I have to admit that before having Will I had never been to a Chiropractor. I always saw a physio or got a massage when I had back pain. To be honest I thought Chiropractors just twisted your neck until it made a cracking sound and that all sounded a little too dangerous for me. I never imagined I would be taking a 3 month old baby to a Chiropractor!
WHY WE DECIDED TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR
When Will was a few months old he was really difficult. He cried in the car, he screamed when I tried to put him in his cot, he had wind issues, he had silent reflux, he wasn’t feeding well and I just thought motherhood was a little bit shit. Luckily one day my husband told me his friend had suggested a Chiropractor. I definitely took it on board but when two of my friends told me they had heard great things I was sold.
I decided to see Dr Luke Tassell. A friend from Mothers Group knew someone who had taken her baby to him so I felt like Will would be in safe hands. On the day of the appointment I almost cancelled because Will had a cold but the receptionist told me that it would be good for his immune system so off we went. I liked Dr Luke instantly, he’s a father of four (including twins) and Will loved him. He asked me about my pregnancy and labour and explained that in a fast, assisted delivery like Will’s it was common that babies required adjustments. He checked over Will and told me that one leg was 2cm longer than the other, his spine was out and his neck was really tight so he couldn’t fully rotate his head to the left.
Dr Luke showed me this instrument which I would describe as a metal cylindar that acts like a clicky pen which he pushes into certain spots to do the adjustment. He pressed it on my leg and it was good to know how light the pressure was. He also showed me how soft he would be turning Will’s head when he needed to do the neck adjustments. The whole consultation and treatment was over within 10 minutes. Subsequent appointments only took a few minutes. Will was happy and smiled the whole time, he never cried once while we were there.
- After one treatment Will stopped crying in the car.
- After two treatments Will stopped crying when I put him into his cot asleep.
- After three treatments Will started self settling. He just fell asleep while playing in the lounge room.
- After four treatments his uneven legs were fixed.
- After five treatments he rolled for the first time.
I stopped keeping track after that but the benefits kept rolling in (pardon the pun), his wind issues improved, he stopped catnapping, he started to sleep through the night (sporadically) and in general he just stopped crying.
Will had 14 sessions, at $45 per session the total came to $686 but because we had private health insurance, the out of pocket expense was $328. Whilst not affordable for everyone it’s a price I was happy to pay for the results we got.
I’m so glad that I took Will to the Chiro, if I had heard about it sooner then I definitely would have taken him earlier to see if it could have helped with breastfeeding. Since telling people that Will has gone to the Chiro I’ve spoken to plenty of people who swear by them for sleep issues. One person said their son’s ear infections stopped after going to a chiro so they didn’t have to proceed with grommets. Another woman said her daughter was always getting sick until she started taking her to the Chiro regularly.