Pubic Pain in Pregnancy

This week I thought I would touch on a subject that I have only very recently encountered.. With being pregnant, sometimes you feel like your body is still the same as before you were pregnant. It is not until something happens and you get some severe pain that you know your body is changing dramatically.

This happened to me a short while ago with the gym, doing my usual routine, it wasn’t until I got home a relaxed and sat in a strange position that it all fell apart. As I tried to stand up and walk my pubic bone had separated and twisted, due to my expanding muscles a changes in the “Relaxin” hormone changing those muscles.

This is called Symphosis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). Pubic Dysfunction in pregnancy happens because of the hormone “Relaxin” that causes the muscles to soften in the pelvic area to help get the uterus ready for the baby to move down through the birth canal. Relaxin starts coming into play from about 12 weeks, so anytime from here it is important to be careful of those ever softening muscles.

The Symphysis pubis plays a huge part in holding the pelvis steady during activity, so you can imagine the pain you can suffer when that is not aligned properly (whilst also carrying a very heavy load).

Some of the symptoms that can come with this condition vary from women to women. The pain may just stay in one place at the front of the pelvis, in other cases it can move from different areas in your pelvis.

  • Pain over the front joint
  • Pain described as deep bruising, burning or stabbing
  • Tender to touch
  • Lower back pain, especially in sacro area
  • Hip, groin and lower abdominal pain
  • Reduced hip range of motion
  • Radiating pain to inner thigh
  • Waddling/shuffling gait
  • Increased pubic pain on normal activity eg. walking, parting and lifting legs
  • Audible clicking/grinding sound coming from the pelvis (at the symphysis joint)
  • Bladder dysfunction (temporary incontinence with changes in position)

Chiropractors often hear from their patients that they have difficulty rolling over in bed, going up or down stairs, getting in or out of the car, bending over to put clothes on, lifting legs, getting in and out of the bath.

Getting Treatment:

As I have had this problem during my pregnancy the help of Chiropractor has been evidently beneficial.

The majority of women who receive Chiropractic treatment for SPD, will experience a positive response. Chiropractic aims to address the root cause of the problem. It is recommended that you start getting treatment early on to prevent the the problem from becoming more severe later in your pregnancy.

Treatment may involve:

  • Work on the soft tissues
  • Ligament release techniques
  • blocking techniques (using a wedge shaped blocks placed under pelvis to relieve pressure)
  • Activator techniques
  • Webster’s Technique
  • Exercise advice
  • recommendation of a pelvic joint stability belt

Some self help techniques for at home may be:

  • Resting
  • Using a body pillow between legs whilst lying on side in bed
  • Not sitting with your legs crossed
  • Keeping legs symmetrical when moving and sitting
  • Avoid lifting, twisting, prolonged standing, vacuuming
  • Avoid straddling or squatting
  • Move both legs whilst getting out of car, do not separate
  • Avoid breaststroke

Your Chiropractor can advise more techniques to help after they have assessed your case.

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For more information or to book an appointment give us a call on (02) 9418 9031 or visit our website http://www.chiropracticcentral.com.au

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Adjusting the Subluxated Spine changes brain function

New Research is now out about adjusting the subluxated spine changes brain function.

Below is an article recently out with the new research.

We are very excited to announce that another Spinal Research Foundation facilitated research has been published in a highly reputable journal [1]. The study, undertaken by Heidi Haavik, Kelly Holt, Bernadette Murphy and others is published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity. And the results are very exciting for chiropractic!

The Journal of Neural Plasticity boasts an impact factor of 3.5 (as a comparison, The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has an impact factor of 1.5.)

This from Heidi Haavik [2]:

“WE DO KNOW THAT SPINAL FUNCTION DOES AFFECT BRAIN FUNCTION. THERE’S NOW SOLID EVIDENCE THAT ADJUSTING THE SPINE CHANGES BRAIN FUNCTION.
THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME THAT THE EFFECT OF ADJUSTING THE SPINE HAS ON THE BRAIN HAS BEEN STUDIED. THIS LAST TIME IT WAS STUDIED AND CONFIRMED BY AN INDEPENDENT MEDICAL RESEARCHER.”

This study was conducted in an independent medical professor’s lab, where his bioengineer collected and analyzed the data. This is an important bonus for this study – that all data was collected and analysed by scientists who had no preconceived ideas about chiropractic. This greatly lowers the level of bias.  These were scientists from Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark.

A Vitally Important Implication

More than just confirming once again that adjusting the spine has an effect on the brain, this study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex. Haavik is particularly excited about what this implies:

“The latest study suggests that the changes that we do see in the brain when we adjust the spine do occur in the prefrontal cortex. That part of the brain is like the conductor in the brain.”

The research shows that when we adjust the spine, we significantly increase activity in the prefrontal cortex. “The study showed a change in brain function by almost 20% on frontal-lobesaverage”. The prefrontal cortex is the area in the brain where higher learning and cognition happens. Haavik explains:

“An effect on the function of the prefrontal cortex could explain many previous research results, such as improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improved muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control; and better ability to carry out mental rotation of objects.”

Chiropractors have long observed a wide variety of changes in the people under their care following adjustments. Along the wide spectrum of claims from those under care are those who say they feel better or focus better and those who notice improvements in movement and coordination. This study takes us a little further down the path of understanding why this could be.

These are important control mechanisms run by the prefrontal cortex. For example, joint position sense is the brain’s ability to know where the arms and legs are in space. And mental rotation is important, because as Haavik explains:

“Being able to accurately perceive the world around you is a vital skill we need all day every day. To recognize some objects you may need to mentally rotate them. For example to recognize the letter p versus b if they were not upright you would need to rotate them in your mind to figure out which letter it was. We all do mentally rotate shapes and objects we see, but we may not often think about that we do it, or how important this is in our daily life.”

Haavik and her team are excited about the evidence regarding the location of changes post-adjustment.

“THIS IS SOLID SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT ADJUSTING THE SPINE CHANGES THE WAY THE PREFRONTAL CORTEX OF THE BRAIN IS PROCESSING INFORMATION FROM THE ARM. IT DEMONSTRATES WE CHANGE THE WAY THE BRAIN WORKS AND SHOWS THAT SPINAL FUNCTION IMPACTS BRAIN FUNCTION. ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THE CHANGES WE OBSERVED WAS THAT THE PREFRONTAL CORTEX IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BEHAVIOR, GOAL DIRECTED TASKS, DECISION MAKING, MEMORY AND ATTENTION, INTELLIGENCE, PROCESSING OF PAIN AND EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO IT, AUTONOMIC FUNCTION, MOTOR CONTROL, EYE MOVEMENTS AND SPATIAL AWARENESS.”

If, as this research suggests, adjusting improves prefrontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for just so much higher level function, then what does this mean in terms of chiropractic’s impact on things like behavior, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional response to it, autonomic function, motor control, eye movements and spatial awareness?

We already know that adjustments cause improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improve muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control; and better ability to carry out mental rotation of objects.

Why This Study Matters

Again, this study not only shows that when we adjust subluxations we change brain function. It changes activity by 20% just by adjusting.

And this effect may be on the conductor in the brain.
This shows us that every time we’re adjusting someone, we’re having a big, positive effect on the brain. And a brain that’s functioning differently and conducting its activities better is sure to have an effect on the body.

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Is your Spine ready for Summer?

Is your spine ready for summer?

With summer upon us it is important to remember that as we shake off the winter dust and start to do more outdoor activities and get back into different sports and fun activities, it is important to prepare our bodies and spines before just jumping in head first and going for gold. There are important supporting muscles and ligaments around the spine that if we prepare them first before major activity or loading we can decrease the chance of injury and make sure you stay strong. If these stabilizers are being lazy this can cause the spine to become misaligned (known as subluxation) and this can then cause the body to get pain and stiffness in certain areas, seize up, repair much slower and decay faster. To prevent this from happening there are a couple of things you can do to strengthen these stabilizers. As with any exercises you should always consult a professional before proceeding and if you have any discomfort you should stop immediately and speak to your chiropractor.

There are three specific exercises I would recommend for getting these stabilizers strong:

1. Superman: With this exercise lie on your stomach with your forehead supported by a towel

to relieve and pressure on the neck. Slowly raise your right arm and left leg at the same time off the groundsuperman and hold for three deep breaths. Then lower them down and repeat with the left arm and the right leg.

It’s not about how high you lift the limbs it’s about keeping your whole body still and level as you raise them. Pretend you have a glass of water sitting on your lower back and you don’t want to let any of the water spill. Repeat
5 times.

2. Posterior bridge: Lying on your back, bend your knees, keepithe-bridge-exerciseng your feet on the floor. In that position tighten your buttocks. Slowly raise your buttocks off the floor and keep the pelvis level so there is no rotation left

or right. Hold for 3 deep breaths then slowly lower the buttocks back to the floor. Repeat 5 times.

 

 

3. Side bridge. Start on your side and come up onto your elbow so it is on the floor directly below your shoulder. Bend your knees but keep your body in a straight line. Slowly raise your hips off the floor so you are lifting your body up and resting side_plank2your weight between your arm and your knees.

Hold for 10-15 seconds. Build that up to 1 minute. When you get comfortable with that straighten your legs and come up onto your feet rather than your knees and build up to 1 minute in that position. Do this exercise on both sides.

If you have concerns about the stability of your spine or would like more information about these exercises and how you can get a stronger spine to be doing the things that you love, Say Hello at adminlc@chiropracticcentral.com.au or (02) 9418 9031

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Do you want to Boost your Immune System?

 

Today we came across this fantastic article from Pathways Magazine, just felt we needed to share this with all of our families and friends.
Knowledge is a great thing and e definitely are passionate about using as many natural forms of self healing as possible.
So have a read below at this great article written by Jeanne Ohm, DC, Editor of Pathways Magazine, Issue #10

FEVER: A HEALING RETREAT

I just spent the last several days in bed, with a flu and raging fever. The first day I sulked. Who needs this? The second day I fasted on fruit and water. Temperatures were elevating and there were moments of delirium. I anxiously awaited the pinnacle of letting a fever run its course—the break into a full body sweat. I am a firIMG_9884-1024x789m believer in allowing symptoms to run their course and avoiding suppression with drugs, because that suppression only drives the illness deeper. The flu is a viral overload. The body raises the temperature to the specific degree it needs to be at to address that overload. A healthy system is able to handle these temperature elevations and they are a sign of normal body function. The more toxicity in the body, however, the more difficult the whole process becomes.

By the third day, I was still in the dry heat/chills stage. I was becoming a bit concerned. Where was the sweat? Where was the breaking point? I couldn’t last too much longer with these elevating temperatures. What is the boiling point of human body fluids?

I began to consume ginger root tea by the jarful. Somehow the burning sensation of the ginger was mild compared to the heat of my body. It was soothing to the chills. The flavor, the warmth, the liquid—it was the first drink that my body kept craving. Several, spicy jars later, I intimately experienced visceral effects of ginger. It aided in heat production! My skin temperature reached a level comparable to a hot griddle. And then finally, the glorious sweat came—oceans of it poured out of me. Now I craved water. I was envious of fish. Truly they lived the glorious life. Then I knew to restore my electrolyte balance and I selected miso soup.

Here is my purpose in sharing this. All in all I had four days of what could be considered “an awful illness”. In reality, I was given an opportunity to do a complete cleansing fast, experience what was very comparable to a sweat lodge, to be alone, reflect on old patterns that needed to change – wow—very similar to some of the healing retreats out there all in the comforts of my own home!

The reason why I was hit so hard by this was because my body was in need of a housecleaning. Do you remember Dr. Phil Incao’s article, “Not a Battle but a Housecleaning” (Pathways Issue 6)? In his article he discusses the importance of these “house cleanings” and when we neglect to initiate them on our own, our bodies will do us the service. I had innately known this, and was planning a time of pulling myself “away from it all” and do a major meditative, restorative detox. As life would have it, I kept saying “next week”, “soon”, “after this project”. The wonderful wisdom of my body had a clearer insight into my needs and seized this time as perfect. How fulfilling to allow my body to complete this process without suppressing and hindering it.

This is most important point I want to leave you with: the huge value of allowing an “illness” to run its course without suppressing its symptoms. Reread Dr. Incao’s article. His perspective may be life saving in your ability to turn “illness” into “a healing retreat”. Also, in this issue of Pathways, pay close attention to Dr. Moskowitz’s article. He explains vaccines do not enhance immunity, but through suppression actually hinder normal immune system function. When “choosing to vaccinate or not” our concerns about the thimerosal, the age of the child, the amount of dosages per shot, or selectively choosing shots are minor compared to the effects of irreversibly altering this wonderful mechanism we call the immune system.

Many Blessings,
Jeanne Ohm, DC

– See more at: http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Letters-from-the-Editor/a-message-from-our-editor-issue-10.html#sthash.BPH6qxPC.dpuf

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Massage and Naturopathy in June

Chiropractic Central Closed June 2015

In April, we ran a competition asking people to describe the best massage they have ever had and what made it so good in 50 words or less. The theme of the responses seemed to be about all the sensory details of the experience, demonstrating how massage brings people into being in the present moment.

Here’s one response: “For me, what makes a really good massage is for the practitioner to be really ‘listening’ to the client’s body, where it is stuck, sensitive, how it is responding and altering the contact accordingly to shift tight tissues and return the muscles to being soft and supple in quality again. A massage that does that, changes how you feel. The post massage relaxation has been described as ‘floating’, light / free, or a bit like being drunk! Good remedial massage pays attention to the body as a whole and its overall connections, in combination with very specific and focused attention to ‘problem’ areas.”

Have you ever had a massage like that before, where the therapist ‘just knew, exactly where to go’?

While Tara and I are away from the practice, book yourself in for a treatment with Shona if you would like to experience what that is like and Olivia will be continuing her regular times as well.

regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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