Have you ever gone to a Chiropractor?
Are you one of those people who swears by them like my uncle does?
Have you ever considered taking your baby to a chiropractor to get adjusted?!?!
Might that hurt them?!
All questions I had a few weeks back before I took my one year old son to get adjusted for the first time.I have never been to a chiropractor in my entire life. For me, when someone cracks their knuckles it gives me the hebejebes. The sound is like nails on a chalk board to me. So… the thought of ever taking MYSELF to a chiropractor was never something I considered. Never once did I look at the benefits of it or see what it could do for me. All I ever thought about was that I would have to hear that terrible popping sound that I dreaded so much!
However, thankfully I have this wonderful friend Kristin whose husband (Dr. Richard Gorgo) is a chiropractor and she began to tell me all the benefits of getting your children adjusted, even at the youngest of ages. All of her children were adjusted in their first week of life and have been adjusted ever since. They have never once had an ear infection. My one year old has had at least three in his first year of life alone so that is quite impressive to me. I hate when my baby is sick especially with an ear infection and if he could possibly not have them anymore? Then I’m up for trying that!
After talking to Kristin for a few weeks, doing a little research on my own and then her asking me to at least to give it a try, (I mean for goodness sakes it was FREE) I caved and took Ian to get adjusted last Monday after my birthday dinner. I’m pretty sure I was more nervous than Ian was, and sadly I think Ian could feel that. Ian wasn’t happy at all about it and didn’t at all like being touched, but again it WAS 9pm (way after his bed time) and I’m sure he was more exhausted than anything. Richard (Kristin’s husband) however, was absolutely wonderful with him! He was gentle with Ian, let us know everything he was doing when he was checking Ian out, and also educated us more on the benefits of doing this. I guess it was an added bonus that we knew the doctor... but he made us feel very comfortable and we felt our little boy was in great hands.
And let me tell you?! This past week?! Ian was so amazing, laid back and wonderfully pleasant!!! He was having the worst time with sleeping before he got adjusted, all of which changed the very next day. Took naps amazingly and was so completely chipper and happy during the day. It was more than I could ask for! It was like he felt better all around! You didn't have to ask me twice, I knew I was taking him back!
Yesterday we took him back and he went through it all over again. A little better than the last time, but still not a fan of being touched. My husband loves going with me because him and Rich get to talk. Let me tell you, they are like two girls chatting away and you can't get them to shut up. In fact they were talking away about all of Jesse's back issues and Rich kindly adjusted him on the spot. Can't beat that service! :)
My thoughts in all of this? In no way am I telling anyone what they should do. If it works for us, we are sticking with it and I'm surely going to write about it. But, I do think everyone should figure out what best works for them. If this is something you want to do, then do some research and do what YOU think is best for your family. If it's something you don't want to do, then don't.
My feeling is, if I can keep my kids off antibiotics as much as possible, I’m going to do it! If I can make my kids feel better by getting this done, I’m going to do it! For us, we are still feeling this out, but we like what we see so far and we trust the doctor doing it. If it works out for us I'm sure we'll get any other kids we have in the future adjusted at a very young age. But let's just see how this week goes, right?!
How do you feel about Chiropractors?
Would you get your child adjusted?!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this!