I met a chiropractor at a street fair here in town a while back. I found out that not only was he a chiropractor, but also practiced naturopathy. So I asked him if he had ever worked with kids with autism. He said he had a little bit. I told him about all the biomedical treatments we had tried on Will and he asked if we'd like to come in for a free evaluation. I agreed to it. I didn't think that he would offer a more advanced approach than the other doctors we had consulted with, but I wanted to see what he had to say since I have yet to find anyone in the area that does biomedical work with kids. So we went in for the appointment and it was pretty much like I had expected. He offered us some basic information, but nothing new. Still, it was nice to talk to someone in town who actually believed that the body is affected by what we do or don't put into it. The conversation casually moved into chiropractic talk and I mentioned that I would be interested to see an xray of Will's spine. He said that he could do it as part of the free eval. We got Will to sit still for the xray. It was really cute because we stressed that he had to hold really still so you could see how hard we was trying! Tim, Will, and I went back to the room while the Dr. developed the xray. He came back saying he certainly had some things going on.
The Dr. started off by showing us an xray of a normal healthy spine. In the perfect spine world, the atlas (which is the bone you can barely see because it is pressed up against the skull) is at a 12-15% angle. And the line that starts up at his temple would go all the way down and cut through the front of his neck/spine. It doesn't. His head is way too far forward. He called it 'forward head syndrome' or something. He said he was surprised that he wasn't complaining of headaches and that the position of the atlas was putting pressure on the nervous system. I don't quite understand it, but what I do know is that he visibly has some neck issues. Yikes! I was not expecting that. No idea how it happened, but he did say that c-sections were often more traumatic than natural births because of pulling the baby out by the head. Could be an injury from something else, but we don't know what. After some talking we agreed to try some treatments. We came back the next week and Will started his 'training' as we called it. We had to put it in a way that would mean something to him and give him a reason to do this. He has been very into health and nutrition lately (weird, I know). Talking about how much sugar something has, reading food labels, asking to eat protein for muscle energy and building muscles. So we told him that this DR was going to help him get strong muscles. We've been twice now and I am impressed with how he has let the dr do some mild adjustments. Then he wants him to wear some weights to encourage his muscles to hold his head back. We put him on the treadmill to reinforce the 'training' aspect and to keep his mind off of the head and shoulder weights. He stayed on for the 10 minutes we wanted him to.
Dr said that if this is going to help we should notice a difference in about a month of 3x a week treatments. Luckily it's right in our town and is covered by insurance. I'll keep you updated on how it's going. Here's a little training clip: