A Miracle? Or a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A mother’s story about her daughter and her chiropractor.

Emily D. H.
DOB: May 20,1998
7 pounds, 15 ounces; 20 inches
Full Term – C-section because of breech.
Health, alert, and a happy baby girl.

          Emily sat up with no support at 5 months old. At 7 months old Emily rolled over for her first time (back to stomach). How exciting for us. As the days went on Emily didn’t roll over anymore.

          On February 22, 1999 Emily went for her 9 month check-up to see her pediatrician. Her doctor said he was very concerned about Emily because she seemed to have a developmental delay. Emily at this point was not rolling over – would not tolerate to be on her belly at all (she screamed)! She would also not put any pressure on her legs or feet. She would clunch her legs up to her belly – she would not straighten out her legs to stand at all. Therefore she had no desire to get on all fours, crawl or walk. Her doctor decided he would like her to see a pediatric neurologist (in Grand Rapids). Also he wanted her to start physical therapy 3 times a week.

          Emily started physical therapy on February 24, 1999. Two weeks into her therapy Emily rolled over from back to front again (at 9 ½ months old) from her first time at 7 months old. A week later she was rolling back to stomach and stomach to back. Was therapy really going to help?

          On May 19, 1999 (1 day before Emily’s 1st year birthday) she went to see the pediatric neurologist. This doctor said she was unaware of what could be wrong with Emily. She said, “I’ve never seen a baby that won’t stand at all!” An appointment to have a MRI of the brain, a MRI of the lower spinal and blood work (to rule out any muscle disease) was scheduled for July 1st, 1999 (at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids). While waiting for this appointment Emily’s pediatrician decided to send her over to have xrays done of her hips. Results came back normal. So we waited to have the MRI’s and blood work done, while now having physical therapy twice a week. Not seeing any significant progress in therapy at this point. Emily’s appointment was here and we went through the MRI’s and blood work! Results came back all normal. All doctors were saying, “She’s so puzzling, we don’t know what could be wrong.” Still saying Emily has a developmental delay.

          From February 1999 to July 1st, 1999 Emilys therapy progress consisted of: reaching for items away from her (bending over), sitting up straight with her legs straight in front of her (instead of in a wide position), picking up Cheerios with her forefinger and thumb, tolerating being on her belly, getting on her belly from a sitting position, and rolling over consistently. Little progress was on its way but nothing significant!!

          Emilys mother now is carrying around a 22 pound 13 month old child and definitely needs to go see Dr. Palmer. “My back is out of wack!” I tell him about Emily not crawling or walking and he says, “Bring her in to be adjusted!” I’m thinking, “How weird!” “Should I try it?” I’m thinking “Emily’s not going to let him touch her!” Well, guess what. I decide, “What’s to lose? We’ll try it!” Emily was adjusted on July 22nd, 1999 for her first time – just an hour after her adjustment I was seeing improvement. She was going from laying on her belly to pushing up on her hands and moving backwards to an upright sitting position on her butt! How amazing, could it be the adjustment or was it a miracle? Emily went back on July 25 and each time I seen more improvement. This time she started putting pressure on her legs standing for a period of 2 minutes at a time. Also was sitting on her knees (which at therapy when we had put her on her knees she would scream and cry). Now she was doing it herself and tolerating it. Next appoint August 3rd she was doing more standing and putting pressure on her knees. I kept saying I’ll keep bringing her to the chiropractor because this is the best improvement we’ve ever seen. On August 7, 1999 was Emilys 4th appointment to be adjusted. Later that night Emily (14 months old) got on all fours and started crawling! First 2 moves forward and minutes later 9 and 10 moves forward! How amazing! Definitely now convinced that chiropractic is a wonderful thing! On Monday, August 9th, 1999 Emily is now standing (with the support of someone holding her under her arms). She puts pressure on her feet moving fast stamping her feet as though she was running. By Tuesday, August 10, 1999 Emily was crawling room to room! We can’t wait for another adjustment!

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Pediatrics Case Study – Asthma, Neck Pain, Headaches & Reading Disabilities

In the September 2010  Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, a documented case study showed how chiropractic care helped a 10-year-old boy who was suffering from a variety of health problems including headaches, neck pain, asthma, and reading disabilities.

A 10 year old boy was brought to a chiropractor’s office with a history of headaches and neck pain for 3 years. The history revealed that the boy had been injured 3 years earlier while wrestling, and had neck problems for 3 weeks after that initial injury, also the headaches also began at that time. Unfortunately, the young boy was also suffering from a multiple other chronic health problems, the neck pain and headaches were viewed as part of an overall poor health.

Some of the other health issues the boy was experiencing included asthma, associated with nasal allergies and sinusitis. As a result the boy was taking a variety of drugs for his health problems, and had been through a battery of medical testing.

A chiropractic examination of this boy was conducted, positive findings were noted and care was initiated. After only three weeks of care the study documents that the boy’s symptoms were gone. This included his headaches and neck pain. Additionally, The boy was able to discontinue his asthma medications with no return of respiratory symptoms. The doctors also documented how this young boy’s schoolwork also greatly improved. The doctors wrote, “His performance in school was dramatically improved; and his mother, teachers, school nurse, and pediatrician reported how his scholastic performance, comprehension in reading, and physical endurance had gone from low average to above average.”

Neurologically, this little boy had a compromised nervous system that was affecting his overall health. “After 3 years of neck pain and headaches and 4 years of asthma, reading difficulty, and learning disability, this patient’s symptoms resolved. The patient has remained free of symptoms in these areas of difficulty for 2 years since his initial treatments.” This was not a miracle but a chiropractor adjusting a misplaced vertebra that was affecting the child’s ability to live up to his maximum human potential.

Note from Dr. Trace: “Caring for children is the greatest reward for a chiropractor, because  helping a child with asthma, crawling, reflux, bed wetting, etc., helps the child reach their maximum human potential. Maximum human potential should be the goal of every healthcare provider for their patients.”

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Infant Re-flux and Chiropractic Pediatrics

Recently our office had a little girl (Ramsey), 8 weeks old, in because she had  reflux (in mom’s words “projectile vomiting”) after every feeding.Acid Reflux  & Chiropractic Care

The Ramsey’s pediatrician had prescribed anti-reflux medication (Zantac) which seemed to have no effect. So “Mom” decided to try chiropractic care for Ramsey.

Upon going through the infant history on birth process, medications, and 8 weeks of history. We preformed an exam on her spinal function and motion. Little Ramsey handled the exam well. With mom’s permission, Dr. Trace adjusted 2 vertebra using an infant ICPA techniques, taught to him by Dr. Larry Webster. After adjusting her, we scheduled a return visit in 4 days.

Upon returning to the office, Mom reported that Ramsey had “No reflux” the next day and only 1 episode each of the following 2 days. Mom also commented this was the best weekend Ramsey had since she came home. Dr. Trace checked her again and adjusted once more. Ramsey was then scheduled in 3 days later.

On the third visit, Mom reported that Ramsey had not re-fluxed or vomited at all and she was doing great.

Chiropractic care is the focus on the relationships between the body’s spine, nervous system, interference of the nervous system – and the patient’s health. Chiropractors believe that health can be improved and preserved by making adjustments to the spine to relieve nervous system interference. They do not prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures.

Health is a function of the body when the body is clear of the three stresses: chemical, emotional, & mechanical.

Note from Dr. Trace: “Caring for children is the greatest reward for a chiropractor, because  helping a child with asthma, crawling, reflux, bed wetting, etc., helps the child reach their maximum human potential. Maximum human potential should be the goal of every healthcare provider for their patients.”

Yours in Health,

Dr. Trace Palmer

Palmer Chiropractic

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