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Autis­tic Boy’s Obser­va­tions on his Chi­ro­prac­tor

Autistic boy chiropracticInnate Expres­sions, Sen­sory Sen­si­tiv­i­ties. By John D’Ambrosio, D.C., Blog Pub­lished in Path­ways to Fam­ily Wellness

A young man who is a patient of mine hap­pens to have autism. He is non­ver­bal and his par­ents drive him to see me so he can get checked and adjusted. Tim has many of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of any­one with autism, so from the out­side most peo­ple would miss the incred­i­bly intel­ligent and warm per­son that he is.

His mom, who is a den­tist, uses RPM — Rapid Prompt Method — to talk with him. After being taught this tech­nique, she was finally able to com­mu­ni­cate with him and learn how he feels, and how smart he truly is.

At the time, his school was teach­ing him shapes and kindergarten-​level work, but he has a great knowl­edge of all sub­jects on the high school and even col­lege level. He can mul­ti­ply num­bers (three places each — 345 x 763) in his head and instantly come up with an answer, he is an amaz­ing writer, and he takes in every­thing going on around him.

For one of his assign­ments he was asked to write an observa­tional paper using RPM. He chose me as the sub­ject. I was truly touched to not only hear his impres­sions of me, but also how chi­ro­prac­tic affects his life. With Tim’s per­mis­sion, I’m repro­duc­ing it here for all of you to enjoy.

By Tim­o­thy Ryan

Dr. John is mus­cu­lar like a bull. When he adjusts I feel his arms with bulk tens­ing mus­cle fibers that strain to right all that is wrong. He tries to feel the mus­cle for spasm and inter­fer­ence so that I may func­tion at a higher level. He softly speaks, “Are you ready? Can I check your neck? Do you want to stretch the neck?” He feels your spine with pre­ci­sion like a mas­ter builder cre­at­ing a cathedral.

He is respect­ful of your per­sonal cir­cum­stances as well as your phys­i­cal pain. He turns off music when I have sound sen­si­tiv­ity and gives me a choice as to what treat­ment I pre­fer. He waits patiently for me to adjust to the sit­u­a­tion at hand and never hurts my feel­ings or body. He is sen­si­tive about my sen­sory issues which plague me daily.

He has an emo­tional con­nec­tion with his spirit and mine. He has a way of see­ing my true tem­pera­ment and nature in con­trast to a rel­a­tive who is self­ish and cruel. One time he got assaulted by me when I was anx­ious and in pain. He just ignored my behav­ior and accepted it as an impulse con­trol knee-​jerk response. I was relieved to find a prac­ti­tioner who under­stood my neurology.

He smells as if he stepped right out of an herb gar­den that God planted in heaven. He is los­ing his hair and chooses to shave his head. His dark eyes are soft and gen­tle as a horse’s after graz­ing in a lush field of alfalfa.

His office is located in his home where we commiser­ate on the lack of edu­ca­tion of the pro­fes­sion­als in spe­cial edu­ca­tion and med­i­cine about those on the spec­trum. He is con­cerned with many peo­ple and strives to bring them to opti­mum health. He has a sign up that states some healthy advice. He has chi­ro­prac­tic charts and a spinal col­umn in the room for expla­na­tion of your spe­cific ail­ment. There are two treat­ment tables that pro­vide exquis­ite relief from anx­i­ety and the tor­ment I feel to self-​injure. The office exudes seren­ity by its sim­plic­ity. There are no dis­trac­tions like chil­dren scream­ing, exces­sive noise, neg­a­tive vibes or drama. One time Dr. John told me I was the best patient because I lis­tened to his direc­tions. No one has ever said I am good at any­thing other than my par­ents and the RPM teachers.

I am in awe of the power of chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ment. It is the one treat­ment where I feel won­der­ful and accepted. It is an excep­tional heal­ing art that is not inva­sive yet has pow­er­ful effects. Dr. John has a blue aura which places him in the cat­e­gory of angelic mar­tyr. I desire to aspire to be a per­son sim­i­lar to him, one that helps oth­ers instead of destroy­ing lives.

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