As much as I would get joy out of keeping “the big reveal” for the end of this article in order to strongly encourage you to read through the entire thing, I will take the road less traveled and just tell you now… it’s CHIROPRACTIC CARE!
Some of you might be thinking what I was thinking before I learned more about chiropractic care and started regularly seeing a chiropractor...“I wasn’t in a car accident” or “I don’t want my bones being cracked”. But by the end of this article, my hope is that you will understand how crucial the care is and will be ready to seek out a doctor to service your entire family.
So, if you weren’t in a car accident and it’s not just about cracking bones, why is chiropractic care “the best kept secret”?
That’s a FANTASTIC question! We will start with some basic information about the nervous system and what happens to our bodies when we get adjusted.
The spinal cord is the primary highway of communication for our entire body. Its connection runs from our brain all the way down to the top/middle of our behind. Meaning, vital information like motor movement, visual perception, involuntary muscle movement like breathing and reflexes are all communicated through the spinal cord.
What happens when you sit, stand, or lay down for extended periods of time? Improper posture not only causes our muscles to feel tense and strained, but tiny shifts and subtle dislocation of the bones in our spine make daily life just a little more uncomfortable.
Relax, these incremental changes do not warrant a trip to the emergency room. However, it might call for a regular visit to the chiropractor.
What happens when our muscles feel tense or we feel uncomfortable? We get cranky!!! You might not, but I definitely do.
When you get adjusted, not only are you correcting and relocating the bones in your spine, you are also helping to open up that highway of communication for your nervous system… because it’s all connected.
A chiropractic adjustment is essentially a nervous system reset. By getting your body more aligned and joints moving in the way they are meant to, you are encouraging proper joint movement and muscle relaxation. With this reset, you are also supporting major organ function and boosting your immune system.
How is that possible?!
When we improve spinal alignment, we decrease the stress on our nervous system and increase the speed and effectiveness of our cells to pass information to the rest of the body. Thus, our hormones will be one step closer to homeostasis and our body can focus on other areas, like the immune system, rather than worrying about a misaligned spine.
Great, but how does this relate to my kid with autism and/or ADD/ADHD?
Another awesome question! Think about it. Kids fall, bump into things, sleep in strange positions, and participate in a sleuth of other activities that might compromise the integrity of the spine. This burden might cause them extreme discomfort that they may not be able to effectively communicate to you. What many chiropractors have found is their patients are in a great deal of pain on a daily basis and are unaware that their pain is due to subtle dislocations in their joints. I had no idea this could be the case until it was explained to me by a doctor.
So, if your kid has trouble sleeping, is constantly sick, has trouble digesting or moving bowels, seems anxious or inconsolable, there is a good chance that a simple realignment will make a world of a difference.
This is all fine and dandy, but my kid barely lets me touch them. Now I’m supposed to let a complete stranger bend and pop them?
I totally get it! Being twisted and pulled in different directions is new and scary, I have been there. I actually wasn’t even able to find one that worked for me right away. For the last two years, I have seen a chiropractor once or twice a week. In that time I have changed doctors about four or five times.
Why? As a former gymnast, my body was put through many muscular and skeletal stressors that still affect me today. It has been challenging to find a doctor that is both knowledgeable about bones and the muscles connected to it, but also how the body of an athlete functions and what resetting the nervous system can do to improve one’s overall health.
For starters, there are three major factors to consider when looking for a doctor. They are: how much success have they had with patients in a similar situations, in what areas have those patients improved, and how long have they been practicing as a chiropractor. When I finally found one experienced in working with top-performing athletes, I latched on.
And luckily for you precious readers, in my search for an experienced chiropractor specializing in children with disabilities, I came across Optimized Living Institute (OLI). OLI is located in Keller, Texas and provides chiropractic and wellness care from infants to grandparents. They have helped several families who have children with sleeping, digestive, and hormone issues.
Although Dr. Bekah Bruner and her husband will tell you every patient is different and don’t make any guarantees, I will tell you they are amazing and have been getting phenomenal results with their patients.
The Bruners are not just licensed chiropractors; they provide their patients with so much more. With each patient, they are looking to treat the entire person, not just their spine. Their private practice also offers more than just chiropractic adjustments, as they additionally provide knowledge on best diet practices, supplementation, exercise, and so much more.
It is hard to find a full service chiropractor that is absolutely on fire for the health and well being of their clients.
If Keller is too far, Well Within Rockwall is another great chiropractic clinic that has extensive experience in people with disabilities, autism specifically.
If Optimized Living Institute or Well Within Rockwall are too much out of the way to visit regularly, I recommend you take your child to one of these clinics first. This will expose them to chiropractic care in a warm and welcoming setting and make it easier to determine if this alternative intervention is right for your family (it most likely is). From there, ask for recommendations or search for a chiropractor closer to you so that you can get regular alignments and nerve resets!
Chiropractic care, is it for you or not? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Jasmine Habeeb is a certified special education teacher who graduated from The University of Texas - Austin with a degree in special education. She enjoys sharing her opinions, recommendations, and current events on all things education.