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Clinic Member Spotlight: The Lewis-Blake Family

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

Jen wasn't always certain about her kids getting chiropractic but she sure is glad she made the leap! She initially found Chiropractic and Advanced Vitality when she was searching for an answer for chronic discomfort after giving birth to her first son. She was at the point where she needed a heating pad around her neck every night just to be able to go to sleep.

Dr. Tamara, pediatric and prental Chiropractor adjusts Jens neck while she lies comfortably on the table
Dr. Tamara adjusts Jen

After seeing Dr. Tamara I no longer used the heating pad and my neck improved dramatically. During my second pregnancy I had hardly any discomfort and whatever ailments arose were adjusted and I was comfortable the entire pregnancy.

At our clinic we take a different approach to chiropractic and healing. It's called the NeuroFunctional approach which means that we evaluate your body for interference points in the brain-body connection. Since the brain controls and coordinates all the systems and functions of the rest of the body, our chiropractic approach aims to improve that connection and allow the body to do it's thang!

At our clinic, all our Chiropractic Doctors are trained in the NeuroFunctional approach and use the innovative INSiGHT Health Scanning Technology and The Webster Technique, which is something that our clinic members really appreciate!

I had learned about the Webster technique and nervous system chiropractic care and how it could help to reset the body for it to heal.

Another great feature are the health scans that show your starting point and improvement so you know its not just you feeling good, its trackable. You see how everything is connected and when you’re experiencing dysfunction in a certain part of your spine the area it corresponds to.

The unique NeuroFunctional apprach and Health Scanning Technology we use at Advanced Vitality means that we can also take amazing care of babies, kids and teens! Our health scans show direct correlation to systems and symptoms that their bodies are experiencing and allow us to focus our care on restoring balance in those areas. This gives parents a sense of ease when it comes to getting their kiddos checked and adjusted.

I sought out chiropractic care for Lorenzo because of some issues I was seeing in connection to his sleep, breathing, and speech delays. I saw a dramatic improvement in my son in the reduction of mucous which helped him breathe and sleep better.

Lorenzo smiles happily as Dr. Tamara checks his low back and adjusts the areas of stress interference
Dr. Tamara adjusts Lorenzo's lower back
He also had a burst of language as we continued with his adjustments which I attribute in part to his nervous system and body realigning

Another really important thing that we like to educate about is the effect of maternal stress and the stress of the birth process on both mama and baby! As prenatal experts, our providers use The Webster Technique to prepare the mother for birth by bringing balance to muscles, tendons and joints of the pelvis and allowing more space for baby. However, even with this amazing body work, birth is an intense, exciting and exhausting experience.

When a birth needs some intervention like forceps, vacuum or even c-section, there is significant stress put on the upper neck of the baby - which is the area that directly corresponds to latching, sucking and swallowing. If this stress isn't resolved, it can build up and create more stress within your baby's nervous system leading to things like colic, reflux, ear infections, chronic colds and sickness, developmental milestone delay, speech delays, sensory overload and even ADHD and anxiety. We call this sequence of stress build up - The Perfect Storm and all of this can be helped with Neurofunctional Pediatric Chiropractic care, especially early intervention!

Dr. Tamara uses a gentle touch to check newborn baby skull and upper neck alignment after birth
Gentle Chiro for Baby Lex
For my newborn, having learned how pregnancy and birth impacts them, I wanted to give him a jump start at ensuring he started out balanced from the beginning to avoid some of the issues his brother dealt with.

Many people think that chiropractic is only for neck pain, back pain or headaches, and while we do amazing things for these symptoms, there's so much more to benefit from. However, there is definitely some fear out there for mom's to bring their babies and kids to a chiropractor. Here's what Jen had to say about that:

Initially I was nervous about chiropractic care based what you see on the internet with the cracking and aggressive pulling. When I found Advanced Vitality and saw they were Webster Certified and nervous system focused, that lessened my fears and they were fully abated after our first adjustment and I saw how gentle everything was.

We are always interested in mom-to-mom advice and so we asked Jen what pearl of wisdom would she share with other moms about pediatric chiropractic and Advanced Vitality? Here's what she shared:

Don’t hesitate to start getting treatment, my only regret is not starting sooner. As Moms so many things are recommend that we really don’t need for our kids, this is something that will be beneficial for them for their entire lives.
I love the friendly staff and being heard and acknowledged about concerns and coming up with plans to deal with the issues we are seeing. My Mom intuition was never brushed aside like other practitioners you may visit and it was actually leaned into and encouraged.

We are so happy that Jen found us and continues to trust us to take care of her and her boys! We are especially grateful that she continually shares her experiences with our community and other families that can help their kids who are struggling. It's stories and mama's like you that help make this world (and the kiddos in it) much healthier and happier!

If this sounds like the place for you and your family, please connect with us to find out more answers about how we help families just like yours!

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