by Caroline von Fluegge-Chen
Nora is eight years old. Her mom, Lisa, called a few weeks ago and asked if her daughter could come for a new patient visit. She heard that one of my specialties is chiropractic care for kids. After all, kids have spines and kids have nerve systems. So doesn’t it make sense to take care of both starting from day one? Lisa told me that Nora’s neck is bothering her, especially after long periods of reading. In fact, Lisa said her kids read all of the time – they don’t even know what is on TV nor do they care.
When I start a new pediatric patient, I not only explain what I am doing to the parent, but I focus especially on communicating with the child. Kids “get it” better and quicker than adults, I find. Maybe they’re not so over-educated and over-analytical as adults, therefore they are more receptive to new ideas.
Nora asks the best questions and she makes wise comments.
“So, Dr. Caroline – I don’t want to grow up crooked. I want chiropractic to help me grow straight.”
“What does following through mean?” (Keeping all of your appointments as Dr. Caroline specifies.)
“So if I follow through, I will get the results?” (You bet. The odds are good. But do some of the exercises I show you at home, too!)
“I really like the way the adjustment felt. I can turn my head better.”
“I’ve been trying not to sleep on my stomach, like you suggested. I am sleeping mainly on my side now because it’s better for my back.”
“I am going on vacation for a few days. I don’t want to lose time with my adjustments so I will make sure mom schedules my appointments.”
“Do you have any stretches you can give me?”
“Can you show me how to do the stretches. I looked at the sheet you gave me but I would rather have you show me.”
“Do you see other children my age? I think you should see children. They would be healthier.”
“You see babies? That is good. I bet it makes the moms happy.”
“I like coming here and I like you.”
Oh, If every adult could be as connected as Nora is. At eight years, she understands the value of making a commitment, following through, and her personal responsibility to do her part in maintaining her adjustments. She looks at the bigger picture (how her health is going to be as she grows up) and decides that she wants to be well, not lopsided with poor posture and neck pain. Like I said, I wish more adults would understand like Nora.