Making sure that we, as women, are taking care of our health and wellness is extremely important. However, when pregnancy is involved, we sometimes lose sight of what we need the most— self-care. Most people wouldn’t consider visiting a chiropractor while carrying a child, but what they don’t know is just how helpful it can be to take time out of what is already an extremely busy schedule to make sure that your body is completely ready and in the best condition it can be before you give birth.
That’s where Lisa Jewell comes in. Lisa is the sole doctor at Jewell Chiropractic, an office that works to deliver chiropractic care to pregnant women, women post birth, as well as newborns and infants once they’ve been born who need a little help with bone alignment. Together, Lisa and I talk about the importance of her work, what drew her towards women’s health, and how someone can expect a typical visit to Lisa’s office to go. Let’s get started!
IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:
- Why Lisa chose to get involved with women’s health. She specializes in prenatal and postpartum women’s health, and her passion for this demographic grew as she started seeing more working mothers coming in for visits. With trying to balance working up until their due dates, juggling various appointments, and trying to get their house and family ready for the birth of the child, they often forgot about themselves. Lisa loved giving them that space for self-care and the need for this kind of care only quadruples when the baby is born. Therefore, Lisa made it her job to make sure these women are taken care of!
- Lisa also talks to us about the importance of what she does—postpartum is underserved in our culture, and so many new mothers suffer because of the lack of care they get after they give birth. Lisa says that, in most cases, she’s the only doctor these women are constantly seeing after their birth, and she loves being able to give them the attention and care that they need and deserve.
- Lisa explains to us the kind of problems that people come to her for that she can fix! It starts with women prior to giving birth who experience things like back pain, pubic pain, and “lightning crotch”, also known as perineal pain. They’re still working and trying to do normal things while also working to grow a human, and helping them manage their pain as well as keeping their body well aligned is important.
- Lisa also explains that she’s proficient in what’s called the “Webster Technique”, which is specifically for balancing the pregnant uterus and pelvis. The theory is that having everything aligned allows your body to have a faster and more natural birth, due to your body being in the best possible place it can be before giving birth. Additionally, Lisa states that getting chiropractic care pre-childbirth can increase your chances of having an easier labor.
- Lisa explains to us that various hesitations people might have when it comes to visiting her in the office. There’s a stigma around what she does, but she assures us that she spends a lot of time going over what they do, and how everything she does is safe and helpful. Ultimately, the bigger issues are that these mothers are already ingrained in the habit of not prioritizing themselves, and Lisa works very hard to make sure that those thoughts are dispelled with the space she gives them.
- Lisa then explains to us the works she does with infants and children, stating that it’s important for every baby to have body work done. It’s a lot of work and stress to be born—research shoes that a vaingal delivery puts up to 70 pounds of pressure on the cervical spine, and when you add in other factors, there’s even more pressure. Babies are resilient, of course, and can endure a lot of pressure, and ideally, everything settles after they’re born, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, prenatal bones don’t always shift and can suffer from misalignment.
- Because of that, Lisa uses a combination of muscle relief and adjustment to treat them. She feels the whole body for tension, tapping into it to unwind it. Ultimately, she’s following the child and seeing where the muscles and bones want to go and like to go. With tension relief, things can move back into neutral spaces where they’re supposed to be. It’s more encouragement than actual force, and the baby generally doesn’t know what’s going on. In fact, Lisa states that they’re often asleep or eating, and very relaxed!
- Lisa tells us her standard schedule of seeing patients, stating that most women come in during the beginning of their 3rd trimester. She starts seeing people every 2 weeks, though towards the end of her pregnancy it’s every week due to the amount of pain and discomfort they’re in. With a short-term treatment plan, you can expect a lot to get done in 6 – 12 visits. Infants don’t need as much treatment, as they respond pretty quickly unless there’s a larger issue in play.
- In terms of moving the baby in the uterus so they’re in an appropriate position for birth, Lisa explains that it comes down to balancing the pelvis structure and ligaments. When the baby tries to turn, but they can’t, releasing and realignment helps to reshape the uterus, and the baby can get into a better position! The success rate is, usually, 2 out of 3, though the 1 that doesn’t exactly work is usually due to other issues that Lisa herself can’t fix.
- Lisa explains that she’s been in Portland for 4 years now, stating that she left a bigger practice she’d been a part of for 3 years to open her own! It’s just her at her current space, and she enjoys the freedom she’s been given in order to spend more time with patients. She doesn’t function the way a typical chiropractor works—she likes to spend an hour with new patients, and 20 – 35 minutes for every follow up in order to figure out what will work best for you, and what’s the most realistic option in your life right now.
- Lastly, Lisa explains that she takes most insurances! Most people have some sort of holistic plan, and she tends to fall under the same category. On average, visits with insurance is usually at $20 – $40 copay. She also tries to work with everyone, because she wants to help as many women as possible.
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Did Lisa not get to answer a burning question on your mind? No problem! You can get in contact with her directly on her email, or at her Facebook listed above. Women’s health is a very important topic that we often cover here at the PDX Small Business Network Podcast, and I hope that if you’re in need of prenatal or postpartum health, you give Lisa a visit and let her work her magic!
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