Blog Post: Benefits of Baby Wearing

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Benefits of Baby Wearing:

Baby wearing can help prevent flat head syndrome/cranial flattening. When a baby lays for a long period of time on their back, the back of their head starts to conform to the surface they are laying on therefore flattening over time. Flattening especially on the back of a baby’s head can also be attributed to restricted range of motion of the baby’s neck/head. This can be tied back to the birthing process or positioning of the baby in the womb. For example, 98% of births whether vaginal or C section have tension and stress in their upper cervical spine/neck (ICPA). This can then lead to a head preference or head tilt to one side resulting in flattening on that side. With baby wearing, baby is spending less time on their back preventing flat spots from settling in.

Baby wearing can also help increase your milk supply. When baby wearing, a mother and baby’s bond and closeness increases especially when performing skin to skin contact. This closeness helps increase the release of the hormone oxytocin which is responsible for the let down of milk. In addition, this closeness and convenience of being in the carrier can lead to more frequent feeds which are also important for maintaining and continuing to increase milk supply as milk supply is also dependent on supply and demand. (International breastfeeding Institute)

Another benefit of baby wearing includes the freedom and convenience it offers to continue to do regular activities. It can free up your hands to get chores done around the house, go out and do errands, or even get back to a regular exercise routine. Getting back to a normal routine can also help new moms decompress. With so many changes happening at once, skin to skin contact or close contact associated with baby wearing can help to reduce the release of cortisol (stress hormone) in both mom and baby. Therefore, This can help improve overall mood and energy levels through out the day but also help keep your little one calm and content.

With so many baby wearing options on the market, finding the right one can feel overwhelming. Things to consider are whether the baby wearing item is comfortable for both mom and baby or whether it is appropriate for various types of weather (hence one that is bulky can cause it to feel too hot). Essentially they are all meant to do the same job but one that we love at Ignite is Solly baby. There are also videos on their website that provide tutorials on how to start baby wearing and other various tips and tricks.

Our Doctors love being a support system for you! Please feel free to contact our office if you have further questions of how chiropractic care can help you!!

Blog Post: Back to School and Anxiety

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Back to School and Anxiety:

The beginning of the school year can be a very stressful event for kids/teens. This change in routine or the feeling of the unexpected can really cause anxiety to heighten during this time. Some changes we may see during this time include difficulty sleeping. Typically, it becomes hard to fall asleep at night and to stay asleep through the night as the brain is in a state of constant worrying. We may also see an increase in tummy aches or feeling ill. This ties back to our brain-gut connection. If our brain is on high alert or constantly worrying its going to start affecting other areas such as the gut. Another sign we may see is difficulty concentrating on tasks or in school. Depending on the stress load, individuals may also experience mental fog and a fluctuation in the symptoms listed above.

Some tips to to help with heightened anxiety include establishing a sleep routine. Summer break can cause one to quickly deviate from their routine with so much free time on their hands. One of the first things to become affected is sleep. To combat this, establishing a nightly wind down routine is key. This includes limiting screen time an hour before bed as this allows the brain to start to relax as bright light may mimic day light and hours of being awake. Another helpful tip to help with sleep includes a Himalayan salt lamp. This lamp mimics the warm colors of a sunset which helps with relaxation and sleep as opposed to blue light (light emitted from cellphones etc) which blocks the release of melatonin (sleep hormone)(Sleep foundation).

Another helpful tip to manage the symptoms of anxiety includes supplements and herbal remedies. One of these supplements that can help combat anxiety is Magnesium. Magnesium can be found in rice, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds and can be added to food or snacks. You can also find Magnesium in powder form such as CALM which can be taken by kids and adults. Herbal remedies include Lavender which can be used with a diffuser, in a hot bath, or even as a spray over pillows to calm the nervous system, promote better sleep, and reduce anxiety. Another herbal remedy includes lemon balm. Lemon balm has been shown to be helpful with relieving anxiety, improving focus, and easing indigestion (Drlowdog). This can be consumed as a tea or in tincture form (can be found for kids) as well as diffused as an essential oil.

Last but not least, it is important to get adjusted during times of stress or changes in routine such as the beginning of the school year. When someone is stressed, they are running on stress/protection mode which can then affect sleep, concentration, and overall mood. Through chiropractic adjustments we can restore balance to the nervous system and initiate the calming aspect of your system therefore allowing for a smoother transition into the new school year.

Our Doctors love being a support system for you! Please feel free to contact our office if you have further questions of how chiropractic care can help you!!

Blog Post: How Stress Before, During, and After Pregnancy Can Affect You and Your Baby

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How Stress Before, During, and After Pregnancy Can Affect You and Your Baby:

Stress before pregnancy can present as fertility struggles. Whether it takes years to conceive or mom is undergoing multiple rounds of IVF, this can really take a toll on moms overall well being. This can present as emotional or even physical stress. For example, In a study performed on stress and conception, researchers found that women whose saliva had high levels of the stress marker (alpha amylase) took 29% longer to conceive ( In another study, patients who struggled with fertility experienced significant emotional distress evoking feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, and loss of control (The relationship between stress and infertility by Kristin L Rooney). Stress experienced prior to pregnancy and during conception can also manifest as stress in the developing baby. The effects of this stress are usually seen at birth with a baby who is very tense, uncomfortable, and displaying excessive fussiness.

Stress during pregnancy can also affect both mom and baby. In mom, stress may present as a very uncomfortable pregnancy or even a breech pregnancy. If mom is stressed her muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the pelvis tighten and start running on protection mode. This tightening can then cause round ligament pain, pubic bone pressure, or even sciatic symptoms such as numbness/tingling. In addition, this tightening also limits the amount of room baby has in the tummy. With limited room, the baby does not have enough space to make its way head down sometimes leading to more invasive procedures such as an ECV (external cephalic version) or even a C section delivery.

Stress after pregnancy can also take a toll on mom and baby. Often times, women find themselves with a low or absent milk supply. Increasing levels of stress due to lack of sleep or adapting to a new routine with baby can cause an increase of stress hormone within the body. This increase in cortisol/stress hormone inhibits the release of other hormones such as prolactin which is responsible for producing milk. Moms are quick to blame themselves or feel shame for not being able to produce for their little one which then continues to contribute to increased levels of stress. Also, moms suffering from post partum depression or anxiety tend to stress about not being able to bond with their little one and the stress continues to pile on as they feel like motherhood may not be suitable for them.

Some helpful tips for managing stress include seeing a neurologically focused pediatric and prenatal chiropractor before, during, and after pregnancy. Neurologically focused chiropractors assess the nervous system and how well you are adapting to physical (pregnancy, desk job), chemical (diet/environment), and emotional stressors (changes in routine/daily stressors). They take a look at 2 key factors of the nervous system which are the Parasympathetic Nervous System and the Sympathetic Nervous System. Often we find that pregnant moms or even individuals with busy careers are running on the Sympathetic side which is described as someone who is GO GO GO, drained, and overwhelmed. Through chiropractic adjustments we can start engaging the parasympathetic nervous system which is the calming aspect of our system. It can help manage stress, improve sleep, regulate hormones, boost our immune system, and help people feel their best.

Our Doctors love being a support system for you! Please feel free to contact our office if you have further questions of how chiropractic care can help you before, during, and after pregnancy!!

Blog Post: Top Tips for a Sleep Routine

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Top Tips for a Sleep Routine:

Summer is here and with school being out we notice both parents and kids running into exhaustion. Summer is usually a time where everyone is GO GO GO from summer vacations/traveling to daily activities to keep everyone entertained. Here are some tops tips to maintain a sleep routing during this time.

One awesome tip includes sticking to a sleep schedule.
Having a consistent sleep schedule is important because this is when our body can rest and heal. Being that we are out doing more whether it be traveling or a day at the splash pad, we need to give our bodies time to soak in the day. If we are running on very little sleep, our immune systems begin to plummet making us more susceptible to becoming sick. Therefore, it is important to go to bed at a consistent time every night and attempt to sleep a full eight hours.

Another great tip for maintaining a sleep routine is creating a restful environment. Limiting screen time an hour before bed is especially important because it allows our brain and bodies to begin winding down. By doing so, our body is able to experience deeper and more restorative stages of sleep. Limiting light exposure can also help boost melatonin production and overall quality of sleep (SleepFoundation). Additional ways to start the winding down process include diffusing essential oils such as lavender, a dark environment/room shades, calming music, or even a bath before bed.

Last but not least, it is important to get adjusted by a neurologically focused chiropractor. They take their time in assessing two very key aspects of the nervous system which include the Parasympathetic Nervous System (brake pedal) and the Sympathetic Nervous System (Gas pedal). The Parasympathetics/brake pedal is focused on growth, rest, digestion, and healing as opposed to the Sympathetics/gas pedal which is Go Go Go and stress stuck on. As you would imagine someone who is constantly on the GO becomes stuck on stress mode which then may affect their sleep, immune system, and even digestion. Getting adjusted regularly allows the body to begin pumping those brakes and experience improved sleep.

Our Doctors love being a support system for you! Please feel free to contact our office if you have further questions of how chiropractic care can help you achieve your sleep goals!

Blog Post: Why Chiropractic Care Should Be a Part of Everyone’s Birth Plan

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Why Chiropractic Care Should Be a Part Of Everyone’s Birth Plan:

In preparation for birth, moms will typically put together a team to support them on the journey they are about to embark on. Some key players may include a doula who can offer much needed emotional support through the process or even a mid wife who performs regular check ups. With that being said, a key player that would be a great addition to their team includes a chiropractor who focuses on pregnancy. Not only can chiropractic care help support these women through the physical changes pregnancy encompasses such as round ligament pain, sciatica, or pubic bone pain; it can also help with every day stressors and optimal positioning for mom and baby.

Chiropractors who focus in pregnancy utilize the Webster technique which is a specific chiropractic adjustment that focuses on restoring balance to the pelvis. This technique takes into account the muscles, bones, and ligaments surrounding the pelvis that may be creating uterine torsion. This may also affect the positioning of the baby. As a woman’s body is constantly changing during pregnancy, we recommend starting care early on. This approach can help many pregnant women stay ahead of aches and pains but also prepare the body as best as possible for birth.

Although we suggest getting started early in pregnancy, we find that often pregnant women seek us out towards the end of their pregnancy. Usually these moms are very uncomfortable or have a baby who is breeched and not in proper positioning for birth. In regards to breeched presentations; chiropractic care is still beneficial as it can help moms avoid C sections or even painful hospital procedures aimed at flipping a baby. With that being said, in order to restore balance to the pelvis especially in this late stage of pregnancy, consistency and repetition plays a huge factor. Therefore, we tend to see these moms three times a week. This time frame allows us to do our best to restore balance to the pelvis in order for the baby to make its way head down. Regardless of the outcome, we support moms in any stage of pregnancy and thereafter.

A common question we get asked in the office Is how soon after delivery one can come in for an adjustment. Moms are encouraged to come in as early as they feel ready. Whether it was a tough C section delivery or mom is experiencing very tender breasts, we are able to accommodate around these areas with supportive pillows in order to facilitate a comfortable adjustment. At this time, we continue to assess the pelvis and also bring awareness to many post partum challenges that may arise. Some of these challenges may include post-partum depression, adapting to being a new mom, or even managing a little one who may be extremely fussy or colicky. We truly believe that a mom who is educated will be empowered throughout her journey.

Our Doctors love being a support system for expecting moms through throughout their pregnancy journey! Please feel free to contact our office if you have further questions of how prenatal chiropractic can help you achieve your labor and delivery goals!

Blog Post: 5 Ways Chiro Care Can Benefit Your Little One

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Chiropractic care for your kiddo might sound like a new idea, or something strange that you would never think of to help with different issues that children experience. Some might wonder, “why would I take my baby, toddler or child to the chiropractor, their back doesn’t hurt.” This is an area where we LOVE to educate. We help parents understand the benefits of chiropractic care stretch far beyond just neck and back pain. Chiropractic adjustments impact the nervous system, which is the master system of the body, regulating and controlling all of its functions. By balancing the nervous system with gentle, specific, nervous system-focused chiropractic adjustments, we are able to see some pretty awesome changes in little ones!

Here are five ways that chiropractic care benefit your kiddo:

1. Colic

A large number of babies get diagnosed with colic at the doctor’s office. Although it is used as a diagnosis, it essentially describes uncomfortable babies that are crying for an unknown reason. When we meet these little ones at our office and are able to hear about mom’s pregnancy, their birth story and we see what’s going on in their little systems on our neurological scans, these signs usually all add up to tell us the same thing —their little nervous systems are stressed! The way chiropractic can benefit these little ones is addressing the areas of stress with gentle, specific adjustments that will relax their systems.

2. Sleep

Sleep is a huge issue for a lot of the children that we see! Whether it’s a newborn baby who is having a tough time sleeping through the night, a toddler going through a growth spurt or just a busy kiddo who is always on the go, getting adjusted can help calm their system down and allow them to get deeper, more peaceful sleep! The way this works is by stimulating the parasympathetic or side of the nervous system which is in charge of REST, RELAXATION, digestion, immune function, growth and development! This is so important for children so they can grow, develop and thrive the way all kids should! Research

3. Immune Support

We all know that having sick kids is not fun! Believe it or not, we encourage children that are having immune challenged to come into our office to get adjusted. The reason for this is because we know how much getting adjusted helps support the immune system. One study, from the National College of Chiropractic, found that disease-fighting white blood cell counts were higher just 15 minutes after a chiropractic adjustment. Not only are the adjustments good for boosting immunity, but they also help encourage sinus drainage and good chest expansion for those struggling with congestion and respiratory illnesses.

4. Digestion

As mentioned, we see a great deal of babies and little ones whose systems have more of a stressed or sympathetic tone. With their bodies in a stressed state, they are not able to relax enough to produce bowel movements on a regular basis. By getting them into more of a relaxed state with adjustments to their low back we are able to see tummy issues, gassiness and constipation improve. Adjustments to tense areas of the mid-back can also help with babies that spit up excessively.

5. Nursing/Latch

When we hear that moms are having trouble with their babies with nursing/latching, we automatically check their upper neck and the muscles of the jaw for tension. With tension in these areas, babies often have a hard time getting in a comfortable position to nurse. They also have issues being able to get a good latch on the breast. This impacts the amount of time they are feeding, the amount of nutrients they are getting and even sometimes their ability to gain a healthy amount of weight. While we always recommend consulting a lactation consultant or other expert in this field for these issues, we know that relieving the tension in their necks and sometimes upper backs can help immensely!

While chiropractic can be extremely helpful in all of these areas, our main goal is not to treat specific symptoms, but to impact the nervous system and improve how the body functions as a whole! With nervous systems that communicate clearly, we see happier and healthier kiddos!

Blog Post: Ear Infections: Is Your Kiddo a Poor Plumber??

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Is your Kiddo a poor plumber? 

Parents, you might be wondering what in the world a “poor plumber” is, so let’s talk! In our office, we use this term to talk about kiddos that are having problems with colds, congestion, sinus infections, allergies, etc. There are two different categories that these kiddos who are “poor plumbers” normally fall into. 

The first category is those that have too much fluid in their pipes. Now what can happen in this case as this fluid builds up, it can get backed up. When this back up happens and this fluid lingers in one place for too long, that’s when there is high susceptibility for an infection. We tend to see more fluid in times where kiddos have colds, runny noses and teething going on. As pediatric chiropractors, our goal is to keep that fluid moving throughout the pipes and the way we do that is through adjustments. 

Another malfunction that can happen when kiddos are “poor plumbers” is pipes not being able to drain properly. When those pathways are not allowing fluid to drain properly, we can see sinus infections, colds and ear infections. Fluid from our sinuses should flow freely and be able to drain out of our system. When there is poor drainage happening and that fluid is not moving, it can get lodged in those sinuses as well as in the chest leading to sinus and respiratory infections. 

What contributes to issues with plumbing? 

In our field, we are so fortunate to get to work with so many kiddos! What we have noticed in working with these kiddos is that those with more tension and stress in their systems tend to have more issues with plumbing. So little ones that have had torticollis or plagiocephaly early on, or maybe they had a rough entrance into the world and were very colicky, fussy babies. This population of kiddos seems to be more prone to things like colds, congestion, respiratory issues and ear infections. 

Stress and the immune system 

In order for your kiddo to be healthy and have a healthy immune system, it is so important to maintain a balance between stress and the immune system. Stress in all forms can overwhelm the immune system, making kiddos more susceptible to the yucky stuff that causes plumbing issues. What we want is to keep that immune system strong, not allowing the stress to overwhelm it, so that your child’s body can kick sickness to the curb like it was designed to do! 

How can chiropractic help? 

Chiropractic adjustments along with boosting the immune system, help to keep that fluid tends to stall and get backed up, moving. Adjustments also stimulate the parasympathetic side of the nervous system, which helps with rest, digestion relaxation and most importantly IMMUNE FUNCTION. When the immune system is able to react and fight like it should, our kiddos are able to stay healthy and fight off illnesses. If any of these “poor plumbing” issues are affecting your kiddo, please feel free to reach out to us and let us help you keep your families healthy!

Blog Post: Boost Your Kiddo’s Immune System

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This time of year can be extremely challenging for little ones and their immune systems. With the holiday chaos just now ending, trying to get back into a normal routine, along with recent weather changes, hearing about kiddos getting sick is not uncommon. While many times people look at the outside factors that make them sick, the real issue is the body’s inability adapt and fight back. 

Factors that put stress on our system (physical, chemical and emotional) build up, and when the bodies have had enough, our stress response is kicked on. Physical stressors in little ones: physical stressors could be anything from baby’s positioning in mom’s belly, to stress from sitting in the car seat or baby carrier. Chemical stressors are toxins from the environment, from clothing, pesticides or chemicals in food, different products that we use daily and much more. Emotional stressors could be changes in routine, relationships at school, family dynamics at home or any other situations that can add extra stress to a situation. 

Instead of letting stress build up and and make us sick, it is important to be proactive! The body was made to be able to adapt and fight from the inside out! Below are some tips for boosting your kiddo’s immune system!

1. Get enough vitamin D

– vitamin D is important for boosting the immune system, boosting mood and so much more! A couple of sources of vitamin D are sunlight and fish, like tuna and salmon. 

2. Exercise: Get those kids moving! Exercising helps with energy levels and also boosts mood and the immune system!

3. Get enough sleep

Studies have shown time and time again that sleep is so important for a healthy immune system. People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to get sick when exposed to a virus. They also take longer to get better after becoming sick. 

4. Get Adjusted!

Don’t wait until you are sick, be proactive! Studies have shown that people who get adjusted regularly are 60.2 % less likely to be admitted to the hospital, they spend 59% less days in the hospital if admitted, the have 62% less the amount of outpatient surgeries and they spend 83% less on pharmaceuticals. 

So many of our families comment on how they have been able to avoid cold & flu season this year or are recovering much faster than previous times! If you have any additional questions about how chiropractic care can help the immune system feel free to give us a call! We love being another resource for our families! 

Blog Post: Torticollis, Tummy Time, Reflux- AWESOME transformation story!

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At this little lady’s 2 month appointment with her pediatrician, the doctor mentioned a flat spot that he noticed on her head. In addition to this flat spot, mom also noticed that she had some stiffness in her neck and shoulders (see picture), and only liked to breastfeed in a specific position (football hold) on a certain side. She also had reflux and HATED tummy time. After looking for answers, her mom decided to taker her to physical therapy, where they taught her exercises and different positions to hold her in that would make her more comfortable. Mom felt like physical therapy was just not enough, so not long after, she heard about Ignite Family Chiropractic and decided to give chiropractic a try!

Before Chiropractic Care:

Currently, she is a little over 4 months old and has made amazing progress since beginning specific, pediatric chiropractic care! Her mom is happy to say…

-her flat spot has resolved
-she no longer has tension in her neck and shoulders
-she breastfeeds in any position
-she no longer has tension in her neck and shoulders
-her reflux has improved
-she no longer hates tummy time
-she is so much more comfortable
-sleeps better
-her overall mood has improved

During Chiropractic Care:

We love seeing her sweet smile in the office and are so happy to hear about how much she has improved!

Blog Post: Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic

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Five Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care:

We know expecting a baby can be full of so many unknowns, it can be scary and exciting all at the same time! Remember taking small and little steps toward promoting health throughout your pregnancy equates to BIG steps toward achieving your labor and delivery goals and the healthy, happy baby your heart desires!

Provides greater comfort during pregnancy

Whether it is feeling like you’re walking around your pelvis, waddling or having trouble with simple things like rolling over in bed or getting in and out of the car, prenatal chiropractic can help. Proper alignment of the pelvis has positive effects on allow mom to feel stronger, more energized and more stable in her every day activities.

Reduces average labor times

Proper pelvic alignment allows for optimal space for baby to descend through the birth canal. When the pelvis is aligned the uterus is relaxed and in it’s optimal hot-air-balloon-like position which is very beneficial because the uterus is an organ comprised of muscle fibers and any time there is torsion or constraint on those muscle fibers they contract. Prolonged contraction can cause fatigue to the portion of the uterus and not allow for those big, strong contractions that are needed to get back out and causing labor to be longer and non-progressive.

Encourages optimal baby position through optimal pelvic alignment

This also promotes reduced labor times because when mom’s pelvis, ligaments and musculature is balanced it allows baby to achieve optimal birth positions. When labor starts, proper baby positioning during labor contractions stimulates the cervix and promotes full dilation and effacement to be achieved. Another concern during pregnancy can be intrauterine constraint. Allowing optimal room in the uterus for baby to grow and develop is essential to the health of the pregnancy and baby!

Reduces neck, back & pelvic pain

There are so many changes occurring in your body throughout your pregnancy. Your body is constantly changing, growing and compensating to your growing little one! That being said, those compensations can be uncomfortable. During pregnancy some of the most common discomforts are located in the low back/pelvis and the upper shoulder blade/lower neck region (or “mom spot”)!  Remember caring for yourself during pregnancy, IS caring for your little one!

Supports natural labor and delivery

Consistent prenatal chiropractic care is one of the most natural ways to achieve your natural labor and delivery goals! Improper pelvic alignment, fatigue and stress during pregnancy lead to non-progression and increased probability of birth interventions.


Check out the video below to learn more about how Prenatal Chiropractic care aligns pelvic structure, muscles and ligaments and how to achieve the above benefits!

Dr. Jen loves being a support system for expecting moms through throughout their pregnancy journey! Please feel free to contact our office if you have further questions of how prenatal chiropractic can help you achieve your labor and delivery goals!