What to expect when you're...... going to Mom and Baby Yoga! Jennifer Gelfand, DPT, CYT and our very own in house Mom and Baby guru, breaks down what yoga class with your little one is all about.
Is it possible to help a breech baby turn? This is a question we often hear from moms hoping to have a vaginal birth. Moxibustion treatment can be a great option for these women. Moxibustion is an adjunctive technique often used by acupuncturists in their treatments, and research has shown that a course of daily moxibustion over a specific acupuncture point on the baby toe is very successful at prompting a breech baby to turn.
Although being a new mom is an amazing experience, it’s not without its challenges. Emotional changes, changes to daily routine, and new physical demands often accompany motherhood, and the transition can be overwhelming. As an acupuncturist, many of my patients seek treatment during pregnancy and continue postpartum because acupuncture is a low-risk way to manage physical and emotional issues, and can dramatically improve a variety of afflictions.
We all experience aches and pains throughout our lifetimes. Often pain begins as a result of an injury or clear event. Occasionally it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of pain. Regardless of the scenario, it is common to try to ignore your pain and carry on with your life as usual. So, how do you know when you should take the next step and seek help from your physical therapist?
Flu season generally begins in November- December and can last until May . Every year concerns are raised about new strains and the risk to elderly or immunocompromised people. But it's not just the extra vulnerable among us whom colds and flus impact. None of us enjoy being sick, missing work, and experiencing muscle aches, fever, and chills. There are many ways we can boost our immune systems to prepare for changes in the weather and circumstances that start the spread of communicable diseases.
Women’s health care is gaining steam in recognizing the unique needs of pregnant and postpartum women. Over the past 20 years, there has been an increase in understanding of how the pelvic diaphragm works and its important role in healthy bladder, bowel and reproductive habits. Most importantly, women and health care providers are bringing different forms of pelvic floor dysfunction into the conversation so that treatment is possible and successful.
Pelvic floor dysfunction and stress incontinence are often believed to be problems of new moms and older women, but this is a common misconception. Women and men of all ages, including children, can suffer from urinary incontinence and often don’t realize that they can seek treatment to reduce this issue.
The recent article by NPR, Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day, starts off with a sensational, grabbing title. A click bait title that we wouldn't expect from a trusted news source like NPR. But it certainly got your attention, especially if you recently had a baby and now are feeling a little weak around the core. And since this is NPR this should be safer than something random you pull off the internet, right? Well, yes and no.
Running can be such a great release from daily stress not to mention a fantastic form of exercise. Running, however, can also cause tight muscles and injuries. Here are 7 poses for you to work your way through post race or simply after your morning jog to keep your body in tip top shape for future runs and races.
In our modern lives it seems that stress is unavoidable. A friend recently called this internal chatter her “unwelcome roommate”. This unwelcome roommate decided to move right on in and take over your mental space without asking and without being considerate of how you’ve been living. This roommate makes judgments, thrives on emotions, makes demands and imposes opinion. Sound familiar?
Spring is here! We finally place our winter gear in storage, rotate out the snow tires, and plant some seedlings. With all the energy and care we give to these external necessities and activities, it can be easy to overlook our own well-being.
As we transition into warmer weather and emerge from hibernation mode, the body itself may be needing some attention. Your local physical therapist is here to help! You may think of your PT as your "human mechanic." Anyone can benefit from a visit to the PT for a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, encompassing orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, and women's health.
At Jade Integrated Health, a treatment session with a PT is an individualized approach to healing. Sessions will often consist of a combination of manual therapies (joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, and more) to improve alignment and reduce pain, neuromuscular re-education to re-wire the nervous system for more optimal movement patterns, and therapeutic exercise prescriptions to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, and overall function.
Are you looking to get back into any springtime sports or leisure activities? From hitting the hiking trail to swinging a golf club, an appointment or two with a PT may provide some insights and inspiration in your movements.
Feel free to try the essential 6 movements of the spine, a wonderful daily practice to regain flexibility and improve posture!
Standing Cat / Cow
Standing Twist to the Right and Left
Standing Side Bend to the Right and Left
Give yourself the gift of a tune-up at the clinic, and stay tuned here for more daily practices to cultivate body awareness and optimal alignment!