How Pregnancy Chiropractic Helps Mom and Baby

A growing amount of women are seeking a more natural birthing process than the one the medical community has created. They are looking for a pregnancy without stress, drugs and other intervention. This is where chiropractic for pregnant women comes in. In order for a woman to have a comfortable pregnancy and relatively easy birth, it’s important that her nervous system is fully functioning to allow for proper development and growth of the baby. Prenatal chiropractic care helps ensure that this is happening.

Not only does chiropractic help pregnant women by easing common side effects such as headaches, back pain, sciatica and pelvic pain, but as noted in a recent Pathways article, there are many other values of chiropractic care for pregnant women. They include:maura pregnancy

  • Reducing interference in mom’s nervous system, which helps all of the systems and functions in her body, therefor, helping baby.
  • Helping create a state of balance in the pelvic muscles, ligaments and bony structures so the pelvis is prepared for birth, making the process easier.
  • Removing tension on the ligaments that support the uterus.
  • Generally prepare mom’s body for birth, reducing the likelihood that various types of medical intervention will be necessary.

When pregnant women receive regular chiropractic care, they also help encourage better development of the baby through the creation of more space in the uterus for growth so that the baby can develop without restrictions and can move into optimal fetal positioning. In fact, as Pathways explains, “research shows that women who receive chiropractic care while pregnant tend to have a shorter labor with less medical intervention.”

Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health in Lakewood, Colorado, is one of the most trusted and experienced chiropractic offices in the Denver metro area for pregnancy chiropractic care. Dr. Jacob Fletcher and Dr. Maura Fletcher are both trained in the Webster Technique, which focuses on a properly aligned pelvis, and Dr. Maura specializes in caring for pregnant women. They have helped countless women have less painful and more efficient births. Drs. Jacob and Maura believe every woman should have a comfortable, happy and healthy pregnancy and labor.

 

Signs That Breastfeeding Issues May Be Treated With Chiropractic

First off, let us congratulate you on the new addition to your family! As a new mother, you want the best for your little miracle, and research shows that “from a nutritional, immunological, digestive, neurological, developmental, mental, psychological, and emotional standpoint, there is no replacement” for breastfeeding. The recommended amount of time to breastfeed your child is for at least the first six months of their life, but unfortunately, many new mothers who plan for that timeframe stop early because of breastfeeding difficulties.

If breastfeeding is a difficult task for you and your newborn, please realize that the problem may not be with you. If your child has issues with latching, sucking, or overall rejecting breastfeeding, the cause could most likely be associated with the spine and/or cranium, which can be damaged during birth. Although each birthing process differs from the next, more often than not the baby receives some sort of physical damage when entering into the world. Many people are unaware of the biomechanical disorders in both the cranium and spine of their infant and their association with difficulty of breastfeeding. Without considering the possibility of these common disorders, mother and child are often medically treated incorrectly, leading to no improvement in the breastfeeding process.

When trying to identify signs of possible biomechanical disorders in the cranium or spine, you are encouraged to look for the following, as outlined in Pathways to Family Wellness :

  • breastfeedingBabies who cannot latch firmly
  • Babies who can latch and not sustain sucking
  • Babies who are unable to smoothly coordinate suckling, swallowing, and breathing · Babies who can feed in only one position
  • Babies who seem dissatisfied when nursing or who remain fussy and distressed throughout the day
  • Babies who chew and damage the mother’s nipples
  • Babies who may not feed any better from other devices
  • Babies who have the need to suck 24/7

If you and your child are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, we encourage you to make an appointment and see what Well Beings Family Chiropractic can do for the health of your new family member.

Dr. Jacob Fletcher specializes in breastfeeding difficulties and chiropractic care and would love to be of assistance to you and your little one. Please give us a call at 303-238-6500 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Why Chiropractic Can Help With Ear Infections

Are you frustrated with your child continually getting ear infections, even though they’ve taken antibiotics? Many young children suffer from chronic ear infections and receive medicine for them that proves to be ineffective, or are directed by doctors to take the “wait and watch” approach. These approaches can be difficult for parents and their children, as ear infections often start in a child’s first year and can continue to come back until through the preschool years and their Eustachian tubes become more developed.

mom-and-kid-in-fieldBut the most effective approach of all can be chiropractic care. That’s because chiropractic adjustments don’t treat infections or symptoms, but they get the body functioning properly over all, addressing the root cause of issues. Many people are under the illusion that babies and young children don’t need chiropractic care simply because they are children. But the reality is that birth alone is traumatic for a baby and children are often born with neck and spinal misalignments because of the birthing process. At Well Beings Family Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado, Dr. Jacob Fletcher uses gentle chiropractic adjustments to get a baby’s nervous system functioning optimal, thanks to proper spinal alignment, and that eliminates many conditions that are thought of as typical for babies and young children, including ear infections.

If a baby’s spine is misaligned, it can create tension in the neck muscles, causing them to not function properly. And proper function of the Eustachian tube in the ear depends on a balanced head and neck. When imbalances are addressed, the Eustachian tube can function properly, draining fluid from the middle ear and distributing air to the middle ear cavity.

Correcting spinal misalignment also improves immune system function. This is important for many reasons, but especially with regard to ear infections because, according to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, “Infections indicate an overloaded immune system. The best course of action is to support the body in regaining its balanced immune system. Treating the ear infection with antibiotics causes an additional overload to the immune system and can actually create greater havoc, leading to the susceptibility of repeated infections.”

If you’re ready to try a natural approach to reducing your child’s ear infections for good, call Well Beings Chiropractic at 303-238-6500 today.

What Clients Are Saying About Chiropractic Care After A Car Accident

In our area around Golden, Colorado, drivers encounter every scenario, from congested city driving to winding mountain roads with wildlife jumping onto the road. And it may be 60 degrees and dry around Golden when we leave home, but 30 degrees with several feet of snow in the mountains where we go for a day of skiing. Colorado drivers, both new and native, need to be prepared for anything — and we do our best to be — but unfortunately, accidents do happen. And even minor accidents can have painful effects on drivers and passengers.

Chiropractic adjustment by Dr. JacobFortunately, we are here for you as your Golden, Colorado chiropractor for auto accident injuries, and we have a history of caring for people suffering from variety injuries. As we’ve talked about before, chiropractic care can ease a range of auto accident injuries, including whiplash, headaches and back pain and help you avoid long-lasting discomfort.

“I was involved in a fender bender a few years ago and Dr. Jacob Fletcher helped me avoid long-term effects of the accident,” says client Angela B. “I saw him right away and he was able to ease the tension and soreness in my neck and back.

No matter the area of discomfort following an auto accident or the severity of the pain, Dr. Jacob and the Well Beings team help clients see a clear difference.

“I was involved in a car accident. Being new to the Colorado area I had absolutely no idea where to go. Based on the amazing reviews on Yelp, I chose Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health. All of the reviews are true! Everyone in the office has been kind, and caring. For as long as I live in Colorado I will never see another chiropractor,” said Julie W. “At my last visit, I had been suffering with an intense headache and it was instant relief when Dr. Jacob adjusted me. I am starting to feel like a normal human being again since my accident and I don’t think it would have been possible without the care of Dr. Jacob!

To learn more about how Dr. Jacob and Well Beings can help relieve your auto accident injuries, call us today at 303-238-6500.

How Chiropractic Can Help Tongue-Tie

For new moms who choose to breastfeed, it is frustrating and can even be depressing when their baby struggles to nurse. But if you are one of those moms, it’s important that you don’t give up — even when you want to — and that you know that even though you may feel disheartened or inadequate, this is not a sign of you being an incapable mother. Your baby may have trouble maintaining suction or chewing on the nipple and may be irritable around nursing time, but fortunately, there is hope.

drJbaby2At Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health, we treat clients in the West Denver area through every stage of life, including infancy. We have helped numerous babies struggling to breastfeed, as chiropractic is an effective yet safe, gentle and non-invasive treatment for nursing issues, including tongue-tie.

Chiropractors are trained to look for misalignment and interference in the nervous system that causes issues. And although we would like to assume that a baby is born with perfect alignment, that is just not the case. In reality, chiropractors look for misalignment in babies too because most problems with latching are actually a result of biomechanical injuries — or subluxations — to the cranium and spine caused at birth.

As Pathways to Family Wellness reports , a subluxation is the misalignment of the bones that cause interference with nerve transmission to a given area and therefore, also the function of a joint. The spine, bones of the skull and facial bones are key in the latching and sucking necessary for breastfeeding. If a baby is having difficulty nursing, it’s most likely due to a misalignment in one or more of those areas. So when an infant receives chiropractic care, a path is often cleared for normal breastfeeding to begin.

It’s important to note that your newborn having subluxations is typical and doesn’t mean you or your doctor did anything wrong. By nature, birth is traumatic for a newborn and can cause stress. Particularly during the end of delivery, there is often force on the baby’s head and neck, which causes the misalignment and stress to the nervous system. This can especially be the case when a birth is done by C-section, or forceps, a vacuum or other devices are involved. Fortunately, the misalignment doesn’t need to be permanent and neither does breastfeeding disappointment.

Have-A-Heart in February!

HAHWell Beings will join with hundreds of chiropractic offices across the nation this month to raise awareness about and funds for the Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center.  Oklahaven, a non-profit organization dedicated to making sick children well using natural, drug-free chiropractic care, specializes in the treatment of neurologically disorganized children.   Nursing difficulties, colic, diarrhea, allergies, asthma, failure to thrive, developmental delays, ADHD through the autistic spectrum, and cerebral palsy are just a few conditions that have been successfully treated.
The Center has never received state, federal, or United Way funding but still continues to help the children, as it has since 1962 due to the generosity of the people who believe in a natural lifestyle for children.
Please consider purchasing a “heart” from us February 1 – 11 in any amount you feel appropriate. We will match all donations received!

February New Client Special!

Could you or someone you know benefit from chiropractic care? Start the year off right by taking time to care for yourself!  New clients who call to schedule February 1-18 will receive an initial evaluation for $29 ($119 value!)  Email or call Rachel today at 303-238-6500 to schedule an appointment!

How Chiropractic Care Can Ease Auto Accident Side Effects

When you think of auto accident injuries, what image comes to mind? There’s a good chance you immediately think of a person suffering from whiplash caused by something like being stopped at a red light and being read-ended or involvement in a high-speed collision. But the reality is much more varied. At Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health, we provide chiropractic care for Lakewood-area clients involved in auto accidents of all kinds and who have a variety of ailments.

The vehicles involved in an accident don’t have to be going a high rate of speed in order for occupants to suffer from auto accident injuries. In fact, research shows that injuries can be maximized in crashes where the vehicle is only going 10-15 mph because all of the impact is transmitted to the person in the vehicle since the vehicle won’t begin to crush until impact is higher than 15 or 20 mph.

You may feel fine at first after a car accident, but there are several symptoms beyond whiplash that can present themselves and be an indication of an auto accident injury. Some of the ailments we see the most in clients coming for chiropractic care after a car accident are:

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  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Stiffness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Hip Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms or any other discomfort following an auto accident, it’s important to visit a chiropractor before the condition worsens.

 In fact, even if you feel OK immediately after a car accident, if you are in the Lakewood area, it’s a good idea to have Dr. Jacob Fletcher examine you and determine whether a chiropractic adjustment is needed in order to avoid discomfort down the road as ailments from auto accidents can come in the form of delayed-onset aches, pains and other issues.

 

 

 

The Perfect Storm

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THANK YOU FOR REGISTERING!

Thursday, February 25, 7:00pm

The Family Room
6279 W 38th Ave, Ste 1
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

 

Does your child struggle with Spectrum and Sensory related issues? ADD/ADHD? Earaches? Have you tried multiple therapies and perhaps even multiple medications?The Perfect Storm is a powerful and informative workshop by leading pediatric chiropractic expert Dr. Jacob Fletcher that will help uncover the current reality that is the “4A Epidemic” of Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies and what’s causing their dramatic rise. You’ll learn the “ingredients” that are causing these pediatric disorders. More importantly, you’ll learn of one ingredient that is the “catalyst” for all the challenges these kids face.The awareness and answers you’ll leave this presentation with won’t impact your child’s life if they’re not paired with specific, easy-to-adopt action steps.

Call 303-238-6500 with questions about this event.
Early trauma in a child’s life followed by the toxicity and stress of our current lifestyle adds up to the perfect recipe for everything from ear infections to ADHD and more.” – Dr. Tony Ebel

Are Your Goals SMART?

goalIt’s that time of year when we are setting our New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for 2016.  Many of us start out with grand ideas of changing everything from our exercise routines and the meals we eat to keeping in touch with old friends and getting more involved in our community.  One thing we forget to do is frame our goals in a way that makes sense and that we have a chance at keeping.

Setting SMART goals gives you not only a way to break up your goals into manageable bites, but a way to measure your progress along the way. 

  • S is for Specific – Without a clear detailed goal in mind, you could easily get off track or decide you don’t know where to start, so you don’t start at all. I will eat a vegetarian dinner every Monday is better than I will eat more vegetables.
  • M is for Measurable – Always set goals that allow you to check in on your progress, to ensure you are in fact making progress or maybe need to reassess. I will attend one Pilates class and one yoga class every week is better than I will attend more exercise classes.
  • A is for Attainable – It’s very tempting to set lofty goals as we enter the new year with a clean slate and big ideas of how this will be the year that everything changes. But we need to stay realistic if we truly want to make changes.  I am going to go to bed at 9pm every night is specific and measureable, but if you are currently going to bed between 10 and 11 most nights, a better goal would first be to move bedtime up by 15 min.  Once you have been able to stick to that goal for a while, you can work toward moving up your bedtime in 15 min. increments and may eventually reach 9pm.
  • R is for Relevant – Don’t fall into the trap of setting goals that you think you should set, or that all your friends and family are setting. Make sure you are setting goals that will mean something to you.  If you are fairly healthy and fit, losing weight might not be a great goal for you.  Trying out a new vegetable every month or getting together with friends once a month for a hike might make more sense.
  • T is for Time-Bound – This one goes hand in hand with the M for Measurable. Setting weekly, monthly or quarterly goals give you a chance to check in and make any adjustments you may need.  By setting a time-goal, you are also giving yourself a deadline which most of us respond well to.  Signing up for a wellness plan where you can schedule monthly chiropractic adjustments is a great way to set a SMART goal.

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Holiday Make and Take Open House

giftJoin Dr. Maura at Well Beings on Thursday, December 17, 9:30-noon (Dr. Maura will be there starting at 10:30) for an exciting chance to make your own essential oil blend.  You can keep it for yourself or give it to a friend!  This event is complimentary. Providing you with information to enhance your health and well being is our gift to you.

What you can make:

  • Holiday Spray – Create a blend of the Holiday Joy and Peppermint essential oils in a 4oz spray bottle. Use to
    enjoy the scents of the holidays without the toxic side effects of chemicals found in candles and room fresheners.
  • Silent Night – Create a custom blend to promote restful sleep. Combine lavender and marjoram in a base of fractionated coconut oil in an easy to use roller ball applicator.
  • Holidays bringing you stress instead of joy? Don’t worry. We’ve got an oil for that! Combine Balance and Serenity blends in a base of fractionated coconut oil to promote feelings of peace and calm.

RSVP’s are appreciated, but not necessary at 303-238-6500.  Stop by anytime between 9:30 and noon to make your essential oil blend.

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