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A Story of How Children Can Benefit From Chiropractic.

Ella was less than a year old when I noticed something wasn’t right. She was recovering from yet another ear infection and it seemed like they came back before her course of antibiotics was even finished. At this particular visit, the doctor had recommended having her ears fitted with tubes to prevent these recurrent infections from happening. I knew as I picked up yet another prescription from the pharmacist that this would inevitably be another sleepless night for me, and as much as the sleep deprivation was getting to me, the worst part was knowing that my baby girl was in pain, yet again! I felt like I was doing something wrong! Fast forward a little and the ear infections became chest infections, bronchitis, pneumonia even! I was at a loss!

Around this time, my mother went to a wellness expo where she met a chiropractor and discussed Ella’s issues with him. She told me that he had explained how many ailments can stem from misalignment in the spine, especially in children who had experienced “traumatic” births. Ella had definitely experienced that. I had laboured for almost 4 days before an emergency c-section took place. The doctor had tried forceps with no luck and there was no other option than to rush me to the O.R and bring her out (she has always been so stubborn, but that’s another story!)

I decided that I really had nothing to lose at this point and so I packed up my almost 18-month-old daughter and took her for an appointment with a chiropractor in Kitchener. After her initial appointment he explained to me the issues that she had with her spine and how he could perform gentle adjustments to her with an instrument (activator) that would be able to help relieve her of these chronic infections she was having. I, of course, was skeptical, but just the right amount of desperate to try it! At her first adjustment she cried and I felt like maybe this wasn’t the right course of action, but when we got into the car, she promptly fell asleep and didn’t wake up for almost two hours!

As the treatments progressed she started to have more regular bowel movements, better sleep, and the best part of all…no more ear infections. She continued care for about a year and flourished. Around the age of 4 the problems started to come back, but at this time, I was a single mother, so I felt like treatment was not something that I could budget for. Unfortunately, I failed to see that it should have been viewed as a necessity rather than a luxury, but that time was too chaotic to see clearly. Ultimately, I moved in with my parents and was able to find work…in a chiropractic office! Being able to have Ella regularly treated got her back on track so quickly, it was incredible to see it for the second time. She had more mental clarity, a better immune system, everything just seemed to fall back into place.

The adjustments were so gentle (again, using the activator technique) and she always looked forward to her visits. I guess the chiropractor looked forward to her visits too as he eventually became her step father! I know I’m now speaking as the wife of a chiropractor, but it really was a life saver for me as a mother (who wants to be up with sick kids all the time?) but most importantly for my kids. Now that Spenser and I have 2 more children, I see the difference. Ezra (2) and Eden (1) have been adjusted FROM BIRTH! They have far better immune systems and have been more content since birth. I know chiropractic and children can sound scary, we all have the images of “old school” chiropractic treatments, people being “twisted” and “cracked” in every direction. But Spenser has shaped his career around being the exact opposite of the chiropractic stereotype. It’s an adjustment that works for everyone and is tailored specifically to the individual and their needs. I am now so blessed to have three healthy children, and every time someone gets the sniffles or falls over, we know we are in good hands! If your child is suffering, I encourage you to book your kids in at our clinic and let us help you get to the root cause of their problem(s).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ella in the hospital around
6 months old. Another infection!

Ella after she started getting adjusted
around the age of 18 months!

Ella now, age 9.

Ezra’s first adjustment, in the
hospital!

Eden’s first adjustment in the
hospital!

HOW TO BEAT THE PAIN CAUSED BY DIGITAL DEVICES

People are spending more and more time looking down at smartphones and tablets
every year, and strain injuries in the hand, wrist, forearm and neck are on the rise.
This is commonly referred to as “text neck”.
As you tap and swipe, follow these tips to avoid the aches and pains that come with the digital age. Your back and neck will thank you.

Take a break
Holding up your phone or tablet for extended periods of time can strain the muscles in your shoulders, arms and fingers. Let your arms rest at your sides every so often.

The 20-20-20 rule
Give your eyes a break! Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look about 20 feet ahead (or as far as possible).

Stretch it out
Slowly turn your head towards your left shoulder, hold for five seconds and repeat on your right side.

Change positions
Try to avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Get up and walk around!
The only thing that’s more important than “perfect” posture is movement.

Raise your phone up closer to eye level to reduce strain on your neck. When watching lectures on your tablet or laptop, be sure to prop it up against something so your shoulders and arms can relax.
A 2014 study in Surgical Technology International showed that even a 15-degree
head tilt adds 27 pounds of pressure. As we use our phones and laptops more and
more, that stress adds up!
If you still have pain and discomfort after trying these tips, visit a chiropractor to develop a plan to keep you pain-free

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Teri Brantford, ON

I have been for chiropractic treatment many times at Brant Wellness and Rehab. Lanna always gives a warm reception when you arrive, and Dr. Spenser Dougley is a doctor that you know is listening! I have had fantastic results! I couldn’t get out of a chair this morning without excruciating pain. Had a treatment this afternoon and wow, I am moving 10X better

5 stars

Becky St. George, ON

I have been seeing Dr. Spenser for a few years. When I started seeing him I was a mess. I was in constant daily pain that would often land me on the couch with ice packs. My ankles and wrists used to hurt so much, that after going on a class trip with my kids, I would get tons of pain in my feet and ankles for days. And even something as simple as making dinner would hurt my wrists to the point where I wore braces on them just to help the pain. Now I very seldom have ankle or wrist pain since Dr. Spenser has worked on removing my scar tissue in those areas. I also have much less debilitating headaches. We are still working on that area, but have made great progress! I highly recommend seeing him. Chiropractors aren't all about backs! They can help the pain in your joints too!

5 stars

Stephanie Brantford, ON

I love the gentle approach Dr. Spenser takes to his treatments as the typical “snap” and “crack” treatments have never been very comforting to me.

5 stars