In the Western world, we pride ourselves on our freedom and ability to make choices in our lives. We can carefully evaluate many options in our lives and choose accordingly. Perhaps our greatest freedom (although not exercised by many) is our freedom to make choices that will affect our lives and our families’ lives for years to come.
As early as preconception, the choices we make for our own health and well being affect the future lives and health of our children. The physical, emotional and chemical stresses we are subjected to have their effects on a cellular level and may very well impair normal function. It is our responsibility, from the moment we are given these options, to make choices that lead us toward a more balanced lifestyle.
Parents face the right and responsibility to find out the many options available when it comes to choosing providers. They can solicit supportive health care providers who seek to give them valuable information and who empower them with the knowledge to make informed health care choices for their families.
In my twenty-eight years in chiropractic, I have discovered that, unlike practitioners in any other profession, Doctors of Chiropractic are an incredible resource of information for family wellness care. Had it not been for an amazing support team of chiropractors, I may have never known or chosen natural options for my pregnancies, my births and my on-going children’s well being.
In chiropractic, I discovered very basic, vitalistic principles and I learned to trust the body’s ability to function. I also learned that I could make choices to enhance my ability to function better. This knowledge gave me the strength, as a parent, to make decisions that supported my children’s potential to be well.
As Doctors of Chiropractic, we have the information that parents are seeking to make natural living choices for their families. Offering our services and knowledge to the families in our communities enhances their freedom and right to choose wisely. As more and more parents seek viable options for their families’ health, we, as chiropractors, can successfully fill this need.
As you begin to help more families in this way, you will realize the profound impact your knowledge and resources will have on the decisions parents make for their families. Along with your chiropractic adjustment, the education you offer provides a much-needed service that no other family provider is fulfilling. Truly, chiropractic care offers a unique and valuable role in the Family Practice realm.
Dr. Jeanne Ohm instructs internationally on the topic “Chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women and Children.” She is executive coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and can be reached via their website at www.icpa4kids.com.