Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy?

Image result for dr joelle johnsonWhat are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
1.    Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
2.    Helping to reduce morning sickness and nausea
3.    Reducing the time of labor and delivery – in some studies it can reduce labor time by up to 50%
4.    Relieving back, neck or joint pain
5.    Relieving hip aches and pains and bursitis of pregnancy
6.    Manu mothers state that they are more comfortable and pain free in their regular daily living
7.    Reducing PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain)
8.    Reducing signs of SPD –Symphysis pubis dysfunction
9.    Prevent a potential cesarean delivery by aiding baby to be on an optimal fetal position for birth

Happy Healthy Mommy=Happy Baby

Dr. Joelle Johnson practices at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness located at 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, T4R 2C3

Dr. Johnson has been practicing in Central Alberta for 15 years focusing her practice on prenatal and pediatric care.  She is certified by the ICPA in the Webster technique and holds her F.I.C.P.A as well.  Dr. Johnson’s years of experience in pregnancy care makes her an integral part of your birth team. Call to book an appointment with her at 403-347-3261 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hours of Sleep

Hours of Sleep    - Dr Stephen Kelly, DC

Various researchers have found that a habit that most of us take for granted -SLEEP — may
affect our memory in many ways. Not only does lack of sleep negatively effect your memory, but it also may  hurt your health. A 2010 study from Biological Psychiatry found that chronic insomnia may lead to loss of brain volume. Insomniacs had  smaller volumes of gray matter in three brain areas — and the more serious the insomnia, the greater the loss of volume.
In 2012, a preliminary study from the Washington University School of Medicine found that in mice, poor sleep may be related to brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's. 
The third of our life that we spend sleeping has always been something of a mystery. Now a new wave of studies are finding indications that while we may appear to be in a stupor, our brains are actually hard at work. Most scientists agree that getting a decent night’s rest is a good idea. Chiropractic treatment can help you get that all important sleep. By helping with all those aches/ pains that cause tossing and turning. Chiropractic adjustments can help you feel better and get more quality  and quantity of sleep.

Dr. Stephen Kelly is accepting new patients at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness.
 142 Erickson Dr Red Deer AB. 403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Brain Cleansing During Sleep

Brain Cleansing During Sleep

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Tad Wanveer a CranioSacral Therapist and instructor for the Upledger Institute.

Why do we sleep?
Recent research by Maiken Nedergaard and colleagues at the University of Rochester in New York shows that a major purpose of sleep is to help the brain cleanse itself of harmful materials.
How does the brain cleanse itself?
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a nourishing and cleansing brain fluid.  CSF carries essential nutrients into the brain, and transports waste and toxic material out of the brain.
How does CSF flow into and out of the brain?
The brain is comprised of two cell types: “neurons” and “glia.”  Glia have a multitude of important tasks and one is to control the flow of CSF.  One sort of glial cell is called an “astrocyte” because it looks similar to a radiating star.  The tips of some of these star-shaped cells create channels in which CSF flows into and out of the brain.  For CSF to actually enter or exit the brain it passes through little holes in the astrocyte tips called “aquaporins.”
What controls the flow of CSF inside the brain?
Astrocytes and other glial cells help control the size of the space through which CSF and other substances flow inside the brain (extracellular space).  The extracellular space becomes smaller during wakefulness and larger during sleep.  The larger extracellular space allows more CSF to flow inside the brain.
What happens if CSF doesn’t flow well?
When CSF flow is hindered then brain cells can’t receive essential nutrients nor cleanse themselves well.  This can cause cell stress that may lead to cell dysfunction.  For instance neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are associated with a build-up of toxic material in the brain.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) may help CSF flow.
One primary intent of CST, a gentle hands-on therapy, is to encourage the flow of CSF.  CST clients often fall asleep during treatment.  Perhaps this is the body’s way of boosting the effect of CST by optimizing the size of the space through which CSF flows.
Sleep opens the brain-cleansing pathways.

In summary during sleep the brain’s extracellular space enlarges.  This allows more CSF to flow throughout the brain.  CSF helps carry essential nutrients to brain cells and helps cleanse the brain of toxic material.  This is a very important reason why we need to sleep.

Jeannette Raskin is at Family First Chiropractic on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 
To book an appointment call 403-347-3261. 142 Erickson Dr, Red Deer.  www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Chiropractic and Pregnancy Safety

There are no known contradictions to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Some chiropractors like Dr. Joelle Johnson take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training.
Member of ICPA reflecting special interest
Webster Certified – trained to work specifically with pelvic balance in pregnancy
Chiropractors like Dr. Johnson at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness has been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. The tables we use allow for expansion of a growing baby with comfort. We often will use special pillows and techniques to make mom and baby as comfortable as possible.
A chiropractor that is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will adjust you and also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy. This will help baby to be in an optimal position for birth, thus alleviating pelvis and back pain and reducing labour times up to 50 %. 

For more information and questions please call Dr. Joelle Johnson at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, 
142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, T4R 2C3