Tummy time refers to time the baby spends on their tummy during the day with supervision from the parent. Through the “Back to sleep” campaign, parents now know that their child should always sleep on their back during the night to prevent “SIDS” (sudden infant death syndrome). This can however lead to the child only lying on their back during the day as well. If a child does not have enough tummy time, their heads may become flattened, either on one side or in the back. This is referred to as “plagiocephaly”/“flat head syndrome”.
It is now recommended that Tummy Time starts the same day the baby is born! Just for a minute or so during the day and from there slowly increase the time, until the baby is 16 weeks old and should be spending around 80 minutes on their tummies. This should be spread throughout the day in short intervals, and only with supervision. You do not have to put your baby down on the floor alone, having them on your chest while you lie down also counts!
Tummy time is important for things other than preventing a flattened head; it is also very important to help the baby develop. Tummy time helps the baby develop their muscles in their back, neck and shoulders and this will help them reach their milestones.
Chiropractic treatment can help babies that are not comfortable lying on their tummies by releasing possibly tight muscles and making sure that the baby is able to lift their head and turn both ways so they can start observing the world.
Here are the recommended durations for tummy time from the World Health Organization:
• Week one – 2 minutes a day
• Week two – 5 minutes a day
• By week 4 -20 minutes a day
• By 8 weeks – 40 minutes a day
• By 16 weeks – 81 minutes a day
(These are only recommendations, but a nice guideline to keep in mind.)
My name is Marte Hetlevik and I am one of the new chiropractors here at Chiropraktik Zentrum Berlin and I specialise in the treatment of newborns and babies, in addition to working here I am doing a masters degree in advanced paediatrics.
We are very pleased to welcome our new colleagues, Patricia Peer and Marte Hetlevik to our practice. Come in and enjoy even more competence in adults, children and baby chiropractic!
On Wednesday, 04.10.2017 we’ll open the doors at our new address
and look forward to welcoming you to our new practice.
SPICHERNSTR. 15, 10777 BERLIN
U-Bahn Spichernstr. U3 and U9
There are good parking opportunities along Spichernstraße (both sides) and on Bundesallee (opposite UdK etc.),
Controlled parking (1€/hour).
Telephone: 030 84 18 34 06 – www.chiroberlin.de – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
we’d like to inform you that from 01.06.2017, the price for all follow-up treatments will rise from 65€ to 70€.
our opening times for Christmas and New Year 2016/2017 are as follows:
Friday, 23.12.2016 08:00 to 13:00
Monday, 26.12.2016 National Holiday
Tuesday, 27.12.2016 closed
Wednesday, 28.12.2016 08:00 to 18:40
Thursday, 29.12.2016 08:00 to 18:40
Friday, 30.12.2016 08:00 to 14:00
Monday, 02.01.2017 closed
From Tuesday, 03.01.2017 we’ll be back to our regular hours.
We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Your team from Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin.
May we introduce…
We have a new wonderful colleague to enrich our team:
Sanne hails from the north – or to be more precise, Denmark. There she trained as a Chiropractor at the University of Southern Denmark. Having successfully graduated in 2013, Sanne worked for two years in a renowned practice for sport and family chiropractic, before moving to Berlin.
In the last 6 months Sanne worked as a Chiropractor in Niedersachsen, but to our good fortune has now joined us at the Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin.
Online booking – now available
You can now book your treatment appointments with us online, both for new and follow-up appointments.
When doing so, your contact details will be updated. Please check that your current telephone/mobile number address and email address are all correct. This also enables you to receive an immediate automatic appointment confirmation by SMS and/or email.
Another benefit: To ensure that the stresses of daily life don’t cause you to forget your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment reminder by SMS and/or email one day before.
So you can now find and book your desired appointment with your Doctor of Chiropractic regardless of our telephone availability hours. Naturally you can still call us, especially in acute or urgent cases.
Dear Patients, due to a one-day personell problem, our practice will only be reachable between between 1pm and 4pm on Friday, 11.03.2016. We thank you for your understanding.
Our practice will be closed during the Easter holidays; otherwise our normal opening hours remain as before. Dr. Rampacher will not be in the practice from the 21st of March until the 1st of April.
We wish you a Happy Easter!
We must regretfully announce that our practice manager Annette Russel is leaving us at the end of January to concentrate fully on her academic career. We are very sad to lose Annette – she has been a fantastic asset to the practice and we wish her every success on her new path.
We are, however, delighted to welcome our new practice manager Andrea Barüske-Pal, whom we know will be a great addition to the team.
The Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin is also open during the christmas period. Our opening times are as follows:
Wed, 23.12. 8.30 – 17.00
Thu, 24.12. closed
Mon, 28.12. 8.30 -18.30
Tue, 29.12. 8.30 – 19.00
Wed, 30.12. 8.30 -13.00
From Mon, 04.01.16 normal opening hours resume.
You’ll find us at the same address, but now on the raised ground floor. Please use the main house entrance to reach our practice.
Chiropractors in Switzerland treat patients with back, shoulder and hip pain not only more cheaply, but achieve greater patient satisfaction. This is the result of a study published at the beginning of September by the Swiss Chiropractors Association (ChiroSuisse). Patients that took their complaints to a Chiropractor first were able to save about 400 Francs (368 Euro) in treatment costs.
According to a study commissioned by the Techniker Krankenkasse in 2012, 40 percent of Germans suffer back pain often or constantly. The TK Health Report 2014 found that back complaints are, as previously, still the reason for almost 1 in 10 sickness days in Germany: 9.2 percent of all absenteeism amongst the TK-insured workforce in the previous year was due to back and spinal disc problems.
Our federal neighbours see a similar picture: Almost 50 percent of the Swiss population complain regularly of back pain. A third say the pain has a negative effect on their workplace productivity. Pain in the musculoskeletal system cause estimated costs of 14 billion Francs every year. The changing demographic means the number of chronic patients is also climbing.
Prevent chronic pain before it starts
Anne Rampacher, founder and head of the Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin, confirms this development: “Balance within the body is the greatest asset that allows us to feel good and avoid pain. In my practice I see many cases of dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system that can be solved quickly by targeted chiropractic treatment. The longer the treatment is put off, the greater the danger that the pain will become chronic.”
Chiropractors rectify dysfunctionalities of the musculoskeletal system such as back, shoulder or hip pain through simple, targeted impulses that contribute to the activation of self-healing processes. Mastering the technique requires multi-year academic training that can be acquired in countries such as the United Kingdom, the USA and Australia. Chiropractic can reduce pain, positively affect disorders in the entire musculoskeletal system as well as the extremeties and restore the function and surrounding structure of blocked joints. The core treatment objectives of chiropractic include pain reduction and the restoration and preservation of blocked joints and their surrounding structures, such as muscles and ligaments.
Politics and insurance must make efficient treatment possible
Not only the concept, but also the recognition through the German health system displays the problem. Despite their comprehensive training and degree, Chiropractors are recognised merely as “Heilpraktiker” (non-medical practitioner) in Germany – the same as “Chiropraktiker”, who were only required to pass a test as a “Heilpraktiker”.
“The study of our Swiss colleagues confirmed furthermore that chiropractic treatment is a valuable complement to academic medicine. Patients should be treated where the treatment is efficient. This can only be in the interests of the patients and the entire German health system” said Anne Rampacher. “It is astonishing that politics and health insurance didn’t start paying attention to chiropractic long ago. Especially given the cost savings for the health system, this should be urgently readdressed.”
In addition some other statutory health insurance companies, Securvita have also now begun covering the costs of chiropractic treatment, since February 2015. Amongst the requirements are that the treatments are necessary to heal an illness, prevent a condition worsening or alleviate health complaints. During a calendar year, those insured by Securvita can have up to ten chiropractic treatments covered.
To ensure that your costs are covered, you must provide Securvita with a doctor’s prescription that includes information on the number of medically required treatments. The prescription from an accredited doctor must be provided before treatment begins. The date of the prescription must not precede February 26th, 2015.
Example: Your doctor prescribes you ten chiropractic treatments. The invoice total from the Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin comes to 600 Euros. From that, you pay ten Euros for the prescription and 60 Euros co-payment. Securvita reimburse you with the remaining 530 Euros, equivalent to 53 Euros per treatment.
The treating therapist must in addition be a member of a professional association of Chiropractors whose admission requirement is a successfully completed chiropractic education that meets the requirements of the WHO guidelines, and admission as a medical practitioner (Heilpraktiker) under the Medical Practitioners Act (Heilpraktikergesetz). All therapists at the Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin fill these requirements and guarantee a quality-assured treatment.
Between christmas and New Year, the Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin will remain closed. Our last available day will be Tuesday, 23rd December 2014. In the new year we will be here for you as usual from Friday, 2nd January 2015. In January we will also be closed from 13:30 on Tuesday, 13th January and all day on Wednesday, 14th January.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas, a restorative festive season and a good and healthy start to the New Year!
From February 2014 we are here earlier in the mornings, later in the evenings and also open on Wednesdays. Our new opening times are:
Monday: 11:00 – 19:30
Tuesday: 08:30 – 19:30
Wednesday: 11:00 – 19:30
Thursday: 08:30 – 19:30
Friday: 08:30 – 13:30
Appointments are available by arrangement, as usual. We look forward to seeing you!
On average we spend a third of our lives sleeping. During this time the body recouperates, important metabolic processes run and we process the events of the day. For this to succeed, we require restorative sleep. The mattress plays an important roll in this.
So how do you find the right mattress for you? The Apotheken-Umschau provide a very informative article (in German) here.
Treatment by qualified chiropractors contributes significantly to the return of normal musculoskeletal functioning and the optimisation of the neighbouring neural tissue. Private health insurance companies have recognised this for a long time and generally refund treatment costs.
The BKK24 has become the first state-based health insurance company to refund a portion of the costs arising from treatment by chiropractors who belong to the German Association of Chiropractors (Deutsche Chiropraktoren-Gesellschaft e. V.). 50 per cent of the gross amount invoiced for the initial examination, or up to €40, will be refunded. A flat rate of €25 of the treatment costs will be refunded for each subsequent visit (to a maximum of six per calendar year).
All of the chiropractors at the Chiropraktikzentrum Berlin are members of the German Chiropractors’ Association (Deutsche Chiropraktoren Gesellschaft e. V.). If you are insured with the BKK24, please let us know. We’d be happy to give you the necessary documentation.
You can find more information (German) on the BKK24 here >>
Our Centre will be open as normal during Berlin’s autumn break. On 3 October, the anniversary of German reunification, the Centre will be closed.
Our website is up and running. We will keep you up to date on our own news, inform you about the history of chiropractic and the wide variety of conditions and their symptoms that chiropractic methods treat very effectively. We’re always grateful to receive any feedback, positive or critical, and hope you find our new website to be an interesting source of information.
The numbers are growing, the trend is clear: more and more back problems are being dealt with on the operating table. Over 730,000 people a year subject themselves to a back operation, double the number compared to five years ago. According to aGerman study by the health insurance company Techniker Krankenkasse, a large number of the operations were unnecessary. In 87 per cent of cases in which patients were recommended an operation by their orthopaedic doctor, other experts judged the OPs pointless, says science journalist Frank Wittig in his report to NDR Fernsehen (North German Television).
Alternatives to operations
Experts and the Techniker Krankenkasse (“TK”) advise getting a second opinion before agreeing to an operation, a service which has been cost-free to TK members for over three years as part of the “Zweitmeinung vor Wirbelsäulen-Operationen” (second opinion before spine operations) scheme. “It is precisely for back problems that there are many alternatives to going under the knife”, says Michael Schultz, an expert at the TK. “Operations always carry hidden risks. For example, nerves and arteries can be damaged, or problems can occur with the scar and adhesion.”
Doctors and experts recommend alternatives to operations, such as treatment by a chiropractor. The first priority is to try and make the body flexible. At the same time, individual muscles are strengthened by specific exercises as the musculoskeletal system is stabilised. Because there is often a psychological, stress-related or depressive aspect to back pain symptomatology, a psychotherapist can often be of additional help. As a rule, the various treatment options are very successful when undergone in conjunction and can prevent an operation.