I have stated before that I am leery of general medicine doctors. I also believe measures and preventative health-such as breastfeeding. I was raised in a house that made it a point to get to the chiropractor at least a few times a year. I have been adjusted since I was a newborn. As an adult, I have slacked off a bit do to insurance problems and lack of money and life getting too busy. Unfortunately, I did not get there at all during my pregnancy, a time which myself and my son could’ve used it most.
First, I must say that I am a firm believer in regular chiropractic care. I am the youngest of four girls and until my oldest sister was about 12, my family didn’t go to a chiropractor. When my oldest sister was about 12, she got very sick and missed a lot of school. My mom took her to just about every doctor you could imagine. One of the last doctors told my mom that my sister was crazy and that it was all in her head. Finally, my mom took her to a chiropractor. My sister started to improve almost immediately and was fine a few weeks later. She has never had that problem since. Since then, my mom insisted that my whole family get regular adjustments.
A lot of people I talk to think chiropractors are just looking for money because they keep wanting you to go back. Well, the thing is, they know that chiropractic care can benefit your health. Think about it, every single day you are using your body and getting your spine out of alignment. You turn funny, lift the kids, clean the house, etc. Everything you do puts strain on your body. You don’t go to the dentist just to fill your cavities, right? Therefore, you shouldn’t go to the chiropractor just to fix your sore back. Regular chiropractic care can result in fewer colds, fewer headaches, fewer earaches. and just fewer health problems.
That being said, should you take your newborn? And, is it safe? The first thing you need to realize is that newborns probably need an adjustment more then any of us. Being born has got to do serious harm to your body’s natural alignment. Next, understand that a newborn adjustment is not much more than a gentle massage. Chiropractors gradually increase the type of adjustment a person receives as they age. The adjustment you receive as an adult is no where near the adjustment you receive as a baby or child. Also, baby adjustments are a lot shorter, lasting only a few minutes at most.
What if my pediatrician disagrees? My pediatrician actually told my fiance that the chripractor could do more harm then good to my son. Why? Well, two reasons come to mind. First of all, my peditrican could be ignorant and not as holistically savy as i had hoped. Or, the pediatrican, like most medical doctors, realizes that regular chriporactic care equals better health equals less sick babies which results in less money for them.