Relax, be yourself, be well
Pregnancy and postpartum care:
- Webster technique: The purpose of using webster technique is to provide an optimal pelvic and uterine environment for babies so that they can choose their optimal positioning. Webster technique is not about turning breech babies. I utilize webster technique on all pregnant women because everyone needs their baby in the optimal position.
- Pubic symphysis Dysfunction: Too often pregnant women are dismissed and told that their pain is “just normal pregnancy pain”. Just because something is common does not mean it is NORMAL. You deserve to be pain free! Through gentle manipulation, exercises and occasionally a stabilization belt, you can get there!
- Postpartum support and birth trauma recovery
Lactation Support/Newborn feeding issues:
- I am not an IBCLC, however I consider what I do to be ‘lactation triage’. Once I get a full picture of your lactation experience and needs, I can help make the appropriate referral to the IBCLC that will best suit your and your families needs. Having a well qualified IBCLC on your team is of utmost importance in achieving success in breastfeeding when you have encountered challenges. (Trust me, I have 3 kids and have had all manner of breastfeeding challenges and successes!)
- Tongue tie diagnosis, referral and post frenotomy recovery care. I can assess your baby’s suck and tongue function, give you a referral to a provider who can help you decide if frenotomy is the right choice for you and your baby and help with post surgical care. Home management of the wound is important, but so is post frenotomy body work. Your baby has spent months (pre birth included!) sucking with muscles functioning in a non optimal way. My job is to help reactivate neural pathways, return function to muscles and help your baby learn to re-coordinate his suck patterns.
- Ultrasound for plugged ducts Plugged ducts and blebs happen, and there are many things that can help relieve them (most importantly is figuring out what is causing them and fixing that!). For some people, ultrasound over the breast for 8-10 minutes can break up the clog and allow the milk to flow again.
Newborn and Infant care:
- Colic and reflux : As a mother, nothing is more frustrating than having a doctor tell you that your baby has colic/reflux and to just suffer through it. I believe when a baby appears colicky, it’s time to start investigating what could be contributing to their misery (and yours too). Body work can often relieve symptoms that mimic colic or reflux, can allow your baby to feed more efficiently(which often reduces colic or reflux) and aid in proper digestion.
- Traumatic birth recovery: Birth trauma is different for every birthing parent and baby. What may appear to be an easy and ‘normal’ birth to one, might have been an incredibly hard and traumatic experience to another. Bodywork can help relieve the stress of the trauma as well as physical tightness and dysfunction from birth.
- Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Torticollis (decreased range of motion in the neck, or a strong preference to look to one side only) is generally caused by in utero constraints, meaning how baby was lying in the long wait for birth. Plagiocephaly (flattening of the skull, or misshapen skull) often accompanies torticollis. Getting proper motion in joints and muscles is key to increasing range of motion and function in your baby. Tummy time and other positional changes are also key.
- Chronic ear infections: Depending on the cause of your child’s recurrent ear infections, chiropractic and craniosacral can be very helpful in relieving pain, decreasing recurrence and often reducing the need for tubes.
- Toddler trauma: Toddlers fall down, ALL THE TIME. Most of the time they recover easily, but if your little one falls and then starts having trouble sleeping, or pooping or just is grouchy all the time, body work can often help them return to their normal happy self.
- Developmental delays
- Sensory processing integration
- Motor vehicle accidents (this is limited to existing patients or those referred by existing patients)
- Neck pain, headaches, jaw pain
- Mid back, should pain
- Low back pain, sciatica