For 16 years, I was a CEO of a medical research company. Our focus was on immune system rehabilitation after radiation or chemotherapy. I saw the significance of a healthy diet and exercise on a daily basis. I thought raising my two daughters to be healthy would be easy. Initially it was, until my younger one’s Tourette’s syndrome and OCD began to take more and more time to manage. I did everything I could to help her cope with natural remedies, counseling and lots of patience, but the cure could only come during puberty (most kids grow out of Tourette’s and mine did too). And then my older one had to undergo heart ablation for a previously undiagnosed birth defect. During these challenging years I realized that my children needed me more than my career. Gradually, I became a full-time mom ⎯ and it is a full-time job!
Just when we thought our health challenges were over, both teenage girls began to complain of back pain. I blamed the heavy backpacks that just seem to grow heavier with each grade. Being quite active must have put some strain on their bodies every now and then as well. But then I caught my younger daughter twisting her head trying to crack her own neck. Turned out she had almost 30% loss of her neck curvature! This is something every mom of a child that uses a cell phone to keep up with SnapChat, Instagram or YouTube needs to know! Because she’d bend her head down to look at the screen way too often, her neck was strained and began to lose its curve. Without proper adjustment to re-align the neck and daily 10-minute stretching exercises, she’d still suffer from occasional pain and perhaps even chronic pain ten, twenty years from now. There are no studies that could tell us what such a bad posture will do to our kids in their thirties or forties. We do know, however, that our bodies were designed to stand erect, our heads looking mostly ahead, not down.
I realized that even though I tried to do everything right, I wasn’t doing enough. (And yes, I fought many battles over the excessive use of electronics, but once your kids are in high school, this becomes a battle most of us will not win). In order to achieve good health, we need to care for our bodies in a variety of ways from proper diet, exercise, mental well-being to proper alignment that alleviates pinched nerves and allows organs and the immune system function better.
I asked my best friend, who is a physical therapist, what to do. She told me to try chiropractic adjustments. I’ve been adjusted years ago because I had chronic back pain due to an accident in my twenties, but I was hesitant about bringing my kids to a chiropractor. Not because I didn’t think these doctors could help, but because in my prior experience I was pressured to take X-rays and pay way too much for adjustments that took less than 5 minutes. And then I saw a “$20 Chiropractic” sign in front of a building in Alpharetta. I drove by the sign several times, but did not believe that could be for real. Until I decided to check it out and see. I did see ⎯ no gimmicks, no pressure, no hidden fees. It was true!
I researched the $20 Chiropractic chain, its mission and commitment to quality care at an affordable price. I took both of my daughters for adjustments and we all liked the care so much, I decided to purchase part-ownership in a new $20 Chiropractic location in Buckhead. I did this not because I could make a lot of money. At $20 per visit for adults and only $5 for kids under 16 who come along with a parent, I knew I never would. I did this to share my wonderful experience and to build awareness among parents about the importance of proper spinal alignment not only in our adult years but, especially, when our children are growing up.
It took quite a while to find the best chiropractor for this new location. The company is extremely selective. The doctors have to be experienced, really, really good at adjusting patients, and, most importantly, love what they do. After several months, we found exactly the doctor we were looking for ⎯ Dr. Allen.
My older daughter feels better overall and my younger one’s neck is definitely getting the proper curve back with periodic adjustments. She still has about 10% curvature loss but she’ll get there with proper care and short, daily stretching exercise. No more complaints about neck pain. To help with my back, I get adjusted once per week and the word chronic is no longer part of my vocabulary.
I invite everyone who reads this article to see Dr. Allen at the Piedmont Road location. You won’t regret it.
Article written by Yveta Germano. Edited by Christy Noll ~ all opinions are my own.