Dylan came to us at the age of 2 having already been through a lifetime of stress. Born premature by caesarean section at 24 weeks with significant trauma and having spent 133 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, Dylan has had significant difficulty thriving. He failed to gain weight in the first several months of life, had difficulty passing bowel movements and, most notably, had difficulty meeting certain neurological benchmarks. After his first measles, mumps and rubella inoculation, Dylan began regressing cognitively according to his mother; as it turns out both his mother and father had tested heterozygous for an increasingly common genetic polymorphism for methyl tetrahydrofolate reductase which aids in detoxification. Since that time he has had significant difficult verbalizing words and feelings. Dylan’s mother eventually brought him to our office because Dylan had a particular disdain for riding in the car and would routinely bang is head in his car seat whenever the car would come to a stop.
My primary goal was to work on his “head banging” issue. When I see children who are this sick, I frequently check them multiple times per day at first, ensuring that they’re holding and that we’re not exceeding their capacities to tolerate an adjustment. On the day after his first examination, I adjusted his atlas three times. By the second day, he’d stopped head-banging. By Wednesday, he was able to color with mom at the dinner table. By the following day, he’d added several new words to his vocabulary. By the fourth morning, he’d added a few more words, had held an adjustment for 24 hours and allowed me to perform his next adjustment without a meltdown, good eye contact and a smile.
We still have a lot of work to do and still see ups and downs, but the initial crisis is behind us and we’re making progress. It’s absolutely vital when working with developmentally delayed children to be patient. Working in a team with other providers including speech therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists is important because we know that neurological pathways, when exercised in concert, tend to fire more permanently than those worked in isolation, but there is nothing more important in healing than a clear nervous system.
Dr Daniel Bronstein is the clinic director of Beacon Chiropractic in Grover Beach CA and specializes in the chiropractic care of children and pregnant mommas. He is Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and devotes the core of practice to helping children and families live healthy lives.
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