Dr. Kayla Ahlfinger
Howdy! My name is Dr. Kayla Ahlfinger, and I am so very honored to serve the Lubbock community as the Co-Regional Director of BirthFit Lubbock. Our mission is to help as many mothers in the community as possible with their transition into motherhood. Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned mom, we are here to serve you and your family.
I grew up just one hour northwest of Lubbock in a small town called Muleshoe. After high school, I wanted to branch out to new territory so I went down south to College Station to attend Texas A&M University. I received my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science, and a minor in Business at A&M. After a few life detours, I made my way to Parker College of Chiropractic to get my Doctor of Chiropractic degree, with both a Bachelor’s of Health & Wellness and Anatomy. My life was changed by chiropractic, and discovered that it was my calling to become a Chiropractor.
I had a previous family wellness chiropractic practice for 3 years in Arlington, TX, but I recently moved back to West Texas after I had my son to be closer to family. I am knowledgeable in high quality nutrition, exercise, and prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care. I am also certified in Webster’s technique through the ICPA. However, I now do more sports chiropractic focusing more on correcting soft tissue injuries using manual therapy, chiropractic and active rehab exercises.
Through this treatment, I have learned the importance of functional exercise and active rehab to correct many of the postural alterations we are suffering from today, especially for women getting ready for birth and after birth. We do not have a lot of support after baby, and we are expected to just magically get our “pre-baby body” back. I personally had a hard time mentally & physically getting back to the gym. I had to take a few weeks off of CrossFit to heal and to work on instability/weakness issues. BIRTHFIT helped me get back to doing what I love to do again.
To me, BIRTHFIT means empowerment, strength, compassion, and GRACE. It’s a chance to give your body some grace because it has just grown a baby for 9 months, and then went through a rigorous birthing process (or multiple for moms who have had many births), then trying to “tighten” back up and heal. It means feeling the short lived pain (of the birthing process), the hurt, and the realization that your body may not ever be the same again. However, you are making (or made) another little human being, and are about to birth (or birthed) that human being.
BIRTHFIT is a movement. It’s a sacred and safe place for women to discuss and express their weaknesses, their pain, their struggles with pelvic health; but to also share their successes, however small they may be. BIRTHFIT gives us the permission to embrace what we are going through; what we’ve gone through, and that we have that permission to finally take care of ourselves. So, I am super pumped to help other moms in the community and support them through this tough, but empowering transition through motherhood.