How The Chiropractor Changed My Baby’s Life 1 0

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“I would be terrified to take my baby to a Chiropractor!”

“WHAT?!? You are taking your baby to a Chiropractor?”

“Well I guess that MIGHT not hurt her…”

“Is that safe?”

Every mother I know would do ANYTHING for their babies. Obviously everyone has their own opinions on medical practices and what is best for their children, but for anyone to question what they are doing with their children is absolutely ludicrous! I wanted to share with all of you our journey with the Chiropractor, because it has honestly changed our lives.

Molly, our youngest, is now the happiest 11-month-old you could imagine. She pretty much never cries; unless you take away her favourite toy (which is currently a blue toothbrush holder) and then she will bite your head off! She smiles at just about anyone and sleeps through the night. We are so blessed to have such a little light in our lives. However, it wasn’t always like this. Molly had a rough start to her little life.

Molly’s labour was beyond intense. It was less than 2 hours long and I pushed for only 8 minutes. Looking back on it now, It would have been a great movie! Jamie was running through the hospital lobby with me screaming at the top of my lungs in a wheelchair. The crowds really did part when we came through the main doors. My midwife also laughed at me when I asked if it was too late for an epidural. So needless to say, Molly came into this world a little too quickly. I had no idea at the time (or even for the first month or two) that there could be some residual effects of a quick delivery.

I am certainly not a doctor and don’t know the ins and outs of exactly what happens, but from my own research into Infant Chiropractic, I know a little bit. The whole idea of Chiropractor is to keep the spine in line so that the nervous system can function at full capacity. The nervous system controls the entire body so it is not just muscular or even to do with pain. A misaligned spine can result in digestive issues and emotional stress. Most people think that a Chiropractor just does a few pops and cracks for a bit of relief and sends you out the door. It is so much more than that if you find one that looks at a more holistic view of health. They look at maintaining a healthy spine so that all parts of your body, controlled by the central nervous system, can work together and ultimately for you to have the healthiest lifestyle possible.

So the first month or so for Molly was pretty good. She didn’t seem too fussy, but it really was a bit of a blur because she was a newborn. After that first month, I started noticing that she was still cluster-feeding for long periods of time in the evening, but seemed uncomfortable while she was actually feeding. I didn’t think she was hungry because she had been feeding for SO long! She seemed to never be able to relax in my arms, would squirm all the time, and wouldn’t settle down and fall asleep for the night until between 11pm-12am. I knew that with Amelia, some newborns don’t go to bed until late because their clocks are all wonky…but midnight?! EVERY NIGHT?! For months!!! I was going nuts! And then she would wake up like every 2 hours after that! I also had a toddler who woke up at 6am, and a baby who would scream from about 7-12 every night if she wasn’t being danced around by Jamie, or feeding every 20 minutes or so. She would arch her back, squirm away from me, want to feed but then scream sometimes when I fed her. I couldn’t cope and there was absolutely no time in the day for me to recharge. I had gone to my doctor multiple times, seen a naturopath, and everyone kept telling me that she had digestive issues. She must have acid reflux. I tried probiotics, not putting her down until 1 or 2 hours after she fed, and then a bunch of different medications. Nothing ever changed! I was out of ideas and I didn’t know what to do.

It was my midwife that recommended that I take her to a Chiropractor. I was super apprehensive because I had never really heard of a baby going to a Chiropractor. I was out of ideas and thought, why not? I knew something was wrong, but no one could tell me what. I took her to Island Family Chiropractic and it was probably the best decision I have ever made for my sweet little Molly. Dr. Misty is now the girls’ Chiropractor and I don’t know what my life would be without her. She began by taking a scan of Molly’s spine that measured the heat at each vertebrae. The heat indicates where there are problem areas and then gives a rating on functionality. I was told that babies shouldn’t be under 80/100, and Molly was 49/100! I was devastated, but grateful that someone could finally give me some answers. Dr. Misty explained why she wasn’t sleeping and why she wasn’t able to relax. Little Miss Molly has a bunch of misalignments in her spine that were causing her so much grief. After her first adjustment that day, she immediately sat in my arms, took a deep breath and was still…for the first time in her life. She melted into me and I will never forget that moment. I cried because I knew that she needed some help and she finally got some relief. After going back weekly for bit, Molly turned a major corner and started going to sleep like a normal baby! Her development had totally stagnated because she was uncomfortable and in so much pain before. She wasn’t smiling or doing the things she should be doing. As soon as she started adjustments, she started ‘learning’ again. I told Dr. Misty about a month into care that I felt like I finally met my daughter for who she really is. She is now the most content little thing and I owe SO much to Dr. Misty. The adjustments are small manipulations with a tiny tool or their fingers. There is no popping, cracking and twisting. It is extremely gentle and both my girls absolutely love getting adjusted. They know it makes them feel better physically and keeps them the happiest.

Not only has Molly benefited from a Chiropractor; Amelia would not have coped with the summer we have had without Dr. Misty. But that is a story for another day…

All Pediatric Chiropractors are trained specifically to work with babies and are part of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. You can go on there and find someone in your local area. Not all chiropractors do infants so it is important to find a certified one. I cannot say enough about how Dr. Misty has helped Molly to grow into the beautiful and happy little girl that she is. Sometimes it takes a mother’s instinct and perseverance to get to the bottom of what is going on. I am so thankful that I didn’t settle for the traditional doctor’s orders on this one. My little Molly now has the best chance.

Have you brought your baby to a Chiropractor? Share your stories!

xo Anna

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  1. When my grandson was born his head tilted to the right. We tried everything, yet his head would still tilt to the right.
    Having had great results from going to my Chiropractor, I asked if she’d see my grandson for an evaluation?
    She was kind enough to see and adjust his neck. It was a simple procedure, my grandson’s neck never tilted to the right again! He’s now 16 still has adjustments when needed. His little brother, after having a little mishap while playing basketball went in for an adjustment and raves as to “how he was adjusted and will never see anyone else but Dr. Z”!

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Audiocaption: Custom Audio Enabled Photo Books 0 2

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Overcoming Stress to Become a More Centered and Fulfilled Woman 0 9

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It’s a well-known fact that women are more stressed-out than men.

Nowadays ladies are expected to have not only a successful career but also, they should be in charge of home maintenance, caring for kids, dealing with older relatives and making sure that everyone in their surroundings is happy.

Does this sound familiar? If you’re starting to feel that you’re losing balance, chances are that you’re overburdened and the stress is catching up to you. There are healthy ways to deal with stress and having too much on your plate. Learning how to prioritize and let go will both make you feel relieved and much more fulfilled.

Set Your Priorities Straight

The first and the most important thing you need to learn is how to prioritize.

If you cannot determine which tasks need to be dealt with immediately and which ones can wait, chances are that you’ll experience burnout very, very soon.

Think of what’s essential for your job/yourself/the people around you. What makes you happy? Do you really need to do a specific thing, or has it just become a part of the routine?

Taking a conscious look at the things you do daily will reveal many unproductive habits that are simply contributing to more burden and stress. If you let go of these activities, you will feel much more relaxed and capable of accomplishing more at the same time.

Start with a few simple changes to get used to assess the importance of different tasks. As you become more comfortable prioritizing, you can move on to bigger changes in your everyday work or lifestyle routine.

Take Good Care of Yourself

To take care of the people in your life, you’ll need to take good care of yourself first.

Happy women who lead a balanced lifestyle find the time to take good care of themselves and to even enjoy a few pampering activities every now and again.

You need enough sleep, you need good food, exercise and some time to enjoy your favorite activities. You need to visit at least one of your top vacation spots per year. Spending quality time with friends is also crucial to overcome emotional and mental burden.

Taking good care of yourself is not selfish. Even if you’re a mom of three and you put the needs of your kids first, you still need to be healthy and calm to ensure the best possible upbringing for your little ones.

Take Some Time for Self-Reflection

How often do you take the time to slow down and think about the things you’re doing? Are you happy? Have you set specific goals that you’re pursuing enthusiastically? Is your career fulfilling? Or have you given up on building a business that you’ve always dreamed about?

Self-reflection is one of the most important contributors to a happier and more fulfilling life. Through self-reflection, you get a higher level of self-awareness, you can put everyday occurrences in perspective, you learn important things about yourself and the world around you, build your confidence and even challenge your current goals to determine what will make you feel truly fulfilled in life.

Most of us are simply going through the motions because we’re so busy. If you take a moment to think about what you’re doing, however, you may find out that the routine has consumed your entire existence and you’ve gotten side-tracked.

Self-reflection can be scary at first because it could force you to introduce major changes in your life. Getting to know who you are and what you want once again, however, is the only road towards genuine happiness.

Take Up a Spiritual Practice

Numerous successful women share that some form of spiritual practice is their number one option for achieving happiness and feeling centered.

You don’t have to be religious in order to be spiritual. Spirituality pushes you to look for a deeper meaning, a life purpose and a goal that will justify your entire existence. When you’re working towards such a major goal, you’ll definitely feel satisfaction along the way.

Spirituality can be discovered in many ways.

It can hide in yoga and meditation practices. It can be revealed through a solitary hike in the mountain that allows you to reconnect with nature. Find an activity or a ritual that makes you feel enlightened and spiritually enriched. Taking time to nurture the spiritual will make the mundane every worry and stress much less important.

Let It All Out

Even if you are a spiritual person who has their priorities straight, chances are that you’ll feel too stressed to function at times.

Recognizing these moments and knowing what to do about them will enable you to get back on track quickly.

Choose the right outlet for the negative emotions you’ve piled out inside. If you don’t let it all out, you’ll feel much more stressed and anxious. In fact, lacking an outlet when you’re stressed, sad or angry can easily contribute to anxiety and depression.

Some people find their outlet in therapy. Others spend time with best friends to express the hurt, anger or frustration. Some women take up intense exercise or boxing/tae bo as a way to release the pent-up resentment. Going to the spa or having a massage may be a good choice also.

There isn’t a universal answer, you’ll have to find the one approach that works for you. The worst thing to do is to keep the negative emotions hidden. Eventually, the burden will become too massive to handle on your own.

Surround Yourself with Inspiring Women

As a busy woman, you can find inspiration in the accomplishments of other successful and fulfilled ladies.

If you want to be professionally successful, look for a mentor who has done exactly what you want to achieve. Someone to look up to is essential to keep going when it gets rough.

Mentorship in your personal life is also vital. A mom, an auntie, a grandma or a best friend can show you the mistakes you’re making and suggest a better approach towards seeking fulfillment and happiness. Surrounding yourself with positive and inspiring people will lift you up and carry you through the difficult moments.

Every one of us has a journey to complete in life. This journey is filled with pleasant moments, new acquaintances, obstacles, setbacks and even dangerous traps. Don’t let the difficult moments drag you down. Seek a creative solution for the problems you’re facing and you’ll be rewarded. See these moments as learning opportunities and you’ll be moving forward in life and achieve true happiness.

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