Dr. Brady Salcido understands, firsthand, how childhood trauma can effect physical and neurological well-being. “I was born five weeks premature … both forceps and vaccuum extraction were used,” said the Westlake Village-based chiropractor who runs Vitality Family Chiropractic. “I had a very rough start to life and was very sickly as a kid with allergies, asthma, sinus infections and some learning issues.”
As he grew, his health only worsened. “In college, I was miserable,” he said. “I ended up going to see a chiropractor, who took scans of my nervous system. He said I had some serious issues.” Following several treatments, Salcido said it was as if “a haze was lifted.”
The experience inspired him to become a chiropractor himself, specifically focused on helping children. “While I was in [chiropractic] school, I heard of a doctor who was working with kids. I’d never heard of that before,” he said. “I shadowed him and watched him work with kids with ADHD and Autism. The parents kept coming in saying how amazing the results were.”
By focusing on the nervous system, Salcido discovered that–working in conjunction with behavioral and speech therapists–chiropractic treatment opens neurological pathways to help balance the child physiologically. “If there are misalignments within the spine, it effects the way the brain is able to perceive its environment,” he said. “We work hand-in-hand. The therapies re-map and re-wire the nervous system. Our goal is to remove any roadblocks that prevent this from being successful.”
During sessions, Salcido applies gentle adjustments along with using interactive tools to keep the child’s experience positive. He said that many of his patients look forward to returning, which makes the treatment even more beneficial. He sites an example of an Autistic girl who first came to him at the age of six. “At the time, she hadn’t gone to the bathroom for, like, six or seven days. It was an ongoing problem her family was having with her. She also wasn’t very verbal,” he said. “After five or six months of working with me, she exploded with development. The results are so incredible that her school had considered removing her from the special needs program.”
According to Salcido, there isn’t one particular factor that leads to the onset of a neurodevelopment disorder but more of a “perfect storm” of conditions. “Every child is different, and there are so many stressors that our kids are under now,” he said. “There’s really no one true cause.”
Next month, Salcido will present a workshop, The Perfect Storm, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.The program is designed to inform parents about the latest research and treatments for kids suffering from Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and seizures. “My goal is for parents to come away from this with a better understanding of neurodevelopment disorders and to empower them to form their own action plan.”
The Perfect Storm takes place April 5 at Pinot’s Palette, 2879 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village, from 6-8 p.m. To register, click here: perfectstormconejo.eventbrite.com. Be sure to come with your questions and concerns. And if you have any questions or want to learn more about Vitality Family Chiropractic, call 805-379-3653.