When the term "chiropractic" is brought to mind, most people envision a doctor twisting and turning their bodies into strange contortions while aggressively forcing their joints into place. Those who are treated by Dr. Baertlein find that she is very different from this type of practitioner. Dr. Baertlein's detailed approach to treating her patients involves various chiropractic techniques which are both gentle and effective. The methods she uses help alleviate pain, relax tight muscles, and allow the body to restore its natural mobility.
As a woman's body changes in response to a growing baby, their bodies take on additional stress. A major shift in the body's center of gravity makes walking, sitting, sleeping all different than they were before pregnancy. Before a woman was expecting her baby, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may have helped her relieve pain, but that is not an option with a baby in the womb. There are chiropractic techniques that are extremely gentle and can help the body adapt to these changes and challenges presented by pregnancy. These adjustments focus on ligaments and muscles that become out of balance due to the additional strain on the pelvis. By releasing the ligaments, the body naturally adjusts.
Dr. Baertlein's technique focuses on the sacrum (tailbone) and one of the major ligaments in this area. When the sacrum shifts, that ligament will be under tension, which creates pressure and dysfunction in the pelvis. The patient will experience a gentle pressure on this ligament while pressure points are released along the back of the body. Patients perceive this as a very relaxing, gentle process. As gentle and relaxing as it is, it is also very powerful. Changes are created in the body that work naturally with the body's ability to move.
How could a simple piece of tape help an injury to heal? In the world of kinesiotape, things are not quite as simple as they may seem. The tape has a specialized woven pattern and allows for various tensions to be used in application. When these properties are utilized correctly by a trained practitioner, they can act as a wonderful asset in chiropractic care and injury recovery.
Most people associate kinesiotaping with athletes. If you watched the Olympics, you may remember seeing colorful tape and somewhat odd looking designs created with this tape on shoulders knees, etc. The truth is that you do not need to be an Olympic athlete for kinesiotape to help you. Quite a few of Dr. Baertlein's patients benefit from kinesiotaping when they deal with injuries that occur during the activities of every day life.
When proper kinesiotape techniques are applied, the tape simultaneously allows for full range of motion and assists in the healing process at the same time. This tape has a specially designed weave pattern that can lift the skin to create space for fluid to drain. When an area is injured, it is also inflamed. When inflammation is reduced (and fluid is allowed to drain from the injured area), healing occurs more quickly.
The tape is meant to assist a joint, help release the tissue surrounding a muscle (known as the fascia), take pressure off of an injured area, assist a muscle tendon and ligament with movement, and help relieve tissue of inflammation. If a patient is suffering from a muscle strain (tear), the tape can be used to prevent the injured muscle from further overuse and further injury, without inhibiting a normal range of motion. It can be used on low backs to help in healing an area by assisting the joints involved. People who suffer from tension or migraine headaches have also felt relief when the muscles in the problem area are taped and supported. It can also be used in the event of a herniated disc by stabilizing the tissue around the injury. Due to the lightweight nature of the tape, most patients do not even notice that they are wearing it. This latex-free tape lasts for about five days, and will even hold up after getting it wet while bathing or while swimming.
Kinesiotape isn't just for grown bodies suffering from an injury. If a young child, or even an infant is struggling with poor muscle tone, the tape can help assist them in properly utilizing their limbs to achieve the muscle tone they need for development. Even more, the tape can be used to assist in proper digestive system function. Every parent knows that a gassy baby is an unhappy baby. When properly kinesiotaped on their abdomens, the tape lifts the tissues, allowing for proper intestinal movement and the release of painful, trapped gas. Ultimately, this results in a happier baby (and happier parents)!