Who We Serve

When interferences to the nervous system are removed, homeostasis occurs. Human beings are innately designed to be in balance.

WOMEN

Chiropractic care for Women is more than simple back pain. With all the stress that women go through, whether you are a mom, wife, aunt, or daughter the challenges we face are incredible. At Align, we focus more on stress relief and a return to happiness to be “living” your life instead of just being in it. With women’s care as a focus, we can treat so many conditions that we are faced with throughout our lives.

PMS
MENOPAUSE
STRESS
HEADACHES
MIGRANES
WEIGHT CHALLENGES
LOW LIBIDO

SCIATICA
TMJ
SPINAL PAIN
JOINT PAIN
CARPAL TUNNEL
MOOD SWINGS
INFERTILITY

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
IMMUNE SYSTEM INSUFFICIENCY
HEART BURN
GERD
CONSTIPATION
ADRENAL FATIGUE
ASTHMA

PREGNANT WOMEN

Congratulations on your pregnancy. Align has a saying, “your pregnancy should be enjoyable, not painful”. With that being our main mindset, we do all that is in our power, through special adjustments, exercises, and home recommendations to ensure that your pregnancy will not only be as pain-free as possible, but your labor may be shorter, and the pain levels significantly decreased.

Dr. Shine and her team are 2 of 5 chiropractors in the Kansas City Area that are certified to work on pregnancy and pediatric patients. She uses a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment called the Webster technique,that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances the pelvic muscles and ligaments. This improves function in the mother’s pelvis and may contribute to easier labors and delivery. “It’s like stretching your hamstrings before a marathon, you wouldn’t think about running before prepping your body to do it.” With this mindset, a majority of her patients, once under care do not experience sciatica, and her first time moms have on average 6-10 hour labors from start to finish.

Many mothers and practitioners have reported that after this adjustment, the baby settled into a more optimal position for birth. The ICPA (who certifies doctors in this technique) is exploring the clinical data from hundreds of cases in its NIH recognized Practiced Based Research Network. As an ICPA member, Dr. Shine is kept abreast of all publications and current research to apply in her practice.

Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy is a vital ingredient to a healthier pregnancy and birth. Call us for a complimentary consultation and we can assess your individual needs during this special time of your life.

Headaches

Experiencing headaches during pregnancy is one of the most common discomforts and  complaints, and frequently occur in the 1st and 3rd Trimester.  The increase is headaches is believed to be caused by the surge of hormones along with an increase in the relaxin hormone in the body causing the ligaments to start loosening causing aggravated stress from poor posture and changes in the vision.

Upper Back and Neck Pain

Upper back and neck pain during pregnancy can occur at any point and with the tinniest of movements which occurs for several reasons. First, as your pregnancy progresses, the growth of your baby and uterus shifts the center of gravity forward placing an increase of pressure on the muscles of your low back, this combined with the weight gain, and instability of joints due to the increase of hormones makes for a perfect storm of back and neck aches.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain during pregnancy is a common symptom that you may experience. During pregnancy, your body releases hormones that allow connective tissue to relax and soften. As a result of this, the joints and ligaments between the bones in your body will begin to loosen. When sleeping on your side your humerous is not snuggly put into the shoulder socket causing achiness in the joint.

Rib Pain

Rib pain during pregnancy is usually experienced as a mild discomfort to a sharp stabbing pain which can make it hard to take a deep breath. This type of pain can be caused from your baby punching or kicking the area in the front of the abdomen, as well as the ribs popping up on your back from the new forward leaning posture and relaxin hormone allowing them to slip out of the joint very easily.

Heartburn

In late pregnancy, these symptoms are due to the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the valve at the top of your stomach. This causes a small amount of stomach acid, sometimes with partially digested food, to surge upwards into your esophagus. A diaphragm release can be done to help reduce the heart burn.

Low Back and Sacro-Iliac Joint Pain (SI joint)

SI joint pain is felt at or near the sacroiliac joints of your pelvis (tailbone) as a result of sacroiliac
joint dysfunction. This pain often feels deep within your low back and can occur on one or both sides of your back. In some cases, pain radiates down to the buttock and the back of the thigh.

In some cases it can become chronic and disabling, causing a sharp stabbing like feeling when you stand up or take those first couple of steps after resting.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the largest in your body which starts in the lower back and runs down the buttocks and branches down the back of the legs to the ankles and feet. In most cases of sciatica, a sharp, shooting pain, tingling or numbness starts in the back or buttocks and radiates all the way down the back of your legs. This happens when the sciatic nerve gets compressed during pregnancy, the stretching of the ligaments and the tightening of the piriformis muscle in the buttock causes.

Round Ligament Pain

Round ligament pain can be concerning and uncomfortable. But it is considered normal as your body changes during pregnancy. The symptoms of round ligament pain include a sharp, sudden spasm in the belly. I can affect both sides of the lower front of the abdomen. The pain only lasts a few seconds. Exercise may increase the pain, as well as rapid movements such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, rolling over in bed, and standing up too quickly.

Hip Pain

Hip pain during pregnancy is a common symptom that you may experience. During pregnancy, your body releases hormones that allow connective tissue to relax and soften. As a result of this, the joints and ligaments between the bones in your pelvis will begin to loosen. When sleeping on your side your femur is not snugly put into the hip socket causing achiness in the joint.

Symphasis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD)

Symphasis Pubic Dysfunction is a condition that causes excessive movement of the pubic symphasis, either forward or to the side, as well as a misalignment of the pelvis. This is thought to affect up to 1 in 4 pregnant women. The side effects of SPD, have varying degrees of intensity which include clicking or popping when walking or changing position while seated to having intense burning and extreme pain when walking up stairs, carrying anything of weight, and leg adduction and abduction. If left untreated, or not taken care of this condition can lead to disabilities or physical damage.

Our Pregnant Bodies

Our bodies can experience so many physical changes throughout a pregnancy. Hover over areas of the body that typically experience changes, including pain, during pregnancy and learn how chiropractic care may help relieve symptoms.

PEDIATRICS

Some adults may wonder…why more and more children are starting to see chiropractors.

That’s a good question and the answer is simple: whether we have a large spine or a tiny little spine, if that spine is creating nerve distress then our magnificent bodies may not operate smoothly…

Nerve Irritations (or vertebral subluxations) occur as a part of normal daily life. They result from physical, chemical and emotional stressors or ‘insults’ to our health, such as bad posture, all those falls while learning to walk, crawl or run, sleeping on the tummy, knocks and falls, poor food choices, sports injuries, carrying backpacks that are too heavy, as well as stress and anxiety. Even before these lifestyle stressors have an impact, nerve irritation can occur in the uterus while the mom is in labor because of the long hours of compression, forceps, and C-Sections!

COMMON REASONS FOR PEDIATRIC ADJUSTMENTS:

• Maximize brain and nerve development
• Enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
• Strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
• Help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
• Help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
• Improve spinal posture.
• Improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
• Assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional wellbeing.
• Help alleviate digestive problems such as Reflux or excessive spitting up
• Assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.

NEURAL FUNCTIONAL

Dr. Brandi created Aligning Minds to offer hope to children and parents that are experiencing neurodevelopmental disorders. The Aligning Minds program incorporates chiropractic, optimal nutrition, myofascial/cranial-sacral techniques and neurofunctional exercises into one comprehensive program. The focus of this program is to naturally support the body- brain, gut, spine and immune system, working together in balance to help children achieve their maximum life potential. Learn more about Aligning Minds.