Elements of Being Family Chiropractic
Specializing in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care, Dr. Kacie Flegal, owner of Elements of Being Family Chiropractic believes a healthy foundation for life starts from the very beginning. “90% of the groundwork for neurological function and adaptability is laid down within the first two years of life,” Kacie said. “This is when chiropractic care can offer the most powerful benefit; ensuring a freely flowing nervous system early on to prevent dysfunction and disease that can occur as a result of accumulated spinal subluxations over time.”
Kacie, a 2008 graduate of Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, has since furthered her education and received certification for specialization through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).
“This specialization allows me to understand and apply the gentle and specific techniques needed for the intricacies of how stress and tension presents differently within a pregnant mother’s body, and with babies and kids,” Kacie explained. “The care I offer allows for ease, greater overall function and adaptability during the perinatal period, as well during the important developmental years in children.”
Kacie is also certified in the Webster Technique through the ICPA, which is a specific chiropractic approach that reduces the effects of pelvic and sacrum dysfunction that can interfere with optimal intrauterine positioning of the baby within a pregnant mother’s body. “Pelvic and sacrum subluxations may contribute to difficult labor due to uterine nerve interference,” Kacie explained, “and the resulting tightening of specific muscles and ligaments. If the pelvis is misaligned and stuck, the uterus can also be misaligned which may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming an optimal position for birth.”
According to Kacie, receiving chiropractic care throughout pregnancy decreases risk of difficult labor, and typically decreases labor time, as there is more ease in mom’s body, less sympathetic (fight or flight) stress, and more room for baby to move and spiral out of the birth channel.
“When a pregnant mother seeks Chiropractic care and her baby is in breech or transverse position, the restoration of pelvic alignment with this specific adjustment technique also frequently facilitates optimal baby positioning.”
Kacie also recommends that parents bring their baby in for a well-baby chiropractic check-up as soon as they are able after the birth process, as birth can be a trying experience. “The baby may have been positioned in mom’s pelvis in a particular way, or may have had a challenging time moving through and out of mom’s body, all of which can create small misalignments and torsion to baby’s spine and cranium.
“With babies, the results happen fast as they simply have not had as much life experience and accumulation of life stress,” Kacie continued. “Babies who have latching issues will often be able to nurse more effectively after treatment if the issue is related to upper cervical (neck) and cranial subluxations; babies who have colic and bouts of inconsolable crying will have more ease and consolation after care, digestive issues such as constipation can clear up almost instantly, and kids with ear infections tend to heal faster without antibiotics or having to have ear tubes placed.”
Although she specializes in pregnancy and kids, Kacie sees people of all ages, and encourages families to come in for care together. “Everyone benefits from chiropractic care, because it is simply better to be free than to be stuck. Our bodies, and specifically our spines, are innately designed to move. Without motion, there is a decreased potential for life. Optimal function, health, and well-being are only possible when our spine and nervous system are allowed the opportunity to operate as nature intended.
“When working with adults I care for people with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, or issues such as headaches, sleep challenges, vertigo, digestive issues, and other stress induced challenges. Patients report that not only do they begin to heal from the issues they have come in for, but often report more energy, better sleeping patterns, an increased ability to deal with stressful situations, and enjoy the things that they love in their life more!
“When we understand how our bodies or our children’s bodies function from an anatomical, physiological, neurological and chemical perspective, and why we may be expressing ourselves in a particular way, a deeper connection happens. Positive change happens faster in a place of knowing. I ensure that my patients know what I am doing, why I am doing it, and what shifts they can expect to experience.
“It is my mission to make chiropractic care accessible and affordable, and to inspire making self-care a priority for everyone I see.”
While she does not bill insurance directly, she can create itemized receipts that can be submitted by patients who do have chiropractic care covered by insurance.
Dr. Kacie offers complimentary 15 minute consultations either in person or by phone.