Billy, my chiropractic office assistant
came to me the other day a little disconcerted. She related to
me how she had booked an appointment with a new mother for her infant
daughter. The mom had just called to cancel the appointment, for
the second time.
Apparently the mother has scoliosis
and Herrington rods surgically implanted into her back to reduce the
distortions. Further the infant daughter had been diagnosed with
scoliosis too and the mother wanted the child to have a chiropractic
spinal examination and second opinion. Then possibly have manipulation
of the child’s pelvis and spine if necessary in an attempt to do all
she could to help reduce the future incapacitating ramifications that
scoliosis may place upon her baby’s skeleton and its function.
So I inquired as to what the reason for the
cancellation was, for this young mother was firm in her reservations
to go ahead and look at alternative care for her daughter. Billy put
her head down in a non-confront attitude and then said “the mother
couldn’t come for her daughter to be examined because her medical
doctor didn’t feel comfortable with a chiropractor intervening on
the child’s behalf.” Apparently the MD wouldn’t release the child’s
x-rays to me, nor would he recommend any referral to a chiropractor.
Apparently he would not treat the child again if she was brought to
me. Then he told this new mother that he was worried about the infant
having a stroke should she have any spinal manipulations especially
of the neck.
Oh how many times have I heard that
tired old line from those that have never been taught about chiropractic.
And moreover they then using this same ignorance downgrade the chiropractor
and his training, ridicule the rigorous examinations and ongoing post
graduate education as well as his practical skills. In my forty years
of licensed practice as a chiropractor thousands of times patients have
been wrongfully steered away from good safe chiropractic care by some
ignorant physician or friend or family member. Yet the statistics over
the past one hundred plus years show safety when spines are adjusted
by a trained board certified chiropractor.
Come on guys think about it, if chiropractic
hasn’t “gone away” with over one hundred years of vicious
slander and ignorant ranting and raving about it from apparent educated-in-the-field-of-
practitioners, what is going on here? Why haven’t the chiropractors
turned tail and run away? Why haven’t the chiropractors stopped
the charades and left town tarred and feathered? Why hasn’t the “witch
hunt” satisfied the mob by stopping the chiropractors?
Instead of folding up as a health profession
chiropractic is flourishing. It is growing in wild proportions
and thriving even under the intense scrutiny the internet has given
it exposure to. Go to the internet right now and Google “stroke
and chiropractic” and you will see there aren’t any strokes happening.
Or if you will believe what you read then perhaps one in several million
will experience a mishap. It is evident though that medical care
for the neck causes more strokes per 100,000 than even the most vigorous
In every arena the truth will always
prevail. For health as well as most other things there is always another
way usually better and easier. Educated individuals are finding that
way to better, easier cost effective health through chiropractic. Chiropractic
care enhances heath potentials and it works extremely well. Now back
to our mom and her infant.
I thought about the implications that
the retarded onset of proper spinal care of this infant would bring
about years down the road and my passion for what is fair and right
flared when I thought of our mom. I thought of her frustration
and her desire to help her young baby do better with her spinal health
than she herself did. Hurrah for the mom and hiss-boo for the
ignorance of the Dr. He not only intervened upon the great idea
that the young mom had by going out of his way to steer her from getting
proven safe help through chiropractic, but he also undermined the fairness
and right to best care that he swore an oath to and every patient is
It has long been my mantra that to
hit a home run in healthcare you must touch all of the bases.
It is a shame that this infant's Doctor is not a home run hitter.
Generations old thinking in the profession
of health care to-day isn’t acceptable. How many others are
being denied their right to have the best care? How many lower
back, neck and arm pain patients suffer for years and years before,
if they are lucky, they get to a chiropractor and get healed? Needless
suffering is everywhere about us yet FEAR through ignorance along with
professional prejudice often costs those suffering their health and
costs us all our countries precious financial resources too.
This mother and child are entitled
to have best care from us as physicians. Why must we wait for
the elderly advisers in our professions to die off to get new and refreshingly
safe starts on better health for all? This doctor didn’t pick
on chiropractic with his threat of care denial; he didn’t pick on
the mother either. This so called “Dr.” picked on the infant!
He picked on and denied her the spinal examination and the proven chiropractic
care she could and should have had a fair chance at getting.
Here is a common occurring scenario.
What if a small spinal vertebral adjustment or more likely a small pelvic
correction through chiropractic manipulation were to balance out the
weight bearing forces the first few steps of this infant will soon experience?
What if the imbalance and the weakness of one side of the body causing
the scoliosis were to greatly diminish with chiropractic spinal adjustments?
Infant bodies are more than seventy percent water. The vertebrae upon
their discs as well as all of the joints with their capsules and bursa
throughout the body are “pumps.” They cease to pump when they cease
to move; what if manipulation of the subluxated or stuck ones got them
pumping again and then the nerves decompressed? When that happens and
they begin allowing nerve function to and from the brain and muscles
health ensues. Health, “everything works, all of the time.”
Doctors if you are not testing you are guessing.
Only the chiropractor is trained to
test the function of the body while it is under a load. Only the
chiropractor is trained in infant spinal manipulative care as well as
that of children and adults. The head, heart and hands of the
chiropractor are ready, willing and very able to lend help to encourage
a return to health, and all of us are with that need.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed
chiropractor for over 35 years
practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on
Grand Bahama Island for the past
10 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was
educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He is a founding
member of the Bahamas Association of Chiropractic. He has treated
many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine. He can be
reached at 242-374-5424. You
can also find Dr. Blower on Facebook HERE
Feel free to contact Dr. Blower with any of your questions or comments at BodyByBlower@yahoo.com