You might wonder why chiropractors treat babies, even new-borns, and children of all ages. You might question why would children of any age have problems that a chiropractor could treat? I used to think the same thing until I learned more about where health comes from and how our bodies heal.
I treat children of any age because they experience subluxations just as much as we do as adults. For example, one of my patients Lynn had a 4-month-old daughter who was experiencing projectile vomiting and acid reflux. Lynn was one of my favorite patients who had been coming to me for many years for her own neck and back issues. When she told me what was going on with her daughter and how her pediatrician had her on four doses of Zantac every day, I immediately said I would love to see if I could help. Lynn then brought her daughter in for an evaluation. I evaluated Lynn’s daughter with gentle palpation and thermography and found subluxations located at T6-T7, which the spinal nerves at that level affect the stomach and the esophagus. Within a few adjustments using very gentle activator technique over the course of a couple of weeks Lynn’s daughter had no more vomiting or acid reflux, and she was no longer taking Zantac. I re-evaluated her regularly with palpation and thermography, and found that her nervous system was functioning more optimally over time. Lynn continued to bring her daughter in for monthly adjustments to keep her subluxation free. She is now a very healthy young child.
I tell this story a lot to patients because I think it demonstrates why we all need to be checked and corrected for subluxations on an on-going basis. Why would a 4-month-old baby have subluxations? Why would she get better so quickly? The answers lie in the understanding of how our bodies heal and repair, and in the understanding of how the stress of daily living from the time we are born impacts our ability to self-heal and self-regulate. You see everyone on this planet from day one is constantly managing the three T’s of stress – thoughts, toxins and traumas. Sometimes people laugh when I say, “remember gravity? We are all managing the stress due to gravity – constantly.” We forget how much our bodies do in keeping us healthy. And I am not just talking about “feeling well”. Many times we can be unhealthy and not have any signs or symptoms letting us know that something is wrong. Sometimes we have lots of symptoms and/or signs but we don’t know how we got that way. How do we know we have good health in the first place? How can we keep it? Are some people “born with good health”? Do we lose our good health by accident or with “bad luck”?
It is my belief that the understanding of where good health comes from and how we can keep it must be reimagined. The dominant paradigm in this world teaches us that if we don’t have symptoms then we are “healthy”. But, in my training, research and education from being a chiropractor for the past 15 and a half years I have learned that our bodies do not function that way. I have learned that “symptoms” are only “effect(s)” and not the “cause(s)” of poor health. The cause(s) of poor health is (are) unmanaged stress(es). Current cell biology research and physiology research shows that stress on the regulatory systems of our bodies leads to dis-ease and dys-function. This is what the founder of chiropractic Dr. DD Palmer said more than 100 years ago!
Lynn’s daughter had subluxations because she was living with (even at 4-months old) some of the same kinds of stress that we all live with on a daily basis. In addition, her body and nervous system was just developing and wasn’t able to keep up with or overcome the impact of these stresses. Why she got better so quickly was because she didn’t go years without being checked and corrected for subluxations like so many of us do including myself. I was 27 years old the first time I went to the chiropractor to get my spine and nervous system checked for subluxations, and it took me many more years to realize that I need to get checked and corrected for subluxations on an ongoing basis. I get adjusted weekly, now!