Weekend Warriors: How Chiropractic Helps You Be Your Best

Colorado is known to be a draw for people because of the abundant opportunities for an active lifestyle that the state provides. Thanks to the four seasons and a variety of terrain, there is a place for you to get active your way, no matter what that might be. If you’re like Dr. Jacob and being active is a way of life for you, you know how important it is to have your body function in its most optimal way. That’s where chiropractic comes in.

Any kind of physical activity, from hiking to rock climbing, from mounting biking to CrossFit can work the body hard, and even with proper technique, you may suffer from back, neck or other pain from a misalignment in the spine that can hold you back with your daily or weekend warrior activities.

Maybe you hike long distances with a backpack, and it aggravates old injuries or the weight stresses your back and shoulders. Maybe you are a rock climber whose belaying catches up with you when hours of looking up gives you neck aches. Or if you are a runner, you may have discomfort stemming from the repetitive nature of the activity. In some cases, the discomfort may not even seem obviously related to a misalignment to you, but actually may be. Whatever the issue, chiropractic adjustments can help you get to the level of performance where you want to be.

At Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health, our patients have the benefit of a chiropractor who not only knows how important an active lifestyle is, but who has the training to have a deep understanding of the body and how it functions. In addition to his education as a chiropractor, Dr. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois.

Even if you don’t have aches and pains that stop you from doing what you love, regular chiropractic adjustments can help everyone from professional athletes to weekend warriors and student athletes perform at their highest levels, keeping the nervous system clear of any interference, thanks to proper spinal alignment. Many professional football and soccer teams even have a chiropractor on staff, as do Olympians and golfers.

Chiropractic allows athletes at every level get the most out of their performance, going longer, stronger and harder with more ease. Whether you’re competing against someone else, yourself, or just like to be active, chiropractic can help you do your best.

Contact Well Beings Chiropractic at 303-238-6500 for an appointment to learn more how we can help you be your most active self.

Ideal Positioning With the Webster Technique

When a baby is in an optimal position in the womb, it benefits mom and baby. Not only does it help ensure that the baby receives vital nutrients and space for development, but it also increases the likelihood of the mother-to-be having a comfortable pregnancy and easier labor and delivery.

Dr. Jacob, Dr. Maura, and Dr. Elizabeth at Well Beings Family Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado, help ensure ideal pelvic positioning by using the Webster Technique, as they are both certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and Webster Technique.

pregnant-2196853_640 (2)Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed the Webster Technique in 1978. The technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that eliminates sacral misalignment and improves nerve system function. It helps balance the pelvic muscles and ligaments in pregnant women, therefore encouraging easier births.

The Webster Technique is similar to other chiropractic adjustments because there is a light force applied to the sacrum to make the adjustment. It is gentle and effective in aligning the pelvis, which is key to safer, easier, natural births.

“When a woman has a pelvis that is moving properly and positioned ideally, the baby may have a better chance of being in the ideal position for birth,” says Dr. Maura.

The Webster Technique is not the medical procedure — external cephalic version

— of manually turning the baby, like an obstetricians and midwives might do. Instead, chiropractors re-establish pelvic balance. As an article in Pathways to Wellness explains: “This helps to remove tension in pelvic muscles and ligaments and through the restoration of normal biomechanics in the mother, babies optimize their positioning on their own.”

Because the Webster Technique is so gentle, expectant women may receive the adjustments throughout their pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and want to see how chiropractic care can help you and your baby have optimal positioning and alignment throughout the term, call Well Beings Chiropractic today at 303-238-6500.

What is “Text Neck” and How Can You Avoid It?

Are you reading this on your smartphone or tablet? Freeze! What’s your posture like? There’s a very good chance that your neck is bent forward and down as you look down at the screen.

Now lift your head and look up, stretching your neck back in the opposite direction for 10 to 30 seconds. We’ll wait. Are you back? OK, good!

Now put your elbows in toward your rib cage and lift your device to be more parallel with your face. All set? Excellent!

You’ve just made two simple movements that will help you combat the dreaded “text neck” or “tech neck” wreaking havoc on postures and nervous systems everywhere.

Oh, you aren’t reading this on a mobile device? No worries — just try these adjustments next time you pick up your smartphone, and feel the difference they make.

blogger-336371_1920 (2)According to research published in the National Library of Medicine, the average person spends two to four hours a day, or 700 to 1,400 hours per year, with their neck bent in an unnatural position. For younger people — teens in particular — the daily number increases to six to eight hours!

This is worrisome because the average human head weighs about 12 pounds, and with the neck bent forward at a 60-degree angle, the weight on your spine increases to 60 pounds. That’s like carrying an 8-year-old around on your shoulders for a few hours every day. Can you imagine? You wouldn’t do it, right? But chances are solid that you are doing the equivalent.

As Dr. Jacob Fletcher of Well Beings Chiropractic explains in this “Good Day Colorado” segment, no other generation has experienced anything like tech neck before, so this unnatural neck position is causing new issues, including premature wear and tear on the spine.

In addition to headaches, and neck and back pain, text neck and poor posture have also been linked to digestion problems, lung capacity reduced by up to 30 percent, increased risk of heart disease and neurological issues, according to research noted in a Washington Post article.

But you can help yourself by being aware of the dangers, and performing the simple adjustments noted at the top of this post. If you’re suffering from chronic discomfort from poor posture and text neck, Dr. Jacob can evaluate the situation, looking at your posture and spinal structure to make chiropractic adjustments that add balance back into your neck, spine and nervous system and help change their underlying structures.

Check out the video from “Good Day Colorado” to learn more about text neck. To find out how Dr. Jacob can help treat your poor posture with chiropractic care, call Well Beings Chiropractic at 303-238-6500. And in the meantime, make sure to follow Dr. Jacob’s advice: Look up!

Secrets to achieving the birth you desire

“There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.” Sheryl Feldman

Many people have asked me to share my secrets around how I birthed Jack in 4 hours and 15 minutes. I really don’t have any secrets. My body did what it needed to do and Jack’s body did what his needed to do. With that said, I will share some things that I did during pregnancy that supported my body’s ability to have a smooth birth at home. These include:

  • receiving prenatal chiropractic adjustments at least once a week
  • receiving regular prenatal massage
  • giving my body good nutrition
  • exercising regularly
  • having a strong belief that as a woman I am designed to give birth
  • having a strong mind/body connection
  • having a strong belief in the innate wisdom of my body and Jack’s body
  • having a birthing team that was nurturing, knowledgeable, supportive and respectful of my philosophy around natural birth.

– Dr. Maura