When my second son, Graham, was born, I insisted that this time around things would be different. I would get him on a nap schedule sooner, I would introduce him to more diverse foods, and above all else, we would have a successful breastfeeding relationship. Well, you know what they say about the “best laid plans” – newborn babies are here to blow. Them. UP. Graham was his own person with his own mind from the day he was born (two weeks early!) and he refused to go along with my program. We struggled mightily with breastfeeding, and I sought all kinds of help and assistance. It was this search for support that lead me to Amber Sky in the first place, and the lovely lactation ladies who support new moms took me in and guided me through those frantic, panicked first few weeks and months as we figured things out. It was in one of those sessions that someone suggested cranio-sacral therapy as a way to resolve some of my sweet baby’s latching and digestive issues. “What on earth is that?” I asked. “It’s basically chiropractic care for infants. It really helps!”
Chiropractic care for infants? Really? I had seen a chiropractor for myself off and on for several years, and always felt better after my sessions, but never considered such a thing for my baby. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to discover, that the therapy is very gentle and appropriate for infants, and it works! Graham’s latch improved, his spitting up decreased, and he became a happier baby (which made for a much happier mom). I became a believer in chiropractic care that day.
Dr. Kristan Wilson
Dr. Kristan Wilson also knows about the power of quality chiropractic care from her own personal experience. She was in a severe car accident at the age of 17, and doctors prepared her to be wheelchair-bound for many years. Instead, Kristan turned to a chiropractor who involved her in her own healthcare decisions, and together they had her out of pain and back to full mobility within one year after her accident. Dr. Wilson decided to make caring for others her life’s work, and currently practices chiropractic care at A Wellness Place in Webster Groves. After serving her community as a paramedic and firefighter while earning her degree, Dr. Wilson became board certified in Chiropractic Medicine and Chiropractic Acupuncture, and holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Human Performance. She continues to serve as an EMT on the weekends in addition to seeing patients at her practice.
Dr. Wilson’s approach focuses on the whole person and involves them in decisions about their healthcare. The ideal patient, she says, “is someone who understands that healing requires the client’s active participation.” This requires not just treating pain, but getting to the root cause. Dr Wilson can order tests, ultrasounds, and blood work to examine a host of potential issues, such as food allergies/sensitivities, micronutrient deficiencies, hormone levels, and blood counts. But the real work comes in treating subluxation, or areas of misalignment in the body. Dr. Wilson uses a variety of certified chiropractic techniques, such as Sacro-Occipital, Logan basic, Thompson, Diversified, and Nimmo, to restore motion and function to joints and all of the nerves that come out of areas of the spine. This holistic approach to wellness can be used to treat a host of potential issues, including (but not limited to) acid reflux, digestive upset, asthma, and athletic performance problems.
Dr. Wilson also specializes in treating infertility, pregnant women, and new moms and babies struggling with breastfeeding issues. “Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive within one year of removing barriers. Seeing a practitioner [while receiving fertility treatments] can address natural solutions that might not be addressed by an obgyn,” says Dr. Wilson, and a chiropractor can help with discomfort associated with pregnancy, such as lower back pain, round ligament pain, and sleeping problems. However, it’s with delicate newborn babies and fragile new moms that the most care needs to be taken. “The birthing experience is traumatic for baby especially with assistance. 90% of babies end up having upper neck issues from the birth, including torticollis or breathing issues,” says Dr. Wilson. To correct these alignment issues, Dr. Wilson uses special techniques that gently address the problems. “Skeleton is not bone – it’s a lot of cartilage. Kids are treated differently than adults.” The youngest baby Dr. Wilson has treated was 2 days old. Resolving these issues can also help with breastfeeding, as Dr. Wilson works hand-in-hand with lactation consultants to address torticollis and lip-and-tongue-ties. New moms benefit from chiropractic care as well. “Two months after you deliver, your body releases a hormone that relaxes your ligaments and makes your body stretch. It makes your joints loose and not able to move right. Some women experience new aches or pain due to carrying baby on the same side of body. Breastfeeding can cause upper back and neck pain from looking down at baby and getting baby positioned correctly.” Dr. Wilson uses the techniques listed above, as well as a holistic approach to wellness and nutrition, to ensure new moms are healthy and able to best care for their families.
Ultimately, Dr. Wilson believes illness can be improved through patient education and quality attention to health decisions. As she says, “the healthiest patients are those who get regular care!”
If you are in need of quality chiropractic care for you, your baby, or a loved one, please give Dr. Kristan Wilson a call at 314-961-7605 or visit http://awellnessplace.com to learn more about the services offered.
Written by Emily Koeltzow