How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help You Get Pregnant!

Are you tired of feeling completely helpless when it comes to your fertility? Are you staring down the road of medications and their side effects? Overwhelmed by the emotional and physical burden, relationship strain, and/or financial burden caused by infertility? Are you struggling to make sense of all the conflicting information and advice out there on getting pregnant? Are you emotionally exhausted from tracking ovulation, crying over negative pregnancy tests, and wondering if you will ever have a baby of your own? 

Today more and more women are experiencing the pain of infertility. They are searching far and wide for treatments to help them conceive and carry to term. Most women are unaware that infertility can stem from an issue within the nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord: It's our body's master control system. Fertility health, conception and birth all require a properly functioning nervous system. Nerves transmit impulses and sensations to every part of the body, allowing them function optimally. The nerves that innervate our reproductive organs pass through the spine. Fertility can be affected if there’s an imbalance in the bony structures of the back and pelvis: These misalignments can interfere with the delicate nerve impulses going to the ovaries and uterus. Spinal and nervous system imbalances can also affect the body systems that coordinate the delivery of hormones, preventing their normal function and contributing to hormone imbalance. According to the American Pregnancy Association, “In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits." 

Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference in the nervous system is their primary goal. Chiropractic adjustments remove any interference between the nervous system and the rest of the body. A healthy nervous system promotes reproductive function! Chiropractors trained in fertility work also help to balance the bony pelvis and pelvic floor muscles so that your body is in the optimal position to conceive, carry and deliver a baby. 

Chiropractic is a safe and economical alternative to traditional medicine, as it focuses on whole body wellness. While chiropractic care does not treat infertility; it does help to establish a healthy connection via the chemical messengers (hormones) in the body so that your body can do what it was made to do, which is conceiving and delivering a healthy baby! 

Natural methods are easier on the body, less expensive, and less invasive. In addition, these treatments can be applied prior to and during conventional options such as IVF.

Every treatment plan designed by Dr. Mandy is tailored specifically for your body and includes bodywork, herbs and/or supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes to optimize health and wellness for you, and ultimately, for your baby. Click here to read more about our fertility packages. 


Three Amazing Benefits of Prenatal Massage


So here you are pregnant in Portland and wondering why this pregnancy thing has been so romanticized by so many. Or maybe that was just me. I got really sick each time. I remember lying on the couch of our old Portland bungalow and watching the buds on the trees forming, literally this is how I spent months in between vomiting and working. I had one saving grace, I was a doula and childbirth educator and I knew that prenatal massage would help me. The massage helps to move excess hormones that cause nausea out of your system. I felt so lucky to know many gifted Portland area prenatal massage specialists.

Every time I even laid my swollen, tired, nauseous body on one of their cozy tables I immediately felt relief, just being in this healing space was nurturing. But then the actual massage would happen and I’d melt and truly rest and even dream a little. It fortified me on so many levels.

When I was pregnant with my second baby I went over to a lesser known friends house for dinner. The woman had four children and she wanted to make me dinner, was she a Goddess? Probably. But in between big mouthfuls of salad and goat cheese crostini she said something that always stuck with me. She said “Being pregnant is like climbing a mountain at every moment in your existance for forty weeks, the least the rest of us can do is to take care of you during that time and directly after. It’s temporary but it’s really stressful, it’s a good time to let people help you.” After that I had no problem asking for help or letting myself be taken care of. I don’t know what it is about being pregnant that many of us proud women feel like we should just be able to power through and do everything ourselves. Prenatal massage has been around forever, for a very good reason, because it helps significantly. We all deserve to feel nurtured. That is why it is offered at Luna Wellness. Prenatal massage helps moms cope on a all mind, body issues but here are the three biggest things it helps with:

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Three Benefits of Prenatal Massage:

1. Pain Reduction- Prenatal massage can improve circulation which reduces swelling and clears excess hormones, it helps improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles. It helps prevent headaches, reduces back pain, reduces joint pain, assists in an overall sense of wellbeing and improves immune functioning.

2. Stress Reduction- Prenatal massage helps to reduce stress, fear and anxiety, helps with sleep which can also increase libito and help mamas access their intuition and trust. We now know that stress can affect babies health so anything that reduces a mom’s stress level puts her baby at an advantage to being healthier in all areas. And we all want healthy babies.

3. Bring on Baby- Prenatal Massage can help babies come at the perfect time for both mamas and babies because it helps to bring about more of the feel-good hormones that kick start labor at the perfect time. The hormone oxytocin is released through massage and it helps you go into labor at the right time for you. Massage will not put you into labor if your body is not ready but it can help prime you for a healthy birth. It’s like the sun hitting ripe apples on the tree, if the apples aren’t yet ripe, they won’t fall it just helps the apples grow. But if the conditions are just right that sun will indeed assist in the apple’s descent. 

Side note: If you are experiencing a high risk pregnancy please consult your doctor about massage.


Chiropractic Care for Newborns


Even before babies are born, structural imbalances and nerve irritation can occur in the uterus from awkward fetal positioning and restriction of movement (known as intrauterine constraint). After spending the last few months of gestation in a cramped uterus, the process of being born can be intense. It is a tight fit, and babies often get pushed into uncomfortable positions while descending through the birth canal.


The baby’s head plays a big role in the opening of the cervix, and large forces are placed on the infant’s delicate skull, neck and spine during the birthing process. These stresses are increased if interventions such as a vacuum or forceps are used. Cesarean births can also be traumatic for babies as they are extremely fast, and significant tractional forces are used to pull the baby out of a relatively small incision in the uterus. A thorough chiropractic evaluation is a vital step in giving your baby the best possible start. Newborn chiropractic treatment is extremely gentle, and it will help your baby feel comfortable in his body.

Conditions commonly treated in newborns:

Nursing, breastfeeding, latch difficulties, torticollis, colic, reflux, breech presentation, shoulder dystocia, difficult birth.

Postpartum Chiropractic

If you feel overwhelmed after giving birth, you are not alone. 

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The lack of attention given to new mothers in our society is disheartening. Gone are the days of being surrounded and guided by your “village” of grandmothers, mothers, aunties, and cousins. The “fourth trimester” is real, and new mamas need to take care of themselves as well as their families.

After completing the enormous task of growing and birthing a human being, new mamas are often left on their own to figure it all out. The demands of raising an infant combined with the hormonal roller coaster of motherhood, sleep deprivation, isolation, a body healing from childbirth, a weakened and overstretched core, and countless hours spent in hunched over positions (nursing, baby wearing, changing diapers) can wreck havoc on the body.

Why you should see a chiropractor postpartum:

Postpartum support is not a luxury! Making the time to care for your physical and mental self after giving birth should be an essential part of your birth plan. Many physical, psychological, and spiritual changes occur in the initial weeks postpartum. Six-week postpartum checkups are typically brief encounters, where you may or may not be reminded to do your kegels. An entire year could easily go by between the postpartum farewell and the next check up.

Postpartum chiropractic can bridge this gap in health care. New mamas should be adjusted shortly after giving birth to quicken recovery time and normalize overall pelvic and spinal bio-mechanics. Moms are encouraged to seek care as soon as possible after giving birth. Babies and older kids are always welcome to tag along at appointments.

Prenatal Chiropractic


During pregnancy, your body may become misaligned as your center of gravity changes. Prenatal chiropractic care can reduce back pain and result in shortened labor.

Visiting a prenatal chiropractor prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in the bony pelvis, muscles and ligaments. Proper pelvic alignment allows for a faster labor, with less chance of awkward fetal positioning.

One study showed that women who were adjusted during pregnancy had 25% shorter labors than women who were not. This percentage went up to 36% in women who were delivering their second or third babies.

The importance of chiropractic care during pregnancy:

Studies show that up to 80% of women will experience back pain during their pregnancies. It should go without saying that your body changes during pregnancy. The average weight gain of 25-35 pounds, combined with the stress placed on a woman’s body by the baby, can result in significant discomfort. Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can decrease and even prevent the common aches and pains that go along with pregnancy.

Throughout pregnancy, mama-to-be’s center of gravity changes from day to day, as the belly grows and the spinal curves shift. Many women look for alternatives to pain medications and drugs during pregnancy. Prenatal chiropractic care is a safe and natural alternative for pain relief.

Common issues that respond well to prenatal chiropractic care include: low back pain, hip pain, sciatica, mid back and rib pain, and pubic symphysis dysfunction.