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Prenatal Chiropractic

Are you expecting a little one? Pregnancy is often a stressful process. It involves big changes to just about every system in the body, including the 

  • Musculoskeletal system.

  • Nervous system, and endocrine system.

  • In addition to placing extra strains and stresses on the muscles, ligaments, and organs. 

Many of these changes (including weight gain and a growing belly) place unusual strains on the spinal column, causing painful misalignments, “slipped” or herniated discs, and compressed nerves. 

Dr. Julian Giles is specially trained in techniques aimed at helping women relieve these painful symptoms of both pregnancy and delivery. At True Vitality KC, women throughout the Kansas City, MO, region receive state-of-the-art care tailored to their needs and the needs of their babies.

What benefits does chiropractic care offer for pregnant women?

When nerves are compressed during pregnancy, the signals between the brain and specific organs are interrupted, which interferes with many of the body’s normal functions. Keeping the spine aligned with regular chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy helps prevent nerve compressions and related irritation so nerve pathways are kept clear and open for “communication,” supporting optimal health not just for the mother, but for the developing baby as well. Routine chiropractic adjustments are beneficial for helping women control -Pregnancy-related nausea. -Pain relief in the back, neck, and joints. -Reducing the pain and time spent in labor and delivery.

Is it safe to have chiropractic adjustments and treatments during pregnancy?

Yes! Dr. Giles is trained in special techniques, such as the Webster technique, for treating pregnant women with a certification from the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). He adjusts and treats in a way that avoids undue stress and pressure on the mother’s belly, and his offices include tables designed specifically to accommodate the changing bodies of mothers-to-be. In addition to optimizing treatment techniques for pregnant women, Dr. Giles provides guides on in-home exercises and activities that are safe and beneficial for both the mother and the developing baby.

What is the Webster technique?

The Webster technique is a chiropractic method that assesses and adjusts a woman’s pelvis, reducing stress on the uterus and the ligaments that support it. Maintaining a balanced pelvis can help the developing baby assume the correct position in the uterus so the risk of a breech birth, a birth where the baby is positioned “backward” for delivery, can be reduced and labor and delivery can be less stressful on both the mother and the baby. Plus, when the pelvis is properly balanced, the uterine size is optimized, allowing for proper fetal growth and development throughout the entire course of pregnancy.

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Pediatric Chiropractic

Do you have a growing baby? An energetic toddler? Adults aren’t the only ones who can benefit from regular chiropractic care - little ones will too, especially active babies experiencing the aches and pains of “growth spurts.” At True Vitality KC we promise to provide satisfactory chiropractic care geared specifically toward the needs of your child.

Is chiropractic care safe for kids?

 

Yes, Dr. Giles is trained in special techniques specifically for pediatric patients of all ages, from infancy all the way through the teen years, and he is also skilled in identifying conditions that tend to be more common during childhood, including issues that occur as a result of improper development of the spine. Plus, by making sure the spine is properly adjusted throughout the childhood years, chiropractors can promote healthy growth and development that can help many children avoid spine-related problems in adulthood. Just as with adult patients, pediatric patients undergo a comprehensive hands-on evaluation prior to treatment to ensure they receive the most appropriate care based on their needs.

How often should my child visit the chiropractor?

 

Your kiddo should visit the chiropractor whenever they experience pain or other symptoms, including, Pain in the back, shoulders, or limbs. Chronic issues like asthma, allergies, or frequent illnesses. These are all calls for help from their little bodies. In addition, children should have regular office visits for routine adjustments to keep their spines properly aligned so serious issues can be prevented. Routine chiropractic visits can be especially important during periods of rapid growth to ensure the musculoskeletal system is developing normally. Want to avoid little aches and pains? Regular chiropractic visits help with more “mundane” issues like back and neck strain due to heavy backpacks or long periods sitting at a desk or computer.

Can a chiropractor help my child perform better in student athletics?

 

Absolutely! Our services play an important role in helping children perform at their peak, both academically and physically. That’s because we work on relieving pain and other issues that will interfere with the ability to focus and function. When the spine is strained, nerve pathways can become pinched or irritated, interrupting normal nerve signaling between the brain and the organs, muscles, and other structures. Irritation and inflammation also cause pain that makes it difficult for student-athletes to train and compete. Our techniques relieve these strains and nerve compressions so neural communication is restored and inflammation and irritation are kept at bay. In addition, we help athletes learn how to train and compete without overstraining their spine and musculoskeletal system.

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Lower Back Pain  

Do you think sick days are the main cause of absence? Think again…

Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of medical visits and missed days from work and school. At True Vitality KC, patients in and around Kansas City, MO, receive complete care for their lower back pain, including chiropractic care, massage therapy, and other techniques based on their specific needs and symptoms.

 

What can I do to prevent lower back pain from occurring?

 

The best way to prevent back pain is to have routine chiropractic adjustments to maintain proper spinal alignment so nerve compression, irritation, and inflammation can be avoided. Losing excess weight, being more physically active, using proper lifting techniques, and taking frequent breaks when sitting for long periods can also help.

What causes lower back pain?

 

Lower back pain is a common problem among men, women, and children. The lower back bears a good majority of weight during the day, and many of your daily requirements rely on it being flexible. As a result, it’s subjected to a lot of strain and forces that can cause or contribute to painful symptoms. Some of the most common causes of lower back pain include: repetitive use and overuse injuries herniated or compressed discs arthritis spinal diseases or conditions like spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, or scoliosis carrying heavy or unbalanced loads like heavy backpacks, briefcases, or purses poor posture or poor ergonomics at work, school, or home slip-and-fall accidents sports injuries car accidents and other traumatic injuries standing or sitting for long periods being obese wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels pregnancy Because so many issues can cause or contribute to painful symptoms, having a comprehensive, hands-on evaluation is critically important to ensure patients receive the most appropriate care.

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Sports Injuries 

Sports injuries will take a toll on your musculoskeletal and nervous systems, resulting in pain and other symptoms including reduced range of motion. 

 

The team at True Vitality KC is equipped to treat all sorts of sports injuries for patients in Kansas City, MO, using state-of-the-art approaches like kinesio taping and the Graston technique.

 

What are the most common causes of sports injuries?

 

Some sports injuries are caused by direct impact either with a hard surface like the ground or a wall or with another player. However many injuries occur as a result of twisting or torquing the body either during competition or training, placing extreme and uneven strains on the muscles, joints, and soft tissues. Many of these indirect-impact injuries result in inflammation and nerve compression that cause pain at the site of injury as well as pain and other symptoms that radiate into the arms and legs. Because even a seemingly minor sports-related injury can have a significant and far-reaching impact on an athlete’s performance and overall health, having a comprehensive, hands-on chiropractic evaluation is essential for determining the best approach to care.

How do we treat sports injuries?

What is Kinesio taping?

 

What is the Graston technique?

 

Once the cause of injury has been identified, treatment options may include adjustments, deep tissue or sports massage, therapeutic exercises, and sports-specific techniques like the Graston technique to loosen adhesions and muscle knots or Kinesio taping to provide adequate support to injured areas while they heal.

Need support after an injury? Kinesio taping is a technique that uses strong, flexible cloth tape to provide support to injured areas while they heal. The flexible nature of the tape means athletes can remain active, so muscles don’t “freeze up” and become stiff. Plus, the gentle support promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage for better healing. The tape is applied in a specific pattern depending on the area being supported, and it can remain in place 24 hours a day.

The Graston technique uses a series of specially designed instruments applied to the body in ways that gently “break up” trigger points or muscle knots that can cause significant long-term and recurrent pain. This helps to mobilize soft tissues and restore their normal health and function. The technique typically is used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments or massage to stimulate circulation and promote natural healing. The Graston technique has been associated with many benefits, including faster healing and recovery for both acute and chronic conditions.

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Headaches And Migraines 

Headaches and migraines aren’t just uncomfortable - they interfere with a person’s normal activities, not to mention their quality of life. 

The team at True Vitality KC uses a combination of chiropractic treatment and therapeutic massage to relieve symptoms of all types of headaches, including tension headaches and migraines.

What are the most common causes of migraines and other chronic headaches?

 

Headaches are a very common medical complaint among patients of both sexes and all ages, and they can be caused by many factors, including: chronic tension poor posture sitting for long periods nerve compression in the neck or upper back temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder slip-and-fall accidents or other traumatic injuries allergies or sensitivities to foods or medications overuse or strain involving the muscles in the neck or back being too inactive certain medications some medical conditions, including hypertension Because so many issues can cause or contribute to headaches, a comprehensive chiropractic evaluation is the first step in treatment and is geared toward identifying the specific cause of symptoms.

What symptoms do migraines cause?

 

Migraine headaches are a particularly severe type of headache usually associated with significant pain which is often located on one side of the head. Patients experience additional symptoms like nausea or heightened sensitivity to light or sound. Sometimes, migraines can cause visual symptoms like tunnel vision or glare. Researchers believe migraines are caused by a combination of nerve and circulation problems, and both chiropractic care and therapeutic massage can be excellent options for relieving symptoms and preventing their recurrence.

How do we help relieve the pain of migraines and other chronic headaches?

 

Many headaches are caused by muscle strain in the neck and upper back, or alignment problems in the spine that cause painful nerve compression. Chiropractic adjustments help realign the spine to relieve compression on nerves so nerve signaling is restored and painful irritation is relieved. Massage works by promoting circulation and releasing built-up toxins in areas of inflammation, tapping into the body’s natural healing powers to relieve associated pain. Plus, many forms of massage help release muscle knots or “trigger points” that can be a common source of recurrent tension headaches, and massage can also promote a general feeling of relaxation that can aid in tension release. Finally, the holistic caregivers at True Vitality KC can provide lifestyle guidance, teaching patients specific techniques to help them identify and avoid triggers that can cause headaches to flare up.

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Massage Therapy
At True Vitality KC, we offer massage therapy for so much more than prenatal and postpartum. Massages are great for:
- Alleviating chronic pain and tension
- Recovering from athletics or injury
- Maintaining peak performance     
- Recovering from pregnancy and postpartum 
- Lowering anxiety and stress
- Improving sleep and relaxation
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage and Benifits

Pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s body, both before and after delivery. We offer prenatal and postpartum massage to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy so women in Kansas City, MO, can focus on the joys of motherhood. A woman’s body undergoes tremendous changes during pregnancy and following delivery, changes that involve, Muscles. Joints. Nerves. Circulatory system. Hormones. All these issues can cause an array of symptoms, including pain and tenderness, and the lack of sleep and increased physical and psychological demands that typically follow delivery can also take a toll. Massage helps relieve all of these issues by promoting circulation and relieving muscle strain and stress that can cause painful knots and reduced range of motion, especially in the back and legs. Plus, massage improves lymphatic drainage to help reduce swelling, and it can also help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness that plague many women during pregnancy. Finally, massage is well known for its relaxing properties. Having massage therapy routinely during and after pregnancy helps relieve stress and promote better sleep to help restore a woman’s overall health and wellness and help her adjust to her new responsibilities. Even before pregnancy, massage therapy helps by optimizing a woman’s health, even relieving chronic stress that can interfere with fertility.

How can massage therapy help me recover and improve my health following pregnancy?

 

Whether this is your first baby or last, the demands of being a new mother are never easy, especially when your body is tired from pregnancy and delivery and your hormones are still getting back to “normal.” Postpartum massage helps women relieve stress pain and stiffness, promoting circulation and releasing built-up fluids while also stimulating the production and release of “feel good” chemicals like serotonin to help banish any “baby blues.”

What happens during a prenatal massage?

 

Before the massage, patients will be asked about any issues or symptoms they may be experiencing so their session can be focused on those issues. Special cushions and supports will be used to ensure the belly is well protected and the back and neck are properly supported. We will select the best massage technique to relieve specific symptoms, Lower back pain. Leg swelling. Nausea Or other symptoms

What are the benefits of prenatal and postpartum massage?

A woman’s body undergoes tremendous changes during pregnancy and following delivery, changes that involve the muscles, joints, nerves, circulatory system and hormones. All these issues can cause an array of symptoms, including pain and tenderness, and the lack of sleep and increased physical and psychological demands that typically follow delivery can also take a toll. Massage helps relieve all of these issues by promoting circulation and relieving muscle strain and stress that can cause painful knots and reduced range of motion, especially in the back and legs. Plus, massage improves lymphatic drainage to help reduce swelling, and it can also help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness that plague many women during pregnancy. Finally, massage is well known for its relaxing properties. Having massage therapy routinely during and after pregnancy can help relieve stress and promote better sleep to help restore a woman’s overall health and wellness and help her adjust to her new responsibilities. Even before pregnancy, massage therapy can help by optimizing a woman’s health, even relieving chronic stress that can interfere with fertility.

 

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