Dr. Bradley Waters has joined the Children’s Cerebral Palsy Movement board of directors, and is passionate about CCPM’s mission to improve the quality of life for children with CP and for their caregivers. As an avid marathon runner, he has been instrumental in the planning of the CP Kids Walk/Run during the OSO Fit Community Health Fair & 5K, and he has helped to sponsor the medals that will be given to the children after the event. His inclusion on the board will be instrumental in educating caregivers through scheduled seminars that will address topics of interest for CP families wishing to optimize their health.
We are thrilled that Dr. Waters is so passionate about giving back to those in need, and is willing to share his expertise towards out noble mission of helping children with CP and their families enjoy a higher quality of life and better futures. He shared his thoughts with us about our mission, his work in helping families, and why he’s helping us craft this incredible event.
As a chiropractor, I am concerned about how the body functions, especially the nervous system. The nervous system is the master control system in the body and is made up of the brain and the nerves. Most nerves start or end up in the brain. The brain coordinates all movement and thoughts. If the brain does not function correctly or the message to and from the brain on the nerves is interfered with, we do not function at our best. As a chiropractor, I help to remove the interference on the nerves, mainly as they enter or exit the spine. It doesn’t matter if you are an Olympic athlete or wheelchair bound. You still need to keep the nervous system going without interference.
I work with increasing the health of people every day. Our health as a country is at the bottom of the industrialized world. One of the many reasons America’s health is so poor is movement, or lack thereof. Most of us just don’t move enough. Adults are sitting in front of computers, the T.V., their phones or driving. Kids are sitting in school, doing homework, watching T.V. and eating. We need to move more! This includes all the kids with CP, a lot of which have limited mobility in some way, and also includes all the care givers. If the care giver gets sick, who is there to take care of everyone? I will focus more on that at a later time.
Over the last few years, the research is showing that the biggest stimulator of the brain is movement of the body. The spine, especially the neck, is responsible for the vast majority of it. The more movement, the more the brain is stimulated. That is why I am so excited about the ¼ & ½ mile Cerebral Palsy Kids Walk/Run! The more we can get these kids moving, the greater the brain stimulation occurs. Who knows how much that can help the body improve!
Dr. Bradley Waters is a board certified chiropractic pediatrician and family chiropractor serving infants through the elderly in South Orange County for over 27 years.