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4 Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Pregnant Women

4 Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Pregnant Women

Periodic pains and aches in the hips and lower back are common in pregnant women. In fact, according to recent studies, up to 50 percent of expectant mothers will have back pain at one point or the other before they deliver.

This situation is caused by several physical and hormonal changes that women experience during this period – these changes can affect your comfort and posture. As the baby continues to develop and becomes heavier, your center of gravity – and posture – also shift accordingly. For example, the following changes are bound to occur physically:

  • Intense changes to the pelvis as your body prepares itself for labor
  • A protruding belly, which causes the curve of your back to increase significantly
  • Adaptations to your carriage

All these physical changes ultimately affect your spine, thereby resulting in a misaligned backbone and causing severe pain and aches.

One of the best ways to address this issue is chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments can re-establish balance as well as alignment to your spine and pelvis.

According to a collaborative medical and chiropractic study conducted on expectant mothers and their experience with chiropractic care, at least 75 percent of pregnant women undergoing chiropractic care reported incredible relief from back and hip pain

Here are some ways pregnant women can benefit from chiropractic treatment:

1. Fortify the Joints for Proper Support

When the uterus expands in response to the growing fetus, the hips, and legs, as well as the ankles and feet, start feeling the strain.  An experienced chiropractor can help expectant mothers by treating their bodies so that their tendons become fortified to bear or support the added pressure and weight. When this happens, their bodies have an excellent chance of getting healed. This will eliminate or prevent additional strain on their bodies later on.

2. Boost the Ability to Bounce Back

The human body is an interesting phenomenon that tries to repair itself, especially soon after childbirth. Women that maintain their health regime throughout their pregnancies don’t do much work when trying to restore their bodies to pre-pregnancy states.

Eating a well-balanced diet and regular exercise will do an excellent job of restoring the body to its former state. However, the majority of expectant mothers who follow the schedule of a chiropractor consistently often cite less discomfort and pain as well as increased mobility.

3. A Well-Aligned Spine

Average expectant women gain up to 40 pounds during this period, and this additional weight can put a lot of strain on their bodies. As the pregnancy progresses from one month to the next, the pressure increases, causing the spine to go out of alignment. This is a subtle occurrence that may not be visible to the human eye but surely felt by the expectant mother.

The need for consistent chiropractic treatment for an expectant mother with a misaligned spine cannot be overemphasized. This is because this condition brings on symptoms that range from chronic stiffness to severe, debilitating pain.

Chiropractic treatment will help the spine remain in alignment. The chiropractor will also make sure that the tendons that support the spine are properly supporting the physical changes and added weight.

4. Appropriate Pelvic Alignment

If the pelvis is not aligned correctly, then an expectant mother may face challenges during birth. For example, a misaligned pelvis will provide enough room for the baby to get in position, causing a breech condition.

A well-trained chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care can help an expectant mother to align her pelvis, promoting a non-invasive birth.

There are many ways chiropractic treatment can benefit pregnant women, helping great a more comfortable pregnancy.

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4 Reasons to Treat Student-Athlete Injuries with Physical Therapy

4 Reasons to Treat Student-Athlete Injuries with Physical Therapy

Sports injuries are common among athletes – both professional and high-school student-athletes. However, as a high school athlete, your injuries are a bit different because your body is still growing. The growth of bones, tendons, and muscles don’t occur at the same rate. Sports injuries not only affect your physical activity but also can cause stress, anger, and fear so it is imperative you take appropriate measures to tackle and prevent injuries.

Physical therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective methods to deal with sports injuries, especially because of the customized treatment each patient receives. Here are just some of the ways you can benefit from physical therapy treatment:


ACPT’s physical therapists are well experienced when it comes to sports injuries. They can offer overall advice on how to prevent injuries as well as sport-specific tips. If you’re already battling injuries or soreness, a physical therapist will also guide you on ways to quickly recover.

Proper exercises

Through physical therapy, you can learn the best exercises and the ones that are right for you. This helps prevent new injuries and manage existing pain. A physical therapist will evaluate the level of your injury and offer you tailored exercises to help you recover fast.

Returning to sports activities

So many high-school student-athletes make the mistake of returning to full sporting activities when it is not the right time. Even though your body looks as though you’ve fully recovered, and you want to return to playing, doing so may eventually result in another injury. Seek the advice of your physical therapist who knows the severity of your injury and wait for their green light to return to the game.

Preventing future injuries

Preventative care is very important for every athlete. After all, you don’t want to get another injury immediately after your rehabilitation! A physical therapist can recommend the best protective equipment to prevent injuries depending on the type of sport, such as shin pads and orthotic shoe inserts, as well as exercises to help strengthen your weak areas and prepare you for games yet to come.

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5 Ways to Reduce Gardening’s Impact on Your Body

5 Ways to Reduce Gardening’s Impact on Your Body

Despite gardening’s peaceful and relaxing nature, it is often challenging on your body and can lead to all kinds of injuries and pain — such as back pain, knee pain, and pulled muscles. No matter how strong and fit you may be, frequent gardening will take a toll on your muscles and joints sooner or later.

Common Pains Associated with Gardening

Gardener’s Knee

Since your knee supports nearly the entire weight of your body, it is involved in most of your day-to-day mobility. The pressure placed on your kneecap during repeated or prolonged kneeling causes Gardener’s Knee, a common form of bursitis, which is typical when gardening.

Back Pain

In addition to knee injuries, gardening can also cause back cramps due to the significant amount of bending and shoveling. According to a recent Gallup poll of more than 2,000 adults, working in the garden is the leading cause for adults experiencing back pain.

Reduce Gardening’s Negative Impact

Despite the physical impact gardening takes on your body, you don’t have to stop enjoying the outdoors and tending to your plants! Here are some simple ways you can avoid the aches and pains that are associated with gardening:

1. Knee Pads

Kneel on a cushioned knee pad while working in the garden to absorb some of the pressure placed on your knee cap while kneeling. We recommend investing in a gardener kneeler like this one because its handles act as supports when you move from kneeling to standing.

2. Change Positions

Much of the pain caused by gardening is due to prolonged or repeated action, such as bending over and kneeling. Try switching positions frequently to avoid overextending particular muscles for long periods of time.

3. Warm-Up

Just as you would with any exercise or physical activity, it is important to warm up and prepare your muscles for the work they’re about to do. Take a brisk walk around your yard and gently stretch before you tend to your garden.

4. Use tools

Gardening tools, such as wheelbarrows, can prevent you from doing more than you’re physically capable of, like carrying too many bags of heavy soil.

5. Physical Therapy & Chiropractic

Address any pain you experience with your doctor of chiropractic. Physical Therapists can help provide highly effective and drug-free pain treatment to address any challenges keeping you from tending to your garden.

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How Golfers Benefit from Chiropractic Care

How Golfers Benefit from Chiropractic Care

Golf can be challenging (and sometimes frustrating).

A lot of golfers believe that the psychological aspect of the sport is its greatest challenge, and they undervalue the conditioning and biomechanics that are involved during the game. This is a big mistake that may eventually result in poor playing skills or even injury.

Although enjoyable, swinging regularly at golf balls can put your body in awkward positions, increasing the risk of injury. An extreme quantity of compressive force – about 10x your body weight – is usually exerted on the spinal cord during a golf swing and each joint involved in your swing is stretched to its maximum limit. If your body isn’t properly prepared to cope with such force, a physical injury will be the eventual outcome.

4 out of every 5 golfers have experienced back pain caused by repeatedly swinging their clubs. Other common golfer pain points include the hips, shoulders, and neck.

Why should golfers choose chiropractic care?

Some golfers manage their pain by taking over the counter medicine, while others reduce their playing time or retire altogether. Opting for chiropractic care, however, provides highly effective, drug-free pain treatment-allowing you to get off the recliner and back onto the course.

Prevent injuries from developing

Periodic chiropractic adjustments to the spine keep your body operating at maximum capacity and reduce the likelihood of injuries. If your neck is properly aligned with your back, awkward positions like golf swings will have fewer consequences.

Chiropractic therapy can reduce pain

By treating the factors causing your pain, rather than just the symptoms, chiropractors can help you reduce and manage your pain.

Increased mobility

Both amateur and pro golfers are aware of the importance of mobility to their game. Chiropractic treatment increases your body’s overall flexibility and strength, which can prevent injury and may even take a few strokes off your score!

Improve Your Game

Whether you’re an avid golfer or new to the game, regular chiropractic care can help you improve your game, prevent injuries, and find drug-free pain relief. Contact us to schedule a free consultation so our talented team of chiropractors and physical therapists can get you (and your golf game) better than ever!

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5 Tools to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

5 Tools to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals by Albany Chiro and PT

Losing weight is hard, but you can tweak your environment to make the best of your health goals. There are hundreds of little changes you can make to your life to skyrocket your gains and achieve your goals. While you need discipline, well-planned nutrition and regular workouts, it helps to have the following on your way to a slimmer and healthier you.


It is obvious you need a scale when trying to burn fat. This simple gadget can make or break your weight loss progress. A scale lets you know how far you have to go on your way to the ideal body weight while also allowing you measure the success of your weight loss program, helping you to correct the course when things are not working.

Regular weigh-ins help you notice changes in your weight and also make you a conscious eater, increasing your ability to make informed food choices. Research from Cornell University shows that daily weigh-ins and tracking the results can increase the chances of losing weight and keeping it off.

Food Journal

A food journal allows you to be accountable to yourself. With regular entries into the journal, it becomes easier to pinpoint the sources of those extra calories. You might be on a strict diet but still take 5 cups of sweetened coffee or three additional muffins after your regular meals. The extra sugar amounts to something.
A food journal can also track the effects of certain foods on your digestive system. If you are allergic or intolerant to some ingredients, a food journal can point you in the right direction. That way, you can eliminate the problematic foods that may contribute indirectly to your weight from your diet.

Meal Prep Containers

Being in control of your diet is an essential factor when losing weight. Meal prep can help you eat food that aligns with your weight loss goals when you want it. But for that, you need quality meal prep containers.

Life can be too complicated for you to make meal plans one hour before office time. With weekend meal preps, on the other hand, you can have a week’s worth of nutrition-dense meals ready for heating and eating. Failure to plan your meals can sabotage your weight loss goals.

Lunch Box

If you want to be in full control of your nutrition, you can’t afford to eat out all the time. Not only do your chances of eating low-quality food increase, but you also spend a large chunk of your income on food. You can cut eating expenses and improve the quality of your nutrition by cooking your meals and packing lunch. A fashionable lunch bag not only lets you carry as much homemade food as you like, but it helps you do so in style.

Join a Support Group

When you don’t get desired results, it’s easier to continue your weight loss program if you have a supportive community around you. There are many offline and online communities that provide encouragement and support for members. A community helps its members achieve their weight loss goals through an easy-to-follow program.

At ACPT we’re a proponents of the OPTAVIA program that focuses on making lifelong transformations, one habit at a time. One of the four components of support that the OPTAVIA program provides is an OPTAVIA Coach. Our office’s OPTAVIA Coach, Dr. T, works with you to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Furthermore, the OPTAVIA Community supports you alongside your Coach through many mediums, including live and recorded video conferences and calls, nutrition support, and client-focused groups.

Regardless of your weight loss destination, having a community to share your journey with makes the whole process worthwhile and less lonely.

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February 2019 Patient of the Month: Leah Gapp

February Patient of the Month: Leah Gapp

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in Guilderland. I graduated from Guilderland High School, got my Bachelor’s degree at Saint Rose, and my Master’s at SUNY Albany. I still live in the area with my boyfriend, Josh, and cat.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy exercising and lifting at the gym in my spare time. When I’m not at the gym, I love shopping and baking.

How has your experience at ACPT helped improve your quality of life?

I came to ACPT in November 2018 after a car accident and they have helped me TREMENDOUSLY. I’ve learned so much about my body and am improving every day.
Thank you to all the staff for getting to know me and treating me like a friend – not just a number.

The content of this article was taken from a Patient Questionnaire. While not written verbatim, the content above relays the patient’s sentiments.
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3 Dangers of Your Desk Job (and What You Can Do About It)

86% of people working in America spend up to eight hours sitting down in the office.

Most likely, you are sitting down as you read this. Most likely, you have been sitting for a number of hours today. Modern technology is not helping. You no longer have to walk and get something; everything is just a single click away. This is a dangerous trend, as there are many health risks associated with sitting more than you move.

These health risks include:

Computer Blue Light & Bacteria

Staring at a computer screen for hours can harm your eyes. You can experience migraines and headaches due to the unnatural screen light. Consider applying an eye protecting screen cover, such as Reticare, on your devices.
Furthermore, the keyboards and the mouse are perfect grounds for bacteria to breed. According to microbiologists, the keyboard can have more bacteria than the bathroom. Keep your keyboard clean by wiping it down with disinfectant regularly.

Aches & Pains From Prolonged Sitting

Sitting down for long hours feels harmless, but after some time you start experiencing pains and aches. Excessive sitting can cause you to develop poor posture, reduced blood circulation, and weight gain, even if you work out regularly. Try changing your position every few minutes and get up and move around at least once or twice per hour.

Lack of Proper Sunlight

Staying indoors can mess with your internal clock, leading to lack of sleep and proper concentration. According to a study by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, employees who did not get natural light slept 46 minutes less every night compared to their peers who had access to the sunlight. Try heading outside on your lunch break to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Working in an office can be inevitable depending on your career. Fortunately, you can seek creative but simple solutions to remain healthy while in the office and you can search for ways to get active outside of the office to reduce and reverse some of the dangers of this traditional office setting.

Perhaps it’s time to start a company softball team?

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January 2019 Patient of the Month: Maria Butler

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Colonie resident through-and-through. I went to Colonie Central High School and work in South Colonie. I have three siblings, one of whom is my identical twin.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy working out. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle with my family and spending time with my husband and two Yorkies.

How has your experience at ACPT helped improve your quality of life?

ACPT has literally given me my arm back after bicep tendon surgery. They are fantastic and I could not have done it without them!
I am back to working out, something I love, including all training, cardio, and weight lifting. I’d like to extend a special thanks for Conor and Joe for working with me!

The content of this article was taken from a Patient Questionnaire. While not written verbatim, the content above relays the patient’s sentiments.