We sat down with two awesome patients from our Lansing office to learn a bit more about how mom, Heather, is committed to her 12-year-old son Chris's chiropractic care, especially during football season. Below is part of their story. Head to our Facebook page for pictures and to read on! Visit www.facebook.com/ChiroOne or search “Chiro One Wellness Centers” on your mobile Facebook app.
Staying in the Game with Chiropractic, an Interview with Chris and Heather
Chris: “In baseball, I'm a catcher. Sometimes I'll get some arm soreness. Every once in a while you get a little leg soreness from staying in the same position for hours. Two hours for practice as a catcher and four hours if we have a double header. Right now, I'm on a junior varsity team for football and I play guard and quarterback.
Heather: “This makes me very, very nervous. In comparison to the other kids, he's one of the smaller ones. A lot of these kids already have that height; they're like a foot taller than him. He's about 114 pounds and he's playing against kids who are about 150 pounds.
Also, when he catches, there's a lot of impact at the plate. Because he's blocking the players from sliding, so they'll run into him and collide and he goes flying. He gets knocked flat; he has hit his head. I always thought football was a lot worse than baseball, but now I think that baseball and football are equally as impactful on the body.”
Chris: “We had a scrimmage against Oak Lawn and Orland and they put me in for a couple plays, so I did the hand-off and the running back was coming, as soon as I made the hand-off, I just got tackled. They can pile on me if I have the ball. If I fumble it and I recover it, they're allowed to pile on me.”
Heather: “I made the connection between chiropractic and sports with football. ‘Cause I didn't want to put him in football. I truly avoided it. He had been asking for years and I said, no, no, no. I'm thinking back injury, neck injury, spinal injury—no. One of our friends whose son plays and she's overprotective, she said, you know, I let him play, you gotta let Chris play. So I finally said yes. But then watching him get hit, some of these kids are much, much bigger, and I thought, that can't be good for him to get hit and then the impact on the ground, not to mention the pile-ups.
I thought, maybe I need to make sure he's OK. And I had been doing so well with my own back issues, it just made me think; I should make a preemptive move for him. I have not had a bad back day since I'd been coming, in comparison since what I had two years ago. I've not had the problems that I've had in the past. It's wonderful. It's wonderful to not have to be in pain all day. If I can prevent that for him, if I can try to get him into good habits, if I can keep him away from injuries, then I can keep him away from what I had to go through.”
- Heather and her son, Christopher, Lansing Patients
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