I love my job. I get to adjust babies every day.
I had my first child in a birthing centre which was located on the 11th floor of the hospital on the Upper West Side in New York City.
I chose it because it was a great birthing centre, and it happened to be only twenty blocks away from our flat.
Convenience and practicality are pretty high on the list of a labouring woman.
I had a midwife, a doula, and my husband helping me through the labour.
And after 3 hours of active labour (making it a total of 23 hours from the very first contraction I felt), my little baby girl was born at 3:00 in the morning.
I remember how insanely overwhelming the whole experience was.
Giving birth, pushing a 4kg baby out of me in the middle of the night, being up moving around labouring all day, feeling intense pain, thinking how my Ironman was easier than this ... then not to mention how do I do this mommy thing ...
It's all a lot to process.
Don't ya think?
After everything settled (and I had a huge breakfast with coffee and pancakes and eggs that amounted to probably 10,000 calories), I was ready to bring my baby home.
But, I was told, the pediatrician has to sign you off.
What does that mean, I ask?
I had no idea how these things worked.
(It was my first baby.)
The nurse explained to me that the doctor had to look my baby over to make sure everything was healthy.
I could already tell she was fine.
But it's important to make sure everything really is doing fine.
So, the doctor finally arrived and did her thing.
With stethoscope in hand, she poked and prodded.
The doc didn't check those last three things.
I thought, "Doesn't matter, I'll check her. Just let me go home."
It wasn't until years later that it dawned on me that pediatric medical doctors don't do what I would do.
To be fair, they have their specific skills, and it's essential for them to do their job.
I'm grateful for that.
What's missing is the newborn's spinal check.
That's one of the most important bits!
All newborns need to get checked after they are born.
It needs to be a standard normal procedure done by a skilled trained paediatric chiropractor.
Or even an osteopath.
The point is, so many babies are born every day, every where, and it's usually not until the mother thinks something 'is wrong' with her baby that she takes them to see a chiropractor.
That just doesn't make any sense to me.
Why, at the hospital within 24 hours of birth, does the doctor have everything checked except for the integrity of the nervous system and spine?
Babies also undergo hearing tests too.
But where's the assessment for the baby's spine?
Please, can someone explain that to me?
In any case, if you have a baby, or children, and they haven't had their spines checked, go NOW.
Take them to a chiropractor and have their spines assessed and adjusted.
Because it's MUCH easier to keep children healthy than to deal with grumpy difficult contorted adults.
See you at your next adjustment!
— Dr MaryAnne
Imagine having debilitating pain every day and all you can do is stay in bed because it's nearly impossible to walk.
Imagine being in so much pain that you can no longer go to work and you have to quit your job.
Imagine having to rely on disability from the State because of that.
Imagine not being able to take care of your child because you can't take them to school or make a simple meal because you can't even stand for more than 10 minutes at a time.
Imagine this ruling your life for months.
Or even years.
That's definitely not living.
Imagine being told that spinal surgery is the only way, and it's extremely risky.
What do you do?
What can you do?
This is what happened to one of my practice members.
She needed to know that she had tried everything before going under the knife.
That's when she did more research and discovered my practice, and more specifically, Network Spinal Analysis.
It's the technique I use mainly with everyone.
Now, after four months in (with dedication, patience, and commitment) she's improved tremendously, to the point that she is convinced that she doesn't need any other intervention.
Certainly not surgery.
Lately she's been dealing with an enormous amount of stress, something that would create havoc in anyone's life.
She's amazed because with all the stress involved, and all the challenges she has to face on a daily basis, she is fully aware that she's been handling herself very well.
Her coping mechanisms have changed, and she's been able to stay calm and cool during this tough time.
How does chiropractic play into all of this, you ask?
Well, if your spine and body is rigid as a pole, doesn't move properly, and has had years of damage and degeneration, how do you think you'd feel?
The way you feel and the quality of your life is a direct reflection of the health and shape of your spine.
Six months ago when my practice member had no answers, handicapped from her pain, and unable to be a good mum, she never knew she'd be able to heal and recover AND be happy after just four months of regular chiropractic care.
When she signed up for her regular chiropractic care, she committed to it, and was determined to allow her body the time it needed to heal.
How many people try to lose weight, gain muscle, and get a new body in one or two months?
Most people know that's just unrealistic.
The same thing goes with healing.
It takes months, sometimes years for people to heal and transform their health.
It's also an ongoing process through life to keep yourself in good health.
As long as you're living, there's always a need (and a way) to become a more fulfilled and happy human being.
Chiropractic isn't a quick-fix. And I certainly don't do the fixing.
Your body does.
Get adjusted now and continue your healing journey!
See you soon!
— Dr MaryAnne
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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.
Have a good night!
See you at your next adjustment (don't wait until you're in pain!).
— Dr MaryAnne
There's a saying in the chiropractic profession.
"If your spine was on your face, you'd take much better care of it."
I'd say the same thing goes with the area between your legs.
If you had a rash there or a lump or something painful, you'd be at the doctor's in a flash.
Personally, I find it very strange how many people will only deal with what's right in front of them, literally staring them in the face.
And sometimes that's not true either.
Let alone having a few aches and pains in the neck or back.
Most adults who walk into my practice for the first time are in some sort of pain.
Usually it's in the low back or in the neck.
And then they sit down, tell me their life story (nearly all of it pertains to the issue at hand), and they ultimately want the pain to go away.
Pain is bad.
No one wants pain.
And most people don't take responsibility for their pain.
An ache in the neck for a few days turns into weeks, and then on and off for a few months.
That's usually about the point when I see the person. That's when they think,
"Hmmmm, this sucks. Something's not right. I need to get this fixed. It's annoying me and I can't cope with this anymore."
They take action and book an appointment to see me.
The problem is, my idea of help isn't the same thing as their idea of help.
For the most part, generally, people think I'm going to 'treat' the problem and it'll get fixed.
Much to their dismay, that's not what happens in my practice.
Pain is only 10% of the situation. My job is to help you with the 90%, because that's the problem that has been brewing in your body for years.
If the 90% was looked after (mostly by you, and with my help to facilitate the body), then the pain will just ease and eventually go away.
Patience is also a major factor in this too.
It takes TIME for your body to heal and change.
In my professional viewpoint, back pain and neck pain is a serious problem.
It's not something to ignore for months and months.
And it's not something that will 'get fixed' for you.
No one can do that except you.
If you had an ugly zit on your face, or a rash, or a painful nodule that you can see when you look in the mirror, you'll tend to it almost immediately.
Same thing goes with your crotch area. Oh, that's serious stuff. No one wants an itchy rash down there.
So you deal with it.
But if you have pain in your back, do you ignore it, push through, and tell yourself it'll get better soon and go away by itself?
Most of the time, for many people, considering the circumstances and the outcome, it should not be ignored.
Here's a new flash: Your spine is located in your back, and goes all the way up to your head.
And it connects to a very complex and amazing organ in your body: your brain.
(It's your body's hard drive.)
Pain anywhere in the back can mean many things, and if you keep trying to delay taking care of the most important system in your body (your spine and nervous system), the more negative effects it will have on your health and ultimately your life.
This is no joke.
The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to make any positive changes to improve the situation.
Your 60-year-old self will be kicking and bitching at "your-now-self" because you were too proud and stubborn to wake up and get with the health program.
So pretend that your spine is on your face and start taking better care of it now.
Get your spine checked and adjusted regularly!
Keep it healthy!
See you soon!
— Dr MaryAnne.
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You give birth. You have a baby.
Before you can carry on enjoying your gorgeous bundle of joy, your midwife or paediatrician has to check that everything's working normal.
Five fingers, five toes, breathing, heart rate, is the skin pink enough, reflexes, and all that jazz.
Well, what about the spine?
As you probably already know, I love babies. I love everything about them. If I could have 12 of my own, I would. They just grow up too fast. I would have so many that I'd probably be able to have a TV show about it.
But, I'm 43. And I already have three kids (well, four, if I consider the husband). And they're all a handful.
One of the many things I love about babies is checking their spines Checking a newborn's spine and adjusting them within the first week of birth is essential to proper health and optimal function.
Because a baby's spine is quite cramped inside the womb in the last few weeks of birth.
Also, the birth process, however it happened, is both intense and often traumatic to the mother and the baby.
The bones in the neck and head can often move out of the correct alignment and position creating pressure on the spinal cord. If this is undetected, it can lead to common health problems like difficulty breastfeeding, colic, digestive problems, irritability, sleep issues, and immune dysfunction.
Very common issues. Not normal and not ideal.
In a study of 1000 newborns, 80% of them had some type of spinal nerve dysfunction. Read more about this here.
Of course you want your baby to start out life in the best possible way, so why wouldn't anyone want to have their baby's spine and nervous system checked for optimal alignment, balance, and function?
Look, think of it this way, when was the last time you had to wiggle yourself out through a 10cm hole?
All babies have a spine, and all babies need their spines checked by a paediatric chiropractor within the first week of life.
Doesn't that make sense?
So if you have children, get their spines checked and adjusted!
See you guys this week!
— Dr MaryAnne AKA Dr Squeeze
Three days ago I noticed my youngest coughing a little. I didn't really think it was anything so I basically ignored it. My kids don't get ill often, and when they do, it's full-on but just for 24 hours or less. So the next day ...
Q: Hi. I was wondering if you could give me some more information about chiropractic for babies. How old do they need to be - my son is 6 weeks. How do you do it? Does it cause any pain? I would also be interested in doing it for my other son who is 5 years. How many sessions are recommended?