Archive for November, 2012

He’s Happy Again
November 28, 2012

Last week one of my toddlers came to see me because he had fallen out of his crib while no one was in the room.  His mother said he cried like she had never heard him cry before.  Then later that day his grandmother took him to one of his tumbling classes and she noticed that he was having trouble moving his neck fully, was holding onto his back and was even limping a little.  He also was not in his typical happy mood.

He walked into my office, went to the toy box and grabbed the toys he likes to hold onto during his adjustment.  I had him lay on his stomach while I started at his hips and made my way up his spine and then his neck.  I was feeling misalignments all over and explained that he must have twisted a lot and landed funny when he fell. He lay there for a good chunk of time and about half way through the session my little patient started laughing and talking and getting gigglier.  His grandmother, who brought him in said, “He’s happy again and is acting like his old self.”  She noticed the change in his mood and was excited and relieved by that.

He is not the first child that has been brought to me because of a fall that not only made the child cry or created pain but also altered their mood.  They always seem go back to their happy self during the adjustment.  Imagine if everyone got adjusted regularly then perhaps we could all be happy more consistently. “Don’t worry, be happy, get adjusted!”

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The Baby Slept
November 21, 2012

Last week I received a message from one of my patients: The baby slept 5 and 1/2 hours last night.  Whatever you did was amazing.  The message made me smile and I imagined how calm the family must have been feeling because of that.

The woman who left the message was the grandmother of the baby and she and her daughter have been coming to me for at least 20 years.  The daughter was a toddler when I first started adjusting her and now she is a young woman with her own baby boy. He was born in the middle of October and she brought him in for an adjustment to see how his spine looked because he was not sleeping and not wanting to stop nursing.

I first picked him up, looked into his eyes and smiled at his beautiful face, then sat down and placed him face down onto my lap.  This is a nice way to access the spine and begin to feel where any restrictions may be.  Then I carried him to my table, lay him on a blanket face down and began to gently work my way up his spine with my fingers and hold contact where his spine needed more mobility.  I turned him over and went to his hips, diaphragm and then to his neck.  He smiled when I went to his neck and his grandma commented on that.

I then handed him to grandma and had the new mom get onto the table because babies are like barometers and very sensitive.  If mom is out of alignment and not at her best this transfers to the baby and can continue to create an unhealthy cycle.  I find it best to work on both during the visit and to continue working together on a regular basis to maintain a deep level of calm. 

I feel blessed to do what I do and that many generations trust me to work with their children and grandchildren. 

Head Butt Injuries
November 7, 2012

Last week a patient of mine came to me because he was suffering symptoms after head butting the ball while playing soccer.  He had been playing soccer over the weekend and as soon as his head hit the ball he could tell it did not feel right.  He usually is very mindful how he sets himself up but this time it was different.  He then began to feel symptoms starting in his head, ears, some dizziness/fuzziness, not quite right and then it traveled into his back.  He tried to release it himself with the miracle balls yet that was not helping the way he needed so he came in for chiropractic alignment. 

I worked on all of the joints in his back, spine, and neck and then onto the plates in his head.  He really jammed himself and I was determined to help him feel better.  While working on him I couldn’t help but think that this is a grown man who can articulate when he does not feel right.  He knows the benefits of chiropractic and chose to come in to get natural help first to get to the root of the cause. 

Imagine how a baby may feel who had a difficult delivery, or a very young child falling and hitting their head.  They can’t explain to others how they feel the way my adult patient did, yet they can exhibit excessive crying, or get real quiet, moody, runny nose, even digestive or sleep disturbances.  How about the young athlete who may not understand why they feel different after a head injury?  They may start to decline in school or begin to have more mood swings, sinus issues or other symptoms and not realize what the cause was. 

Only about 15% of the population goes to a chiropractor and even fewer bring in their children for care.  Imagine how many more kids and adults could feel there best if 100% of our population were educated to choose chiropractic first when they didn’t feel right.