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Details  (ID=139)
Date: Monday, 26 December 2005
Name:  Ms Ellie McNiece
Date: 26-dec-2005
Main Condition
Main Condition:  Chronic headaches
My Brief Story
Brief Story:  My daughter, Billie, suffered from chronic head pain since July, 2003 following a playground accident when she sustained a head/neck injury. She was 7.5 years old at the time. She had pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 2.25 years!!!

Since that fateful day at least 6 GP’s, 2 Paediatric Neurologists, 2 Paediatricians, and an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist have seen her. Billie had every test done known to man – all of which were clear. We were told that “she’s making it up”, “she’s attention seeking”, “she’s the product of a single parent household” or “she just doesn’t want to go to school”. All wrong!

Being unable to get any answers, we gave up on mainstream medicine and tried acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and cranio sacral therapy – we tried everything possible – all with little or no difference to her condition. After 12 months Billie was diagnosed with a whiplash injury, which was treated by a physiotherapist for approximately 12 months. Billie’s neck became much stronger than it was – she began to walk faster, run a little, skip a little (still with pain, but manageable).

On top of her 24 hour head pain, Billie suffered from “shooting pains” which lasted anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 hours, Billie wasn’t able to walk up or down stairs for 2 years (without excrutiating pain to her head), she wasn’t able to attend school for more than a couple of hours a day as her headaches wouldn’t allow her to concentrate for long periods. If that wasn’t enough, she also developed many so called “anxiety” symptoms. These included breathlessness, palpitations, sleeplessness and memory lapses (where she wouldn’t know who I was, or where she was, etc) – all terrifying things for an adult to deal with, but for a child … absolutely debilitating. To try to sit through a day at school with all this going on, as well as dealing with the chronic pain, was sheer hell for her.

In July 2005 Billie was diagnosed as being anxious and we were referred to a child psychiatrist by her neurologist. The psychiatrist’s answer to her problems? “Send her to school. I don’t care how hard it is, send her to school and leave her there for as long as possible. If she can’t cope, we’ll give her some drugs. You have to stop looking for a cure!”

This was unacceptable to me. I KNEW we were missing something physical – I’d been begging people to listen to me for 2 ½ years and I wasn’t about to give up now.

Against the psychiatrists advice, I did continue looking.


Our story was told on the local ABC radio station and a listener had contacted us with some advice on atlas subluxations. I'd lost this information, so in an effort to find it again, I went online and searched for injuries similar to Billie’s and stumbled onto this website by Greg and I was able to learn about the Atlas bone – the bone at the very top of the spine that keeps your head on. It turned out that my daughter’s head was "not on straight”, to put it simply. Greg lists 19 symptoms on his website that tell if your head is not on straight – Billie had 12 of these!

There are two specialist upper cervical chiropractors that have a very special adjusting machine (Atlas Orthogonal) in Australia – one in Camden, NSW and the other in Burleigh Heads, Qld. We saw Darren Scheuner in Burleigh Heads 3 months ago (in September 2005) and he took a comprehensive history of Billie’s health. He then took 4 very specific x-rays of Billie’s atlas bone, did some measuring and confirmed that Billie’s head wasn’t where it should be. The weight of her head not being on straight meant that Billie had developed the beginnings of scoliosis, one of her legs was shorter than the other, one of her hips was higher than the other, plus it was causing her to experience the chronic pain and anxiety symptoms. He then adjusted Billie’s atlas bone – a quick, totally painless adjustment – no cracking or popping or any other nasty manipulating.

Darren spent quite some time with us, explaining how, when the head is in the wrong place then, on top of the pain symptoms, the brain stem is compressed – the brain’s messages are not able to be sent to the rest of Billie’s body, hence the “anxiety” symptoms.

I’m not going to pretend to completely understand what Darren does, except to say that it all makes total sense. If your head is not on straight, then you’re going to have all sorts of problems – it’s common sense.

However, the proof is in the pudding, as they say. 48 hours after her first adjustment, ALL of Billie’s “anxiety” symptoms had virtually disappeared! Her shooting pains are now back to being no more than a minute or two long and only occur every now and then, instead of every day. Her daily pain is minimal these days and continues to decrease.

It has often been reported that approximately 10% of the population has chronic pain. What if Darren and his amazing machine can help even some of those people?

I believe that Billie’s story needs to be told. If even ONE other person no longer suffers with the hopelessness of chronic pain because of Darren’s treatment, then Billie’s last two and a half years in hell have not been wasted.
Chiropractor's Details
Name:  Darren Scheuner
Practice:  Atlas Chiropractic
Has own X-Ray equipment.
Street Address:  18A West Street
Suburb/City:  Burleigh Heads
State/Province:  QLD
Postcode/Zip:  4220
Telephone:  (07) 5520 2834
Fax:  (07) 5520 1329
Email:  darren@atlaschiro.com.au
Chiropractic Technique:  Atlas Orthogonality
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