One of the great joys of my day is working with children. Children are so responsive to the subtle and powerful work that we do at Lydian Chiropractic and the Lydian Center. One such child is Anna (not her real name), a 6 year-old neighbor of mine. Theresa, the mom, reported that her daughter Anna had been like a slow moving “Buddha” ever since she was a baby. But emotionally Anna was not a peaceful, happy “Buddha”. She was difficult to soothe, had wild mood swings, and frequent meltdowns. Developmentally she was fine, but in addition to being unhappy, she didn’t seem to really want to move. When she was a toddler her mom never worried about her climbing up and falling off of furniture--she was quite content to sit! Walking anywhere was a huge chore, with frequent falls. Theresa knew Anna needed to move more, and even tried some chiropractic care, but the treatments she was getting didn’t seem to help much. They started Axial Stability Method chiropractic treatments at the Lydian Center last year, and the change they saw in Anna after just 8-10 treatments was nothing short of amazing. Anna began to want to move. Now she loves to move! She loves to run, do gymnastics, monkey bars, play soccer, ride her bike, swim… and she is much more coordinated than ever before.
The remarkable “side effect” of her increased physical stabilization seemed to be a stabilization of her emotional system as well. Her frequent meltdowns and mood swings became a thing of the past. She became more even-keeled, easygoing and happy, with better sensory integration and a stronger immune system. In addition to the chiropractic, Anna had the great fortune to work with the homeopaths, Cindy Lategan and Begabati Lennihan, as well as Joy DelGiudice and Eve Kodiak here at the Lydian Center. Everything together made big shifts for her.
And then recently, while they were enjoying a pleasant Sunday morning, out of the blue Anna became completely undone. First, she said she wanted to go play outside. Her mom said okay and that she would join her in a couple of minutes. Then Anna changed her mind. That was okay, but then she collapsed on the floor in tears. Then she recovered after a hug and said she was going outside. She came back a few minutes later and said that she got halfway down the steps, sat down and cried. She said she didn’t have the courage to go outside by herself. She loves to play outside in her backyard, so this was a sign that something was wrong. Outbursts, tantrums, mega-pouting and crying episodes used to be a daily occurrence. But since her transformation into a pleasant, more easy-going child, emotional dysregulation has become a red flag for her mom that something is going on. Her mom asked if I could pop over and have a look at her. I found that Anna’s immune system was in high gear fighting off a cold though she as yet had no symptoms. A quick Axial Stability Method immune boost helped calm her down and feel better. The next day she did have some mild cold symptoms, but she did not get overtly sick, and she was back to her old cheerful self.
On a different occasion Anna had another strange meltdown. Everything seemed fine, and then she just started crying and could not leave her mom’s side. They have a tight bond, and they love to be near each other, but this time Anna said she could not leave her mom’s side. She said, “Every time I try to go away from you I start to cry; I don’t know why.” Luckily she is a very articulate child! So then her mom thought, ‘Okay, what is going on here?’ She asked Anna if she fell at gymnastics or bonked her head. And sure enough, she had fallen and hit her head when trying a new move at gymnastics camp. So in this case it was her structural system that needed a tune-up. After treatment she was completely fine! Theresa said it was like magic.
What I really witness in Anna, as well as my other patients, is that often when a child’s (or sometimes an adult’s) nervous system is ‘fragmented’--so are they! Underlying incoherence in the nervous system (usually from biomechanical injury) can be like static in a radio. On a radio station that’s not tuned in all the way, you might be able to hear the music, but it’s much harder and not as enjoyable with all the interference. That’s something like what Anna was feeling. She did not know what was wrong, but her nervous system let her and her mom know that things had just gotten too hard. They are both glad that it was an easy fix!
Kelliana Maya, DC