So I've been giving chiropractor care a try with Sean to help with his painful and frequent gas and large amounts of spit up. It seems to be working. For one, last time I did his laundry there was only one spit up rag in there for four days... Before beginning care I'd go thru about four rags in one day! Also, he's been sleeping better (most nights). As the doctor was explaining what she felt during her initial exam, part of which was an "unbalance" of the two sides I thought of someone else who would benefit from chiropractor care.
With the neglect of the right side of his body and the left side being used more often I figured his spine would be out of whack. So I talked with the doc about Liam and then brought him in today.
She was pleasantly surprised with how he presented and said that if she didn't know she wouldn't be able to tell that he suffers from aphasia or has any right sided weakness. She did feel a large bulge on the left side of the neck - it could be from the after effects of his stroke or it could have always been that way. Either way - that's where she's going to concentrate her work. Today she also massaged his lymph node on that side since it was swollen because of his congestion. (This was interesting since this morning Liam was crying because the inside of his left cheek hurt, the sinus cavity.)
I think it's important to find a chiropractor you trust - which is why I'm willing to drive thirty minutes for our visits. She does an excellent job explaining what she's looking at (feeling), how it affects the body, and how she plans to treat it. She also has a great bedside manner with both Sean and Liam. Sean has seen her three times and always gives her a smile and looks like melted butter in her arms. Liam, well, Liam pretty much likes everyone, but she did a great job explaining what she was doing to him!
I'm not sure what results I'm looking for in Liam, but I do believe that his spine has been affected from the stroke.