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Honor thyself!

May 2011

dr heidi 

This Mother's Day and month of May we are honoring the first stage of motherhood: Pregnancy.  The miracle of conception, the intricacy of fetal development and the process of birth mark stages where optimal wellness and spinal health are paramount.  And because of this, I feel my most meaningful work occurs when I'm working with a pregnant mother. This is a time that I not only get a chance to help the new mom with the aches, pains and challenges of pregnancy but also have the opportunity to impact the health of a new life.  Many people are unaware that Chiropractic, when applied to the pregnant patient, can not only help with pain but is highly effective in turning breech babies as well as improving labor and delivery outcomes.  


In fact,  I had the pleasure of turning another breech presentation just last week!  The Mom was scheduled for C-section and through a referral from one of my dedicated patients, the new mom ended up in my office.  Within 2 visits, baby had turned, scheduled C-section was canceled and mom and baby can have a natural birth as was innately planned.  There is so much benefit from Chiropractic care during this precious time!  And although OB/Gyn referrals for Chiropractic care are increasing each day, many people still don't know we can help. So, this month join us in honoring the pregnant mom's by letting them know Chiropractic is a safe and effective option for them during pregnancy.  To learn more, please visit our website and/or take a look at the incredible research 

Until our next adjustment....


Yours in health,    

Dr. Heidi (Proud Mom) & the InnerMovement Wellness Team 

in this issue
:: Dr. Broosan's Research Corner: Chiropractic care & Pregnancy
:: The Webster Technique
:: Treating post-partum with Acupuncture
:: Patient Success Story #1
:: Benefits of Pre & Post Natal Massage
:: Nutrition News: Break out that blender!
:: Patient Success Story #2
:: Did you know?

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Health Research Corner

with Dr. Broosan


Benefits of Chiropractic during Pregnancy 

More and more pregnant women are looking for ways to improve their experience during pregnancy and delivery.  Many expectant mothers are prone to back pain, neck pain and other issues throughout their pregnancy as their bodies make very dramatic physiological and endocrinological changes during this time.  What many women are finding out is that chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to help cope with the stress that is placed on the body amidst all the changes.  Furthermore, it is appealing to pregnant women who want to avoid taking medication and may even have an effect on reducing labor time. 


Here is some research on the topic:


"An interview of 170 consecutive female patients: of the 170 pregnancies with reported back pain, 72% also reported back labor...The treated group experienced less pain during labor.Eighty-four per-cent of patients receiving spinal manipulative therapy [ADJUSTMENTS] reported relief of back pain during pregnancy.  There was significantly less likelihood of back labor when spinal manipulative therapy was administered during pregnancy."


Back pain during pregnancy and labor.   Diakow, PRP, Gadsby, TA, Gadsby JB et al. J Manipulative Physiol Ther Vol. 14, No. 2 Feb. 1991.


"The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can change the shape of the spinal curves and overall posture which can affect organ systems.  In this study Dr. Fallon describes her work with 65 women who received chiropractic care from at least the tenth week of pregnancy through labor and delivery.  These women experienced mean labor times significantly reduced compared to controls."


The effects of chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labor: a comprehensive study.  Fallon J. Proceedings of the world chiropractic congress. 1991; 24-31.


The Webster Technique

Chiropractic Technique for turning breech babies 

The Webster Technique or Webster In-Utero Constraint Turning Technique involves assessing and correcting any misalignments (subluxations) in the pelvic and low back area. This helps to keep the ligaments and muscles, which support the uterus, relaxed. Since these ligaments and muscles attach to the bones of the pelvis, any shift in the alignment of the bones causes tightening of the ligaments and muscles. This can cause twisting and tension on the uterus, making it difficult for the baby to get into proper position. Correcting the misalignments allows for optimal uterine positioning and ultimately, a more favorable fetal position. The Webster Technique does not involve any type of moving of the baby itself, as with the external version procedure and is absolutely safe with very high success rate of 75 - 95%.


In addition to her 8 years of Chiropractic school, Dr. Heidi earned a Fellowship in working with Pregnancy & Pediatrics.  She is certified and proficient in the Webster Intrauterine Constraint Technique which deems her a specialist in relieving breech presentation or any pregancy-related pain.


Acupuncture & Postpartum

by Veronica Sanchez, LAc, RN & Proud Mom

Clinical trials have shown that acupuncture is significantly effective in treating postpartum depression.  Acupuncture has been proven to regulate hormone and enzyme levels, modulate blood flow and facilitate healing.  We have helped many of our patients with postpartum depression using Acupuncture. 


Key points from recent publications:

  • A Stanford University study has found that acupuncture is effective in treating postpartum depression. (more)
  • Acupuncture was found to be able to alter the levels of hormones and enzymes involved in depression. (more)
  • Acupuncture was found to alter the proliferation of cells in the hippocampus of the brain, a key element in many cases of depression. (more)

Below is list of specific postpartum depression symptoms that acupuncture can address, as well as other accompanying symptoms following childbirth:


Overall hormonal balance






Pensiveness/Over thinking

Stress relief


Insomnia/dream-disturbed sleep

Frequent mood changes

Chest restriction/heart palpitations

Other Postpartum Symptoms

Low back pain

Perineal pain


Abdominal pain

Lochial Retention

Lack of Appetite


Lactation support


Patient Success Story!

by Karen


"My baby was breech and Dr. Heidi was highly recommended (well deserved)  to be able to help turn the baby for a natural birth. 
Throughout the pregnancy, I have been working to have a natural birth; only eating organic foods and trying to bring my baby into this world free of toxins and chemicals - the idea of having a cesarean section was/is contrary to everything we hoped for our baby.  So I'm happy to report that after just two visits the baby turned!!!   Remember though that at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that you and the baby are healthy - The journey towards birth is only just the beginning!"


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Pre & Post-Natal Massage

Therapeutic bodywork benefits

by Christy Manchester, L.M.T. & Proud Mom 

As individuals we want what is best for ourselves.  As mothers we want what is best for our children. During Pregnancy, that means double duty!  Pregnancy massage is not only good for our changing bodies, but it also benefits the life growing within.  Everything we do and feel as an expectant mother is felt by our babies. If we are stressed and uncomfortable our baby feels it. Think about it, at no other time in your life will you be as connected as you are now.  


Women's bodies go through a myriad of changes during pregnancy both emotionally and physically. Swedish massage is most recommended for pregnancy as it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy. By reducing anxiety, decreasing symptoms of depression, increasing circulation and relieving muscle aches and pains, you are maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for your unborn child.   


We also want a safe labor and delivery and want our newborn to be healthy. Studies show that therapeutic massage incorporated into regular prenatal care can improve labor outcomes and newborn health. In the past 10 years studies have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. These changes led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight.  


Once we are holding our little miracle in our arms, our body begins to recuperate from the changes and stresses of pregnancy, labor and delivery as well as the new stresses on the body that comes with caring for our newborn. Post-natal massage gives nurturing and emotional support to help regain lost energy, helps restore our body to it's pre-pregnancy condition, and helps relieve the muscle aches and pains that result from nursing, holding and carrying our newborn.   


Pregnancy massage is a safe and proven technique to add to your regular pre and post-natal care. For more information visit the American Pregnancy Association website and click on pregnancy wellness.

Nutrition News

Start your day with a smoothie!

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Smoothies are an easy way to get the extra nutrition needed during pregnancy to build a healthy baby and keep mom strong.  And for the little one's at home, they are an easy & tasty treat that they won't even know is healthy.  


Consuming Raw Fruits and Vegetables in a smoothie every day will do several things for you:

  • Ensure you are properly hydrated  
  • Provide you with the full spectrum of nature's bioavailable vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants
  • Give you plenty of natural fiber to ensure excellent digestion
  • Provide you with the scientifically proven best "brain fuel" in the form of fructose
  • Help empower your immune system to protect you from illness
We recommend that you make your own smoothies at home as many store-bought brands contain unwanted sweeteners.  Also, by making your smoothie fresh, you're getting the best nutritional benefits as these can be affected by shelf-life.

Click HERE  to download some of our favorite smoothie recipes.  Enjoy!
Patient Success Story!

by Nicole M. 


"After seeing Dr. Heidi through my pregnancy, I can say with great joy that not only did my baby remain head down and anterior from around me sixth month, in addition I delivered my son in 48 minutes!  I have no doubt that chiropractic health and utilizing the Webster Technique, NET and sticking to the eating and exercise plan that I was instructed to, played a key role in achieving this outcome.  My OB recommends her patients to get Chiropractic care and she is astounded at how many of her expectant mom's will not do it even when it is covered by insurance. I know from my own experience, and after referring my husband's pregnant colleague who was breach before seeing Dr. Heidi, plus several of my siblings wives received successful chiro care during their pregnancies....make the appointment, get the care, and have a great pregnancy experience."  



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