Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy in Pacific Beach, San Diego

Why is it important to receive Chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Every aspect of a fetus’s growth is controlled by the mother’s nervous system. It is the job of the nervous system to accommodate for the physical, chemical, and hormonal changes that the mother and baby are experiencing during pregnancy. Our spines house the spinal cord, and its alignment provides a healthy nervous system. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals who are trained to detect and correct spinal subluxations, which are misalignments that interfere with the ability for the brain and body to communicate.

The position and function of the spine and pelvis are very important as the baby develops in the womb. During pregnancy, there can be strain and tension on the pelvic ligaments and muscles that surround the baby. Misalignment of the pelvic bones specifically, can cause this strain and tension. This prevents the developing fetus from being able to move freely inside the womb, which is needed for optimal development. Pelvic misalignment also causes pain and stress on the expectant mother.

What are the benefits of Chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Receiving Chiropractic care can help to maintain a healthier pregnancy, reduce delivery times, prevent breech positions, control symptoms of nausea and relieve pregnancy-related joint pain. As the pelvic bones are put back into alignment, there is less stress and tension and more ease on the expectant mother’s pelvis and on the developing fetus.

Is a Chiropractic adjustment safe during pregnancy?

Yes! Chiropractic is very safe during pregnancy. There is a Chiropractic technique for pregnant women called Webster’s Technique. Webster’s Technique is a specific pelvic analysis which looks at the alignment of the sacrum, the surrounding sacroiliac joints, and the pelvic ligaments in an expectant mother. It was developed in order to restore proper pelvic balance, allowing for optimal fetal development to prepare the body for a safer, easier birth. Using specific and gentle adjustments, the pelvis is balanced to facilitate optimal fetal positioning before delivery. This technique gives the fetus the most room to move and grow which can be especially important in the case of breech positioning. You can find a Chiropractor, like San Diego’s local Dr. Emily Mayo, who is certified in this specialty technique on the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) website.

How often should an expectant mother be given a Chiropractic adjustment during pregnancy?

During pregnancy the ICPA, the certifying agency for pediatric/prenatal adjusting, recommends weekly adjustments. Your local San Diego Chiropractor will evaluate you and determine a care plan to fit your individual needs.

Chiropractic Care of Babies and Children in Pacific Beach, San Diego

Why is it important for a child to receive Chiropractic care?

Well over half of an infant’s neurological development is permanently set by the time the infant is six months of age. Therefore, it is vital to receive gentle and safe Chiropractic adjustments to ensure proper growth throughout childhood.

The very first stress a baby experiences while entering the world can occur in the process of birthing. During birth, there is often torque/strain on a baby’s head and neck. This is the area where the brain stem exits and where all the nerves and vessels going to and from the brain are located. This is why it is important to get your infant checked by a chiropractor as soon as possible. This can occur as soon as an hour after birth!

As children continue to grow, they experience many stressors from falls, bumps, and slips as they learn to walk, ride a bike, and play sports. They can be further stressed anywhere from exposure to chemicals in food and medications to emotional challenges at school or home. All of these discomforts and stresses place strain on a child’s spine and nervous system, compromising how the body functions. Shouldn’t we make sure that a child’s nervous system is working properly from day one?

What are the benefits of Chiropractic care for a child?

Pediatric Chiropractic care is a powerful way for parents to help their kids develop optimally and heal naturally. It’s a child’s nervous system that controls their amazing development. The nervous system regulates all of the body’s functions including, digestion, respiration, and immunity (among others). It is responsible for healing, growth, and regeneration of cells. For this to occur without interference, children must be free from vertebral subluxations, which is a Chiropractor’s main focus. Chiropractic is a safe and natural way to help children develop to their fullest potential.

When a children have stress on their spine and nervous system from subluxations, they can have a variety of symptoms including colic, ear infections, and feeding problems. When a child gets adjusted and stress is taken off his/her spine and nervous system, the body functions better, recovers from stress more quickly, and the immune system works more efficiently. All this leads to less sickness!

Is a Chiropractic adjustment safe for a child?

Yes, a Chiropractic adjustment is safe for children! Chiropractic adjustments for children are very gentle and specific. Right after birth, the pressure of an adjustment is that of the pinky fingertip. The adjustment is meant to assist the body towards a direction that keeps children healthy and thriving. There are many adjusting techniques just for children that are appropriate for all ages and stages of growth and development.

How often should a child be given a Chiropractic adjustment?

The first step is for your child to be evaluated by your local San Diego Chiropractor. Next, your Chiropractor will determine a care plan to fit your child’s individual needs.

Chiropractic Treatment of Sinus Problems/Snoring in Pacific Beach, San Diego

How can we tell if the condition is a Sinus Problem/Snoring?

Sinus problems cause congestion and fluid in the nose, and pain and pressure around the nose and between and around the eyes. Depending on the intensity, a sinus problem could also cause headaches, fever, and a cough. Snoring is also associated with sinus problems.

Why do we get Sinus Problems/Snoring?

Sinus problems are a result of inflammation of the sinuses due to viral, bacterial, or fungal infections or allergic reactions/inflammatory reactions. This inflammation affects the surrounding bony structures.

How does Chiropractic help individuals recover from Sinus Problems/Snoring?

The skull or cranium is made up of many different bones. The bone that creates the sinus cavities is called the sphenoid bone. When there is pressure in the sinuses/cranium, it causes a subtle shift in the sphenoid bone which limits the body’s ability to clear the inflammation and limits the motion of the sphenoid bone. Very importantly, the sphenoid bone is the top part of the pump for the cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord). When the sphenoid bone has limited motion, it directly affects the ability of the cerebrospinal fluid to pump properly which will cause increased pressure in the cranium and sinuses.

When the joints of the spine and skull/cranium are out of alignment, they will compress the nerves associated with the misaligned area. Nerves send proper signals between the brain and the body. When nerves are compressed, there is no longer normal communication between the brain and the body. This causes stress in the body and a weakened immune system. When there is a weakened immune system, there is a higher likelihood of inflammation of the sinuses from infection or allergies. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the joints of your spine and the motion of your skull/cranium and depending on the results, your chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment is necessary.

How do individuals recover from a Sinus Problems/Snoring?

The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and, if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will give you lifestyle modifications to nutrition and exercise to keep the immune system strong and able to recover from sinus problems quickly. Research also shows that using an essential oil called Valor can help with snoring. Many of, San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Emily’s clients have found great relief with a combination of adjustments, use of the oils, and lifestyle changes.

Chiropractic Treatment of a Hiatal Hernia in Pacific Beach, San Diego

How can we tell if the pain is a Hiatal Hernia?

A Hiatal Hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach bulges through the diaphragm. A Hiatal Hernia can cause feelings of chest pain and abdominal discomfort such as acid reflux. The pain and discomfort level is associated with the size of the Hiatal Hernia. A smaller Hiatal Hernia may not cause any pain or discomfort.

Why do we get a Hiatal Hernia?

A Hiatal Hernia can be caused by a physical stress that puts a strain on the stomach and esophagus, causing the stomach to be pushed through the diaphragm. This includes heavy weight lifting, physical labor, physical trauma, and pregnancy. Conditions like asthma, lung pathologies, and constipation also put a strain on the stomach and esophagus which can cause a Hiatal Hernia.

How does Chiropractic help individuals recover from a Hiatal Hernia?

There is a specific Chiropractic technique used to correct a Hiatal Hernia. Your local San Diego Chiropractor will gently use the palm of the hand to pull the herniated part of the stomach back to its normal position below the diaphragm. This technique will be performed as needed. By keeping the stomach in the proper position, the weakened area of the diaphragm and esophagus are able to heal in order to prevent a Hiatal Hernia from happening again.

In addition, when the joints of the spine are out of alignment, they will compress the nerves associated with the misaligned area. When a nerve is irritated, whatever is at the end of that nerve will not work properly. If it is an organ at the end of the involved nerve (such as the stomach or diaphragm), the organ will not get its proper signal from the brain and will therefore not function properly. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the joints of your spine and depending on the results, your chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the spine is necessary.

What can you do at home?

Balancing the muscles and fascia in the chest cavity can help to relieve tension that can stress a hernia. Your Chiropractor will analyze the tissue balance and recommend appropriate stretches.

Chiropractic Treatment of a Glenoid Labrum Tear in Pacific Beach, San Diego

How can we tell if the pain is a Glenoid Labrum Tear?

A Glenoid Labrum Tear will cause a sharp deep pain in the shoulder during motion. There can also be a feeling of stuckness and a painful clunking or clicking sound during motion.

Why do we get a Glenoid Labrum Tear?

The shoulder is naturally a more unstable joint than other joints in the body. The glenoid labrum is made of cartilage that helps keep the shoulder joint in place. Repetitive activities that put stress on the shoulder joint like throwing, swimming, or racquet swings can cause the labrum to tear. A specific acute trauma, such as a fall on an outstretched arm, can cause a Glenoid Labrum Tear as well.

How does Chiropractic help individuals recover from a Glenoid Labrum Tear?

When the joints of the shoulder are out of alignment, they can irritate the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves associated with the misaligned area. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the shoulder, and depending on the results, your chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the shoulder is necessary. In addition, your chiropractor will analyze the muscular balance of your shoulder and surrounding structures and give stretches/exercises to help balance these areas.

Your chiropractor will also examine the spinal segments of the neck. Misalignment in the neck may cause imbalances in the muscles and nerves of the shoulder, contributing to a Glenoid Labrum Tear. If there is a segment misaligned in the neck, it will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment.

How do individuals recover from a Glenoid Labrum Tear?

The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and, if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will show you exercises and stretches to balance the muscles that surround and protect your shoulder and help the joint to stabilize.

Stretches and strengthening for Glenoid Labrum Tears:

It is important to stretch and strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint to help balance and stabilize the shoulder. Be sure to stretch both sides, but focus more on the affected side. Stretches for this injury should be recommended on a case by case basis depending on the location of the tear. Videos are forthcoming as a reference.

Chiropractic Treatment of Chondromalacia Patellae/Patellofemoral Arthralgia in Pacific Beach, San Diego

How can we tell if the pain is Chondromalacia Patellae?

Chondromalacia Patellae (also known as Patellofemoral Arthralgia) causes pain at the front of the kneecap (the patella) which can make it difficult to straighten the leg. The pain will be worse when going up and down stairs and after sitting for long periods of time. There can be a crackling, grating, or popping sound (or sensation) when bending the knee or squatting.

Why do we get Chondromalacia Patellae?

Chondromalacia Patellae occurs with repetitive activities that put stress on the knees. When there is constant stress on the knees, the muscles that surround the patellae become imbalanced (some too weak and others too tight) which causes the patellae to misalign. When the patellae is misaligned, the knee joint weakens, which leads to inflammation, tenderness or pain, and decreased range of motion. Repetitive activities such as lifting heavy weights with improper form/posture, running, jumping, and sitting for long periods of time can cause and exacerbate this disorder.

How does Chiropractic help individuals recover from Chondromalacia Patellae?

When the joints of the knee are out of alignment, they can irritate the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves associated with the misaligned area. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the knee, and depending on the results, your chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the knee is necessary. Your chiropractor will also analyze the muscular balance of your knee and surrounding structures and give stretches/exercises to help balance these areas.

Your chiropractor will also examine the spinal segments of the low back and pelvis. Misalignment in the low back and pelvis may cause imbalances in the muscles and nerves of the knees, contributing to Chondromalacia Patellae. If there is a segment misaligned in the low back or pelvis, it will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment.

How do individuals recover from Chondromalacia Patellae?

The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will show you exercises and stretches to balance the muscles that surround and protect your knees and help the joint to stabilize.

Stretches and strengthening for Chondromalacia Patellae:

It is important to stretch the quadriceps and Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL) muscles to help balance the knee. Be sure to stretch both sides but focus more on the affected side. Videos are forthcoming.

Chiropractic Treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) in Pacific Beach, San Diego

What does this condition feel like?

Adhesive Capsulitis, more commonly known as Frozen Shoulder, has three different phases. In the initial phase, there is moderate to severe sharp pain. The shoulder is stiff and loses its motion in all directions. In the middle phase, the pain is mild, but the shoulder continues to stiffen. In the final phase, the pain becomes minimal, and motion slowly begins to restore.

How can we tell the pain is Frozen Shoulder?

In the initial phase of Frozen Shoulder, the pain can be so great that it will interfere with sleep. The initial phase usually lasts from one to three months. In the middle phase, activities that require lifting or turning the arm outwards is very difficult. The final phase, where motion slowly improves, can take months to years to occur if left untreated.

Why do we get Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder occurs with repetitive activity that uses the shoulder. With repetitive shoulder activities, the joints of the shoulder can be shifted out of place. Frozen Shoulder can also be caused by a trauma that affects the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. When both of these causes are left untreated, inflammation and scar tissue can build up in both the joint and the location where tendons attach to the outside of the shoulder. This creates tenderness or pain if touched, and decreased motion of the muscles surrounding the shoulder. Over time, the inflammation and pain will decrease, but the scar tissue remains, causing an increase in stiffness and decreased motion.

How does Chiropractic help individuals recover from Frozen Shoulder?

When the joints of the shoulder are out of alignment, they can irritate the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves associated with the misaligned area. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the shoulder. Depending on the results, the chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the shoulder is necessary. There is a gentle frozen shoulder technique that stimulates the connection point between the nerves and the muscles. This technique very quickly restores motion back to it’s original state.

The chiropractor will also examine the spinal segments of the neck. Misalignment in the neck may cause imbalances in the muscles and nerves of the shoulder, contributing to Frozen Shoulder. If there is a spinal segment misalignment in the neck, it will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment.

How do individuals recover from Frozen Shoulder?

The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will show you exercises and stretches to balance your shoulder and help the tissues to heal.

Stretches and strengthening for Frozen Shoulder:

Gravity rotations and gentle mobilization is recommended for this injury. Videos are forthcoming.

Chiropractic Treatment of Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) in Pacific Beach, San Diego

What does Golfer’s Elbow feel like?

Medial Epicondylitis, more commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow, will present as pain on the medial (pinky) side of the elbow. The pain is often described as an aching or dull burn. Discomfort from Golfer’s Elbow may also radiate into the upper or lower arm.

How can we tell if the pain is Golfer’s Elbow?
The pain of Golfer’s Elbow is often at its worst when moving the wrist repetitively with force. For example, when using a hammer, there may be pain and weakness. Golfing, climbing, and throwing can also cause these symptoms. Range of motion in the elbow and wrist may be limited by Golfer’s Elbow; for instance, straightening the elbow can be difficult and painful.

Why do we get Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow occurs with repetitive activity of the arm/wrist. When these activities are done frequently, the joints of the elbow can be shifted out of place and inflammation and scar tissue can build up in the tendon attached to the inside of the elbow. This creates tenderness if touched, pain, and weakness of the muscles surrounding the elbow and wrist.

How does Chiropractic help individuals recover from Golfer’s Elbow?

When the joints of the elbow or wrist are out of alignment, they can irritate the ligaments, tendons and nerves associated with Golfer’s Elbow. Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the elbow and wrist. Depending on the results, the chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the elbow or wrist is necessary.

The chiropractor will also examine the spinal segments of the neck. Misalignment in the neck may cause imbalances in the muscles of the forearm and wrist, contributing to Golfer’s Elbow. If there is a spinal segment misalignment in the neck, it will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment.

How do individuals recover from Golfer’s Elbow?

The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will show you exercises and stretches to balance your elbow and help the tissues to heal.

Stretches and Strengthening for Golfer’s Elbow:

Stretch the Pectoral Muscles and the Forearm Flexors. Videos are forthcoming. Make sure to work both sides but focus more on the affected one.

Chiropractic Treatment of Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) in Pacific Beach, San Diego

What does Tennis Elbow feel like?

Lateral Epicondylitis, more commonly known as Tennis Elbow, will present as pain on the outside edge of the elbow. Standing with your arms at your sides and your palms facing forward (so your little fingers are next to your body and your thumbs are facing out), you will feel the pain on the thumb side of the elbow. The pain is often described as an aching or dull burn. Discomfort from Tennis Elbow may also radiate into the upper or lower arm.

How can we tell if the pain is Tennis Elbow?

The pain of Tennis Elbow is often at its worst when moving the wrist with force; for example, when opening a jar or gripping an object like a tennis racket or screw driver. Range of motion in the elbow and wrist may also be limited by Tennis Elbow.

Why do we get Tennis Elbow?

Tennis Elbow occurs with repetitive activity of the arm and wrist; for instance, turning a screwdriver, playing tennis, driving a car, knitting and/or hand writing. When these activities are done frequently, inflammation and scar tissue can build up in the tendon attached to the outside of the elbow. When this occurs, even small daily tasks such as holding and lifting a cup of coffee may become painful and difficult.

How does chiropractic help individuals recover from Tennis Elbow?

Your local San Diego chiropractor will examine the elbow and wrist. Depending on results, the chiropractor will determine if a specific chiropractic adjustment to the lateral elbow or wrist is necessary. When the joints of the elbow or wrist are out of alignment, they can irritate the ligaments, tendons and nerves associated with Tennis Elbow.

The chiropractor will also examine the spinal segments of the neck. Misalignment in the neck may cause imbalances in the muscles of the forearm and wrist, contributing to Tennis Elbow. If there is a spinal segment misalignment in the neck, it will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment.

How do individuals recover from Tennis Elbow?

The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and if needed, adjusted by your local San Diego chiropractor. After this, your chiropractor will show you exercises and stretches to balance your elbow and help the tissues to heal.

What stretches and strengthening exercises can be done to alleviate Tennis Elbow?

Stretch the Pectoral Muscles and the Forearm Extensors. Videos are forthcoming. Make sure to work both sides, but focus more on the side that is affected.

Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome in Pacific Beach, San Diego

What do Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome feel like?

Symptoms of Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome include pain, burning, numbness and weakness in areas including (but not limited to) the lower back, buttocks, down the back of the leg and possibly even down to the toes.

How can we tell if the pain is Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome?

Sciatica is a condition presenting as pain radiating along the path of the Sciatic Nerve which is made up of nerve roots coming from the lower back and running through the hips and sacrum and down the back of each leg.

Many San Diego residents experience some form of pain as described above but don’t know what the real cause is. There are two conditions often confused with each other: Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome. While these two conditions have similar symptoms, they have separate causes! Sciatica occurs when the Sciatic Nerve is compressed while exiting the spinal column. Piriformis Syndrome is caused from the Piriformis Muscle pressing on the Sciatic Nerve deep in the buttocks.

Why do we get Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome?

The Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in the body, in some areas as large as your thumb; therefore, it is more susceptible to compression than other nerves. Compression can occur because of misaligned joints in the lumbar spine or pelvis (where the nerve originates), a bulging or herniated disc in the lumbar spine at the L4-L5 level in the low back, or a tight Piriformis Muscle directly pressing on the nerve.

How does chiropractic help individuals recover from Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome?

Your local San Diego chiropractor will analyze the alignment of your lumbar spine and pelvis. If there is a misalignment in either, it will be gently moved back into place using a specific chiropractic adjustment. Your chiropractor will also be able to treat any bulging discs and assess whether you have any thigh muscles contributing to the pain.

How do individuals recover from Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome?

The first step to recovery is to be evaluated and if needed, adjusted by a chiropractor. After that, focus on stretching out the tight muscles associated with the issue. We recommend stretching the involved areas twice a day for two weeks. If at that point the muscles are relaxing and staying that way, we can consider decreasing the frequency.

What stretches and strengthening exercises can be one to alleviate Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome?

Stretch the Piriformis Muscle and Glutes. Videos are forthcoming. Make sure to work both sides, but focus more on the side that is affected.