02 May 2016

Dr. Stephanie is now RockTape Certified!

What is RockTape?

RockTape is a type of kinesiology taping that has been used by manual therapists for over 30 years.  The therapy started to gain more popularity after professional athletes were seen wearing the tape in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.  It differs from traditional athletic taping that is used primarily to limit movement.  The goal of RockTape is actually to encourage movement!

How does it work?

RockTape works in two ways.  First, it mechanically decompresses the skin and the underlying tissues.  The decompression allows for a measureable increase in space between the fascial layers.  This not only helps to reduce pressure from free nerve endings in the tissues that are responsible for nociception (pain), but it helps improve circulation and reduce swelling.  Second, RockTape stimulates a variety of sensory nerves in the skin, affecting proprioception in the body.  This means the tape contributes to the brain’s sense of how the body is moving in space and throughout movement.  This improvement in function helps to reduce compensation and promote better coordination of the surrounding musculature.

What can RockTape be used for?

RockTape can be used for almost anything.  From sprained ankles or whiplash, to inflammation or low back pain.  There are even methods to help with discomfort related to pregnancy and carpal tunnel syndrome.

How long can I wear it?

RockTape can be worn up to 5 days.  The tape is made from a blend of cotton and nylon fibers and can be worn in the shower (only takes a few minutes to dry).

RockTape is an excellent adjunct therapy to chiropractic adjustments that will help keep you stay active and on the go!

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20 May 2015

Active kids with ankle pain or knee pain. Is this normal?

It is not uncommon for athletic, active children to at some point complain of knee or ankle pain during or after a growth spurt.   However, this does not mean it should be brushed aside as normal!  Especially if the discomfort is progressing or staying the same.  If you notice your child limping around slightly after practice, running a little funny, or commenting on pain, it is a good time bring them in to be evaluated and adjusted.  They may be suffering from adolescent conditions such as Osgood-Schaltters or Severs.

It is important for these relatively benign issues to be addressed early before they progress.  Proper management and prompt care means a quicker recovery and more game time.  The feet will be addressed (proper footwear and arch support is important!) as well as spinal alignment.  Asymmetries and fixations in the spine lead to compensations can make anyone more prone to tripping, falling, and other injuries.  Just remember: If you find your child walking a little funny, pick up the phone and make that appointment with the chiropractor!  They will be happy you did :)

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01 Apr 2015

Pregnant? GET ADJUSTED!!

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Top 10 reasons to be adjusted while pregnant:beachbaby

1. Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscle, and ligaments.
2. Removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus thus potentially educing aberrant tension to the woman’s uterus.
3. Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and functions.
4. By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention.
5. Reduces interference to the mother’s nerve system allowing for better baby development.
6. Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine, and other skeletal structures.
7. Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth.
8. With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention.
9. Relieves back pain during pregnancy.
10. Reduces overall back pain during labor and delivery.
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18 Mar 2015

Chiropractic for Your Most Precious Ones

Did you know that chiropractic care is EXTREMELY beneficial to both mother and baby?! To better understand the importance of early adjustments, Dr. Stephanie has answered some commonly asked questions regarding chiropractic care for your most precious ones.  She specializes in chiropractic care for pregnant mothers, infants and children. See why it’s important to schedule an appointment for her to adjust you and your little one!

 

Baby-spine Is chiropractic care for pregnant women/children a new development in the world of chiropractic?

Chiropractic has been available for pregnant women and children since chiropractic’s inception in 1895.  As the profession has advanced, techniques have also improved, becoming increasingly specialized.  To consolidate advancements made for the care of pregnant women and children,  Dr. Larry Webster, DC founded the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in 1986.  The ICPA is the profession’s oldest, largest, and most sought out chiropractic pediatric association.

 

At what age can you first examine an infant/child?

Children can be checked as soon as they are born!  In fact, early check-ups are ideal as birth can be very traumatic to the baby’s spine and cranium.  The method of delivery, including the position of the baby prior to delivery (breech, transverse, posterior, twins, etc) can be very stressful on the baby’s alignment and nervous system. 

 

Can a chiropractor detect Scoliosis? If so, at what age is that usually determined?

Yes!  Chiropractors can absolutely detect scoliosis.  X-rays are helpful to determine the degree of scoliosis, and are strongly recommended if progression of the scoliosis is suspected.  However they are not always necessary to make an initial diagnosis.  While scoliosis can be detected at any age, it is ideal to be detected prior to puberty and growth spurts to maximally prevent or reverse progression of the curves.  Age 8 is recognized as the optimal time to detect scoliosis to help prevent the child from developing dangerous health conditions later on in life.

 
Can chiropractic help scoliosis? 

Absolutely!  It is important to keep in mind that there are many reasons why scoliosis in a child may develop.  Categorized as either a functional (nonstructural) or structural scoliosis, the type of curve will determine what level resolution can be expected.  A functional scoliosis is a curve where the structure of the vertebra are of normal development, but there is an underlying cause for the abnormal postural curves. This can be due to several factors, including leg length inequality, restricted spinal mobility, injury in a weight bearing joint, and posture/ergonomics, all resulting in compensatory curves.  A structural scoliosis is a curve resulting from an actual deformation or abnormality in bone shape, causing the adjacent vertebra to align in a non-linear fashion.  While chiropractic adjustments cannot change the shape of the bone, it is imperative that the spine is routinely checked and adjusted so that subsequent curves and compensations do not result and progress.  Whether a functional or structural scoliosis, chiropractic care can offer a tremendous amount of relief and prevent progression of further spinal ailments.

09 Mar 2015

Why Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy?

Taking care of mommy’s spine during pregnancy is just as important as all the prenatal vitamins, prenatal check-ups, and healthful activities associated with supporting a developing baby.

Weight gain in pregnancy is healthy and normal. When restricted joints are subjected to weight gain, however, additional stress is placed on spinal and pelvic ligaments.  This in turn increases joint tension and occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments.

Mom’s changing body during pregnancy can also awaken dormant issues of the spine, exaggerating symptoms of old injuries that were once thought completely gone.   As the demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles increase, so do opportunities for discomfort and physical stress.

The more physical distress on the mom, the more stress on the environment for baby.  Keep in mind the cortisol the mom produces when her body is in chronic pain is not isolated to just her body.  The baby is exposed as well.

Regular chiropractic adjustments can greatly help lessen and alleviate this distress.  Through optimizing joint range of motion and mobility, chiropractic care is an excellent conservative modality to provide physical relief and increased comfort for mom and baby.

Don’t wait until you’re already in pain!  Prevention is always best :)

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03 Feb 2015

Crawling!!

By 7-10 months of age your little one is on the move!  This is such an awesome milestone.  Not just for the sake of MOVEMENT, but it’s also an important part of your baby’s neurological development.

First and foremost, physical activity stimulates brain growth AT ANY AGE.  This means great impact on the neurologic growth potential of an infant considering how fast their brains are growing at this time in their lives.

Second, the cross-crawling motion of moving the opposing arm and leg for the crawl takes a lot of coordination.  This coordination stimulates both sides of the brain to communicate, creating stronger nerve pathways.  With the left side of our brain controlling the right side of our body, and the right side of our brain controlling the left side of our body, you can only imagine the amazing development going on when your baby starts crawling!

When your babe reaches this stage, it is a good time to make an appointment with the chiropractor for a thorough evaluation. There are a few things you can look for yourself that are good indicators to have your baby checked when your baby reaches this crawling milestone:

1) Are there no signs of crawling at 10 months?

2) Did they skip crawling all together and move straight to standing and walking?

3) Does their crawling look asymmetrical?  Meaning, do they tend to always lead with the same leg, or swing a leg around to move forward, etc.

Give us a call!  Early correction means better prevention.

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03 Feb 2015

Chiropractic During Pregnancy? Absolutely!

Pregnancy is an amazing time to receive chiropractic, from the beginning all the way to post delivery!  She has helped many women throughout their pregnancies, and often continues to care for both mom and baby after the birth!  In addition to alleviating back pain, sciatica, and other aches and pains that can appear with pregnancy, chiropractic care is supportive in the mother holistically for a full body balance. Dr. Stephanie Johnson specializes in working with pregnant moms and kids.  She received her Webster certification, a specific technique designed for the pregnant mamas, from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Chiropractic during pregnancy can: Dr. Stephanie *Prepare the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles, and ligaments. *Remove torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus thus potentially reducing aberrant tension to the woman’s uterus. *Reduce interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and functions *By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention. When not in the office, you will likely find Dr. Stephanie either running the trails, practicing yoga, or enraptured in a good read!

09 Jan 2015

Happy New Year, Happy Kids!

There is no better time to get adjusted than while the body is still growing! From birth (which can be quite the rough journey!), to learning to rollover, sit, crawl, and walk; each milestone can affect spinal alignment, putting stress on the nervous system.  These are important times to see a chiropractor.

The nervous system controls and coordinates EVERYTHING in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, and immune systems.  Dysfunctional movement in the spine, even slight, can irritate nerves, interfering with these systems functioning at their best.

Many spinal problems seen in adults began in their youth. As kids start running, skating, biking, and participating in other physical activities, it is not uncommon for small yet significant spinal misalignments to occur. The child’s nervous system is in constant growth, and the vertebrae that houses this system needs to be functioning at the top of the line to maximize all that neurological potential.

It is always best to take care of your body (and your child’s body) before symptoms arise.  You can’t replace your spine, so protect the one you have to prevent your nervous system from functioning sub par.  Get adjusted!

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06 Jan 2015

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