Month: October 2016

Chiropractic Partners

Bloom Birth Concierge is Pittsburgh’s premier childbirth education and support service agency, and we are excited to be developing a relationship with Live Well Chiropractic.  Like Dr. Brie, we believe that a balanced, well-cared-for body is an important factor in having a healthy pregnancy and positive birth experience.  At Bloom, our goal is to provide you with all of the prenatal and childbirth support services that you may find yourself needing as you prepare to welcome a new addition to your family.

Bloom may be a name new to the area, but our educators are anything but.  Everyone on our team is not only an educator and/or specialist in their field, but also an experienced birth doula in the Pittsburgh area with multiple years of experience supporting families of all kinds.

Our Thoughtful Birth preparation class is taught in both small group and private formats, in several locations around the Pittsburgh area, including the Kids Plus Pediatrics office in Seven Fields, or in the privacy of your own home.  We are also the trusted childbirth education provider for The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health in the Strip District.  Thoughtful Birth is designed to meet the needs of all students – no matter their birth wishes, provider, birthing location, or family dynamic – and is taught as either a 4-week series or a weekend intensive class.

Our other services include prenatal consultations, virtual doula support, lactation counseling, and placenta encapsulation.  Our direct connection with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh ensures that finding the right birth doula is a stress-free experience.  The last piece of the support puzzle will be put into place when we add postpartum doulas to our services in 2017.

For more information regarding Bloom Birth Concierge please contact them at 412-330-1159 or visit their website at


The Chiropractic Spinal Onion

Did your pain show up one day and you have no explanation for it?  Have you had this pain before but it would just go away and now it won’t?  Do you feel great and think you have no need for a chiropractic adjustment?  I meet many people from all walks of life but a common theme is that people will tel me “I turned____ years old and started falling apart.”  In the office I will often have people tell me “I didn’t do anything.  I just woke up in pain.”

Whenever we have a health condition or new symptom a rise it is easy to start thinking about what activities we recently had or who’s kids we were just around that gave us that runny nose or what stressors are currently in our life.  And while, of courses, there are cute illness and injuries that can happen, many health conditions are build up of problems over time.  Layers and layers of damage.  Like an onion.

Most people have their first spinal injury at birth.  It is called labor for a reason.  It is hard on mom and baby.  Just like anything, there are different levels of injury, but we all have injury to some degree.  Most moms tell me their favorite adjustment was the first on after labor because their body was so tired and overworked.  Imagine how baby feels?  That is why it is also important to have newborns checked as soon as possible.  Layer number one.

Then we learn to crawl.  And learn to walk- this is where Dane is right now and it cause many bumps on the butt.  We learn to ride a bike.  We play sports.  We “play” with other siblings.  We carry heavy backpacks.  We sit at computers for house.  We slip and trip and play and fall.  Layers number tho through hundreds.  Pain receptors in children are not as developed as in adults, so while 30% of middle school aged children do complain of pain in their back and hips, many will suffer from conditions not normally associated with chiropractic.  Attention deficit, allergies, asthma, sleep disturbances, bowel and bladder issues, and digestive issues.

Then we work the same job for years and do repetitive over-use activities.  We sit at a computer for even longer hours.  We have high stress level.  We birth children and raise them.  We do fun things too- like travel and try new sports and take up running.  More and more layers.  And then one day pain pops up and we are confused as to where it came from.

When someone comes into the office with pain, our first goal is reducing that pain and getting them moving and feeling better.  But our bigger goal is removing that layers of the onion and getting the LIVING better.

Haw many layers do you have?   How many do our children have? Your grandchildren? Your parents? Do you think it is easier to remove more layers or fewer layers?

It is never too late to start under care, but it is also never too early.  We have family plans so that everyone in your household can get well, stay well, and live well.  Are you ready?