Webster Technique is a chiropractic adjustment developed by Dr. Larry Webster that focuses on the alignment of the sacrum and round ligament in pregnant women. While this technique is strongly beneficial for helping out with low back pain, this is not the only reason a pregnant woman should come in for care. By ensuring that the womb is free and clear of any restrictions that surround it, the baby has more room to grow, better neurological output, and is able to position itself optimally for the birthing process. While a baby will always intuitively position itself in the safest position for birth, it is best to ensure that the restrictions of the hips are addressed in order to create the optimal birth environment for the baby to thrive.
Like a tourist, I follow my massage therapist’s hands around my body. There are all sorts of land marks and each tells a story to me. Sometimes they remind me of long forgotten injuries, traumas or newer aggravations from more current movements or stresses. I find my massage invaluable for staying in tune with my body mentally. The outstanding feeling after getting a massage is a major motivation but I also enjoy the mind body aspect as well.
Technology has become such a huge part of everybody’s daily lives that it is constantly at the tips of people’s fingers. As technology advances, there has been a huge decline in healthy postural habits. Posture plays a big role in overall health and wellness because the proper curves in your spine allow for better nerve flow throughout the body. Without proper nerve flow, dysfunction can occur to muscles and organs downstream. This is how people develop those common aches and pains that they can’t explain. As the head falls forward, the shoulders become rounded, and the curves of the spine become flattened or reversed. This is where it’s important to consult with a chiropractor to help regain the curves through the adjustment, PT and massage.
I remember the first time I felt the craniosacral rhythm. My craniosacral therapy instructor had us pair up to practice. We were to try to feel each other’s craniosacral rhythms. I was not sure what I was feeling. Was my mind playing tricks on me, or was what I was feeling the real deal? I came to the class with a healthy amount of skepticism. I knew I was feeling something, but it was so light and I had to keep very still and quiet to keep feeling it. I decided that if the instructor could feel what I felt, it might not just be me. I signaled for her help with a tip of my head. Once she came over, I asked her if she could take over and tell me what she was feeling in detail. When she told me exactly what I was feeling, I was hooked. I took the other 3 classes and started practicing on anyone willing to let me practice craniosacral therapy on them. It was hard to get my clients whom had grown accustomed to years of my firm pressure massage to try a therapy that used no more than the weight of a nickel on them. Some tried but most stuck with regular massage and that was ok, because that’s what was working for them. I would still practice on them whenever possible just not whole sessions. Slowly I got more and more people seeking specifically craniosacral therapy. These individuals almost always had spent a long time living with whatever condition brought them in, and many years seeking relief by trying a wide range of therapies from mainstream to alternative with no lasting results. Craniosacral therapy has given them what was missing from those other therapies. I still love all the therapies I provide and want to keep doing them all, but I’m so happy to have this subtle but powerful tool. I have given and received great healing from craniosacral therapy and will continue to take every opportunity to be present in its tremendous healing power.
A chiropractor is a doctor who works with the nervous system through the use of a chiropractic adjustment. Many people seek out chiropractic care to alleviate symptoms of pain or discomfort, but the truth is, chiropractors only remove interference to the nervous system through the adjustment. A side effect of the adjustment can be the relief of symptoms simply because the nervous system is better able to communicate to the rest of the body without that interference post adjustment. This will then stimulate the healing response system of the entire body.
By adjusting infants and children, parents can give them an advantage in the future by reducing the amount of scar tissue that will form around these areas of interference. This helps a child grow equally on each side of the body by ensuring that the nervous system is communicating properly to the whole body as they grow. We have also listed many reasons on Why would a new born baby need chiropactic care?
10 common reasons parents bring their children to see a chiropractor:
- Maximize the child’s neural plasticity (brain & nerve development and learning).
- Enhance the child’s overall health and well being.
- Strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
- Help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
- To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
- To improve spinal posture.
- To improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
- To assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional well being.
- To help alleviate digestive problems.
- To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.
This video is a story that Dr. Sarah is sharing about the birth of their third child, and how chiropractic restored function to their infants nervous system allowing her to breath better after the birth. By using chiropractic as the first line of defense instead of the last resort, babies can thrive.
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Hey guys! I just wanted to share a story with you today about how chiropractic should always be the first line of defense. That’s what our first line of defense is in our family when we’re treating anything, and I just wanted to share the story of our third child’s birth. This was a very stressful birth. It was very quick, about four hours total. And throughout the whole process, we learned so much from it about how we want to do things in our family.
So, when we arrived at the birthing center, our third child came within 25 minutes. Her head was smashed kind of like a taco and she was not receiving a lot of oxygen when she was first born. She was very purple, and that kind of frightened us. The only thing I could think of to do at the time was to grab her top bone. I had just taken a seminar on adjusting infants, and so I grabbed that bone and I just held it there. I could feel it slide into place underneath my fingers, and all of a sudden, I saw her pinking up to the way that she was supposed to look.
It was this experience that really drove home that whole first line of defense, as far as natural medicine goes, for us and our family. We always start with adjusting any time our kids are sick, we increase nutrition, and we do things along those lines to support our kids and help them get better. This is not to say that chiropractic is the end all be all. Of course, in the case of our third child, she had a lot of issues retaining fluid in her lungs for several weeks postpartum. She had some mild childhood asthma that was difficult for her to overcome. We did have to use albuterol inhalers, and these kinds of things with her to get her back on track. But the main thing for her was her cranial bones were really misplaced. They had a lot going on because her head was shaped like a taco when she came out. This is something that we worked on for about three months postpartum. It wasn’t until we cleared these fixations that she started to actually get better and her lungs started to clear out and stay cleared out.
We certainly struggled with RSV, and had to put her on an albuterol inhaler which is super hard to do with an infant. But these are all things that we started with the most natural treatment and then moved forward to a more invasive type of thing. When it comes to illness with our kids, anytime they get sick, we start with adjusting and nutrition and when those things don’t work, we move on to medicine and those types of things.
I just wanted to share a little bit about our experiences. I feel like it was a very powerful thing for us to experience. With our third child we were already really into chiropractic and starting with the natural means first, but this experience certainly drove it home for us how important it is to clear out musculoskeletal problems first. I see a lot of kids in our clinic all the time that are coming in with chronic ear infections, and things of this nature are more musculoskeletal than they are a medical problem. Tube failures, all of these things happen in the medical community, so our goal as chiropractors is to see if there is a neuromusculoskeletal problem first, fix those fixations, and then move on if that is not effective. I sure wish that more people would use chiropractic as a first line of defense rather than the last resort
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Hi, my name is Dr. Sarah Duke, and I’m a chiropractor at Austin Community Wellness. Our practice is primarily me and my husband. He is a massage therapist, I am also a therapist, but I mainly do chiropractic these days.
My husband and I have definitely had to make some shifts for this COVID-19 situation we’re dealing with. We see a lot of patients in our clinics, so we’ve had to space people out so they’re not all in the office at the same time. We’ve done a lot of things to implement safety in our practice, but one thing that we’ve been working on during this time, since we have so much free time and were forced to close for 90 days during this period of time, is our online profiles.
What we’re really focusing on and in need of grant money for is basically to create a system where people can go online to learn exercises that can help them heal themselves. This system would be helpful for times like this when people can’t get into the office for physical care, especially if they’re in high-risk categories or have autoimmune diseases. We want to provide systems for them to get care still online. We are also looking to implement our nutritional programs online. We’d like to start doing nutritional consults online, as well as exercise routines for people that are in chronic pain. We want to create shoulder protocols, autoimmune protocols, and other protocols. As far as nutrition goes, we want to create a system for people online as well. In order to do this, we would like to employ some professionals so that we can make really good videos.
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Hey guys, Dr. Sarah here. I just wanted to talk a little bit today about something that I’ve been doing recently that has really helped out with the emotional component of our daily lives. Dealing with emotional stresses on a daily basis is, for me, something that I’ve been doing in 2019 very consciously every day. I do a gratitude log at the end of my day.
In chiropractic we talk a lot about how there’s the physical body that has stresses, there’s emotional stresses, and there’s also chemical stresses, which are like nutrition and things like that. In chiropractic I can definitely help out with those physical ailments, but it is really up to the person to deal with those emotional triggers and nutritional factors that are playing a role in their pain syndromes.
For me, this gratitude log has just been a life-changing event. I have some days that are much easier than others. For instance, one day we went cycling with all the kids and that was really great to just have the entire day cycling. I was so grateful to be able to do that with them. But then there’s other days that are just a lot harder to come up with something I’m grateful for. One day in particular I spent an entire hour trying to figure out what on earth I was grateful for because it was such an awful day. There was just nothing good that happened that day, but at the end of it all I was able to actually come up with something. My husband and I had gone out for a drink and appetizers that night, and that was what I was grateful for, just to have that time with him.
So, writing these things down has really changed my perspective and helped a lot of the emotional stress that I’ve been dealing with a lot lately. I wanted to share this with you guys as a way of overcoming some of the emotional obstacles in our lives. I hope to share more tips for you later on, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube page and like us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Shane: Hi, welcome to Coffee Talk with Dr. Sarah and Shane. This is an Austin Community Wellness video production that we do from time to time, sorry it’s been a while. So, the topic today is how chiropractic helps with ear infections. We get that question a lot of times from our patients.
Dr. Sarah: Yeah, we get a lot of parents asking how it works. So, basically what chiropractic does is it helps to decrease the fluid buildup that happens in the ear.
Shane: Okay, what causes that fluid to build up? (Also View our Talk on Primitive Reflexes )
Dr. Sarah: There’s a number of things that can happen that cause a lot of fluid to build up in the ears, and a lot of it starts with lymph drainage that happens or rather is not happening in the lungs. As fluid builds up in the lungs, it can build up here [in the throat area], and then of course this area [the head] gets fluid buildup as well. So, there can be things like jaw dysfunction that’s happening, scalene muscle restriction, and there’s lymph nodes all in here that relate to the ears becoming backed up. Cranial fixations also have that going for them too. So, the idea is to get lower regions released, so you do adjustments and the thoracic and that helps release all that fluid. You do adjustments in the neck that helps release all that fluid so that everything can drain down and out and stay in flow rather than building up and becoming infected.
Dr. Sarah: First of all, the biggest treatment that they use now in the medical community for ear infections that’s become quite ineffective is antibiotics. Really, it’s the overuse of antibiotics that’s quite a problem right now that everyone knows that antibiotics decrease your immune response with prolonged long-term use. Every now and then it’s fine to use for an infection, but chronic infections happen and the antibiotics have become not as great at treating this. So, the idea is to keep all of the fluid moving down and out of the body so that way it’s not building up and stagnating. But, some other side effects to just getting adjusted in general is improved mood, decreased pain in the ear area because we’re once again addressing the scalene muscle that attaches really right behind this ear. It also deals with these jaw dysfunctions that are all once again right around this ear area, so that really helps everything release and drain. Overall, prevention is what we’re looking for.
Shane: Well, that’s a pretty good explanation. I think I got it. So, we’d like for you guys to engage with us from time to time if you like. If you have any kind of stories about ear infections or any things that might have helped you other than chiropractic, we’d sure like to hear from you. Be sure to like and hit the bell if you want to get notifications whenever we’re doing this and thanks for listening!