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Acupuncture And Labor
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Yes!: Prenatal yoga has many benefits, including increasing muscle strength & flexibility, reducing back pain & other discomforts associated with pregnancy and teaching proper breathing and relaxation techniques. Proper relaxing and breathing during labor and delivery is the very best natural technique to reduce pain. See http://pregnancy.More4kids.Info/110/benefits-of-prenatal-yoga/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ankle & hand: There are two acupressure points that can be used to help induce labor. One is on the hand and the other is inside the ankle. Be aware that they are normally only useful when the body is physiologically prepared for labor. Acupressure can also be used decrease anxiety and pain during delivery. ...Read more
Many Things: Relaxation/breathing techniques. A range of techniques call psychopropylaxis where you prepare mentally for the event so that you know what to expect and what your body's response is going to be and probably, most important, having a supportive birthing partner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If appropriately practiced, i would think so. Impossible to predict in a particular case, and even more, lacking serious scientific studies (...How to measure this accurately? How to replicate a study?) it is hard to guarantee it though. But no doubt, if your dr approves it, go ahead. It should be healthy and good for you. I admire your willingness to explore and analize good things ! congrats. ...Read more
Neck gets tense really fast even after acupuncture and massage. Low stress life but high stress from psychiatric dru withdrawal and dental abnormality?
Muscle spasms likely: Muscle spasms are being triggered by the drug withdrawal, dental problems, or both. A low dose muscle relaxant medication would help. Mechanical cervical traction in physical therapy could help greatly, and a home unit could be provided. Training in biofeedback with a therapist/psychologist also works well for muscle spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
41+3 weeks, 5cm dilated with no contractions. Lots of bad cramps and back pain and shaking from pain. Midwife won't intervene to help move thins along?
See MD: Most doctors have adopted a cut off of 41+0 for initiation of spontaneous labor, only because the curve (likelihood) for intrauterine fetal demise goes up significantly after 41w, and if no labor by 41w, labor less likely. You may need to be admitted, rupture membranes or start pitocin (oxytocin). Be smart and safe. More important than 'natural' birth is safe, healthy baby and mom. ...Read more
Whatcauses extreme spasims across both hips and back have had epidural treatments with no help.Also chiropractic and physical therapy and no help
Many things: Epidural steroid injections work best with pain that radiates down one or both legs from a disc bulge. Back pain by itself or muscle spasms don't respond to the epidural as well. Your pain may be coming from facet joints, sacro-iliac joints or many other causes. Talk to your doctor about where she thinks the pain is coming from and what other options there may be for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Seizures have their origin in the brain. Chiropractors have a discredited theory of disease causation with the spine as the center of illness. No spinal manipulation will alter the wiring pattern of the brain. You should be seeing a neurologist and there are some who specialize in seizures and epilepsy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: Epidural pain relief for labor is intentionally kept on the lighter side, so that ideally the mother can move easily and sometimes even walk around. Lighter pain relief also enables her to push effectively when the time comes. If a c-section is needed, then the epidural is dosed at a higher level to provide complete relief of pain. Talk to the anesthesiologist for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can having a bunch of braxton hicks contractions all through your 3rd trimester facilitate childbirth?
39 weeks pregnant and I've been having some lower tummy cramps here and there and leg cramps less fetal movement signs of labor soon to come?
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