One of the things I love about Lincoln is that it is a thriving hubspot for young professionals and entrepreneurs. Six months ago I had the pleasure of meeting a particularly enthusiastic, caring one of these professionals, Dr. Matt Horak of Horak Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Being an avid supporter of chiropractic care myself, I recently sat down with him to talk about his practice and how chiropractic and acupressure use applies to pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Matt’s journey with chiropractic started when he was in 5th grade. He had a trampoline accident and hurt his neck. He saw a chiropractor for the injury and continued chiropractic care throughout high school. Going into college, he said knew he wanted to go into healthcare. He had always been drawn to natural healthcare and the idea of helping people without medication. It seemed like a natural choice to go to UNL for pre-chiropractic and then on to Cleveland Chiropractic College to receive his Doctor of Chiropractic. In June 2015, he opened Horak Chiropractic and Acupuncture at 1640 Normandy Ct and has been providing men, women and kids with top-notch holistic care since, including my husband.
It turns out that spinal manipulation - what we know today as chiropractic adjustments - dates back to ancient Chinese medicine. The modern chiropractic profession was started by Daniel David Palmer in 1895 when he adjusted a patient who lost his hearing after a “pop” in his back. The man regained his hearing after the adjustment. Palmer opened a school of chiropractic 2 years later and thus modern chiropractic was born. Today, many people seek this natural approach to pain relief and natural health and wellness.
Matt often sees women seek chiropractic care for the first time during a pregnancy. During pregnancy and after birth, the female body is often incredibly misaligned and out of balance because, as any woman who has been pregnant can attest, pregnancy puts a huge strain on the body - particularly the spine and ligaments supporting the back and pelvis. Chiropractic can ease many of the discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as neck and back pain, ligament pain, headaches and muscle tension.
During pregnancy, Matt performs what is called the Webster technique - a specific chiropractic method that aims to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In other words, it helps balance the pelvis and allows it to move more freely, which permits the baby to sit lower in the pelvis. This in turn aligns the pelvis and its muscles and ligaments, which allows a better chance for optimal fetal positioning.
“Generally during pregnancy, the pelvis can become misaligned. Along with the misalignment, one side of the pelvis will become more tight than the other during pregnancy,” Matt explained, “After correcting the misalignment, I find and apply pressure on those set of muscles and ligaments until they slowly relax.” Traditionally, Webster technique has been used for mothers with breech and posterior babies but it can also be used throughout a pregnancy to help maintain optimal pelvic balance.
Matt also uses acupressure to help with pain during pregnancy or birth or even to encourage a breech baby to turn. And of course, every pregnant mama’s favorite - he can stimulate acupressure points to help induce labor. There’s never a guarantee that acupressure for induction will work but it’s a great option to try late in pregnancy.
After pregnancy, Matt continues helping women and their babies with chiropractic by keeping mom’s back in alignment (holding and breastfeeding a baby is extremely hard on the spine). With babies, he carefully checks for spinal misalignment, as the birth process can be traumatic on a newborn’s spine. Having baby well aligned allows their nervous system to function optimally and can be particularly helpful for babies with reflux, colic, allergies or sleep problems.
Horak Chiropractic and Acupuncture accepts all insurance companies, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. They are open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm - 6:00pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. You can call them at 402-904-7179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A true Nebraskan, Matt is an avid Husker and Royals fan. He likes to be outdoors, hunt, play golf, basketball, football and softball and go on trips with family and friends. He has a black lab named Avery and his favorite food is sweet potatoes. He plans to practice chiropractic in Lincoln as long as he can, helping people live a higher quality of life in a natural way.