Family Chiropractic Care
We are so pleased to be able to add family care as a specialty here at Island Healing Chiropractic. We all understand how important it is to have a health team on your side from womb to tomb as the saying goes!
Dr. Jessie Mullen has treated children and families for over 20 years. In fact, Dr. Mullen was awarded the CACCP certification from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics.
Parents: Please visit the website icpa4kids.org for some great information
Children & Pregnancy
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”
More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. The birth process itself can be traumatic to the spine. Then think of all that follows in the child’s development-learning to sit, crawl, walk, sports, etc. These can all cause spinal derangements. Left neglected, these will affect the development of the spine and may lead to more serious problems later in life. Adjustments are modified to fit a child’s size, weight and condition, and are gentle and specific. Most children enjoy their adjustments and look forward to returning!
Today’s parent is informed and makes health care decisions for their children accordingly. They are hesitant to mask symptoms with drugs and are concerned with dangerous side effects.
All children function better when their nervous system is at 100%. They all have the natural ability to be healthy and they deserve to express their fullest potential!
Chiropractic is also an essential part of prenatal care. Imbalances in the spine and pelvis are exacerbated with the rapid growth of the baby. Adjustments can relieve or prevent the common problems such as pelvic and lower back pain associated with pregnancy. If the pelvis is in a balanced state as the uterus enlarges, the ligaments attached to it will maintain an equalized support for the uterus. If the pelvis or lower spine is out of balance, the ligaments can become torqued and twisted and this limits the space for the development of the baby. Also, if the ligaments are twisted as birth approaches, the baby may be prevented from being in the optimal position for birth. This can slow down labor and make labor more traumatic. Dr. Mullen is especially interested in the care of children and pregnant women. She is certified in the Webster Technique, which helps to correct sacral misalignment and balance pelvic muscles and ligaments. This removes torsion in the woman’s uterus and its resulting constraint to the baby, and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.
Health & Chiropractic
Is it merely the absence of symptoms? Is it not having a cold? Chiropractors think health is something more than not being sick. The following is a definition of health that is on the right track:
World Health Organization: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In other words, health is a balance that allows the body to function at its best.
More than likely, you came to us because some pain or symptoms caught your attention. You also may be frustrated with simply covering up symptoms with drugs and not actually fixing the problem. The first step is to help with those and alleviate them as best we can. During this time, you may need more frequent visits because the problem has most likely been present for a long time before you felt the pain. As you move along in your treatment plan, you will need less frequent visits.
The best gift you can give your family is a lifetime of great health!
Chiropractic is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. Your spinal column consists of 24 movable bones called vertebrae. The spinal cord is housed inside of the spinal column and it branches off into nerves, which exit through holes in the spine and send impulses from the brain to every part of your body. When the spine is functioning correctly and in proper alignment, the nerve impulses travel normally to the intended part of the body. But when the spine is not functioning correctly (vertebrae are out of alignment) the nerves become irritated and normal impulses are impeded. This may cause pain or any other symptoms. Chiropractors evaluate the spine and correct any mis-alignments so that the nerve impulses can travel freely.