Thursday, May 15, 2008

Seeing the chiropractor

Okay, so I have to say I've never seen a chiropractor for myself. I may need to change that. I took Elly to see the chiropractor yesterday, and wow. While Elly has been very healthy overall, there are a few things that had me a bit worried. First, it took her a long time to get rid of her jaundice. She never was very yellow, just a little bit, but it took about 5 weeks or so for her to get it all out. And then she's been a spitter. While it's fairly normal for babies to spit up, she did it a lot, and it was pretty forceful, too. I went through at least 3 burprags a day, not counting all the spit that was caught by clothes... Also, her poops didn't really look normal to me. Let's just say I sometimes feel like a first time mom with her, since she's so different from my other kids... Anyway, I knew that if I brought all of this up with the doctor, he'd probably diagnose her with reflux or something of the sort (which I suspect she may have a mild case of), and either tell me to deal with it until she outgrows it, or put her on medication. So I decided to give the chiropractor a shot. He did some kinesiology stuff on her (which, I have to admit, looked a bit, well, interesting), and announced that he thought her liver was a bit weak. Which, you know, could explain why it took her so long to get rid of the jaundice (which I hadn't told the chiropractor about, in case you were wondering). Interesting. Then he adjusted her back, in four different places. Then we went home. And by the time we went to bed last night, it occurred to me that I was still on my first burprag. And my clothes were amazingly clean, as were Elly's. Wow. She did spit up a little bit, but not nearly as often and as much as she had before. She also didn't spit up nearly as much last night. Coincidence? Maybe. It'll be interesting to see how she does over the next few days. And how her poops turn out (she only goes, oh, once a week, so we'll have to wait until Monday or so for that). I will be sure to keep you all in the loop. :p

13 comments:

miranda said...

Josh's mom loves the chiropractor. Before she sees the M.D., she goes to see the chiropractor. I've never been to one, but it seems like you've had a beneficial experience. I'll be waiting to see how things turn out.

cmnacnud said...

Those are what we call chiropractic miracles. I'm a chiropractor, and in all of my schooling I was hoping to find out why some of these odd things happen. The reality is we just don't know. The hypothesis is that even a little pressure on the nerves can impede nerve flow, and an adjustment can relieve pressure on nerves. So how does that affect specific symptoms, research hasn't gotten that far, but you can't deny that these things happen. They happen in medicine too, more often than we may know. Babies aren't susceptible to placebo, so something happened.
Anyway, I wouldn't recommend going to a chiropractor for a miracle cure, but they do happen. I highly recommend chiropractic for it's other benefits as well. Come see me some time at http://chirotalk.wordpress.com or www.drduncanchiroptactic.com

Betsy said...

Good for you! I'm 70 and had never been to a chiropractor before two months ago. It's some kind of miracle! I have a long way to go yet, since after all it took me decades to get as messed up as I am; but in just two months, my flexibility has increased exponentially and my daily pain level is down from 5 to 2! I had expected to have to have both shoulders and a foot replaced in the next three years or so (after five hip replacements and two knee replacements), but now my chiropractor is saying that he's pretty sure he can restore enough flexibility and range of motion, and reduce pain sufficiently, that I won't need the surgeries. Woo-hoo! I think it's terrific that you are having your baby seen by a DC good and early. I wish I had known about chiropractic when my kids were growing up. -- Betsy

chicagosapps said...

You know I love chiropractors. You have to find a good one though, as some of them really are quacks (no offense to any DC's out there). I've been seeing one here and it has helped a little with my over all health.

Keep us updated on how she's doing. Do you suppose she'll need more adjustments? I never took my kids when they were newborns, but I took Hannah and Kevin when they were each about 1.

Cluff Bunch said...

We love our chiropractor. I was adjusted throughout my pregnancy with Talia and that was by far the easiest and calmest delivery for me. The pregancy itself was also much better, especially in the last trimester. Easton use to be adjusted about every 6 weeks and I noticed that his headache frequency dropped (he gets migraines) significantly. We LOVE chiropractic care for many reasons in our family!!!!!

Jeannie said...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18871755/

I remembered this article and just wanted to share the link, as an FYI.

Sabrina said...

I completely belive in the power of chiropractic and I'm finally bringing my hubbie over to my side!!! Hope Elly continues to make progress--less spitting is great!!! And I hear you about the weekly, poo. . .oh don't get me started on that topic!!!

Kelley said...

I LOOOOOVE my chiropractor. I'm going twice a week right now, and that is the ONLY way I'm making it through this pregnancy even half-way sane. I was in agony before I started going to him, my baby was breech, and things were pretty miserable. Within one visit, she had turned and things started looking up. I'm interested to see if it will help with the delivery and the post-partum recovery. I'm having a difficult pregnancy, but at least he is helping it a lot.

I'm glad to hear that Elly is doing so much better. I intend to have my baby adjusted fairly quickly after the birth to see if we can prevent some of that stuff. We'll see.

Doreen said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences, everyone! Kelley, I'm glad you're more comfortable! :o)

Jeannie, thanks for sharing that link. The way I see it, there are risks involved with everything. You weigh the risks, and you make a choice. It's interesting to me that the way the article was written would have you believe that if you go see a chiro, you're for sure going to end up with some type of injury or stroke, or even die. Only at the very end do they mention how extremely rare those complications are. It's like saying if you get an epidural for childbirth, you're going to get paralized. Well, some people do, but it's extremely rare. Does that mean nobody should have the choice to get epidurals anymore? Of course not. Everything we do every day involves risks. You could cross the street and get hit by a car. For what it's worth, I wouldn't be surprised if that's a lot more likely to happen to you than injury from a chiro visit. :p Something else to keep in mind is that the AMA has been on a mission lately to eradicate all alternative practitioners. From direct-entry midwives, to naturopaths, to chiropractors, even nurse practitioners. It wouldn't surprise me to find articles like this one commissioned by the AMA. It's one thing to state risks of certain practices, it's another to write an article in a way that's very obviously biased. Just my opinion, of course. :p

Doreen said...

Here's a link about the AMA's agenda. Lest you think I'm some type of extremist looking for conspiracy theories. ;o)

Doreen said...

Another site worth looking at.

tearese said...

I agree with chicago...just make sure they're a good doctor! I've had many friends who have sworn that their chiropractor (and or massage therapist) changed their health. But occasionally, they come to find in a year or two that they have new problems that were CAUSED by the chiropractor. Just sayin'.

Jeannie said...

(I am on the tail end of a migraine, so I hope I make sense...)

I understand there are risks to everything, for sure. I just had never heard of anything like that with regards to chiropracters before, so I was shocked. At the time, Lino had been seeing one regularly, and it freaked me out. (and, since I am an epert at worrying, I have that article tucked in the back of my mind...)

Someone commented on migraine relief from a chiro...I would love to have that..when I get them, they are doozies.....I may look into chiros around me...

I will read the link you posted a bit later (and I know you aren't an extremist...lol)