Summer is almost over. Or, we still have weeks of summer left! I don’t know how it is in your household but I alternate between the two – half full or half empty summer days, depending on the day. I love enjoying time with my three kids, snapping some bright, too sunshiny pictures of them covered in water, or sand, or a sweet treat. In the next instant, I’m surrounded by three wee Neanderthals. My kids alternate between sweet moments of loving generosity to a sideways glance sparking the apocalypse. I can usually trace their swings in emotion and behavior to a balance of rest, good food, sunshine, and exercise. As parents, we usually know what the problem is. It is our job to know and to make adjustments so they can feel and function better. An even more difficult lesson is to find time to take care of our kid’s Mom and Dad in the same manner. Are we getting enough rest, good food, sunshine and exercise? Many caregivers are so busy caring and giving that they forget that they can best teach self-care by demonstrating self-care. We all struggle with this balancing act.
While I by no means am a parenting expert (my oldest is only at level 10 – there’s more challenges to come!), I love combining my chiropractic knowledge with the physical challenges of child rearing. I remember all the carrying, and feeding and cleaning, and why does my neck hurt so much if the foot pressed into it all night is so small? Why does my back ache when all I did was give the kids a bath? Is there anything that I can do to be more comfortable in my last trimester of pregnancy?
What needs to be addressed in your life to balance your health? Is it how you move, how you sleep, how you play, how you eat? Be the excellent caregiver to yourself that you are to your children.
Let me take care of your kid’s Mom. I can help.
In our office, we focus on what you’re doing to hurt yourself, and find ways to help you help yourself to get well and stay well. We accomplish this through low-force, gentle chiropractic care, strengthening, habit modification, and massage therapy. Sounds simple, and yet I continue to learn something new every week.
Heather Escobar, D.C. is a mom of three children and has been a chiropractor for 13 years. She is certified in pediatrics through Logan University and is Webster technique certified, which is a method of improving neuro-biomechanical function and balance for a smoother pregnancy and birth process. The doctors and staff at Southern Oregon Sports and Spine specialize in low force chiropractic, massage, and rehabilitation. You can learn more about the office at www.sosas.us