paediatrics

She thought she was cheating on me

I’m having an affair!

One of my long-term lovely wonderful practice members said that to me recently.

"I didn't know what to say to you. I feel like I'm having an affair. I'm cheating on you!"

She was in with her 6-week-old baby for their weekly adjustment.

"Oh, I feel so bad!"

Yup. She was serious.

I could tell that she genuinely felt bad.

"I'm taking her to the osteopath next week."

OMG.

WHAT?

That's what she feels bad about?

"Oh don't be silly," is what I said back to her.

I can understand her feelings because she's been coming to see me for her adjustments way back when she was pregnant with her first child.

With all my long-term practice members, it's an honour and a joy to adjust people for such an extended period of time.

That's the practice I've built.

Family Wellness.

For life.

That's what it's all about.

And I also know that there are many other experts that are excellent and able to help many people as well.

Including osteopaths.

Most of the osteopaths I've met are great.

They see many babies as well and they do similar things that I do.

That's because the practices are quite similar.

It's important to do what you think and feel is best for yourself and your children.

Who I am is just another expert who will always serve you and give the best care, advice, and support possible.

People ask me questions all the time, and I will always asses the situation and give my best most knowledgable advice possible.

If I don't know the answer, then I'll say, "I don't know."

My practice member wasn't cheating on me. 

No affair happening here.

Plus, she was being honest! 

That's not having an affair.

She didn't even go to the other expert yet, so no affair even happened!

The bottom line is, if chiropractic care helps your life and health, and you choose me, then I'll always be available to help and serve you with the best of my abilities.

My passion and mission is to help as many babies, children, and families to live their most healthy and extraordinary lives.

I believe that chiropractic care is a huge component of achieving that.

Osteopathy, massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture, or other body healing modalities all play a part in helping achieve health, too.

It's how and what you find to help your body heal itself, where it's designed to reorganise to higher levels of health.

Chiropractic will always be a part of my life for me, for my health as well as my family's.

I definitely need other expert help to keep me energised and fully functional.

And I also have a much-loved one that brings me a whole lotta pleasure 3-4 times a week:

Red wine!

Cheers!

See you at your next adjustment!

— Dr MaryAnne

 

When I get hexed

'Hexed'.

Do you know what that means?

It's when someone says something to you and you get this GRRRRR reaction.

A mixture of offence, frustration, annoyance, and a little of anger.

You know, that kind of feeling that you can't shake?

Anyway, recently, I was having a conversation with someone who just had a baby.

She came up to me to ask me about chiropractic for babies.

She had heard that this is what I do, and wanted to know more.

So I told her that newborns should have their systems (head, neck, spine, and its alignment) checked.

I asked her, 

"Doesn't it make sense that after the paediatrician checks the heart, lungs, ears, eyes, fingers and toes, that the spine and nervous system gets a run-through?"

All newborns should have a routine chiropractic spinal check up.

Ask any mother how her birth was.

She'll say anything from it was crazy and scary, and insane, to something like, oh, it was so quick and the baby shot out of me.

And everything in between.

What they will all say is that it was definitely intense.

Well guess who else it's intense for?

That's right.

The BABY.

That baby needs to squeeeeeze through a very narrow outlet (vaginal or c-section) after being squished in the mummy's tummy for the last few weeks of growing in there.

So, doesn't it make sense to make sure that we get the baby's spine checked by a paediatric chiropractor?

My rule of thumb is that a baby should get checked within 7-10 days post birth.

And then, they should get checked 2-4 times per month.

Those babies do a lot of growing each week, just like they did in the womb.

So when the woman who asked me about babies and chiropractic, she told me that she didn't think she could do it because her husband was anti-chiropractic.

Huh?

Anti-chiropractic?

Then I asked her, 

"Has your husband ever seen a chiropractic adjustment on a baby?"

She said, "No, I don't think so."

That's when I got hexed.

My mind went GRRRRR.

It wasn't my job to argue with her in that moment.

That accomplishes nothing.

All I could do was tell her what I know, which is that babies and children who have their spines checked and adjusted regularly are usually the healthiest kids around.

They develop well, with little or no delays.

The sleep better.

They aren't ill and poorly.

They don't need antibiotics.

And they are usually happy and well-behaved kids!

Don't believe me?

Ask me and I'll put you in contact with a mum whose child is a chiro-kid (a kid that's been adjusted regularly most of their life).

I'm not hexed anymore.

Rant is over.

See you at your next adjustment!

Book here.

— Dr MaryAnne

Poop in the water

Lately my practice has been crawling with pregnant women.

Well, they're actually not literally crawling around (although it would probably be good for them and the baby since it helps with baby positioning!).

They're comfortably laying down on my special pregnancy table where they relax, breathe, and get their spines and pelvis adjusted.

(They sometimes fall asleep and snore too!)

I love it!

When I adjust a pregnant woman, I'm connecting with her energy focused on her stress levels, tension in her spine and around her pelvis, as well as the tension in the uterus.

One amazing thing that happens is that I inevitably get so connected and somehow bonded with her baby.

It's fun adjusting pregnant women because I can tell that the babies love the adjustment too.

They move, kick, and seem to go through the motions as I adjust their mother.

It's fascinating.

One time I had a pregnant woman that I started adjusting in her 2nd trimester, and she came in every week until the birth.

Towards the end of the pregnancy, around the 38th week, I just sensed how happy, safe, and secure he was inside his little sac in the uterus.

And I just told the mother that I had a feeling that he would be 'born in his bag'.

(Please understand that this, my 'feeling' and my senses about this woman's birth outcome was unscientific, and also completely unrelated to my skill in chiropractic adjusting of the pregnant spine and pelvis.)

A few weeks later when her baby was born, she texted me,

"My baby boy was born yesterday. You were right - he was born in the sac!"

Babies born in the sac or caul happens infrequently, so I was surprised that my senses were right!

The most amazing and gratifying part of adjusting women is when I receive the text informing me that they had their baby and it was a wonderful and straight forward birth with little or no interventions.

And then, of course, I get to meet the baby and check and adjust them too!

I get very emotional when my pregnant mums achieve the birth they always envisioned to have.

It's how it's supposed to be!

(One time a mother texted me sharing that her birth was wonderful, in the birthing pool. Then she scared me because she said that there was one thing she wishes didn't happen - she pooped in the water when she was pushing! Shit happens!)


Women's bodies were made to do this, and I'm certain that chiropractic care helps their bodies to be in their optimal state and position to enjoy a comfortable and manageable pregnancy, as well as a successful birth experience.

Chiropractic care can start for women BEFORE they get pregnant, and continue throughout their pregnancy from the moment they discover they are pregnant!

Please help me share this with more women.

See you soon!

— Dr MaryAnne



 

My kids speaks this strange alien language that I don't understand

As someone who was raised in America, I've always been amazed at how easy it is to travel to a completely different country within a couple hours from London.

Plane or train.

Doesn't matter.

It's very cool.

A two-hour train ride in America, and you're still in the same State (most of the time). 

I can't believe more Londoners don't take advantage of living so close to Paris!

It's so great to be able to hop on a fast train, and then BAM, you're in frogland.

Oui! Oui!

C'est magnifique!

Anyway, on the very crowded train, I met this very sweet young mother with her toddler daughter.

I couldn't help but offer my assistance because there was a jumble of seats with a big family of overgrown loud teenagers, and I could tell that this mother just wanted a comfortable seat with her little girl.

So I managed to talk the other people into rearranging their seating plan, and the young mother was able to sit next with us in the quattro seating (with the table in the middle).

Much better outcome.

She was very grateful.

It was simple to do. 

Little effort.

Big payout.

Stressless journey with children.

(Is that really possible?)

We had a lovely ride into Paris.

My kids played with the little girl, and everyone was happy.

I was probably the happiest because my eldest kept on talking in the strangest accent. I think she picked it up on YouTube. She contorts her face and has this annoying rhythm, tone, and intonation. 

Very strange.

So I basically ignored her. I had to. Instead, I focused on having a nice conversation with the young mother sitting next to me.

She asked me if I work and what I do.

Sure enough she became very interested when I told her that my special interest is with babies' and children's spinal health.

Most people have no clue what chiropractic paediatrics is.

"What does it mean for a child to go have a chiropractic check-up?"

I explained to her how important it is for all newborns to have their spines check shortly after birth.

Doesn't a paediatrician check the baby's heart, breathing, ears, genitals, etc?

How about one of the most important organs in the body?

The brain and the spine - the central nervous system?

This mother was totally fascinated.

"Yes, that makes sense!"

She even explained to me that her baby was born with forceps because she was twisted in a strange position stuck in the birth canal.

(Do you know how often I hear mothers say this?)

Listen, I love what I do. And if I can speak to one mother a day to show them how important it is to have her child's spine checked, then I feel that I've helped make a positive change in that child's (and mother's) life.

Because a healthy child is what we all want.

Healthy children lead to a happier world for the future.

Do you get it?

Good.

Now, I'm off to go eat some delicious French food.

Au revoir et a bientot!

See you next week for your adjustment!

(Don't forget to book in your £25 massage! Only ten days left at this price.)

— Dr MaryAnne

This girl made me cry

Turns out, I'm in the business of helping people save their lives.

Nearly every day I am humbled by the stories of people's lives about how grateful they are that they've discovered chiropractic care.

Today, I was on Facebook posting a review of my colleague (because he adjusts me nearly every week and I'm very grateful for this service to take care of my spine).

And going through his page, I found a few videos linking me to another chiropractor's page.

These guys practice all the way out in California.

Helping save lives out there.

Chiropractic is saving lives world wide.

This video is a young woman sharing her story about how she discovered chiropractic, and how it changed her life.

I cried at the end. 

I was so moved.

But before you click on the link, let me share another story.

One of my practice members who has been with me for 5 months getting adjusted every week, who is seeing extraordinary changes and improvements in her health, is also bringing her son with her for adjustments.

At first she didn't think to bring him in with her because she never thought about kids and chiropractic.

I insisted that he start regular care because she explained to me about his health history since he was a baby, always being ill with fevers, ear infections, digestive problems, asthma, and other problems.

Now her son is 9-years-old.

He's already had a lifetime's worth of poor health, in my view, and to me it's just not normal for a kid to go through life like this.

He's been getting adjusted nearly every week for about 3 months now, and the changes in his health is astounding.

His mother can tell that his immune system is getting stronger and stronger. 

He has more energy.

Almost no pain (how can a kid have so much pain all the time?).

He's happier and less grumpy.

He's more enthusiastic about life in general.

And he understands how his body works, which gives him the confidence that his body heals itself and knows how to function when it's healthy.

I recently told his mother that I often meet young adults, in their early-mid 20s, who have very poor health, dealing with lots of digestive problems, allergies, headaches, chronic pain, depression, and other common ailments.

Typically and commonly, these adults can trace back and explain that their health problems go back from as young as infancy.

They share that most of their memory is one of illness after illness, pill after pill, antibiotic after antibiotic, over and over again.

Is that health?

How can anyone think that this cycle creates health?

Once a person with a history like this hits their 20s, all the systems especially the immune system, digestive system, and nervous system are overwhelmed and completely scrambled into confusion.

They are in at state of breakdown.

They find themselves dependent on more drugs, antibiotics, and often very powerful and dangerous cocktails of tablets.

And they are only 25, just beginning to live their lives as adults.

How is that living?

When these adults walk into my practice, I tell them bluntly, "It's going to take time, commitment, and dedication to help your body get to a healthy state again."

If only I can rewind their life, go back in time to reach out to them when they were children. 

That's when it's easy to build back the body.

Kids heal fast, and their bodies respond so much quicker than adults.

I told the mother with the 9-year-old that I'm so happy that I've been able to help break that cycle for her son.

She took a deep breath in when I said that because she has always feared this very thing.

"Would my son's health suffer all his life?"

I told her, "No. Not anymore. Because look - he's healing and changing before your very eyes. Every day."

Chiropractic is not a business to me. 

It's my passion.

I do it because I love helping save lives.

Watch the video of that girl.

It's powerful because I think, 'what would have happened to her had she not discovered chiropractic?'

Share chiropractic.

And get your adjustment this week too!

See you soon.

— Dr MaryAnne
 

It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife

Remember that great song back in 1995, "Isn't it ironic" by Alanis Morissette?

I started singing that in my head since yesterday and I can't get it out.

It popped into my head because of what happened shortly after writing my last blog post.

On Friday, I was finishing up my adjusting shift when I noticed my iPhone had a missed call from my kids' school.

Uh oh.

A call from the school always gets me nervous.

(It's never been about anything serious. But still.)

They told me that my eldest wasn't feeling well and wanted to go home.

That's never happened to her.

I've never had a call from the school telling me that my kid wants to come home because they feel so unwell.

So I went to pick her up, and as soon as she saw me, she started crying.

"Mummy, I feel really achy!"

Oh boy. 

I could feel my mummy hat engage and all my worry kicked in.

But then, my doctor hat switched on and I thought, 

"Right. Home, PJs, adjustment, hydrate, sleep."

When we got home, and I got her all settled into bed, I started chuckling inside because I had JUST written on my blog about my kids and how they get adjusted to help their bodies fight off the invaders that cause the fevers.

I was like, "What? Am I being tested here?"

As Alanis sings, isn't it ironic?

From 1:00 on Friday all the way to Saturday morning, my daughter spiked a fever, slept and rested, and during moments of waking briefly I adjusted her and made sure she was as comfortable as possible.

She kept on saying her head hurt and tummy ached.

So in addition to adjusting her, I massaged her head and gave her as much attention as possible to help her fall back asleep.

I let her sleep in my bed with me overnight (my husband is used to this and knows the drill), and to my surprise, she slept very well through the night.

Feverish kids over night could mean anything.

(Nightmares, delirium, vomiting, coughing - you name it)

I also kept telling her that her body is healing and that she needs to allow it to do what it's designed to do.

This morning at 6:55 her voice woke me up as she said, "Mummy, my head doesn't hurt anymore."

I put my had on her forehead.

No fever!

"How's your tummy?"

"Um, I think it's OK. I'm thirsty. I'm going downstairs."

So she got up and didn't come back into bed.

I started hearing laughter and movement from the kids, so I got up too.

My kids were all awake and full of energy.

No ill kid in sight.

It ALWAYS amazes me.

Healthy, kids (and adults) who get their spines and nervous systems adjusted heal better, faster, and stronger.

(Without any antibiotics or paracetamol)

My daughter had that fever for less than 24 hours. And today she's had a full-on happy and normal day today.

The mummy-side of me kept checking on her, "Are you OK? How do you feel?"

She started to get annoyed with me really fast.

"MOM, I'm FINE!"

OK. OK.

Deep down, I'm so relieved, proud, and grateful that her body did some awesome healing!

Health starts NOW. Don't forget to get adjusted!

See you soon!

— Dr MaryAnne.

It's a ruff ruff world out there right now

It's an ill-dog eat ill-dog world out there these days.

Seems like everyone - kids, babies, mums, dads - are coughing, feverish, miserable with some lurgy.

Everyone's fighting something.

And it seems like the lurgies are winning.

On my blog I've written a few posts about fevers and symptoms, and what most people do when that happens. 

See here and here.

Most people who I adjust know that my recommendation when the body is 'expressing health' (AKA 'being sick' to most people) is to:

  1. Get checked and adjusted as much as possible.
  2. Sleep.
  3. Stay Hydrated.
  4. Some good old-fashion TLC (everyone wants their mama when they are not feeling well).

One of my former chiropractic uni classmates and now a very successful and well-known chiropractor who practices in the States, Dr Don Clum, posted this excellent essay on children, fevers, and drugs. 

My blog posts were talking about the same thing.

But this time, I'm bowing and applauding to him.

His post is educational, thought-provoking, and to-the-point informative.

Check it out.

Enjoy!

Now, come in and get your adjustments!

See you soon.

— Dr MaryAnne

If only I could get my hands on you

Yesterday I sent an email with a video of me adjusting a child.

I've started to become good friends with his mother and what warms my heart is that I know that as long as they are in my life, that kid (and his siblings) will probably get regular adjustments for the rest of his life.

What breaks my heart is when I hear about children who are suffering from health issues, some common and some more complicated, and if I could only get my hands on them to check and adjust their spines, their health would probably improve.

This morning a woman I've known for a while was telling me about her 8-year-old son who had to go to the A&E for some complications with his brain.

(I won't get into the gory details here.)

I was surprised and also very curious about what happened.

She explained it to me blow by blow.

So, my doctor-thinking-cap went on and I started to ask her everything, starting from birth.

She told me that the birth was difficult, especially at the end, and pushing took a while.

Then she noticed that when he was 7-months, there were already problems with his muscle development.

She asked the GP if it was normal.

They said yes.

Then at age 2, she noticed that he didn't speak very much.

The GP told her it was normal for bilingual families to have children who have speech delay.

But she knew something wasn't quite right.

He also started walking later than most children.

She also noticed that he was clumsy.

Then at age 4 he developed a squint.

More and more, she noticed something subtle, but the GPs always told her it was nothing to worry about.

"He'll grow out of it."

But her mummy instincts always sounded the alarms.

What's a mother to do?

I didn't say this to her, but I wish I had seen this boy at birth! Or even at age 7-months when he was a baby showing signs of interference in the nervous system.

And now, this boy at 8-years-old, the mother was proven right. 

The neurosurgeons had to do a relatively minor procedure in his brain.

Finally, the neurosurgeons, with the clear tests showing he had an issue, took action to correct the problem.

Thank god they found the problem in time.

But, was this avoidable?

If I did have the chance to adjust this child since birth (like I believe all children should), would he still have developed this problem?

I can't answer that because we will never know.

But I bet that regular adjustments would probably have helped in some way.

Luckily, he's still young at 8.

Now that I've told his mother about chiropractic and what it can do to help his nervous system and spine to clear up any interferences in his system, we can see how the regular adjustments makes a positive improvement.

He's still going to the neurologist and the paediatrician for tests regularly.

Yes, that's important.

But I have a strong feeling that this boy will heal much better and faster if his spine and nervous system are in optimal condition from the regular adjustments.

This is such a passion of mine.

I wish I could somehow tell everyone about this.

But I can't just shove it down people's throats.

That would probably scare off a lot of people.

They'd think I'm a crazy person.

I need your help.

Tell people about chiropractic.

Share your story with people.

Tell them about your child getting chiropractic care.

I'm convinced that it's the good that will make a positive difference in this world.

Thank you!

Have a good night!

See you at your next adjustment (don't wait until you're in pain!).

— Dr MaryAnne