|Chiropractic Changes Life of
In a May 26, 2005 feature article from the "Health.telegraph"
news service in Great Britain, comes a feel-good story
of Max Willson, a young boy who had been labeled
autistic. The story of Max's problems started at birth.
Max was born in April, 1998 after a very difficult
labor. The umbilical cord was wrapped twice around his
neck. As he grew, Max's mother, Michaela soon noticed
that Max was not developing in the same way that his
elder sister had. His parents noticed that Max's eyes
didn't focus, and his hand movements were more
uncoordinated than those of other children his age.
Quentin, Max's father commented, "You never want to
admit to yourself that you've got a backward child," he
says, "but it was clear that he was very, very behind.
He couldn't concentrate, was hyperactive and demanding."
The Wilson's took their son to numerous doctors and
received a variety of opinions including the diagnosis
of dyspraxia and dyslexia.
Having tried all else the Willsons were close to placing
Max on Ritalin when something happened. One day Quentin,
Max's father, went to pick Max up from a birthday party
he had been attending. Quentin noted that Max was acting
up as usual, "he'd done his usual trick of sitting
underneath the table for two hours". At that party, he
met the mother of one of the other children who had been
observing Max for the previous hour. She told Quentin
that she thought Max's skeleton was out of alignment and
suggested that he should see the chiropractor she had
Following that advice the Willsons took Max to see a
chiropractor. Quentin recalls the first vist and day by
saying, "It was just flicking the bones around his neck
and shoulders, but that night, Max slept continuously
until morning for the first time since his birth, nearly
five years before."
Needless to say the Willsons were extremely delighted at
their son's progress. Max's dad Quentin summed up their
feelings by saying' "He sleeps like a log and has lost
all that weirdness. He no longer has a classroom
assistant and we've taken him out of his second genteel
preparatory school with five children in the class and
put him into a little village state school where he's
flourishing. He's still a bit behind because he
effectively missed out on a couple of years of
education, but you can reason with him and he's reading
and writing and it's amazing. I can only put this down
to the chiropractic."