Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dr. Oz Gets Rolfed on the Oprah Show

What is Rolfing?  Is this something that could help ease muscle tension?

If you're plagued by muscle pain, Dr. Oz recommends a technique called Rolfing, which he describes as "even deeper than a deep-tissue massage."

This technique, which was developed by Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf, aims to separate bound-up connective tissues (or fascia), which link the muscles.  "Rolfing literally releases the joints," Dr. Oz says.  "When you talk to folks about the impact it has on them, a lot of them just stand taller.  A lot is just freeing you up to live the way you're supposed to live."

In January 2006, Dr. Oz volunteered to get Rolfed to demonstrate its medical benefits.  Certified Rolfer Jonathan Martine says this massage method works with your body instead of on it.  "What I'm looking at doing here is is releasing the fascia, which is the wrapping around the muscles," he says.

The procedure may seem painful, but Jonathan says he works within the body's limits.  "If I'm trying to force you into position to be upright, and you're not read to be there, it's going to be challenging," he says.

You don't even have to strip down to have this procedure.  "We work at a level of comfort for the client," Jonathan says. "I work with people in a bra and underwear or running shorts.  I worked with a rancher from Nebraska that had his clothes on for most of the sessions."

Please Note:  If you are curious as to how rolfing can help restore your muscles to optimum function, mobility and range of motion, call us at 858-457-0123 to book a complimentary 30-min consultation with our Rolfer, Michael Boblett.  Michael is one of the top 3 out of only 15 rolfers in San Diego.

He helps crossfit competitors, weightlifters, marathon runners, triathletes, dancers as well as non-active patients suffering from car accidents and other injuries get back to their jobs, their training and their competitions so they can continue doing what they love!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Adjusting to Pregnancy

The above is the actual headline from the August 7, 2007 Milford Daily News in Massachusetts. This article addresses the benefits of chiropractic care in pregnancy. The article starts by following the story of one chiropractic patient, Amanda Giampaoli-Martinez, who was receiving chiropractic care throughout her pregnancy. The story notes that when Amanda was ready to give birth she called her chiropractor Dr. Maryam Ahsan, to be present at the birth. 

It was not two minutes after the birth of Amanda's new baby girl, Arianna, that she was checked by Dr. Maryam. New mother Amanda recalled the activity by stating, "Dr. Maryam was driving when I called her and asked if she could come to the hospital. She just turned her car around." Giampaoli-Martinez continued, "When I was having bad pain, (Dr. Ahsan) put me on my side and adjusted me while I was on the table." Ms. Giampaoli-Martinez was pleased with her results and noted, "I went three times a week, and after a month my back pain was gone. I was also having shooting leg pain and the hip alignment helped to take that away."

The article explains that the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association teaches a technique named after the associations late founder Dr. Larry Webster, called the Webster Technique. The article explains that the Webster Technique decreases intrauterine constraint, resulting in a quicker, less difficult delivery. This technique became prominent after it was discovered that certain adjustments had a high success rate in reversing the position of breech babies.

Dr. Jeanne Ohm, executive director of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, explained the procedure, "There is no deep tissue massage with this technique. It's a really light force," she said. "Chiropractors will check the woman's sacrum (pelvis bone) and press on different areas to restore balance. They (patients) turn her on her back and check her belly and a round ligament for tightness." Dr. Ohm continued, "There are no known contraindications or complications to the adjustments. No one's ever called back to report a problem, and I would definitely be the first to know. Osteopathic studies have shown the adjustments reduce labor time and fight dystocia (abnormal or overly long childbirth)."

The article also interviewed Dr. David Bilstrom, a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, and director of Oasis Center for Health in Hinsdale. He feels that most medical doctors are unfamiliar with chiropractic care. He states, "Chiropractic care tends to be quite safe. In the right hands, I would feel very comfortable seeing the treatment done."

If you are a mommy-to-be, schedule a free initial consultation with us to find out more about how chiropractic care can help reduce stress for you and your baby: 858-457-0123.