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November, 2016

Chiropractic Babies are Well Adjusted!

The thought of sending your new born baby to a Chiropractor may seem a little drastic, maybe even  over indulgent; but have you ever really considered what your baby has just been through and how that may have effected their body?

Think of your baby before it was born.   Floating, warm and safe in the womb.   Over time, it starts to become a little cramped and before baby knows what’s going on they’re squeezed through a narrow birth canal and out into the big wide world.   But that journey from womb to world is a traumatic one; not only on the mother’s body but on baby’s too.   The power of the uterus is such that it can crush the baby’s sciatic nerve to the extent that they have no reflex in their knees or ankles for up to seven weeks after birth.    It could possibly be the most physical strain that any body will go through in their entire lifetime.

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But how does a mother know to take their baby to see a Chiropractor?   It’s not as if your baby can tell you that they are in pain.   Nick Richmond of The Chiros Clinic in Andover believes that mothers intuition is a magical thing and that even though she may not know exactly what is wrong with her child, she will know all is not right.   But Nicks more practical advice is this:  As a rule of thumb, if your child sleeps OK; eats OK and fills the nappy OK; then they’re OK.   If any of these are difficult or if your child cries continuously, then there is likely to be a problem.    But more than that, if you are in doubt, take your baby anyway.   A chiropractic check up is a good way to ease any doubt and put mothers mind at rest and since The Chiros Clinic offer free baby assessments to all children up to nursery age, there really is no reason not to go.

Nick is well known amongst the maternity fraternity in Andover.  Not only is he in regular contact with all of the midwives but he also treats most of them and their children as well.   There is no minimum age to see a chiropractor but Nick advices to wait until you are settled and in a routine with your child, usually at around 4 – 8 weeks old.

Examples of instances where you may feel a visit to the Chiropractor is in order:

  • If a baby cries through breast feeding and doesn’t latch on. This could be sign that being in the crook of your arm is painful for their neck or back.
  • If a baby has disturbed sleep patterns. We all know that it will take time for a baby to get into the night time routine but if their sleep patterns are more disrupted that the normal waking for feed every few hours then this could be a sign that they are in pain, especially if they curl into a ball.
  • If the contents of your baby’s nappy is more pellet like than soft it could be due to a twisted pelvis leading to digestive issues.

The good news is that babies are easy to treat and are usually back in alignment and their happy and gurgley selves after 2-3 sessions.

If you would like to hear what some of the mothers of our clients thought, read our Testimonials.

 

 

October, 2016

Chiropractic Dressage – The Best Advice… EVER!

Sometimes, for reasons best known to the greater universe, a friend will offer a suggestion to a problem that will seem ridiculous and pointless, but actually turns out to be the best piece of advice you ever received. This is exactly what happened to one dressage rider after her trusty horse of many years started to be less responsive to her commands and her standard of dressage went rapidly downhill. Mentioning her predicament to a friend, Jo Simmonds, 49, was surprised to hear that her solution might lie in visiting renowned chiropractor, Nicholas Richmond.

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With much scepticism and absolutely no pain or physical abnormalities of any kind, Jo made an appointment to see Nick, who had already helped a number of professional show jumpers, event riders and international dressage riders with similar problems. When she first entered Nick’s practice, Jo felt somewhat foolish explaining that she was there because her horse was not behaving in its usual manner or reacting correctly to her commands. Nick soon put her at ease and after his initial assessment he explained that Jo’s pelvis was heavily tilted down on the right side, due to a weak musculature on her right side, which meant that when sitting astride her horse, Jo was leaning to the right, without noticing, thinking she was sitting up straight. As a result, Jo’s horse was getting an input from her to turn right when in fact she actually wanted him to go forward or left. Another aspect of the pelvis tilting was that the corresponding ankle and leg was clattering against the horse, reinforcing the unintended command to turn. When it came to introducing a command to the horse to turn left, Jo found she was having to pull on a huge amount of extra rein to get the horse to turn. Under these circumstances it was impossible for the horse to understand the rider and therefore get the precision they needed for the standards required in the dressage arena.

Although Nick has no experience in riding at all, his knowledge and interest in biomechanics (the study of the skeletal system and how it moves), meant that he knew, without asking, that she had an extra hole in her stirrup leather and how her horse had been behaving, just by looking at her. Amazed, Jo realised that this had not been a waste of time after all!

Nick was able to realign Jo’s pelvis and spine and gave her some corrective exercises to complete at home to keep them in place. When Jo came back for her second treatment she was delighted to tell Nick that she had her old, trusty horse back who was doing everything that he should do because Jo was now able to give the correct instructions and commands to her horse. Before her appointment with Nick, her horse could only do a half pass one way, now he could do both directions again with ease. All of the problems that Jo had found with communicating with her horse were corrected after just one session with Nick.

When watching dressage, the bond between horse and rider is a wonder to behold. It makes sense therefore, for the link between the two to go beyond the arena and into the realms of health. If a horse is musculo-skeletally healthy but the rider is not and they continue to ride together, the horse will eventually become imbalanced. Likewise, if the horse is out of alignment, this will transgress to the rider over time. In order to have the best possible performance from your horse, both you and your horse must be as mechanically sound as possible. This applies to all riding activities, from dressage to hacking out. Another client of Nick’s, who is a professional dressage rider, always makes an appointment with Nick two days before each and every event. Taking this line further, it is therefore also essential to get your horse checked for musculo-skeletal misalignment too.

All riding is about strength, balance and posture. In order to get these right, a visit to a chiropractor such as Nick is essential, to ensure the rider is able to communicate effectively with the horse when in the saddle.