I am very excited to be working in the community where I grew up in, Pinetown. Making sure my community’s spines are looked after. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, treating friends and family and continuing to support my current patients in this new practice. The practice is easily accessible from the freeway and we have safe and secure parking.
I cannot wait to meet you here!I know you will love my new space, just as much as I do.
I’ve always had a keen interest in pregnancy and natural childbirth and now that I’m pregnant, for the first time, I’m realizing just how important it is to prepare your body for your baby’s birthday. There are so many thing that we do to prepare by making sure we are eating healthily, getting enough rest and staying active. Today I want to focus on making sure we are keeping our hips aligned to allow for an optimal, natural and easier birth and also to create a comfortable home for our little growing bean/s.
When we refer to our hips we are talking about our pelvis, which consists of four bones; Ilium x2, sacrum and coccyx. Our pelvis is not a solid structure but is designed to move. Our pelvis should ideally be tilted slightly anteriorly (forward) to allow for our natural lumbar curve. Our lifestyle has changed over time and this has had an negative impact our pelvis. We sit poorly for most of our day which cause our pelvis to change alignment and move into a posterior (backward) position which is not ideal for childbirth. When our pelvis is not aligned it can cause our little ones confusion and they can take on less optimal positions like the breech position.
Luckily there are easy, simple thing we can do to get our pelvis moving better and back into a great position. (Please consult your Midwife or Chiropractor before starting any new exercise plans as we are all unique and at different stages of our health journey.)
This should be common sense but we often get so busy during the day that we don’t move from our desk and plonk ourselves in front of netflix as soon as we get home. By adding 30 mins of brisk walking into our routine we can reverse a lot of the damage that sitting does to our pelvis.
We cannot get away from the “S” word so let just make it better. When you are sitting, your knees should be below your hips, your belly leaning/tilting forward and your back straight with your natural curve intact. This gives your little one a comfortable home in your pelvis. It is best if you avoid a soft couch or recliner as this forces our pelvis into a bad position. Rather try sitting on an exercise ball or sitting on the floor with your back straight against the couch. You can also change your car seat by adding a pillow under your bum and a small pillow in the small of your back to allow for a good pelvic tilt and better posture while driving long distances.
Wash the floor on all fours
Just joking, but now that you have visualized the position you can move it that position to “clean” your pelvis. You can even add some daily crawling to get those hips moving well. You can try the yoga pose Cat/Cow or even better join a yoga class (making sure your Yogi has experience in working with pregnant woman). Pilates is also a great way to stay active during your pregnancy. Always remember to take it easy with these new positions.
Squatting the right way
This is a squat with our backs straight and heels on the floor. You can see in picture 1 that my pelvis is tilted forward and my back is not round like in picture 2. It is not an easy position for most of us as we do not get in this position often. I usually recommend adding a rolled towel under your heels if you are not very supple like me.
Visit your Chiropractor
I have seen the benefits of regular Chiropractic treatment on my changing body and my patients bodies. It is difficult to determine how your pelvis is position without the help of a professional who specializes in preggy bellies. We are very gentle in our approach and will not harm you or your little one.
Your pelvis alignment will change throughout your pregnancy as your body prepares for birth by releasing different hormones. Research has shown that having your pelvis aligned can result in shorter labour time and a reduction in pain medication during labour. Chiropractors also look after the pelvic ligaments such as the round ligaments of the womb that attached to the pelvis on either side. If it is tight it can cause the pelvis to rotate one way or the other and create slight torsion and strain on the womb and make it difficult for your little one to move which can force the little one in a breech position.
So basically in summary. We want the pregnant body to still move well which allows our pelvis to assume the best position for our babies and birth.
Please don’t try any movement or exercise that you are unsure of or uncomfortable with. Consult with a Chiropractor, Midwife or your chosen health care provider before you start any new exercises.
May your pregnancy and birth be a special time in your life and remember you were born to do this. You’ve got this! We are amazing!
Dr. Anneke Lees
Fallon J. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic, 1991:24-31
Henderson I. American Medical Association records released in 1987 during trial in U.S. District Court Northern Illinois Eastern Division, No. 76 C 3777, May, 1987
I’m really excited to be working at Health at 202 in Durban. Situated in the leafy suburb of Glenwood and overlooking the vibrant Bulwer Park, it is a multidisciplinary Health and Wellness centre consisting of like-minded health professionals who work together to serve the Durban community.
In Health and Wellness we need a body that moves well, is well nourished and a mind that thinks well. Bearing this in mind, our team is expertly equipped to help the community strive for and achieve wellness.
Come visit us and meet the growing team:
Dr Anneke Lees Chiropractor
Alison Sampson Clinical Psychologist
Jonelle du Plessis Clinical Psychologist
Natalie Bowden Dietitian
Domingo Pestana do Vale Personal trainer and Pilates Instructor
We look forward to helping you in your wellness journey.
I have just arrived back in Durban after a wonderful 3 years of living and practising in the Vaal and, at this point, I cannot help but reminisce over my experience as a Chiropractor serving the Vaal community.
I have learnt an enormous amount and I’m so grateful to everyone who has contributed in my growth as a person and a professional.
When I started my sport and family Chiropractic practice in the Vaal, I thought I would mainly enjoy treating athletes, as sport originally drew me to the profession. This has changed somewhat over the last three years. Although my passion for treating athletes is still there, I have realised that family care is so close to my heart. I have seen the benefit of treating the whole family from the mom-to-be to the grandpa; helping families thrive. If you feel good physically you can be the best version of yourself; if you are pain free you can be present in your own life and make a difference in someone else’s. So when I help my patients or athletes move better, pain free, I know I’m making an impact in their lives and the people around them; enabling them to build strong relationships which leads to developing strong healthy communities. It is this philosophy that has become central to my approach as a practitioner with the goal of enabling my patients to lead fuller lives, uninhibited by any pain or restrictions as far as possible.
When it comes to community building I would like to thank Parkrun Heron Banks. This initiative has helped so many people to get active in the community and motivated families to get active on the weekend. I have personally seen how this has changed peoples lives in the Vaal community. From not being able to walk, to doing the park run every Saturday. It is such a great motivational tool that I utilize to help people get active. Well done Parkrun, keep up the amazing work!
Before looking forward, I would like to thank Dr Roger van der Veen for his support, mentorship and friendship, Dr Deon Teixerra and Mrs Caroline Scheepers for their excellent work in the community and their willingness to work together and build a strong practitioner referral network, making sure their patients always come first and referring to the appropriate professional. I will always be grateful for your support and wish you everything of the best in the future.
My husband and I are very excited to be working in our favourite city, Durban. Cris will be joining the awesome educational company Advantage Learn to help school kids reach their full potential and I will open a new practice in Glenwood by joining Health at 202; a wonderful multidisciplinary wellness center. I’m really looking forward to serving my new community and linking up with like minded professionals in Durban.
I will focus my learning on nutrition and family care this year and use my blog to connect with my community in these areas.
Thank you again to my wonderful Vaal family and hello to my new home, Durban. I looking forward to helping you.
A follow-up is generally required within a week of your first consultation to monitor progress and continue with treatment. The follow-up consultation is generally shorter and patients can expect it to take between 20 and 30 minutes.
The doctor will use a combination of the following treatment methods to relieve your pain and get you functioning at your best:
Lumbar traction (flexion distraction)
Soft tissue therapy
Strapping (Kinesio tape)
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.
The first appointment is a comprehensive assessment. Patients can expect this appointment to take approximately 40 mins. It is important to dress comfortably and to arrive 5 minutes before your appointed time to complete the necessary patient information forms.
The doctor will;
Establish your medical history (bring any existing x-rays or scans)
Check vitals if necessary
Perform a physical examination including neurological and orthopedic tests
Perform a chiropractic and postural assessment
Diagnose your condition
Formulate your treatment plan
And proceed with your first treatment
Should the outcome of your assessment indicate the need for another specialist then the doctor will refer you accordingly.