With that message reverberating all over the internet, it’s easy to feel we as parents are stuck. Stuck with chemicals in our environment and in our food. Stuck with technology everywhere that is limiting our children’s potential.
So we need reminders that we are still in charge. In charge of our bodies and in charge of our children’s bodies until they can make decisions for themselves.
If you’re feeling stuck, I want to share what I learned from Dr. Jacob Fletcher DC this week:
Our bodies strive toward health.
There are options to create health in our bodies and in our kids’ bodies.
Every function we perform in life is controlled by our brain to body connection through the spine. Caring for the spine and nervous system ensures our bodies are functioning optimally.
Dr. Jacob compares it to our cell phones. Making calls with just one bar means we might not be getting the greatest connection. Wouldn’t you choose to make calls with full signal if you could?
Three Myths About Kids and Chiropractic Care
Myth #1: Chiropractic treatments for kids is the same as for adults.
Truth: Adjustments for infants and kids are extremely gentle.
In fact, the pressure used for an infant whether in an exam or during the adjustment is the same pressure as you put on a ripe tomato, before your finger goes through the skin. If you break the skin of the tomato, you pushed harder than the chiropractor pushes.
Myth #2: My baby/toddler/kid is perfectly healthy so there’s no reason for them to get treated.
Truth: Just living life causes imbalances or subluxations in the spine. Watch kids at a playground or wait until your baby learns to walk, if you don’t believe me. It’s ideal to catch these imbalances before they cause outward symptoms. And it allows our kids to grow as optimally as possible.
Myth #3: If my pediatrician recommends prescription medication or surgery for my child’s condition, then that’s what we need to do.
Truth: You may have more options than your pediatrician may tell you.
Have you exhausted all options before arriving at pharmaceuticals or an invasive surgery?
Take ear infections for example. Despite the AAP warning against antibiotic use, this is typically the first course of treatment for ear infections. Dr. Jacob commonly sees children who have had 3 or 4 consecutive rounds of antibiotics that have not resolved the issue.
The good news is that the ever important upper cervical spine (neck) also controls the inner ear and immune function! That’s why chiropractic works so well to get ears draining without tubes and without surgery.
Dr. Jacob is a parent to 3 year old Jack who has been receiving chiropractic care since birth. Listen as he describes his son’s arrival into the world and Jack’s treatment regimen.
Author’s Note: One of the reasons I nursed was to boost my daughter’s immune system. I wanted a natural birth because I wanted her to pick up good bacteria on her way out. And she’s been receiving chiropractic care her whole life because I want her learning and growth fueled by a nervous system without any impingement or hangups.
For me, having her spine checked regularly and addressing any imbalances is almost comforting. Especially if she’s taken a tumble (this is why they call them toddlers,) I am a little relieved once the chiropractor examines her and gives us the OK. She’s ready for one more day of being a kid!
“It’s easier to grow a healthy child than fix a broken adult.”
Dr. Jacob Fletcher DC owns Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health in north Lakewood with his wife Dr. Maura Fletcher DC. They both hold post-doctorate certifications in pediatric and prenatal care and are passionate about helping parents raise healthy kids.
Well Beings Chiropractic has been voted the Best of the Best in the chiropractic category for the last two years. To learn more about Dr. Fletcher’s education and experience, click here.
Dr. Maura Fletcher is a keynote speaker for the Natural Parent Expo: New Parent Edition on Saturday, September 19. She is presenting on the benefits of chiropractic care for a safer and easier pregnancy and labor.