The Wiggles

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Hi Y’all!

Dr. Ashley here again. I know it has been awhile but what can I say, Mom life! It’s a new year and so far 2019 has been kicking me in the pants! However, I’m determined to make it the best year yet. January has been my busiest month in practice so far and I’m so excited to be helping more families!

Today I’m going to be talking about toddlers and the wiggles. No, I don’t mean that weird show from the 2000s with those uber catchy songs. The wiggles I’m talking about occur when I see younger children, most notably toddlers for chiropractic care. Once parents have made the decision to have me evaluate their child for subluxation, most parents are still feeling slightly nervous. Even though I make sure to answer all questions and put their concerns at ease, it’s natural for parents to be wary when trying something new when it involves their children.

I wanted to write about a typical experience for a toddler during an adjustment to give parents an idea of what to expect and to also help put “fear of the unknown” to rest.

I see kiddos of all ages. The newborns usually sleep through their adjustments and babies are usually occupied via a pacier or are snuggled up to mom when I evaluate them. When they hit about 18 months though, all bets are off! They get “THE WIGGLES!” They want to walk, they want to roll, they want to sit on my lap, they want to play on the floor. I bring my adjusting table to my house calls but this is the age where the table gets used the least! I bring my pregnancy pillows that they usually find pretty comfy and sometimes there are tears when I need to take the pillows when I leave!

Battles are fought everyday with toddlers but getting them to get adjusted doesn’t need to be one of them. So I try and meet them on their level, literally. We usually incorporate toys, we pretend we are super heroes flying on to Dr. Ashley’s table, or we lay on the floor and play cars and baby dolls. My palpation skills have been honed very well over the years. I know what I’m looking for when I check their spines and know how to be thorough yet speedy! I give hugs while checking their mid backs and necks. I have them sing songs while I check their jaw movement. I do whatever I can in order to make sure they are comfortable and are OK with me checking them out. Sometimes it takes a little back and forth. Sometimes we have to take breaks, but I never push a child that does not want to checked. However, most of the time a toddler figures out quickly that getting checked and getting adjusted is not scary and is actually quite relaxing. I have moms with rambunctious 2 year olds who will lay completely still and quiet while mom asks what magic I’m doing to get them to relax. No magic! Adjustments may stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for things like rest, sleep and digestion. I’ve had kids that took two hour naps after an adjustment followed by 3 BMs! haha!

Children are very intuitive and really love getting adjusted. Many times their first visit will include some apprehension or some hesitancy but when I return for the follow up, guess who’s jumping onto my table before I even get it set up? That’s right, the silly toddler who says “Dr. Ashhheee” and “Justed”. They LOVE it. They also begin to love how a healthy spine and nervous system begins to affect them. We all want more of what makes us feel better!

The wiggles are a part of being a toddler so it’s important to find a practitioner who has experience with children and will work with them. They tend to be their most comfortable in their own environment which is why I love doing house calls! They love my home office as well since it also doesn’t give off the “doctor’s office” vibe. I provide the most relaxing and welcoming place for your kiddos to get the care that they need.

So rest assured mama, your little one is in good and very well trained hands. I am happy to discuss the process with your more and am always talking during an evaluation, explaining my findings and discussing the techniques with you. I am a mom myself so I know how precious your children are and I try and treat my families with the level of care I expect for my own family.

If you have been thinking of getting your kiddo checked or know someone who would benefit, please direct them to me! There are more answers to your questions ( like why should my kid see a chiropractor?) under the FAQs section of my website.

Happy New Year everyone, let’s rock 2019!

Yours in Love and Health,

Dr. Ashley Cornelius D.C.

Three Sisters

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Hello All!

Dr. Ashley here, for one of my first blog posts! I have been busy growing my fledgling house call practice and it has been SO MUCH FUN! I feel like I am working harder than I ever have in practice but I also feel like I’m exactly where I am supposed to be. I am spending more time with patients and more time with my children and family. You know how the saying goes, “Quality over Quantity”, well that is exactly how practice is going right now. Generally a house call practice is more low volume, but maximized on time spent per patient. I feel so relaxed and comfortable helping my patients in their homes and feel those I have helped feel that same level of warmth. I am focused on organic growth and am working my hardest to try and show my community the benefits of chiropractic and how house calls are how they can reach their goals in the chaotic, busy & tired times we live in.

This month I have found myself in two separate house call situations where I am helping care for a set of Three sisters. Each of these cases is different as one set are baby boomers and the other set are all under 3 years old. It really is the alpha and omega as far as patient types go. To see how the bond of sisterhood has helped shaped the lives of the older ones and how their experiences and life choices have shaped their health and spines. They each require such different treatments and techniques despite being of similar genetics when it comes to hereditary degenerative changes. They love how they each get such a different experience from the same set of hands and feel equally treated but uniquely cared for. The other set includes a weeks old infant and two toddlers. Each of them has struggled with oral ties, but each had different types and different symptoms that manifested because of it. Different pregnancies, different births, different latches with breastfeeding. One of the only things they had in common is their rock star of a mom who has done so much and gotten help from a tribe of experts to make sure her girls have the best and can thrive. I love treating these families together under one roof and this is largely why I wanted to do house calls. I don’t see my own sister as often as I used to ( she’s in grad school now) but I adjust her every time I see her. I love taking care of sisters and I want to help as many as I possibly can.

If you have one sister, seven or just have a soul sister here is how you can help her:

  • See if your sister thinks headaches or back pain are normal. ( I bet she refers to her headaches as “her usual”) Tell her that her suffering is common, NOT normal and that she can do something about it. Chiropractic may not be the only answer but Dr. Ashley will do all she can to help.

  • Ask her if she is tired of living in pain. She will says yes, but she’s too busy to do anything about it as she barely has time to shower. Tell her I do house calls and share my info. Time is often our most precious commodity. I save you time in spades!

  • Tell her that her pregnancy can be more comfortable and that she doesn’t have to suffer another sleepless night or fear walking due to pain. I’m Webster certified which means I know how to take care of a pregnant women’s body and utilize chiropractic to help the body adapt to the changes more readily. I also had two 9 pounders so yea, I know the power of chiropractic during pregnancy.

  • If you’re a new Auntie, watch some birth videos. See what she went through if you don’t already know. Offer to cook her some food, watch her baby while she takes a bath and for heaven’s sake get her baby’s neck checked for subluxation cuz wow, those birth videos!

  • If you’re under chiropractic care, take your sister with you to your next appointment. If she doesn’t live near you, give her my info and tell her I do free phone consultations. Even if your sister isn’t in my practice area, I still want to help! If you’re not seeing me, than you should be seeing somebody, because every BODY and every SISTER deserves chiropractic care. :)

Thanks for reading this far! I am hoping to keep you all updated at least once a month! I’m a mom too so we will see how it goes. Take care of your spine and take care of each other!

Yours in Health and Love,

Dr. Ashley Cornelius D.C.

Something exciting is coming....

Hello everyone!

I am busy setting up my new business where I can bring my passion of helping pregnant mamas, kiddos and their families through chiropractic. This will be a new way of helping improve my community's health by bringing my table and my hands directly to them. Doctors of all kinds began practicing with house calls and I am excited to have chiropractic care revisit this tradition. While this kind of practice is not traditional, it is what is best for you! You won't have to worry about rearranging your schedule, bucking up 3 kids in the car, or waddling your way into another office appointment. I will be coming to you, so you can feel better....hassle free!

It's time the care came to you! I will be hitting the road and bringing my hands to you starting.....

August 1, 2018....let the countdown begin!

Yours in health and love,

Dr. Ashley Cornelius D.C.