Tuesday, July 31, 2018

CranioSacral Therapy for Moms and Babies


I see many women come to me for CranioSacral Therapy while they are pregnant. Some women come to me to relieve pain or discomfort they experience; while others come just to support their bonding with baby and for wellness. All are good reasons for treatment. CranioSacral therapy can help relieve or decrease your pain as your body is transitioning and preparing for the baby. It can also help you decrease stress and increase bonding with your baby.

What do you do after baby is born though? I always encourage moms to bring in their babies after they are born as soon as they are able. The birth process can often be quite traumatic and even when it is not baby does have to transition to being out of the womb. Baby’s body needs to learn how to digest, deal with outside stimulation, and a host of other things we no longer think about. CranioSacral Therapy can help that transition.  Moms often can use therapy as well to help them recover from giving birth.

How does that look? Well I would recommend a half an hour for your baby and that will give me enough time to check their whole CranioSacral system and help correct problems they may have. I do encourage mom to book in as well, even if it is just for half an hour to help her transition after birth. I have had moms get treated with baby in a car seat beside the table and I have treated moms while they are holding their baby.  We work with whatever the situation requires.  It is beautiful to see and mother and baby leave the treatment room calmer and more content than they came in.

Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.  403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca.




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Massage Benefits

                Regular massages are an effective stress management technique. Stress is often caused by being over-committed and overwhelmed with daily tasks at home, work and family obligations where we often forget about our well-being. A weekly or bi-weekly massage forces you to take time out for yourself for a pleasurable, relaxing activity. Even if it is once a month, make sure to prebook and have it on a day where you can calm your mind and shut everything out for the time of your treatment. Your body will thank you.

                We are constantly over worked and may not realize it. During your massage treatment you will find in your body where you are holding stress. You become more in-tuned with your body as the therapist works in the tissue as he or she will lessen and break up the scar tissue or decrease inflammation in your body. The Parasympathetic nervous system will kick in and it will be at its best state to allow the healing to occur in your body. When we are stressed or always on the go, our adrenals are overworking and we are constantly in that state of taking flight..When getting regular massages it will allow the body to come back to balance and restore or reset the body, which will allow better digestion, gain clarity, reduce inflammation, lessen headaches , improve range of motion and reduce anxiety, depression and improves circulation.

               Try your massage today if you haven't booked in, you wont know what you will be missing until you try yours today.




Amelia Seaton-Segura practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta
403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Importance of Your Cervical Curve




How many times have you been told to sit up straight? It turns out your parents were right. Sitting up straight is good advice indeed. Hunching your shoulders and keeping your head down while working, studying, or texting isn’t just bad for posture, it can actually reduce the healthy curve in your cervical spine. Here is some information you need to get in the loop about why the body has, and needs this important curve.

What is the Cervical Curve?

The cervical curve is the length of your neck, and contains the first seven vertebrae of your spine. It begins directly below your skull at the atlas vertebrae and ends above the thoracic spine. A healthy cervical curve resembles a wide, backward “C” shape and studies show the ideal cervical curve is approximately 42 degrees when standing upright.

Cervical Curvature Starts with Tummy Time

Infants are born with spines curved like the letter “C” and this makes sense when you think about how babies are positioned in utero. At a few months old, the cervical curve starts to form due to that important “tummy time”—the period when infants begin holding their heads up while lying on their stomachs and crawling. This leads to the development of the lumbar curve. Lumbar curve further develops as infants start to walk. These two critical curves slightly resemble an “S” shape in healthy adult spines.


How Do Cervical Curves Reduce?

Cervical spine can lose its curvature due to both major and minor traumas to the body. Physical stresses like car accidents, slips, falls and sports injuries can reduce spinal curvatures. Micro traumas, such as sitting with poor posture for prolonged period of time. Poor sleeping habits. Such as sleeping on your stomach or using unsupportive pillows or too many pillows put our spines in a compromised position.”

What You Can Do 

Get checked by a doctor of chiropractic for cervical curve loss and its severity, or osteoarthritis. Your chiropractor will create a customized plan for correcting, reversing or preventing the continued degeneration. Like a crooked tooth Cervical curve reduction is due to structural changes. Where muscles, ligaments has shortened or lengthened, and adhesions formed. In addition, every inch of forward head posture, the weight of the head on the spine increases by an additional 10 pounds. Research also indicates that continuous forward head posture leads to long-term muscle strain, disc herniation, arthritis and pinched nerves.

Dr. Elton Clemence is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located in Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Drive, www.family1stchiro.ca







Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tonsillectomy May Worsen Long-term Health Outcomes


People who have their tonsils or adenoids removed before age 9 years are at higher risk for respiratory, infectious, and allergic diseases up to the age of 30 years, a population-based study of almost 1.2 million patients suggests.  
"We found that tonsillectomy was associated with a nearly tripled risk of upper respiratory tract diseases, and that adenoidectomy was associated with doubled risk of [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and upper respiratory tract diseases and nearly doubled risk of conjunctivitis," Sean Byars, PhD, from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.  
"Physicians often remove adenoids and tonsils to treat recurrent tonsillitis or middle ear infections".  "Understanding the longer-term impact of these surgeries is critical because the adenoids and tonsils are parts of the immune system, have known roles in pathogen detection and defense, and are usually removed at ages when the development of the immune system is sensitive."
Byars and colleagues say the findings should prompt renewed efforts to identify nonsurgical alternatives for treatment.

The study included 1,189,061 individuals for health outcomes through age 30 years. Some 17,460 participants had had their adenoids removed, 11,830 had had their tonsils removed and 31,377 underwent an adenotonsillectomy. The remaining participants in the sample served as controls.  

They found that tonsillectomy was associated with nearly a threefold relative risk (RR) of diseases of the upper respiratory tract, compared with children who had not had their tonsils removed.

Adenoidectomy, in turn, was associated with a greater than twofold risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a nearly twofold increase for respiratory tract diseases.

Furthermore, when investigators analyzed all 28 disease groups, "there were small but significant increases for 78% of them," the investigators state. For example, the RR for otitis media also increased 2- to 5-fold, whereas the risk for sinusitis after adenotonsillectomy increased by 68%.

However, surgical removal of the tonsils and the adenoids was not unilaterally associated with increases in worse health outcomes. Adenoidectomy, for example, reduced the relative risk for sleep disorders by 70%.  The two primary indications for tonsillectomy (with or without adenoidectomy) are obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and recurrent throat infection.

Surgery for recurrent throat infection is always elective, rarely leading to any serious consequence if deferred, and children may improve on their own, he added. As such, this study might prompt families considering tonsillectomy for recurrent throat infection to hold off on the surgery. If the indication for surgery was significant OSAS then surgery risks would not outweigh the benefits.

Chiropractic can help with ear/ throat infections by removing blockages (Eustachian tube) and boosting the immune system. Always better to try non-invasive chiropractic treatment before surgery or round after round of antibiotics.  If your child or someone you know suffers from these issues, tell them about chiropractic treatment.

Dr. Stephen Kelly is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB
 www.family1stchiro.ca   Call 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

How many Craniosacral sessions do I need?


This is a question most people are wondering, even if they do not ask it, as they consider the time and financial commitment required by them to work on their condition through CranioSacral Therapy.

So, firstly, the most important step is to
come in for an initial appointment. From that point it becomes evident how many sessions are likely depending on your condition and how well you respond to the treatment.

Some people may need just two sessions to relieve the main symptoms of their conditions whereas others may need four or five sessions inside a month followed by maintenance sessions for some time afterwards. I often find that the therapy works very effectively when given intensively over a short time.  For example, one session a week for a few weeks in a row.

One of the things that I am very conscious of is to not generate a level of dependence on myself, the therapist. As result I am always happy when the client decides that they have got what they needed from the therapy for the present and rebook when they feel they need another session - or indeed, they are happy to move on.

As the sessions progress, the client is always in the "driver’s seat". I like to teach clients to listen to their bodies and let that guide them.

Oftentimes, clients may need to see another practitioner such as a chiropractor or acupuncturist to assist them in their journey to optimum health. These sessions often happen in parallel with the CranioSacral treatments. This is a client's individual choice and unfolds as treatments progress.

So, hopefully the above gives you an idea of how many sessions of CranioSacral Therapy are necessary for different conditions - but the main thing to remember is that each person has individual circumstances and will be treated accordingly.



Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.  403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca.