Thursday, September 2, 2021

Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care


Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care


• According to published research and the American Pregnancy Association, approximately 50 - 70% of all pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy and 50% to 75% of women experience back pain during labor.


• In addition, one out of 5 women suffer from Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) at 36 weeks gestation and almost half of the women suffering from Pelvic Girdle Pain 3 months after delivery, continued to report symptoms 1 year after delivery.


• Low back pain and PGP respond well to chiropractic care. A lack of care or prompt treatment can result in prolonged symptoms, delayed recovery and ongoing symptoms which may last for months or years postnatally. It can also have a significant impact on a woman’s emotional and psychological well-being both during and after pregnancy. 75% of pregnant patients who received chiropractic care during their pregnancies stated that they found relief from pain.


• Dr Allison Hyman is certified in the Webster Technique which is used to care for pregnant patients. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) defines Webster Technique as, “A specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment for pelvic balance during pregnancy allowing for optimal fetal positioning (head down/anterior) for an easier, safer birth. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and/or SI Joint dysfunction. In so doing, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.”


• Webster Technique is used to correct potential musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint. Intrauterine constraint is defined as any force external to the developing fetus that obstructs the normal movement of the fetus. The technique is used throughout pregnancy as well as for women in the eighth month of pregnancy with breech presentation.


• Some effects of pelvic/sacral misalignment during pregnancy include:

  • -Low Back Pain
  • -Intrauterine constraint
  • -Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP/SPD)
  • -Pain/tightness in the gluteal region, legs and groin
  • -Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs
  • -Decrease in pelvic diameter/mobility

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19: we are open for Telemedicine!

The fine doctors at Lake Washington Sports & Spine are open for telemedicine as of 3/17/2020

We want to be a valuable resource to help patients as they navigate issues related to their musculoskeletal health during this trying time

We can be reached at  (425) 818-0558

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Friday Faves: Office

• Varidesk turns any table or desk into a standing workstation! We've had them for years and our staff loves them

• Ergonomic mice can take some getting used to, so try a few and choose your personal best

• Swopper stool helps engage core muscles with 3 dimensions of movement.

• Topo mat for standing desks helps encourage position changes while standing

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6 Tips for Staying Fit on Vacation

Spring Break is just around the corner, which means traveling and spending time outside the normal routine.  So, how do you enjoy yourself without sabotaging your diet and fitness progress?  Here are some tips to relax, unwind, and stay fit!

1. Pack accordingly

Before you leave for your trip, make sure to pack exercise essentials like workout clothing, running shoes, resistance bands, a jump rope, and headphones.

2. Utilize wait times for movement

Flying to your vacation destination guarantees you will spend hours sitting on the plane (sedentary).  Why not utilize your time at the airport to burn some calories?  Walk, plank, lunge, & squat!
Dr. Hyman planking during a flight delay @ SeaTac

3. Schedule time to workout (with your travel companions)

A week or more of unhealthy diet choices and no workouts will make it feel impossible to get back on track once you return home.  The simplest way to make sure workouts happen is to prioritize them at the start of the day (even before breakfast).  30 minutes of increased heart rate and sweat will do the trick!    
Nashville vacation marathon training.  Great way to see the city!

4. Hit the hotel gym

If you know your day ahead will not allow for exercise, wake up 30 minutes earlier and visit the hotel gym.  Do it bright and early so you don't have time to make excuses (like too tired, too full, etc).
Dr. Chimes and baby Jim staying active!

4. No gym?  No problem!
There is legitimately NO EXCUSE not to workout; all you need to stay fit is your own body weight.  Try 3 sets of the exercises below, or check out Youtube for some other great options.

15 Triceps dips
15 Lunges
12 Burpees
10 Push-ups
1 Minute plank
15 Jump squats
40 bicycle crunches
Pre-breakfast sweat sesh in Cabo

5. Walk or bike, don't drive or taxi!

Walking and biking are win-wins: physical activity and sightseeing.  See your destination by foot or 2 wheels to burn extra calories and mindfully experience your surroundings. 
I insisted my friend and I walk the 4 miles uphill on a country
road to San Gimignano.  We earned our pasta for sure!

6. Chose your indulgences wisely & sparingly

It's easy to fall into the "I'm on vacation, I deserve this!" mentality when it comes to eating.  Unfortunately, your body doesn't take a holiday from storing unused calories as fat.  Pick a portion of one meal a day for your treat.  For example, if you need to have those fries, balance the meal with grilled fish or chicken and a large salad.  Need that dessert?  Make sure you eat a veggie-loaded entree and pass on the alcohol.  Another tip- follow an unhealthy meal with a healthy one.  It's all about balance.
Fish tacos from 1&Only Taco in Cabo San Lucas

Monday, March 12, 2018

LWSS Does Hot Yoga!

LWSS Does Hot Yoga!

In the next iteration to better understand the exercise preferences of our patients and exercise-specific injuries, the LWSS team decided to try out hot yoga! (Prior to trying out hot yoga, we tried out Barre3). 

Like Barre3, most of us were new to hot yoga too.

Prior to class:
-Different yoga studios heat their rooms at different temperatures. We recommend having your first class in a “warm” room, 80-90F degrees. We attended class at Shakti East Vinyasa Yoga in Bellevue which was an excellent temperature for an intro class. 

-Hydrate well, starting the day prior to class. 

-Bring a yoga mat and large towel to class (or rent from the studio).

-Arrive ~20mins early to class to register, set up your mat, and acclimate to the room prior to starting class!

What to expect:
-Yoga is often thought of as a moving meditation. Rooms are quiet and the emphasis is focusing on the breath and pose. 

-Keep breathing…

-Instructors will cue you and being in the back of the room will help you understand how to move through the poses. 

-Keep breathing...the breath is the first priority but hard to master.

Final thoughts:
Hot yoga is a great way to get the therapeutic benefits of a moving meditation while increasing your heart rate. There are different types of hot yoga; hatha is a gentle introduction to postures, vinyasa focuses on the flow between postures, power is designed to be more intense than vinyasa, and Bikram is a series of 26 postures that are distinct from each other and arguably the most challenging. We enjoyed the vinyasa class at Shakti, but can also recommend the more demanding/hotter classes at Hot Yoga Inc., and Ashram Yoga Bellevue (Bikram style) in the downtown Bellevue area.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Physical therapy…What’s the Point? Q & A on PT with Dr. Hyman

1.  What’s the goal of physical therapy (PT)?

The primary goal of physical therapy is to optimize your body mechanics, so that you may return to sport or chosen physical activity.

While pain relief is not the primary purpose of physical therapy, most often the pain goes away and stays away when body mechanics issues are corrected.

Ideally, all persons with a sports or back injury should see a physical therapist first, before seeing a medical doctor.  The majority of the time, physical therapists will lead you successfully back to full function without a hitch.  In some cases, problems persist despite physical therapy, and then ideally your physical therapist will refer you to a musculoskeletal specialist medical doctor.  I like to use a 4 visit threshold — you should see improvement in PT within 4 visits, and if not, then seeing a specialist doctor is appropriate.  Why not first see your primary care physician?  Well, in most cases your primary care physician will rely on a physical therapist to evaluate and treat an injury.  So if you’ve already been responsible enough to participate in PT, then you’re ready for specialty care with a sports medicine physician.

2.  What should you expect from a PT visit?  

Expect to arrive 10-15 mins early, dressed for exercise.  The sessions usually last 45-60 minutes.  During the initial assessment the physical therapist will get to know you and your problem by taking a history and performing an extensive physical examination. Each follow up session typically involves some period of reassessment (i.e. talking about how you’ve been doing since last session), a physical examination to check biomechanics, sometimes an intervention (i.e. hands on treatment that might feel like massage, stretching, or joint manipulation), and then additional exercise instruction.

We expect you to attend physical therapy sessions once or twice per week for several weeks before we follow up together.  Typically within 4 visits a person will notice some improvement.  The overall duration of physical therapy depends on several factors including the complexity of a condition and its chronicity.

3.  Why spend the time and resources to participate in PT?  Why don’t you just hand me a printed exercise handout?

A physical therapist is a medical exercise specialist, and they are able to design a customized exercise program to help you achieve your particular exercise goals. Each person’s body mechanics are different.  It is the physical therapist’s expertise to understand what normal flexibility and strength looks like.  Every person has areas of inflexibility and areas that are weaker than what is optimal.  Often making tailored corrections to your flexibility or weak areas will make all the difference and allow you to return to full function.

Exercise handouts are designed to treat the “average” person in a general sort of way.  Perhaps up to 50% of the time this approach works.  However, we take your recovery seriously, and we prefer better odds.   With physical therapy intervention for most conditions, the likelihood of improvement goes up to 75-85% in our experience.

Sometimes I’m asked why I can’t just teach the exercises at our office visit.  The simple answer is that I’m not a specialist in teaching people how to properly exercise.  Additionally, most physical therapists understand how to assess biomechanics on a more sophisticated level than most specialist physicians.  So they can both assess complex biomechanical issues, and they are experts in creating an exercise plan to correct those issues.  Just to overemphasize, when I have an injury or issue, I personally go to see a physical therapist because I won’t appreciate my weak spots nearly as well as a physical therapist.