"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, February 19, 2009

We're well-adjusted!

Dr. Tony at the Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Merrrimack has become quite a part of our lives these days. The kids and I are there three times a week getting adjustments, pep talks and hugs from Dr. Tony who is passionate about reaching optimal health through preventative chiropractic care and education.

Gabriel, as it turns out, has several subluxations that are pretty severe for his age. His hips are completely out of whack which has sent his spine in the wrong direction leading to another considerable subluxation in his neck. I have been wanting to get him to a chiropractor since he was born especially due to his shoulder dystocia he experienced in the birth canal. Sadly I waited too long and now he'll need more adjustments than the average child to get him back on track.
Simone, also has misaligned hips and a subluxation in her back and neck.Dr. Tony uses this device to adjust her neck until she's a little older and can be adjusted lying down.Caden is in the best condition of course though still benefits from a once weekly adjustment. He has just become comfortable lying on the table for Dr. Tony instead of clinging to me like a spider monkey. Now he thinks the whole thing is hilarious and is upset when we visit and it's not his turn.One of his adjustments involves being dangled and "tickled" by Dr. Tony. That one is really cause for some giggles.Despite his face in this picture, he is happy he gets to do this one just like Simone. He didn't use to let Dr. Tony come near him with it but he has since warmed up. Once our health savings account has replenished itself, it will be Rich's turn to join the family in our pursuit of restoring and maintaining health by treating the person as a whole while avoiding medical treatment that only addresses symptoms and prescribes a chemical or surgical approach.
Mind your spine. Keep it in line!

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