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.