We help people with chronic pain, stress and anxiety get to the root cause of their problems so they can get back to living the way they want to, with full energy, mood, sleep and quality of life. 
We help people with chronic pain, stress and anxiety get to the root cause of their problems so they can get back to living the way they want to, with full energy, mood, sleep and quality of life. 
We help people with chronic pain, stress and anxiety get to the root cause of their problems so they can get back to living the way they want to, with full energy, mood, sleep and quality of life. 
You can have a Comfortable Pregnancy and Easy Delivery

Have you been experiencing any of these symptoms?

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Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant. We are Webster Certified and use the Webster Technique for pregnancy and Breech presentation

Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • ​Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • ​Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

What Chiropractic can do for you and your pregnancy...

Support your body as it changes throughout your pregnancy

Prevent misaligned spine or joints & unnecessary pain

Establish pelvic balance and alignment while during and after pregnancy

Have a natural, non-invasive birth. 

We Use the Webster Chiropractic Technique

The Webster technique, as defined by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. 

This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.

5 benefits of Gentle BGI Chiropractic care in pregnancy 

Reduced Nausea, and Headaches

Nausea, or morning sickness, is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms that can be highly uncomfortable and difficult to endure throughout your first trimester. A chiropractor can help reduce nausea and vomiting by realigning your spine and improving overall nervous system function. As a result, your hormones can achieve a healthier balance to eliminate or lessen the severity of your morning sickness. Headaches are common in the 1st and early second trimester because of the increase in blood volume (your blood volume doubles by 30 weeks!) , and the body needs to make more red blood cells. Adequate protein in the form of small portions- try a high quality protein powder if you can't imagine eating bites of meat or eggs.

Gentle cranial adjustments, and release of the reflex points in your upper neck and shoulder area can reduce the over reaction in the nervous system and allow your body to maintain equilibrium of balance and avoid motion sickness.

If you suspect your nausea is being triggered by heartburn or constipation, chiropractic care can also help improve digestive issues such as these to reduce your nausea.

Easier Labor and Delivery

A short labor and birthing process, without pain or complications, is far preferable to a painful and hours-long labor and delivery. 

Getting regular chiropractic adjustments throughout your pregnancy can help ensure your pelvis, spine, and hips are properly aligned and that your nerves are in optimal working function. Your nerves are responsible for controlling your contractions and dilating your cervix during labor and delivery — meaning optimal nerve health can help you experience a faster labor and easier delivery, with less pain and discomfort. 

Our methods are unique in that we focus on breathing, releasing the soft tissues in the front of the lower abdomen such as the psoas and the round ligaments as well as a focus on whole body release and relaxation so you can get into the "zone" during birth and really trust in your bodies instincts and natural process. We love partnering with Doulas to support labor, and highly recommend finding one you love to work with is a non medicated, or natural birth is your goal. 

Women who want to experience a natural childbirth with the use of less medications can benefit from chiropractic care during pregnancy to help simplify and improve the birthing experience.

Relief From Back Pain

Most women experience some form of back pain during pregnancy, you don't have to suffer through it! 

Relief is possible and often correcting the alignment of your hips not only reduces your pain, it improves your bodies' ability to prepare for labor and postpartum recovery.

As your body prepares for labor and delivery, it produces a hormone called relaxin that relaxes and loosens all the ligaments and joints in your pelvic area. This may cause some to experience instability and pain in their spines as supporting ligaments become much looser and more fragile. Seeing a chiropractor for regular adjustments during pregnancy can help relieve back pain that stems from relaxed ligaments and joints due to the natural production of relaxin.
Back pain among pregnant women may also be caused by postural problems that occur due to a heavier belly. Some women may unintentionally curve their backs as their babies become heavier and larger, which can throw the spine out of alignment and trigger back pain. Adjustments can help correct posture and spinal curvature to keep back pain, leg pain, pubic bone pain, and rib pain at bay. 

If you are having pelvic instability, this is the support belt that I recommend over many of the pregnancy specific styles which are just too bulky and lacking in adequate support.

Optimal Baby Positioning

A baby who is not in the position to be delivered head first at the time of labor is known to be in breech position, which can lead to complications including a highly difficult vaginal delivery, cord prolapse, or a C-section delivery. 

Chiropractic care (including the Webster Technique) during pregnancy helps you maintain healthy pelvic balance, so your baby has enough room to freely move head-first into the correct delivery position. Keep moving throughout your pregnancy and doing prenatal yoga - (this is my favorite download, from Spinning babies CLICK HERE) 

By week 27-32 you want to be making sure you have regular weekly chiropractic adjustments to ensure the baby is head down BEFORE week 36 when the final checks are made by your birth provider, at that point you have a really short time line to try to address the positioning, make regular chiropractic adjustments a priority to avoid breech presentation and benefit from optimal positioning.

Easier Recovery Postpartum

Gentle chiropractic care that addresses your whole spine, including the pelvis, soft tissues neck, and shoulders, takes advantage of the natural relaxin in your system during pregnancy to gently correct long standing imbalances from the stresses of daily living that were or were not symptomatic before pregnancy. 

The postnatal period is SUCH a challenge on the whole body, mind and spirit! 

It is a huge learning curve, and you are totally focused on the needs of your baby so will sacrifice your posture, sleep and eating to take care of your bundle of joy. This often leads to pain, muscle spasms and nerve irritation. Getting the tension levels under control and your spinal system balanced during pregnancy allows the body to adapt to these rapid changes with greater ease and less pain. 

Postnatal adjustments and core exercises to re-engage the pelvis are also essential! but with a great foundation of prenatal chiropractic care. you will get optimal results and can be with your baby with more ease and joy!

What you can expect at Thriving Life Wellness

At Thriving Life Wellness we practice the chiropractic inside-out approach to health, rather than masking the symptoms with medications

We collaborate with a variety of organizations and practitioners to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.

Results you can see! With greater clarity & flexibility you can recover from your pregnancy quickly.

We firmly believe everyone has the innate ability to thrive, regardless of your life experiences or your lifestyle.

Dr. Christine Cantwell

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My name is Dr Christine Cantwell, DC and I help Health Conscious People find solutions to their chronic pain and feel better in their Body Physically and regain Mental Clarity and Emotional Balance. 

We provide our patients with a proven system to get to the root cause of imbalance in the Nervous Systems Stress Response and get lasting results by balancing the Brain Body connection. We call it the Pain Reset Method and it has worked for 1000's of people over the last 9 years. 

If you're interested in learning more on how you can Get Back to Living and finally get rid of the chronic pain, stress and anxiety that you have been living with, Book a Free 15 minute Consultation with Dr. Cantwell to see if you are a good fit for our Pain Reset Programs. 

"Christine is truly an angel and I feel so grateful that I was referred to her while pregnant with my first baby. I am convinced that her healing touch and gentle adjustments were the pivotal foundation that allowed me to have an all natural birth with a short and smooth labor. Not only have I continued to see her after giving birth, but my son and husband also see her. She keeps our whole family in optimal health!"

- Alexandria S

Dr. Ameneh Raeisghasem 

Dr. Ameneh Raeisghasem
Dr. Ameneh Raeisghasem brings with her a wealth of experience in her 20 years of practice as a chiropractor, with a special emphasis in holistic and integrative care for families., including pregnancy care, pediatrics & acupuncture and is certified in the Webster Technique, via the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association. 

Prior to joining the Thriving Life Wellness Center, she taught Physiology, Pathology and Kinesiology in both Boston and the Bay Area. She’s been in practice for over 20 years since graduating with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Sciences and her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

She has post-graduate training in a variety of specialized techniques include Webster (pediatrics), Graston (soft tissue mobilization) & Cox (spinal pain relief).
I have always wanted to be a health care practitioner and I was inspired by the holistic approach chiropractic doctors had towards  health-care and well-care. Being in practice for 25 years, I am reminded everyday about how important it is to care for a whole person and it gives me immense joy to help my patients find optimal health. 
I specialize in Webster Technique for pregnancy, Pediatric Sacral Occipital Technique, Acupressure for pain management, Cox Flexion- Distraction for spinal misalignment, and Graston and Kinsio-taping for sports injuries. 

I practice full spine and extremity adjusting, using gentle non-force chiropractic techniques including: Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Proprioceptive Neuro-muscular Facilitation, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Facial Stretch Therapy.
Dr Ameneh was a miracle worker for me during pregnancy. I had back issues that my Dr said there was no solution for. I went to Dr Ameneh for 2 weeks and my back was completely better. I continued to see her throughout my pregnancy and continued to be very active and healthy. I'm so grateful to her. I was nervous about seeing a chiropractor as I'd never been to one before but I can't recommend Dr Ameneh highly enough!!"

- Lydia L.
©2020 Thriving Life Wellness

557 Waller St. San Francisco, CA 94117 
(415) 814-2442
©2020 Thriving Life Wellness

557 Waller St. San Francisco, CA 94117 
(415) 814-2442