I worked for four and a half years at Casa Angelica, a
home for profoundly handicapped children in Albuquerque,
New Mexico, run by an Order of the Canossian Sisters.
My patients were the most severely handicapped and
brain-damaged. I found them to be most responsive
to the minimum of input. After a time, the positive
changes noticed in the children by the staff were quite profound.
>How did you come to offer your services at Casa
>Angelica and why did you volunteer to work with
>special children there?
I have a friend who is a pediatric surgeon. He had a herniated
cervical disc in his neck and lost sensitivity in his
right hand. His colleagues urged him to have
surgery, but he was understandably hesitant, since it
was not guaranteed that he would regain his dexterity,
and so his livelihood was at stake.
He instead consulted me, and within two weeks
of adjustments, the disc healed and the feeling returned
to his hand.
He was quite excited about this, especially since I only use a
very light touch to correct the "short circuit" in the nervous system,
allowing healing to take place. This M.D. thought perhaps
my work would be beneficial to severely handicapped
kids because of his own experience, that it is gentle,
non-invasive and effective. He was associated with the
institution, Casa Angelica, so he introduced me to the staff there
and I agreed to give it a try.
And so, it was an experiment that became a regular practice
because the results were so apparent, the children were
responsive and the staff was appreciative.
>In your opinion, how is chiropractic different from
>the medical model of care/treatment of various
>physical and/or mental disabilities?
Chiropractic is a philosophy and art of healing which is
non-therapeutic. The intent of the chiropractic "adjustment"
is to release the nervous system from past traumatic
imprints and allow the being to express life force
fully, to be flexible and adaptable in response to
physical, mental and emotional demands in present
time...to "adjust." It is not a curative approach, to "fix"
Dis-ease or disabilities which inhibit a person
physically, mentally or emotionally can be
addressed as symptoms which need to be "fixed"--as in
the medical model--alternatively, if we approach the person from
a non-pathological standpoint, the symptomatology is
expressive of the individual's experience of limitation
and damage, and so we aim to release that stuck pattern,
allowing adaptation and healing to take place in its own way:
to break free from the rigidity and degenerative effects of a
pathological dominant pattern.
By non-therapeutic I mean that there is
essentially no "diagnosis" which would place a name or
syndrome on a person, and there is no "treatment" --
the only purpose is to remove obstacles to healing.
This effect can take place at any distance from the field,
ie., off the grid
Research has recently shown that a
biological organism responds more fully to light, evocative stimuli
than it will to an overwhelming use of force, which tends
to shut down the nervous system and "crash the program".
The chiropractic adjustment, whether it is performed
on the body or off the body, high or low velocity,
is the introduction of a specific force which the body can
utilize to clear the pathways for adaptation and renewal.
It is a catalytic impulse, which frees energy for healing.
This mechanism has its own hierarchy, its own rhythm,
not necessarily for pain relief or cosmetic purposes
>How can chiropractic complement medical treatments and
Since this work is non-therapeutic --not a therapy or treatment--
it is not in competition with medical treatments aimed at
the alleviation of symptoms. In my approach, I do an analysis
of the energetics of the being, and the light touch is intended to
correct short circuits in the multi-dimensional grid network.
This is a step into the frontier, not separate from the spine and
nervous system, yet not attached to the physical level entirely.
The effects of this energy work filter downward and inward, outward
and upward. It is profoundly moving. It can only enhance the
work of other caregivers, provided that they are not performing
damaging. invasive life-force-diminishing treatments. One expression
we use to explain this mechanism is that it isn't all about feeling better--
it's about better feeling.
>What are some of the benefits you have observed among
>the special children you have worked with which have
>come as a result of their chiropractic adjustments?
I can only tell you what the staff observed at Casa Angelica:
A little girl who did not talk became alert and communicative.
The muscle spasms which resulted in scissoring of limbs and
curvatures in the wrists relaxed, and their hands came out
of the tight fists and spastic positions they had been before.
A child who could not walk began walking. A deaf girl could now
hear--this is verified by the staff. One little boy became so active
that he started riding a tricycle around the place and they found
him an adoptive home--the first time ever that a child at the Casa
Angelica was adopted by an outside family. Even the facial expressions
changed, said a nurse-"They seem happier".
>Are you familiar with "Yoga for the Special ChildTM"?
>Do you have any experience with yoga?
No, I am not familiar with this --however, I do
have some personal experience with yoga
and many patients who practice yoga for self-care.
From your perspective, how do you think a yoga
practice might help children with special needs?
These children are responsive to loving touch,
and they appreciate personal attention. The gentle
postures of yoga would be helpful to stretch and
release muscles, and it would seem to be an activity
that handicapped kids would enjoy, be successful at
doing, and therefore all the benefits that the able-bodied
would realize with regular practice would be true for them
as well--such as relaxation, circulation/eliminative improvement,
flexibility and emotional well-being.
>Lastly, how can we as caregivers help to facilitate
>the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual
>development of the children?
Don't judge the healing. Let it happen, without the preconceptions
we have been imbued with from other models of treatment. Allow
expression to take place. Possess a knowingness of confidence
in the Universal order.
Remember, our ideas of what these kids "should" look like, act like,
respond or move like, are limiting.
They may not be as "advanced" as we are functionally, mentally,
socially or in other ways, but it is quite possible or even likely
that they are more advanced than we are spiritually. Certainly
it is clear that they express a wavelength of Universal Love
which we "normals" cannot come close to realizing, since we
are inevitably caught up in our judgments and notions of what
reality is supposed to be. Suffering arises from our emotional
attachment to the body and is inevitable in the healing journey.
This was the deepest lesson, the greatest gift that I received from
my experience working with special needs children--that their
growth, appreciation and receptivity went way beyond my expectations.
(If you are interested in learning more about this work,
you can visit Off-the-Grid at http://www.off-the-grid.net/healing
Click on Published Articles to read an article about Dr. Lupowitz's
work at Casa Angelica, which was printed in The New Mexican,
(Santa Fe) newspaper in 1991. Dr. Lupowitz has continued to
meet the challenges of profoundly handicapped and chronic
neurological cases, now over twenty years in his chiropractic
practice in New Mexico. He can be reached by telephone at
(505) 897-2273, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
>Any additional comments or insights are most welcome.
>Again, I appreciate your time and input and hope that
>the article will also help to promote your work in New
>Mexico. Would you like me to submit contact
>information for your practice? It will be appropriate
>as long as you are open to requests for the care of
>children with special needs. This is up to you, of
>I wish you continued success and an early Spring down
>there in my favorite state.
>Erin Berkey, East Lansing, MI