentally and physically you have gone through a great change and it will take time to develop a new normal but you’ll never be exactly the same person you were before you became pregnant. It helps to be aware of these expected changes during your pregnancy, especially if this is your first baby.
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