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Chiropractic Care for All Ages

Chiropractic Care for All Ages

I love the different conversations that are sparked in the waiting room as the flow of people moves through our office. I particularly enjoy it when the parents of the children that I care for explain to other patients the benefits that their family has with chiropractic care. It is this sharing that builds community and broadens the understanding of the many benefits that chiropractic has for the entire family.   

Working with people of all ages gives me a perspective on what happens when someone does not receive chiropractic until later in life. After years of traumas (falls on the ice and snow, a slip on the stairs, sport's injuries, etc.) or undetected imbalances in structure (poor foot mechanics, a short leg, poor work postures, etc.) pain or discomfort will often build to more than a dull roar and this is when many adults will present for their first visit to a chiropractor. Often times there is enough accumulated damage that it takes years to undo all of the effects. This is why it is my goal to work with people as soon as possible so that degenerative arthritis and other slow developing challenges do not occur. 
 
The youngest patient I have ever adjusted was just 3 hours old. It is never too soon to start chiropractic care and symptoms and/or complaints are not necessary in order to be checked. Just after birth is the best time given that there is an incredible amount of stress placed on a child's neck and back during the birthing process. Through my training in the pediatrics program with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, I learned how to specialize my technique and cater spinal adjustments to the age of the child. 
 
You can read more about how to check for spinal imbalances in your child in the ICPA's newsletter: Are Your Kids in Need of Chiropractic?
 
There are many benefits of chiropractic for children. Here is a testimonial from the mother of a young patient of mine: 

"As a new mother I was so happy to have help from Dr. Sarah De Preter and Wellness Chiropractic. When my son was about five weeks old he was in pain and crying whenever he was awake and wouldn’t fall asleep very well. He would cry unless he was bouncing or I was walking around with him which was hard on both of us. I was told by our doctor that it was most likely a growth spurt or gas, but I had a feeling that it there was something else wrong. When I asked other mothers for advice most said that the same thing as my doctor. But when talking with my mother on what I could do to help him she told me that he was having a lot of the same symptoms I had as a baby. When I was a baby I had a problem with my neck and went to see Dr. Aker and he helped me so much. I knew my little boy and he was in pain and wanted to find out how I could take his pain away. I had seen Dr. Sarah throughout my pregnancy and she had said that she would love to see my little one when he was born. After his first appointment my son was like a totally different baby. He was a happy, and content, and so was I. I don’t know what I would have done without Dr. Sarah. She worked so well with him and he was changing into the happy little boy that I knew he was. My son has only gotten better and better with every appointment. I am forever grateful that Dr. Sarah was able to help my son be a happy and healthy boy he is now. I am also so grateful that I knew about taking him to see a Chiropractor so that he didn’t have to be in pain and could get the help he needed."