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The Story of Owen Spychalski

How chiropractic led to dramatic improvments in hyperactivity, social development issues, lack of coordination, ear infections and motion sickness… To release the incredible potential of a child with aspergers.

Our son was born through a long and stressful birth process. His first four months of life were spent screaming, and crying, easily over stimulated by sight, sound and movement. During this time, he only slept in my arms in an upright position, seeming to be in pain otherwise. He was so easily upset by lights and visual patterns, we eliminated any patterns or bright colors from his little world. He grew out of colic, thankfully and became a happier little fellow. He was subject to over stimulation, no television for three years, it sent him into hyper orbit. He always had a very firm routine, any changes in his schedule were met with great in his disposition: anger, meltdowns, emotional outbursts, screaming and crying. Seemingly unable to control his emotions, we controlled what we could, mandatory 12 hours of sleep at night, routine, routine, routine seemed to keep him less volatile. Yet still subject to extreme emotional swings.
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He was always a very active boy, physical at all times, very easily distracted, yet sometimes so focused he seemed in a trance. And very accident prone, we quickly became ER regulars due to falls, head injuries, and a myriad of other things associated with having balance issues, ear infections, and croup. Coupled with all this our little buddy was so prone to motion sickness, a ride in the car to the grocer would lead to vomiting, and swinging at the park made for lots of nausea and vomiting too. Then preschool began, me being a stay at home mom, he had never been in a large setting of children with loud sounds, movements from all sides, and the general chaos of a preschool setting. His reaction was extreme over stimulation. Upon picking him up after two hours in his preschool setting, he was another child, greatly increased hyper behavior, melting down, as if someone put his little body on overdrive and he had no control. This preschool situation ended after a few months, the wonderful teachers he had just couldn’t provide him with the attention to keep him safe and take care of the other children. Greatly concerned for my sons future, we spoke with specialists and his pediatrician – seeking direction and answers to make his world a safe and productive one. He went through academic, social, and emotional testing with professional therapists, the prognosis was social development delay, very high intelligence, but an inability to function in a social setting with peers. He entered a new program and for a year met four times a week with therapists to work on these problem areas, in tandem attending a preschool program. In the meantime he had constant ear infections and croup. His pediatrician wanted to wait to on tubes in his ears to be sure he didn’t out grow these issues on his own. The routine began, catch a cold, get croup, and double ear infections – a week or two on antibiotics, healthy for a few weeks, and it all started again. His social skills were slowly improving, under the care of a great program, but the hyper behavior, easily over stimulated, and ear infections persisted. Routine and structure were still mandatory, becoming less easy as the ear infections were happening every month or so, accompanied by croup, and many nights of missed sleep for him. Our pediatrician kept reassuring us we were doing all the right things, having him on a strict routine, strict dietary intake, and he was just sensitive to motion, croup, balance problems, and ear infections. My husband and I were very concerned that our son also had Aspergers Syndrome, our pediatrician agreed he had a high probability to test positive and to keep up with the therapy and hope for the best. He was academically tested again by the same group of great therapists, and he was diagnosed with Aspergers, something my husband and I predicted. It was recommended to continue with the therapy, and hope for the best.

Hoping for the best was not working to ‘fix’ the war he seemly fought within himself on a regular basis, what could we do to ease his inability to ‘be himself’… It was recommended that we see Dr. Tony Ebel, a chiropractor specializing in pediatric issues. I was very skeptical, always being a believer in Western medicine, and not having faith that a chiropractor would have any impact. I thought, for a year he was given great care from a very capable team of specialists, and therapists – what possibly could a chiropractor do for my son? At this point, I was so worried for my sons development, would he ever be healthy? Would he ever learn to function in a social setting? Academically he was advanced, socially he was not ready for day to day peer interaction… Kindergarten was less than a year away, but, he was so far from prepared to deal with social settings, not be overwhelmed with outside distractions.

At our wits end, we made an appointment with Dr. Tony – our lives were about to take a dramatic change all for the better. Out son underwent scans and x-rays to analyze his spinal positioning, all of this was foreign to me, but why not give this a chance. Upon seeing the results, and the detailed explanation from Dr. Tony – a light went off, our son was going to be okay. I’d never felt so much faith that a solution for him was so accessible. For six weeks we went through five adjustments a week, then rescanned him for results… It was nothing short of a miracle, and made more sense than anything ever had for our son. He was slowly becoming less agitated, less clumsy, able to function in a social setting without entering his overdrive mode, less hyperactivity, no more ear infections, no more motion sickness. Best of all, he seemed happy with himself. Instead of fighting against himself, always at war with is little body – he was the little boy we knew was hiding inside of himself. Three months later, our son’s grandparents who very skeptical, and concerned we were doing the wrong thing through seeking alternative medicine for his treatment, are all amazed at the new grandson they have. Friends and family seeing him through the holidays were nothing short of amazed and so thrilled for our family… The difference Premier Wellness treatments have made in our sons’ life cannot be put into words. But the wisdom we have gained, the future our little fellow has ahead of him is thanks to the miracle workings of Dr. Tony Ebel and Dr. Derek Kasten. My gratitude and faith go beyond anything I can express. As a mother, if you do anything other than love your children, provide them with proper chiropractic care. It truly changed our lives, and I will never again look at my sons future with worry and fear, I am optimistic and a full believer that this is all due to his body finally being able to function as it is intended to – thanks to Dr. Tony and Dr. Derek – our sons’ future is limitless. With gratitude for the light you brought into our sons life, and with tears of joy – thank you again, -Amy


Evan’s Story

Evan Witte

How chiropractic helped our Autistic son radically!

Our 3 year old son was diagnosed with Autism. We tried Early intervention Speech, OT and Developmental Therapy. With chiropractic and Dr. Tony we have seen radical improvements over the past 9 months.

Evan had very few words and developmental delays of approx 18 months. After the first visit we saw changes. In the first 2 weeks he was imitating and playing with his brother and sister. It was like he had emerged from his own little world. We are still seeing healing and leaps and bounds of improvement after 9 months. I have watched my child blossom and explode in a way that the “specialists” who diagnosed him told me would never happen. His development is a process I am engaged in daily from adjustments, sleep, play and diet. It all plays a part in my son’s puzzle and the Doctors at PWC Chiropractic have given me the information and power to make the changes that Evan needed.
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I trust Dr. Tony and chiropractic without a doubt! My entire family is under his chiropractic care. It is safe and vital! If you have a child with Autism, don’t wait, educate yourself about the reason your child’s development stopped!

Please read something that Jeff as written up in response to friends that have about our son Evan’s experience.

We were super lucky to be at the right place with the right people around us when we did to discover the chiropractor. It is his belief (and ours) that during the pregnancy and at birth (c-section- had to pull him out by his head), Evan’s spinal cord got jammed up and subluxated. And after birth, we never got him fixed because he looked good…happy/healthy, and, we had no idea that it could happen. So he grew physically, but not mentally. We chalked it up at first to slow development, like our first son, and started OT, PT, ST and any other therapy we could find – but none of it seemed to make a ton of difference. All of the state programs stop at 3 years, but there is an eval that can be done before he hits 3 to give the parents some guidelines on what to do next….so we did that, and that’s when they told us he was autistic.

We went to the chiropractor the same day. He explained his theory, and actually told us that we would “beat” it. Crazy! So, the first couple weeks, he was a prophet…he would say “after this adjustment, he is going to be wiped out, don’t wake him up if he falls asleep in the car- it was 3pm – sure enough he fell asleep in the car and slept until 7:30 the next morning. He would say – after this one, watch his diaper – 3 hours later – explosion! It was nuts! He went from NEVER saying mommy or daddy, and maybe having 5 words that only we could understand to having 20 the first week and 100 by the first few months. After the third month he could repeat clearly anything you said. Those first 3 months he was there about 3x per week, then 2x per week for a month, now we are at about 1x per week. The thing that seems to be different about this chiropractor is how he is adjusting. He only does one area at a time, and keeps to that area until it is fixed. He also does a very cool temperature scan down the spine to figure out where you are out of alignment and to what degree so he can figure out how best to treat. Our chiropractor is a specialist in kids with a focus on autism, and he says that most will get a huge bump from chiropractor, especially in the beginning, but Evan is still improving where a lot of kids have plateaued long ago, and he thinks that is because in addition to the chiropractor we have totally cut out all dairy/flour/grains and sugar of his diet. He only eats fruit, meat and veggies. That’s it. After he started to get better, we went to the Dells and decided to give him a “treat” and let him have spaghetti and pizza. In 12 hours he went from happy, talkative, responsive kid to vacant, listless and lethargic kid…in the DELLS?! As soon as that food left his system, I kid you not – he was back to his old (new) improved self.

SO….what to do with this? I will check with my chiropractor on a referral to a like-minded colleague where you are. Since I posted that, he has been supplying me with all sorts of referrals all across the country. I’d be more than happy helping out with anything I can, from diet to support, to whatever. My big suggestion is to document everything so you can look back at progress. I don’t know if it will help, but I think that our bodies have a knack of healing themselves without the crazy medications and pills if we get them in the right place to do it, and I think that the chiropractor is the place to do it. And, by the way, by eating the new way, my wife’s allergies have disappeared, and all of our kids had skin issues that are now gone as well.


The Story of Owen and Tyler Hadzima

Patient Testimonials

How chiropractic is helping with hyperactivity, sleep disorders, chronic digestive issues and nervous system disturbances for premature twin boys.

Since adding chiropractic care from Premier Wellness Chiropractic to the overall “healing” of my severely premature (4 months) twin boys, Tyler is not nearly as hyperactive, he’s sleeping better than ever and a disorder they had called delayed gastric emptying has been resolved! And Owen is now able to have a bowel movement without a laxative he has been on since he was 4 months old. Because they were born before their parasympathetic nervous systems (“rest and digest” actions) could develop, my boys have tons of nervous system disturbances that I was unaware of how to treat. But thanks to Premier Wellness Chiropractic, my boys are on their way to calmer days and better functioning bodies! Dr. Tony and Dr. Derek are fabulous with children and you can tell that they genuinely care about them! When I first met Dr. Tony he told me that kids go towards what makes them feel better, and he was right! By the second adjustment my boys were running into the office and on to the adjusting table–something I had NEVER seen my boys do before in their four years of hundreds of doctor appointments. -Stephanie Hadzima


The Story of Roxanne and her boys, Mikey and Logan

How chiropractic relieved post pregnancy leg numbness and set the stage for a healthy second pregnancy and natural delivery and then helped correct nursing difficulties and fussiness to get a young family on the path to wellness.

TestimonialI first saw Dr. Tony back in December of 2008. Little did I know how much change I would undergo after that first visit. I’ll explain the background of why I chose to come and see him and am glad every day that I came to his office. I gave birth to my beautiful son, Micheal, in June of 2005. The day after he was born, the nurses had asked me to get up and see if I could walk to the bathroom. I got up, stood up and took a step and my legs gave out under me. I had never felt that helpless before in my life. They got me back in bed and told me not to try to get up again without assistance of at least 2 nurses. Upon leaving the hospital, my husband, mom and I stopped for some things before heading home and I was walking into the store and I just fell over. Crumpled to the ground. They assured me the numbness in my legs would subside in the next day or so. It didn’t. So, when I had had enough of feeling this numbness more than 3 years later, yes, 3 years, I called and made an appointment.
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I had other back pain, but nothing was more bothersome to me than this constant numbness in my legs. I couldn’t sit on the floor for more than a few minutes without going numb in my legs. After Dr. Tony showed me the x-ray and where they would inject the epidural needle into my back blindly, there was a small curve in my spine which would explain my numbness. The pain subsided, the numbness gone away…I never imagined that I could be “fixed.” I was sure that the epidural I regret receiving was a permanent reminder of the birth that was not as I had imagined it. I had developed pre-eclampsia, was administered pitocin to “get things moving,” and been given magnesium for my spiked blood pressure. The feeling from that chemical concoction is not something I will ever forget. Micheal was born healthy, thankfully. We had horrible trouble with him wanting to nurse and I gave it up, reluctantly, about 2-3 weeks into it. I swore with my next child, things were going to be different. And they were. Fast forward now to December of 2009, I delivered another beautiful son, Logan. This pregnancy went smoothly, no signs of pre-eclampsia, no problems at all. And I truly believe that because I was able to remain balanced throughout the entire pregnancy by Dr. Tony and Dr. Derek, that the birth was such a positive experience. I was able to deliver Logan naturally, without the aid of any medication at all, and am so proud to be able to say that. I gave birth to him in less than 8 hours, was only in hard labor for about 2 hours and was able to deliver him in less than 10 minutes. I’m still amazed! Logan seemed to be doing well with nursing at first, but things took a turn. He seemed to constantly pull on and off with the latch, would scream in utter pain and we had no idea what could be wrong. I just thought that I was doing something wrong or that he wasn’t getting a good latch. Naturally, I thought it was ME. He cried, I cried, my older son cried. Any visitor seeing us must have thought, wow, these three sure cry a LOT! But I was devoted to nursing, I wouldn’t give it up. I gave up with Mikey, but not this time. After having lunch with my mom on her birthday, I decided that since I was in Crystal Lake that I would give Dr. Tony and everyone at PWC a visit with the new little O’Brien. Logan was just a day over 4 weeks old. Dr. Tony asked me if Logan always sat with his head tilted to one side and I said, well, yes, why? He said to me, let me see him. At that moment, Logan started to fuss in his carseat, as he always did. So, I took him out and and this point, he was screaming like he did at home. Dr. Tony and Dr. Derek looked at each other and wanted to see him right away in the other room. Next to the day he was born, this was the second best day of my life. They adjusted him and within 10 minutes, he nursed just fine and I saw this light in his eyes and the relief on his face. From the strain of a very quick delivery, he was in pain. That was the problem with him not wanting to nurse and for him crying for no reason. Logan came in for the next visit and each visit thereafter, he was more relaxed and calm and happy. The only bit of advice that Dr. Tony told me was to eliminate dairy out of my diet and that would aid in his digestion being better. It did and I must say, as hard as it was to start, I’m glad for both of us that I followed his suggestion. I feel much better because of it, and of course, so does Logan. And today, he’s the super smiley and giggly baby that everyone comments on no matter where we are. As Dr. Tony said, “THIS is the way babies should be.” He is so right! The things I’ve experienced in a relatively short amount of time at Premier Wellness are invaluable to me. I cannot express enough thanks to the entire staff there for the treatment we’ve received. I tell EVERYONE I know about them and encourage those that are skeptical of chiropractic to try it, you won’t regret it. I could really write more and say more great things about my experiences, but in a nutshell, my life and my children’s lives are better because of Dr. Tony and everyone at PWC. -Roxanne


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