Most of us can admit we have met someone, or even been a person, that couldn’t engage in an activity due to a  ____fill in the blank___ (A sore low back, a bummed knee or a weak shoulder). Unfortunately, there are so many people who cannot enjoy the activities they love due to poor movement patterns.  I will embarrassingly admit prior to joining BIRTHFIT that was me.

I have always been active, however I have been able to compensate movements at the expense of my hips and knees. Overtime I started to add accessories to my fitness, weight belt, wrist wraps and knee sleeves which masked my weakness and never really forced me to work on them. Then walks in BIRTHFIT and exposes all of my compensatory movement patterns – the big elephant in the room!

Like most of you who have joined the #BIRTHFITTRIBE, I do what I preach. Starting with the functional progressions. When I began,  I could barely hold the starting position for functional Progression #1. I was shocked how challenging it was to do the movement properly.

I could speed through it, but slowing down and paying attention to my breath, pelvic floor orientation and maintaining intra-abdominal pressure throughout the entire movement stepped it up a notch.  It took me weeks to work through the 4 movements and still I work on them every day.  Like our great Mindset leader Melissa Hemphil says “slow is fast” which couldn’t be more true in this situation.

As I worked through these progressions it forced me to check my ego at the door, back down on the weights I have been using and get back to the basics. I can proudly report, as I have committed to building up my fundamentals I have watched my lifts improve in functionality and performance over time!

And the best improvement I have seen has been in the movements I do for pleasure. My fly fishing cast has improved, my bouldering skills have skyrocketed and my overall health is better. Isn’t that what this is all about, being able to love the movements you do and feel fantastic while doing them. Heck,  I hope to be doing all of the activities, functionally sound until I’m 95!

All that being said Movement EQUALS Freedom  and more importantly proper movement equals freedom for life! Whether you are planning, pregnant, postpartum or just a human being wanting to move better, check out our professional tab to find a Regional Director in your area!

With love,

Dr. Jill

BIRTHFIT Roaring Fork Valley

Regional Director

Doctor of Chiropractor

See original Article on BIRTHFIT's Blog here


Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy: A Quintessential Connection

A Quintessential Connection


At BIRTHFIT, chiropractic care is one of our four main pillars and we believe it is essential to a better pregnancy,birth and postpartum experience. As a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy and postpartum care, I usually get many confused looks about how chiropractic care can help moms have a safer, healthier and happier pregnancy, birth, and immediate postpartum period. Here are just a few key reasons why I think chiropractic care supports the motherhood transition so well.

From the knowledge I have gained from one of the most experienced  pregnancy based chiropractors in the world Jeanne Ohm. I focus on the THREE P’s of pregnancy: Power, Passenger and Passageway, these three elements are crucial to a more direct birth.


Power of the Uterus

As a chiropractor I focus on the nervous system, the master system of the body, it connects every cell, tissue, muscle and organ of the body allowing you to function at your optimal potential. The nerves the control the uterus are located in your lower back (lumbar spine) and my goal is to ensure that there is no nerve interference in this area. Allowing your uterus to function as it was designed to.

Your little Passenger

Ideally we would love every baby to get into the best position for labor; however, there are occasions where baby is in a breech position (bum down). This can make for a more complicated birth as many ObGyns are no longer trained in vaginal breech deliveries while in medical school. Finding a chiropractor who specializes in the Webster Technique is key in a situation such as this. The Webster technique is designed to decrease intrauterine constraint and may allow baby to get into a better position for birth.

Passageway or the Pelvic Inlet/Outlet

Moms may have slight misalignments or as we say subluxations in their pelvis which decrease the space in which baby can grow and can make things uncomfortable for mama. With gentle and specific adjustments, a Chiropractor can make sure your pelvis is moving and functioning optimally allowing room for baby to grow and make more more comfortable.


This is why chiropractic care and pregnancy are a quintessential connection. Finding a chiropractor that is familiar with pregnancy care and can truly focus on the THREE Ps of Pregnancy can help you have a more straightforward and direct pregnancy leading to an overall safer, healthier and happier birth!

If you are interested in finding a BIRTHFIT chiropractor in your area please visit the referral tab at the


With Love,


BIRTHFIT Roaring Fork Valley

Original Article at BIRTHFIT HQ BLOG