A Career Changing Moment

Dr. Zachary’s clinical career was altered permanently in his last semester of chiropractic school when he was assigned a 2 year old patient with chronic and debilitating constipation (it had been multiple months without an unassisted bowel movement). The mother had been to several doctors, tried laxatives and physical interventions to try and attempt to force a bowel movement. There was discuss of surgical modification for the 2 year old.

Dr. Zachary remembers clearly how the child was crying and screaming from the dysfunction in her body and how he provided a gentle and specific adjustment to the first bone of the child’s spine. It was only a few hours later that the toddler had her first unassisted bowel movement in months. Within a few months of chiropractic care all symptomology of constipation was completely reversed.

Did you know that infants and kids can be adjusted?

There have been several major medical studies that show that a majority (between 75-90%) of natural, unassisted births cause some type of cervical (i.e. neck) trauma to the infant. It is highly recommended that infants and children get checked for cervical (i.e. neck) subluxation and dysfunction by a gentle and specific pediatric chiropractor as soon as possible. This can help improve or reverse problems like behavioral problems, colic, separation anxiety and much more.

Chiropractic Care & Pregnancy and Birth

More recently, Dr Zachary worked with two significant cases with great results.

Case One: A mom who was about to start labor had her water break without her labor actually starting. She was referred to Dr Zachary to see if there wasn’t some neurological cause for her labor not starting as designed. Dr Zachary found dysfunction in her neck and low back that was impeding the communication of her brain to her uterus. As she got her neck adjusted first, that restored signal to her lower back. Within 6 hours her labor started and the baby was born healthy without invasive procedures or interventions.

Case Two: Dr Zachary assisted a different mom with chiropractic care from conception to labor and delivery. Her major goal was a safe and healthy birth of her child. Dr Zachary assessed her spine and adjusted the areas of her nervous system that were weak, helping to reduce morning sickness, balance, mood stability and, eventually, to stabilize her low back and pelvis in preparation for labor. Dr Zachary also had the opportunity to be invited to her home birth. This was a benefit to the mother in labor by helping keep her nervous system strong, her blood pressure lower, and reduce the abnormal stress to her lower back and pelvis due to birth. The baby was born healthy at home without any invasive procedures or interventions.


Chiropractic care can be helpful for your child’s development. After development and birth, the physical stress and trauma continue when children grow into toddlers. They are faced with the developmental challenge of crawling and walking. While children are learning to overcome these challenges, there is a significant bout of straining, twisting, and falling. While growth continues and the child starts to be at the age where they play with pets, friends, family, etc. they can again endure more physical stress and trauma. Generally children in the preschool-middle school age play hard and try to play without limits.

As toddlers grow into kids, they often start to develop bad posture, start playing contact sports, wearing heavier backpacks (most likely the wrong way), and deal with the stress of more daily responsibilities. As these kids start to become teenagers and high school graduates, they often become part of the workforce. Usually, they are jobs that require a lot of moving around and physical labor such as servers, factory workers, etc.

At Kotlerman Family Health, we make a point to make sure that all the falls, stress, trauma, and physical demands that your children endure do not stop them from being kids. We love treating children of all ages. As a parent you want to protect your child from pain and sickness as much as you can. We get that! Let us help you! Chiropractic care is all about protecting your body from harm. Our exams are extensive so even if your child is too young to communicate, or too shy, we will make sure we know exactly what is going on before proceeding with treatment. Not only that, but we will also make sure you know what is going on every step of the way.