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New Year, New Workout?

With a new year, comes a time when people want to make a physical change! Perhaps you've given birth this last year or several years ago. Before you start that new work out, here are a few things to consider.
While Diastasis Recti is not a condition specifically for females, it is highly prevalent in the female population. Men with this condition could also take this information in to consideration.
What is diastasis recti?                 Diastasis recti (DR) is a common and normal condition that normally develops during pregnancy. It is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscles that can leave your stomach pooch out following your pregnancy, which may be unaesthetically pleasing for the woman; but it can also create lower back or pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, and a weak core. Diastasis recti develops because of an expanding uterus as well as a response to changing hormone levels. While most pregnant women will develop DR, women who are petite, carrying multiple babies, as …
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Prenatal and Postpartum Conditions

Are you suffering from pregnancy-related carpal tunnel, leg cramps, or joint aches?
My first question to you is: Are you taking a prenatal supplement with a DHA?  A favorite in our office is Prenatal with DHA from OrthoMolecular which is not available online from third-party sellers to ensure its safety and efficacy. Read more about it here. If you are postpartum experiencing these symptoms, please continue taking your prenatal to restore your body from what has been absorbing it from you (healing, placenta, baby, nursing).
A few recommendations to help ease what is ailing you: Vitamin C: Yes, really! While we think of Vitamin C as being immune boosting (which it is great at!), it can also help throughout our body in so many different ways. One being it helps supports our connective tissue through the process of producing collagen. Collagen is a key element of our connective tissue. It also supports neurotransmitter production. Neurotransmitters are what send signals throughout our ner…

Picking Your Birth Team

Tying together all of our Facebook Live Guests over the past few months, I wanted to spend some time putting all of their great knowledge, information, and skills in to a written form.

When you first find out you're pregnant, there are so many things to think about and consider right away. You're excited to start planning and preparing a nursery space in your home! You start thinking about things you need, maybe planning a registry, what diapers you want to start with, breastpumps, the best toys, diaper bags, and start looking at all the cute little baby clothes!

But what about your medical and birth team?
Seems like a huge list! How do you narrow it down? Let's go through the various team members.

Medical OB/GYN or Midwife?
You can first start by thinking of where you'd like to birth. Do you picture yourself in the hospital, birth center, or home birthing your baby? If at home or a birth center, you'll very likely be having a midwife as your provider. If y…

Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology tape What is it? It is an elastic, adhesive tape which is not restricting like athletic tape. A good kinesiology tape allows for multiple consecutive days of wearing (5-7 days). It is available in a variety of different colors and patterns. These colors and patterns do not indicate that the tape is different from another in any way, but purely for the wearer’s enjoyment and preference. Yes, you can wear it in the shower, pool, hot tub, and work outs without having it come off easily.

How does it work? Kinesiology tape reduces pain. It does this by alleviating discomfort and facilitating lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions (wrinkles) in the skin which increases interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation, reducing pressure while enabling a more effective flow of blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the target area. Decreases fatigue in muscles by stimulating muscles around a rehabbing area to step i…

Massage Therapy vs Prenatal Bodywork

What is the difference? Prenatal Bodywork is a preventative style modality that works with mom using different techniques to help with potential problems that may arise during pregnancy. Brianna’s style of bodywork also focuses on making space for baby while in utero to comfortably get into proper birthing position. It works by utilizing our clinic room but also sending mom home with homework, daily techniques and exercises to do at home to help with the current problem.
Although massage is incorporated, it's not the only modality used. We use techniques from Spinning Babies, we utilize the effectiveness of Kinesiology tape, and we work with a resistance stretching called PNF. Clients remain dressed during session, depending on comfort level and how far into her pregnancy she is we have all the proper bolsters, pillows, and wedges, to keep them as comfortable as possible. We always save time within the session to work on muscles and ligaments surrounding baby to make sure the client…

Self Scar Massage

How is scar tissue different from other tissue? When viewed under a microscope, normal tissue can be organized in a couple of different fashions: dense, regular elongated fibers running in the same direction, such as tendons and ligaments; or dense and loose, irregular with fibers running in multiple directions. In either instance, when tissue is damaged, it will often heal in a fibrotic, haphazard manner and may appear radio-dense under diagnostic ultrasound. The tissue may show thickening, irregular organization or less precise margins as compared to non-injured tissues, which results in a restricted range of motion and, very often, pain and functional limitations. Cesarean scars can be painful. Some women feel pain or tightness in their scars when they are lifting, leaning, reaching or even standing up straight. If a woman cannot stand up straight without feeling pain or a “pulling” sensation, it may cause her to limit movement, change her posture, and eventually lead to pain in her …