Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Chiropractic GENIUS

I stopped by my chiropractor's office yesterday. Not for an adjustment (although I'm due for one soon,) but to look at a piece of furniture he's giving away. He knows that we are getting a new house, and he had a cabinet that he was going to be getting rid of. He asked me to come by and take a look at it and see if we could use it.

We can.

But that's not the point of the story. While I was there, I mentioned to him that Lance had a little bit of a cold.

Did you know that chiropractors can greatly relieve cold symptoms with a few spinal adjustments??? For BABIES??!! I held Lance, and the Doc gently worked the muscles around Lance's spine and also some in his neck, effectively allowing all the "gunk" to drain away. Lance was much better afterwards! I have not had to give him any more cold medicine. His nose is still a little drippy and he still coughs now and then, but he's improved immensely since his adjustment.

I wanted to share all of this with you because not a lot of people would consider chiropractic care for things like colds and flus. I didn't know about it myself until I met my chiropractor at my church. I started going there because my back and hips got all torn up after having Lance. In this last year of going there, I haven't been sick once. At the first sign of a cold or sinus infection or whatever, I make an appointment, the Doc works his magic, and I am better.

I wish more people knew about this. My primary care doctor never suggested chiropractic care. I guess some people are a little leery of "alternative medicine" but if it works, I say go for it!

Doc says the reason chiropractic care is effective for colds is that the nervous system runs through the spine, so if something in the spine is out of alignment, your nervous system won't work effectively. Makes sense! So while I can't say that my cold (and Lance's) was wiped out immediately, Doc made it so my body was able to heal itself much more quickly, and without the use of chemical medication.

I found this website that answers some basic questions about chiropractic care. Let me know what you all think!


Awesome Mom said...

I am pretty leery of the claims of chiropractic care. They seem to claim a lot of things, but do not have well done studies that back them up. I don't medicate my kids (or myself) for colds as it only masks the symptoms and can actually hinder the immune system from doing it's work. I hope that you feel better soon.

Jessica said...

I have heard from other people that this works, especially for ear infections in children. I have not used a chiropractor and we took the medicinal/surgery way out of ear infections, but I always wondered in the back of my mind if it would work...I guess it may!

Kwana said...

Wow that is really interesting and exciting. Who knew? Not me.

Amber said...

Whaaaaa? I had no idea. Probably because I have never been to a chiropractor!

Damselfly said...

Pretty cool!

Haley said...

I had heard about this kind of thing before. I think it is an interesting thing!

Glad Lance is feeling better!

Michelle in Mx said...

I love chiropractic care, although I do hesitate about finding one here in Mexico . . . I need to go though - SO need to go!

Horsey Mama said...

Yup! My kids are adjusted weekly, and have been since May of last year. In that time, the number of infections they have had have been almost none. We had a cold free winter! I LOVE my Chiropractor!