Chiropractic joint manipulation – commonly referred to as adjusting – is used to release restricted joints of the spine and extremities. Joints often become restricted due to poor muscle activity and/or improper posture. Once restricted, the body starts laying down scar tissue in attempt to stabilize the joint. This compensatory pattern continues and can eventually lead to complete lack of movement in the joint. By applying an adjustment to a restricted segment, the joint regains motion that would be inconceivable using only exercise or posture correction. Besides increased motion, adjusting also relieves pain and relaxes overactive muscles. If patients prefer not to hear or feel a “popping” noise, Dr. Ogden has various options for mobilization, which can be just as effective.
Webster Technique and Prenatal Chiropractic
Webster is a specific technique used during the prenatal period to assess the mother’s pelvic, sacral, and soft tissue alignment in order to restore correct movement patterns, and allow mom to experience ease throughout her pregnancy.
The most common reasons a pregnant mom will come to my practice are:
- She is experiencing discomfort
- She is concerned about the position of her baby
- She desires to be proactive and prevent possible discomforts that can arise in pregnancy
- She understands the benefits of regular chiropractic care for her overall health and wellbeing
The purpose of prenatal chiropractic is to support a mother during a time of major physical and physiological change. My role as your prenatal chiropractor is to guide your body into optimal balance through gentle adjustments and soft tissue work (restoring balance to supporting muscles, ligaments, and fascia).
Active Release Technique (ART)
When a muscle, tendon, or ligament is too tight, painful, or does not function properly, Dr. Ogden will use a soft tissue technique to help address the issue. Active Release Technique involves breaking up adhesions in the soft tissues by having the patient go through various motions while the doctor applies specific pressure to the area being treated. ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
For more information on ART please visit: www.activereleasetechnique.com
Adjustments are applied in-office by Dr. Ogden, but patients can continue their care by participating in various rehabilitation exercises at home. Most of the exercises prescribed will require minimal equipment. These functional exercises can empower patients to become responsible for their pain/dysfunction, thus obtaining quicker results in fewer treatments than a traditional chiropractor. Exercises can help with everything from low back pain to heel pain! Dr. Ogden has found that patients who participate in their care more than just showing up to their appointments tend to have better outcomes and more satisfaction in the end.
Dr. Ogden promotes an anti-inflammatory diet to her patients. The anti-inflammatory diet is composed of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic), raw nuts, wild fish, grass fed lean meats and chicken. The standard American diet consists of heavy grains, sugar, and hydrogenated oils and is very pro-inflammatory. Inflammation is a key contributor to pain, as well as an important factor in most health conditions affecting the population today (heart disease, cancer, etc). Educating patients on proper diet choices and providing supplements when indicted can ensure long-lasting results in respect to pain and also provide a nutritional basis for a healthier, active lifestyle.