Guest Blog: Thrive Chiropractic Care

Welcome to our guest blog on Thrive Chiropractic Care!

There are so many services available to expecting families and it can be hard to research everything! Instead of trying to summarize it for you ourselves, these guest blogs will be posts written by other pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum workers about their skills and expertise. We hope you enjoy them! If there is a topic you want to know more about, let us know and we will gladly arrange for a guest blogger on that subject!

Without further ado, let's meet Drs. Kristin and Ryan of Thrive Chiropractic.

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Dr. Ryan grew up in Toms River, NJ playing baseball and football throughout high school and in college. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from Rowan University. He got his doctorate in chiropractic after realizing his passion for helping people and how much chiropractic had impacted him and his family's lives. Dr. Ryan decided to enroll at the largest chiropractic school in the world, Life University in Marietta, GA where he and Dr. Kristin met.

Dr. Kristin grew up in Pottstown, PA, playing soccer and swimming. She received her bachelor's degree in genetics from Michigan State University. Originally planning on pursuing a medical degree, she decided on becoming a chiropractor after watching her mother experience a "medical miracle" with chiropractic care.

While in Georgia, Dr. Ryan and Dr. Kristin helped to grow the largest chiropractic office in Georgia while receiving additional training to care for pregnant women, infants, and children. They moved to Knoxville and began their own chiropractic practice at Thrive Chiropractic.

Chiropractic & Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a really beautiful time for a lot of mothers. Unfortunately, it can also be a really uncomfortable time as well. The good new is, many women are now discovering the benefits of receiving chiropractic care before, during, and after pregnancy!


As mothers know, there is a lot that happens to your body during those 9 (really 10) months. Your body is producing a lot of hormones that you are not used to and one of those hormones is Relaxin. Relaxin is an extremely important hormone for you as it allows your body joints to move more freely to make room for your growing baby and ultimately give birth! However, this also means that your spinal bones are moving in ways they haven't before.

Neurology and Genetics

Normal movement of spinal bones is important to allow you to move fluidly throughout daily living but excessive motion can have damaging affects to your nervous system. Because your nervous system controls and coordinates every other function of your body, it's extremely important that we ensure your body functions optimally! This optimal function not only impacts how you feel throughout your pregnancy but could also impact your baby's development. New research is suggesting that extra stress carried throughout pregnancy will affect the genetic expression of your growing baby. This is not meant to make you fearful of daily stresses but to feel empowered in the connection between you and your baby and the positive effect you can have on your baby's future!

Pregnancy Symptoms

Moms and expecting moms know that pregnancy is not always glamorous. There are a lot of symptoms that can accompany it including: morning sickness, mood swings, sciatica, difficulty sleeping, low back pain, acid reflux, cramping, hip pain, carpal tunnel, and even constipation. While chiropractic care may not be able to completely resolve all problems, many moms find that their pregnancy is much more enjoyable while under care.

Webster technique and Breech presentation

Webster technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster to address the pelvic and sacral distortion leading to intra-uteral constraint. The technique is defined by the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) as, “A specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and/or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.” - International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

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When the sacrum moves out of proper alignment, there is tension on the utero-sacral ligament which creates a pulling type tension on the uterus. This tension can limit the ability of the baby to move freely leading to a breech presentation. Dr. Kristin and Dr. Ryan are both certified by the ICPA to practice Webster technique and address a potential root cause for breech presentations. The adjustment is extremely gentle and at no point deals with manipulating the baby's position.

Each of the above topics is complex and you may have more questions since reading this. We encourage you to reach out to us, Dr. Kristin and Dr. Ryan, for more information! Feel free to call us at 865-315-7479, email your questions to, or follow us on Facebook. We look forward to serving you and your family soon!