Dallas Chiropractic Neurologist Comments:
Have you ever watched the TV show "The Amazing Race"? In Season 13 Episode 9 which just aired last week, in one of the challenges, the two team members had to march like Russian soldiers. But one of them has a REAL problem with it.
Here's how CBS described it in a promo...
"When one team spends too much money, an unpaid taxi driver literally stands in their way of making it to the Pitstop, while another Racer's awkward attempt to fall in line leaves the Russian military laughing."
Watch the video here. Fast Forward to the 23:00 mark and start watching.
Andrew couldn't do it. Just look at him. He can't do a simple cross crawl pattern-I'm not making fun of him; this is important. This is just an exaggerated normal walking pattern. In fact, Andrew is doing a homolateral pattern (same side arm and leg).
My wife pointed out "He can't keep his mouth closed." Andrew is recruiting other muscles to try to rev up his cerebellum so that's why you see him moving his tongue and mouth. I see this A LOT in people with cerebellum problems.
This all adds up to the fact that Andrew has a cerebellum problem.
The cerebellum coordinates everything you do: physical movement, thought processes--even hormone responses. A healthy cerebellum makes movements and thoughts accurate, smooth and coordinated (definitely NOT Andrew). When the cerebellum is weak one of the signs is movement that looks like Andrew's.
I treat children who have developmental delays such as Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Dyslexia ---and many of them look just like Andrew when they try to do something coordinated. A weak cerebellum can cause SERIOUS behavioral and cognitive problems. (email me if you want more info).
The good thing is the cerebellum can be rehabilitated and strengthened with Brain-Based Rehabilitation. (I created a whole system of this kind of stuff called Clark Brain-Based Rehabilitation.)
If one of you happens to know Andrew, please have him call me. I can't wait to see what I diagnosis on the next episode.
Alternatively, if you know the parents of a child struggling with ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism or some other problem--have them call us and get more information on their options.