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Chiropractic Care

What is Chiropractic Care?

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Chiropractors are known for their ability to assess and correct spinal joint dysfunctions through their skill of adjusting.  This is the intent of the chiropractic adjustment.

It may surprise a few people to learn that our intent is NOT to treat a disease, treat a condition, remove pain or any other unwanted symptoms. However, our intent is to restore the normal biomechanical function of your neuromusculoskeletal system through the chiropractic adjustment.  This overall can help improve your body’s ability to function at its optimal level.

Your nervous system controls every function, cell, tissue and organ in your body.  Your brain is protected within your skull as your spinal cord is protected by the 24 moveable vertebrae of your spinal column.

If any of the vertebrae becomes restricted or not moving properly, your body is not going to be able to perform at its full capability.  This is what chiropractors call subluxations or the medical community recognizes as spinal joint dysfunction.  These subluxations or spinal joint dysfunctions can cause, but not limited to:

  • Altered joint motion

  • Nerve irritation

  • Blood vessel compromise

  • Inflammation

  • Muscle spasm

  • Pain

  • Joint degeneration, i.e. arthritis

  • Disc bulging

  • Muscle weakness

  • Radiation of pain/numbness/tingling in shoulder, arm, fingers, or down leg

Drs. Darcy Goode and Michelle Parker are both certified by the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners and use multiple styles of adjusting (i.e. diversified, drop-table, activator) to fit their patient’s individual needs. Some people prefer a lighter adjustment, while other would like something firmer. They are both able to offer what that person’s body responds to the best.

Dr. Michelle Parker has achieved the credentialing with being the only Board Certified Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and also an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant in the State of Texas.

 
 
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Prenatal Massage Therapy

Why is Prenatal Massage Therapy a Must for Pregnancy?

Prenatal Massage Therapy in Aledo, Texas

Many mothers can start to feel the aches and pain of pregnancy a lot quicker in their second time of being pregnant than their first typically. Therefore, we have numerous experienced expecting mothers choosing prenatal massage therapy to help soothe their pain or discomfort in their low back, neck, shoulders, sciatica, headaches, swollen feet, round ligament pain, symphysis pubic dysfunction, plus more.

There are numerous studies showcasing the benefits for expecting moms in not only their physical health, but also their mental health. It is very common for pregnant women to have discomforts that cause them to lay awake in their bed at night preventing them to get the best sleep.  When you have a toddler running around the house, then those hours of sleep are even more precious and needed.

“Not only does Rachel help ease my throbbing feet, relieve my back pain, but also helps keep my migraines at bay since I am unable to take my normal medication while I am pregnant.  I have also experienced the best nights of sleep after I get a prenatal massage and my prenatal chiropractic adjustment,” Melissa says. She also reports that she feels more rejuvenated and able to keep up with her young children.

Prenatal massage therapy is a preferred approach for many OBGYN  + certified nurse midwives + certified personal midwives & prenatal certified chiropractors to help manage the ever-demanding changes a pregnant woman experiences.  Being pregnant puts a lot of stress and strain on a female’s body posture. It can cause a lot of tension in her lower back, weaken her core, and put a lot of pressure on her neck, legs, and feet.

The Power of Prenatal Massage Therapy

Your muscles, ligaments, and tendons will thank you after a prenatal massage. When a prenatal certified massage therapist applies her hands and moves them in a specific way, she can help stimulate blood flow to reduce swelling and ease pressure off of inflamed nerves. Beyond the benefits to the muscles and nerves, there are additional advantages for any expecting mama’s body. There was a study done with the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami that demonstrated expecting women that received a weekly prenatal massage had much lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and higher amounts of dopamine and serotonin, also known as the “feel-good” hormones. Further research links these hormonal changes to lead to fewer childbirth complications with a 75% reduced risk of premature birth for women that were experiencing depression, less overall anxiety, and improvements in mood.

Additional benefits include:

Can help with anxiety Lowers depression Relieves migraines

Reduces joint pain Improves labor outcomes Relaxes muscle tension

Improves lymphatic flow Increases blood circulation Better hormone regulation

Alleviates sciatica discomfort Reduces swelling Better sleep for mom

Decreases nerve pain Lowers edema Prevents tension headaches

Personalized Care

Prenatal massages will vary from traditional massage therapy.  For example, most pregnant women will choose to lay on their sides the majority of the massage.  However, with our clinic specializing and curating an environment for growing families, our massage therapist has uniquely designed pillows with a hole in the middle that an expecting mother may lay on her tummy for a portion of the massage if she chooses.  Prenatal massage sessions can last 60-90 minutes depending upon what the pregnant mother selects.

The entire body can and be worked.  As our prenatal certified massage therapist tailors her approach to your body, you can let her know if you would like to experience a head-to-toe massage or would prefer for her to focus on certain areas. Women trying to conceive through their entire pregnancy journey and postpartum adventures are able to reap the benefits of massage with our clinic in Aledo, Texas. Our massage therapist is not only certified in pregnancy massage, but also labor and postpartum. Rachel Gabsi has been a certified massage therapist since 2002 and has extensive post-graduate training in everything motherhood.

 
 
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Active Rehab & Physiotherapy

Our clinic encourages active lifestyles.

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There are many factors that can contribute to pain and spasm.  Our clinic addresses the root cause of your problem while focusing on active strengthening and stretching exercises to help minimize further injury while speeding up the rate of recovery.

Active rehab exercises, including the following, are easy to integrate into your daily routine:

  • Stretching

  • Foam rolling

  • Theraband strengthening

  • Functional bodyweight movements

  • Yoga poses

Exercise alone is not enough to correct the majority of conditions.  Most people are unaware of the simple, every day movements they do that may be contributing to their condition.  For example, making sure to sit evenly on both sides of your hips when driving or at a desk; avoiding talking on the phone on the same ear each time; switching sides that you carry your child or purse on periodically; for every right-handed golf swing you make to follow up with a left. 

Dr. Michelle Parker and Dr. Darcy Goode are dedicated to addressing the root cause of your problem while educating you and your family on ways to prevent future injuries from crippling your active lifestyle.

 
 
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Active Release Technique/ Myofascial Release

At our clinic in Aledo, Texas, our Doctors of Chiropractic combine the traditional style of myofascial release mixed with the extensive training they have received with Active Release Technique + dynamic body balancing fascia stretching skills.

Who needs myofascial release? We feel like the company, Active Release Techniques (ART), explains it beautifully.

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

How do overuse conditions occur? 

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),

  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)

  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

What is a treatment like?

Every session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The provider uses her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Reference: Information provided by ART, to learn more visit www.activereleasetechnique.com.

 
 
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Allergy & Elimination Guidance

Have you found yourself or a loved one in need of changing eating habits to avoid a certain allergy or sensitivity trigger? 

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When it comes to infants, children, or adults experiencing: reflux, colic, gas, any other tummy issues, chronic ear infections, sinusitis, migraines, headaches, vertigo: our Doctors of Chiropractic work with trying to figure out if the root cause of the symptoms are structural such as there being a biomechanical reason or if it is dietary related. Both of our Doctors of Chiropractic in Aledo, Texas have experience with breastfeeding children that needed a specialized diet.

Dr. Michelle Parker has first-hand experience in dealing with the challenges of switching to a gluten, dairy, soy or egg-free diet through her journey of Crohn’s and Celiac Disease. She was also able to help her child overcome psoriasis and eczema through dietary changes and healing the gut. Allergy and elimination guidance is integrated into our patient visits if a dietary link is suspected.

To schedule a consultation, please call 682-214-0408 or email: AskDr@MichelleParkerDC.com

 
 
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Kinesio Taping®

Have you taken notice of that brightly-colored tape stripping across your favorite college football athlete, Olympian or seen it on a fellow CrossFitter? 

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Kinesio Taping® is more than just a fad, it’s an important tool we have discovered that can help athletes with rehabilitation and injury prevention.

The versatile kinesio tape has a stretchable quality that does a great job of mimicking human skin.  Athletes swear by the benefits they receive for reducing muscle fatigue and swelling.  When this tape is applied to the body in a specific technique, the tape is thought to be able to help enhance blood circulation while aiding in drainage of lymphatic fluid.

Kinesio Taping®, can provide extra support to the muscles helping to relieve muscle injuries, inflammation conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendinitis and muscle spams and even patellar tracking disorders.

For example, if an athlete were to sprain their ankle, the standard method of treating this injury would be to R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compress and elevate) mostly compressing using an A.C.E. bandage.  The A.C.E. bandage is great for helping to provide the compressive force, but it can limit the ankle’s full range of motion.  When an area of the body is restricted for too long, the associated muscles can become weakened due to the lack of proper motion.  Kinesio Taping® provides the compressive, support needed while still allowing full range of motion.

 
 
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School & Sports Physicals

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Dr. Michelle Parker and Dr. Darcy Goode provides school sports and camp physicals for athletes and students of all ages, including UIL physicals, medical clearances for extreme sports, and physicals for kids camps and other extra-curricular activities for any of their EXISTING PATIENTS.

School & Sports Physicals are only $40/ physical.

 
 
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Webster Technique Certified

Dr. Michelle Parker and Dr. Darcy Goode have been offering Webster Certified care to their local pregnant community since 2011.

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Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system–the communication system between your brain and body. Doctors of Chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body’s ability to function optimally.

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association discovered this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. This specific sacral analysis can be used on all weight bearing individuals to determine S/I joint dysfunction/ sacral subluxation and is therefore applicable for the entire population. The assessment includes heel flexion to buttocks, with restricted flexion indicating the affected SI joint. Correction is made with a diversified, sacral adjustment. It is used on all weight bearing individuals presenting with this biomechanical restriction. Common symptoms include (but are not limited to) low back pain, sciatic neuralgia, and symptoms associated with sacral subluxation and/ or S/I joint dysfunction.

The ICPA recognizes that in a theoretical and clinical framework of the Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women, sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia).  Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation.32 The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

In this clinical and theoretical framework, it is proposed that sacral misalignment may contribute to these three primary causes of dystocia via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments.  The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.

In regards to pregnant mothers, Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning.  There are cases published in the chiropractic literature that support this theory. More research is needed and is currently underway by the ICPA.

The obstetric literature has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affect birth outcome and decrease the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Obstetric literature has
determined the importance of normal pelvic neuro-biomechanics including uterine function and pelvic alignment for the prevention of dystocia (difficult birth). It has also determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affects birth outcome and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Chiropractic literature has determined the significance of sacral adjustments in normalizing pelvic neuro-biomenchanics.

It is therefore considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics in the mother. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers may have significant benefit by having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers classes of instruction and awards qualified attendees a Certificate of Proficiency in the Webster protocol. Only those doctors on our site maintain recognized certification status for the Webster protocol.

Reference: Jeanne Ohm, DC, ICPA Executive Coordinator. To learn more information about the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) or Webster Technique, visit www.ICPA4Kids.org.

 
 
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