Chiropractic Services in St. George
Active Health Chiropractic works with athletes at any level from middle school to the pros, offering sports injury care to speed up recovery and get you back to the game. We can treat muscle sprains, realign your neck and back, and provide specialized massage and physical therapy treatments to not only ease the pain, but actually heal the injury faster. Athletes can also benefit from regular chiropractic sessions to prevent injuries and maintain muscle strength and flexibility.
Active Health Chiropractic provides orthotic services to people of all ages.
How do I Know If I Need Orthotics?
If you have consulted your doctor of chiropractic with a spine-related problem, you may be surprised by the interest given to your feet. Problems here can cause a “chain reaction” of symptoms, including uneven shoe wear, fallen arches, irregular gait, back pain, and even headaches. Your feet are the foundation for a healthy posture. But if the arches in one or both of your feet collapse (giving you a “flat foot”), your body isn’t getting correct postural support. Without support, foot problems may contribute to stress or pain in other parts of your body – even if your feet don’t hurt!
If Dr. Labrum determines that your condition is complicated by a foot problem, he may prescribe as custom orthotic for you that can be worn in your shoes. To do this, a scan of your feet is made, standing in a weight-bearing position. This scan is then electronically sent to the lab where it is used to make custom-fitting corrective orthotics. Their unique size and shape are designed for you and your specific problem. To find out if you might benefit from these services, answer the following questions:
Do you have any of these conditions?
- Occupational stress
- Un-level pelvis
- Short leg
- Flat Feet
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
Take a minute to take the following test
- Do you stand or walk on hard surfaces for more than 4 hours daily?
- Do you participate regularly in any physical sport (basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, etc.)
- Are you age 40 or over?
- Have you ever injured your knee, back or neck?
- Do your shoes get “out of shape” or wear unevenly?
- Do your joints hurt while standing, walking or running?
- Is one of your legs shorter than the other?
- Do you have knock knees or bow legs?
- Do you have bunions, corns, flat feet, etc.?
- Do your feet “toe out” when you’re walking?
Ask Dr. Labrum if orthotics can help you
Mothers to Be
Often times I am asked by a patient if it is alright to be treated while they are pregnant. With the exception of high risk conditions, the answer is a resounding YES! As the baby grows and develops throughout the term, the mother’s body is changing to accommodate the increase in size, particularly in the last 3 months. The obvious change that is seen is the increased curvature in the lower back. This changes the normal posture of the spine and puts increased stress on the joints and associated muscles and ligaments.
The other change that occurs, one that is not so obvious, occurs mainly during the last trimester. As the body prepares to deliver, the mother’s hormones change, causing the supportive ligaments to in the pelvis to soften and loosen up a bit in preparation for delivery and causes what I refer to as “sloppy joints”. Consequently, this complicates normal joint function which in turn creates pain. When this change in ligament tautness occurs, combined with the above mentioned postural changes occur, a lot of stress occurs in the lower back.
The goal in treating a pregnant mother is to enhance and maintain that joint function. A healthy joint is one which moves within its normal ranges of motion. By keeping the joints as functional as possible, there is less stress in the structures of the lower back. This creates a situation where there can be reduced back labor during delivery and generally speaking, an overall easier labor. Keeping adjusted and keeping the joints functioning properly, allows an expectant mother to be more mobile and comfortable throughout her pregnancy.
My general recommendations for treatment are; in the beginning months of pregnancy, treatment once a month. As the mother begins the last trimester, the treatment interval is shortened more and more as the due date draws close. This treatment can vary obviously, depending on how well the mother is doing. Regardless how frequent a mother is treated, it is beneficial to treat the mother as close to delivery as possible to make sure that all the lower back joints are functioning as well as possible prior to going in for delivery.
After the delivery, it is always wise to have a follow up visit as soon as the mother feels able to be out and about. The reason being, that after delivery, the ligaments that were once soft and lax are now going to start tightening up again and it is imperative that the joints are in the correct functional position to allow proper healing and in turn avoid lower back difficulty in the future.