Cranial Adjusting

Beacom Family Chiropractic is proud to offer cranial adjustments with Dr. Helena Beacom and Dr. Nate Elliott.

Why Adjust the Bones of the Skull?

The first head injury can occur during childbirth. Statistics show that 80% of us born vaginally in a hospital setting have damage to the head and neck from the birth process. Sadly, C-Sections guarantee that damage. Prior to birth, constant pressure of mom's pelvic bones in-utero can already misshapen a baby's head. Fifty percent of children fall from a high place, they hit their head on tables, or fall off furniture and down stairs, causing repeat damage to the cranial bones and the underlying brain tissue. Kids fall over one hundred times a day when learning to walk, further impacting an already damaged area.  As kids get older, the incidences of head injuries from hits from baseball bats, swings, balls, pucks, fists and other sports injuries occur. As we head into adulthood, car accidents and industrial accidents are extremely common. Unfortunately, most of these patients do not receive adequate care for these injuries, and their conditions deteriorate and result in chronic debilitating health problems, starting with damage caused by the birth process.

What Sort of Patients Does Dr. Helena See?

Unfortunately, parents are not given an instruction manual at the birth of their children. At Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Helena was well trained to adjust children and adults. But with all her training, Dr. Helena had to start learning cranial adjusting when she didn't know how to help her son with his cranial misalignments. She learned first hand about tongue ties, neurological tongue ties, and Primitive (developmental) reflexes when her son had issues with breast feeding and started showing developmental delays. His needs pushed her to further her study under Dr. Roger Turner ( and later Kate Wagner, ( to not only help her son, but to help children struggling just like him. She became very passionate about helping moms and children alike. Dr. Helena works with children suffering from birth injuries, failure to thrive, difficulties nursing/latching as well as kids on the Autism spectrum, kids with focusing issues, behavior issues and digestive issues. One of her favorite days in the office is when all of her adjusting rooms are filled with Moms and babies. By decreasing the pressure on the brain and nervous system with Chiropractic adjustments, the body can do amazing things and heal in amazing ways.


Dr. Helena Beacom, DC, CATS Practitioner

Dr. Helena has been on a health journey for nearly two-thirds of her life.  Her most recent adventure is having this journey published in The Happy Brain, WAKE UP book. The book became available Fall 2019 and can be purchased on Amazon. You can purchase a copy at BFC for $15 each. Here is a piece from the book:

"I believe the chemical, emotional and physical stress on our children is having generational effects." Even with natural births, I’m seeing skull bones that aren’t returning to their normal shape, putting so much pressure on different areas of the brain. More and more children have misshaped  skulls that are interfering with the cranial nerves in the brain. This interference is seen in the baby’s inability to latch, nurse successfully, and develop properly; especially through the first years with speech, reading, and writing.  Children are having amazing results with cranial and spinal care. But creating positive change to the body takes time. Health is a life-long journey. It is not a quick fix. Creating and maintaining health begins with both brain and nervous system function, and it has become my lifelong mission for myself, my children and our community."  - Dr. Helena Beacom, DC

Following in her mentor's footsteps, Dr. Helena takes care of people with various health issues that are willing to travel for care.  Cranial adjusting isn't very common around the globe but has amazing results.  People search out Dr. Helena when they haven't received answers elsewhere.  When people come from afar, depending on the amount of time they can spend and their medical issues, Dr. Helena creates a custom, and extremely intensive plan for their healing.  Dr. Helena works closely with those that reach out even prior to their arrival. It is crucial that they are willing to do what it takes to get results and to complete what Dr. Helena lays out for their care.  Healing can be difficult, but with Dr. Helena's expertise and custom care, you will have an experience like no other.  To learn more, please visit "Travel to BFC."

Dr. Nathan Elliott, DC, CATS Practitioner

Dr. Nate was first introduced to cranial work while still a student at Life University and immediately knew in his heart he wanted to incorporate this type of specialty work into his own Chiropractic practice. A North Muskegon native, Dr. Nate also knew that he wanted to begin his Chiropractic profession in his hometown area where he might be able to network with, and learn from, well-established Chiropractic professionals while simultaneously sharing his art with the community that he so loves. While still immersed in his studies at Life U, Dr. Nate researched local Chiropractic offices and found only one that actually offered cranial adjustments; Beacom Family Chiropractic. Something about the BFC website resonated with him and Dr. Nate felt compelled to contact the doctors to learn more about their practice. Dr. Helena invited Dr. Nate to study under her mentor, Dr. Roger Turner, DC, to further his understanding of cranial adjusting. With a hunger to learn more, even in the midst of final exams, Dr. Nate traveled with peers to attend Dr. Turner’s seminar.  Impressed with Dr. Brent and Dr. Helena's willingness to share their knowledge and expertise, Dr. Nate took the opportunity to intern at BFC near the end of his schooling. This allowed him to learn even more about the multitude of dynamics involved in operating a full-fledged Chiropractic practice. He observed and studied under both doctors for several months prior to his graduation, establishing himself as a well-loved member of the team.  Dr. Nate officially joined Beacom Family Chiropractic in August of 2018 as an Associate Doctor. Incorporating cranial adjustments into his practice here at BFC has already shown to be rewarding for our practice members. For being a young doctor, Dr. Nate is a wiz with adjusting extremities and a quick learner of Cranial Adjusting Turner Style. Dr. Nate’s knowledge, compassion, smile and laughter aids in our practice members’ healing here at BFC. He has a genuine love for his art and a passion for helping people reach their wellness goals.  We are truly honored to have him as part of our family. 


What Sort of Patients Does Dr. Nate See?

Dr. Nate works with "kids" of all ages.  Certain symptoms listed in a patient's case history, or certain examination findings with help Dr. Nate determine if cranial work is warranted as a part of a care plan.  Dr. Nate will carefully watch how a patient responds to Chiropractic care, and add cranial work to those that need a little extra care.  Developmental delays, athletic injuries, concussions, remnant issues from brain injuries, for example, have a massive need for cranial work.