Post 2 of 5 in “Tidbits for Birth, Baby, and Growing Child”: Why Chiropractic Care for Children?

I am very excited to feature this guest post from Dr. Kelsey Metz, a wonderful chiropractor with a passion for children. As someone who has chosen to have my children seen by the chiropractor since they were a week old, I can definitely attest to the benefits! I’d encourage you to consider seeking out a chiropractor after reading this post. ūüôā Enjoy! ūüôā
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Hi Guys!
My name is Dr. Kelsey Metz and I am so excited to be featured as a guest on Avocado Mommy’s blog! I am a mom, a wife, and a chiropractorРthree roles that I love dearly. It is through these three venues that I can pursue and share my passion for healthy living each and every day. I absolutely love treating patients of all ages, but those little ones hold a very special place in my heart. I am certified in the Webster Technique and am very close to completing my continuing education to become certified in chiropractic pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Today I want to share with you the benefits of choosing chiropractic care for your child and how chiropractic care can be used to enhance the health of your child. Often times, people think chiropractic care is only for low back pain and headaches; however that only scratches the surface of what chiropractic can help with. To help make sense of everything, we are going to start with a little science lesson (don‚Äôt leave me now, I promise it won‚Äôt be too badÔĀä )!
Chiropractic adjustments have their affect on the nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord and pairs of several nerves. These nerves branch off of the spinal cord under the vertebrae in the back and travel to every organ, muscle, cell and tissue in the body. Now, if the spine is in perfect alignment, these nerves have plenty of room to travel to their target tissue. However, if a bone becomes misaligned it can put pressure on a nerve, decreasing the impulse that it can send to its corresponding organ or tissue. It’s kind of like a water hose. If you are watering your flowers and you get a kink in the hose, the water flow is reduced to a trickle. The same is true with our nerves. Spinal misalignments put pressure on these nerves and decrease the function of the nerves and subsequently decrease the health of the associated organ, cell or tissue.
So what does that have to do with keeping our kids healthy? Well, kids are prime candidates for spinal misalignments! From the birth process to learning to crawl, walk and athletic events; children’s bodies are constantly undergoing physical stressors. Often times the symptoms of underlying spinal misalignments are different in kids than adults. Young children will often present with ear infections, colic, reflux or constipation when their spine is out of alignment. The chiropractic adjustment works to remove the pressure on the nerve and allow the body to function optimally. Chiropractic adjustments also boost the immune system, so chiropractic kiddos tend to get sick much less and fight illness faster!
One of my favorite testimonials is of little Madelyn. Madelyn was four weeks old when her parents brought her in to see me. From the time of her birth, she was very restless. She didn’t sleep well, was always crying and would spit up so bad every time after she nursed it would come out her nose. When I assessed Madelyn I noticed several areas of significant misalignment in her spine. So, I picked up this screaming and clearly uncomfortable baby and began to adjust her very lightly. As we removed the irritation in her spine, I could feel her begin to relax and by the time I finished adjusting her she was asleep in my arms. From that point on, Madelyn was a different little girl. She was happy and content. She slept longer stretches and stopped spitting up. This is one of the many joys I get to witness every day, by giving the body what it needs to function at its very best!
If you are interested in getting your child checked or are just curious if chiropractic can enhance your child’s health, you can find me at Family First Chiropractic Center in Blaine, MN. (http://www.familyfirstchiropracticcenter.com/).
Big Hugs,
Dr. Kelsey Metz
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What about you? Do you have a success story through chiropractic care?

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Unafraid and Unashamed- Devotional Reflections #1~ Written August 15, 2012

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When my first son was born, I soon realized how the hours in the day seemed to slip out of my fingers more quickly than before I had a little one. ūüôā Along with the many things that I was unable to accomplish during the day, I also realized how hard it was for me to sit for an extended period of time and do my Bible study. And so the “mommy guilt” set in…Was I failing God because there were days in a row where I didn’t open my Bible? Was I a “bad Christian”? Yet, God gently and graciously spoke to my heart: “My Child, I know you are tired, exhausted, and feel badly for not being able to spend uninterrupted time with me each day. I understand! I love you with an everlasting love, and I will meet you where you are at today.” And so He did…While I wasn’t able to open my Bible each day, He gave me priceless moments with my child in which He which He whispered His truth into my heart. I felt prompted to write them down for the purpose of hopefully being able to also encourage other moms as well. I pray they uplift your heart and that they remind you of how much you, precious mama, are loved. This post begins the first of a mini-series called, Devotional Reflections. May you be blessed and feel embraced. :)\
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Small hands with tender fingers stroking her face. Piercing blue eyes staring into those of the one¬†who loves him. Arms outstretched and unashamed. It as if he says, “I am your beloved one.”¬† Oh, how beautiful and free.

It was a morning like any other, and maybe some would still consider it a normal day when all said and done, but for me, it was one that is forever etched in my heart and mind. Little did I know that one interaction would give me a new perspective on what it means to walk freely, forgiven.

Just as a stroked the last of the mascara on my eyelashes, the sounds of my sweet son could be heard from upstairs. As I made my way to him, my heart was again reminded of the tremendous gift that God had given to me by sending him into our lives.  He truly was a miracle. Having found true healing from a past eating disorder that had plagued my mind, body, and soul, I had spent years desperately praying that I would be able to conceive. Pregnancy test after test, I became discouraged by the negative results again and again. Would I ever hold a child that had grown in my womb? Would I ever have the privilege of wiping little tears from rosebud cheeks? Would I ever feel the tender hands in mine as I listened to my little one utter simple, child-like prayers before bed? Yet God knew the deepest desire of my heart; He had not forgotten the cries that poured from my soul. And, in His perfect timing, he sent us our first son, His beautifully created child.

Now my little boy lay awake with anticipation in his eyes. The soft creaking of the floor was a familiar sound for him as I approached, ready to swoop him into my arms. Reaching his bedside, I stopped, and in that moment, our eyes locked. It seemed as if our hearts beat to the same rhythm. And then, in the next instant, my precious boy did something that I will¬†never forget.¬†Without reserve,¬†shame, or fear, he reached with both¬†of his hands and tenderly¬†placed his¬†hands¬†on¬†my¬†cheeks, all the while, never losing eye contact with¬†me.¬†We were one. No one¬†and¬†nothing else mattered in that moment but our relationship. Our souls¬†danced¬†to the same song, never losing step with¬†each other. In words spoken loudly from his heart,¬†he said to me,¬†¬†“Mama,¬†I am yours. Hold me, and let me rest my head upon your chest as I trust your love for me.”

As I picked him up, I found myself reflecting upon that brief but powerful interaction with my precious child.¬†His heart knew that he could reach for me and that I would respond with unconditional love. He¬†did not have to do anything to prove his¬†worth or his¬†value; rather, he trusted my sweet embrace.¬†The Lord spoke to my heart saying, “Beloved child, I love you. You are mine. Come to me without reserve, without shame, without fear and let me feel your tender hands upon my cheeks. Let me wipe your tears. Let me hold you as you rest upon my chest. I am your loving Savior who will not reject you in¬†your messes, your hurts, your failures, or your pain. Rather, I stand here with open arms ready to swoop you up and carry you through it all. I am full of grace. I am the Lover of your soul, the One who has paid for every one of your sins¬†through¬†my shed blood on the cross.¬†You are forgiven,¬†child.¬†¬†Oh, how beautiful and free.

“Lord, thank you¬†for what you are teaching me through my children.¬† You¬†indeed,¬†are the lover of my soul. You are the one that has forgiven me. Help me to come to you as a child today, unashamed.¬†I want to trust your grace.”

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen