Our Family: Baby Addison

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Meet Addison.

When Dr. Shapiro met her she was only 10 weeks old. Her mother brought her to Shapiro Family Chiropractic to help her deal with some of the digestive issues she had been experiencing. If you are a parent, you probably know the pain of watching your infant experience discomfort, pain or trouble eating. It happens to most parents at some point, and it is often the cause of countless sleepless and stress-filled nights..

“Primarily what we wanted to treat was reflux,” explains her mother, “and it was disrupting her sleep, making her uncomfortable and fussy.” She had read a couple places that chiropractic care can be really helpful for infants. She also had been making visits to The Pregnancy Wellness Center of Parker, where she consulted her doula about the symptoms. “I know Dr. Shapiro works out of there some days so she had recommended him specifically.”

The whole family is resting better after visiting us. “We brought her in on Tuesday, the day before we were scheduled, because she had a really bad night and he said if that happens just to bring her in. She probably didn’t sleep at all that night, it was probably the hardest night yet,” mother recalls the nights with a stressful look on her face. Then she lights up, “Since we brought her in she has slept eight hours every night since.”

Only after five visits to our office, mom tells us that Addison’s reflux had decreased and that “her ability to tolerate is better because she started napping more regularly, which is helping significantly just to be able to get through the day comfortably.” In addition, other health symptoms were improved. “It seemed to also help with her gas.”

Thank you mother, father and baby Addison for visiting us. We are excited to see how Addison’s health improves and we are so grateful for families that are willing to share these stories—they are beacons for other parents who are experiencing the same problems, the sleepless nights, the hysterical worry, but for whatever reason are not equipped with the resources to know where to go. There is help for them, and they can find it right here at Shapiro Family Chiropractic.

Patient Highlights: Lucy

 

Bio: Meet Lucy. She is three years old. She is adorable--big blue eyes, blonde pigtails and a smile that can light up a room. She likes sparkly things, strawberries, books, coloring and playing pretend. At first, she is a little shy, but once she warms up to you, like most little girls, she is pretty silly. Because Lucy is so young, the better part of her bio has yet to be written, but when she was about 10 months old, it became apparent that Lucy had some gross motor developmental delays, and that is where her story with chiropractic care begins...

On Chiro: As one of Dr. Dave's littler patients, Lucy has a very special story to tell about her experience with chiropractic care. Lucy got her first adjustment shortly before her second birthday, she had not yet made her first steps--a problem that greatly concerned her parents Becky and Jared. Fortunately, Dr. Dave happened to be their neighbor. After several yard-side chats, her parents decided to give chiropractic a shot.

"Her first adjustment was a house visit," says Dr. Dave, "I noticed right away that there were some fixations in her pelvis and her low back area." That day, Dr. Dave made some very subtle adjustments. "The way I adjust kids, they don't even know I am doing it, I can pick them up, adjust the area and before they know it, it's all over."  

In the beginning, Dr. Dave visited Lucy weekly at her home; in addition to spinal adjustments, she also got custom orthotics. According to her mom, it was this "team effort" that got Lucy to where she needed to be to make those first steps, and after only two months of receiving chiropractic care, Lucy started walking.

So how does chiropractic for kids differ from chiropractic for adults, and what should parents considering chiropractic care know? First of all, according to Becky, you should know that chiropractic for children is completely different than chiropractic for adults: "It is minimally invasive, subtle and gentle. It never felt concerning to me--watching what was happening--and she was always in charge of what was being adjusted." Becky also explains how Dr. Dave has a way of "adjusting in play"--certain techniques that can be made fun for children, and other techniques he taught her to do with Lucy at home.

These days, Lucy is quite mobile. She jets around our office and plays with the toys, you would never be able to look at her and know that she once had these problems. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, "She sometimes likes to play 'Dr. Dave' and adjust my bones," says Mom with a smile. Becky says that since she also started getting adjustments at our office, Lucy has been very perceptive in watching Dr. Dave's adult techniques and does an impressive job of mimicking him. All flattery aside though, watching Lucy run, jump and play is what truly makes Dr. Dave proud to be a chiropractor. He is a humble guy, but he can't help but smile when Lucy comes in--we all do.

Thank you Lucy for being a part of our family, and thank you, Becky, for taking the time to share Lucy's story with the world.

Dr. Dave: Chiropractic for Kids

People are often surprised to hear that I adjust children and infants. It makes perfect sense when you think about the birth process and how traumatic that can be, not to mention all the falling that children do as they are learning to crawl and walk. These natural processes can lead to problems later in life including poor posture, degenerative joint disease, muscle imbalance and various pain issues. 

I have taken extensive course work through and am proud to be a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (icpa4kids.org). I've seen first hand a hospital birth as well as a home birth and have  been adjusting both of my children since the day they were born to help provide them with a solid foundation for wellness. I have successfully helped children with sleep issues, behavioral problems, ear infections, colic, delayed walking and other developmental issues. I want to be clear in saying that chiropractic care is not the cure all for every problem, but if there is interference in the spine and nervous system it is essential that this interference be removed so the brain and body can function and be healthy.

Chiropractic for kids is gentle, safe, effective and essential for good health!

Dr. Dave at work with one of his younger patients