It's All In The Head


After 40 years of clinical practice and teaching thousands of chiropractors as well as seeing tens of thousands of pediatric patients, we are excited to announce the release of our first book designed for the general public.

This book was written to empower parents and other health care professionals to see the telltale signs of cranial/facial structural and functional issues that can not only affect children’s health but inhibit the attainment of their true potential.

The future of society’s health rests in the children it produces and giving them the greatest opportunity to reach their full health potential is every parent’s purpose.

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In This Book, You Will Learn ...


• Insights into your child's proper neurological development

• How your child's nervous system works

• Which signs may point to abnormal developmental issues

• What to do and where to go when you have questions or concerns

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It's All In The Head

A book for anyone involved in the care and nurturing of children ... by Drs. Martin Rosen and Nancy Watson.

There is a pressing need to evaluate and identify children at risk for developmental disorders within the first year of life and to initiate appropriate interventions to prevent unwarranted neurological challenges later in their lives.

"Drs Rosen and Watson have illuminated the journey from conception through early childhood development in a comprehensive, yet understandable “conversation” with the reader. This book will not only be invaluable to parents (whether it’s your first or fifth born), giving them knowledge and direction when making health care decision for their child, but to other health care providers that work with infants to bridge the divide and promote collaborative care and to share with the parents of their patients to help them understand how important it is to address cranial distortions and biomechanics dysfunction at an early age to prevent the problems that arise as a result of the infant’s compensations. Thank you, Drs. Rosen and Watson for this work from your heart!"


Dr. Sharon Vallone

“As a parent and chiropractor, I can say this is a must have book for anyone wanting to insure the well-being of their children”


Dr. Courtney Neil CACCP

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As health care practitioners with a combined 80 years of clinical experience we have discovered that there's a missing piece in the standard evaluation protocols when it comes to infants.

There is a confusion between what is common and what is normal.  Common, by no standards is an acceptable norm, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of our children.

As chiropractic pediatric specialists we wrote this book for you the parents and other health care professionals to help guide you in determining what is truly normal and what warning signs you should look for that may be affecting your baby’s current health or their future health potential

Whatever phase of parenting you are in, whatever developmental stage your child is in, this book was conceived to contribute to the health and well-being of your child, your family and your community by allowing your child to reach their full potential, physically, mentally and emotionally.

If you are a concerned parent with a child that you think has challenges, or just a parent who wants the best for your child we hope this book will be a positive addition to your parenting goals.

Testimonials for The Book

“As we develop our ideas of health, one thing stands glaringly clear:  Our long-term health outlook starts at birth and the better we care for ourselves at an early age, the healthier we will be throughout our years.  As we discover true health, we realize that common is not necessarily normal, and normal is not always common.  

Finally, we have a way to distinguish both for infants and children, which is finding cranial distortions and correcting them.  This book and work are so powerful as it allows for the body to heal itself in the most efficient and productive way possible through an optimally functioning nervous system.  This book needs to be in the hands of everyone who has children, cares for children, and works with children.  After all, the children of today will be our leaders tomorrow."


Dr. Ron Oberstein

President, Life Chiropractic College West

"What we think is normal may not be the best for our children.  It’s All In The Head is an insightful exploration to understand why many commonplace phenomena in infants and children may be a window to unlocking their human potential.  This book will empower the reader with perspective and tools to help the future of humanity.  

In my years of professional practice, I have wanted a book that could outline for my patient’s the intimate relationship of the structure of the skull and the body with the function of the brain and nervous system.  This is that book.  Dr’s Rosen and Watson have created a readable, practical guide for both parents and clinicians."


Peter Kevorkian, DC

President of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association


"As a practitioner for over forty years the most common question I am asked is, “What can I read on what it is that you do.” My usual response is, “nothing that I know without getting really technical.” Their response is always one of disappointment...for me too! Therefore, having a book that really explains “things” is a godsend not only for us practitioners, but for the patients, Moms, Dads, and families that walk through our doors! 

The material gives the reader a clear and concise perspective on the relationships that quietly and invisibly exist within the human body. Revealing how we as practitioner’s subtlety influence these relationships functionally and structurally in order to achieve health and balance within the body. Dr. Rosen and Dr. Watson have masterfully created a readable and understandable guide to “what it is that I actually do.”


Dr. Robert LaRusso


"Every parent needs this book - especially new parents seeking optimal brain development for their child! 

Craniopathy taught by Rosen is the keystone of my family wellness practice. We receive daily referrals from pediatricians, pediatric dentists, lactation consultants and other pediatric professionals because this specific chiropractic cranial work is vastly different than anything else they see. 

“It’s All in the Head” outlines the how and why the cranium is the most important piece (and many times the missing link) of your child’s neurological growth and development.  After reading this book, you’ll know exactly what to look for and when in your child to maximizing their brain health potential - for life!"


Dr. Whitley Jagnanan, DC, CST


"As we are caring for our newborn we often forget to observe the magnificent trajectory of brain development that evolves especially during the first few years of life.  The cerebellum itself triples in size in the first year as the infant achieves many milestones including rolling over, sitting up, standing and possibly walking.  We usually don’t nurture this development as it happens organically.  

Most parents don’t realize that when the trajectory of brain development is abnormal, often observed by delayed milestones, that there are ways to often correct the imbalances.  

It’s All In the Head is the first comprehensive book ever written to teach you as parents about neurological growth and development. You will understand what is going on and you will know what to do if you notice an imbalance or delay with your child.  This is so important as the sooner a potential problem is observed and corrected, the sooner the infant/toddler can continue to grow and thrive on a proper neurodevelopmental trajectory.  This book is a must for every parent!"



"It’s All in Your Head” is a book that every parent needs to have in their home. It’s a book that’s been long missing from our collective understanding of just how important the cranium is in a child’s development. It provides clear insight and answers to your questions of why and how cranial distortions affect not only structure but also function."


Dr. Roberta Stack 

"As a new mother in the late 1970’s, I wish this illuminating book had been available, guiding me, reassuring me as well as providing warning signs for my two children’s early development.

As a proud grandparent now with three little ones making their way, my son and daughter-in-law will have what I lacked.  How fortunate for them to have this critical knowledge as their children grow.

This book needs to be in every young parents’ reference library." 


Fran West

“What an amazing blessing it is for parents to have this information at their fingertips!  As a pediatric chiropractor that utilizes specific cranial techniques in practice, I have been witness to miracles. Every parent needs a copy of this book!”


Valerie A Stroupe, DC, CACCP. 


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Drs. Rosen and Watson met in 1978 in Chiropractic school and spent the rest of their lives dedicated to each other, their family and their profession.

Their combined 80 years of personal and clinical and teaching experience, in delivering the chiropractic adjustment is unparalleled in the chiropractic profession.  Their international outreach through teaching, writing and lecturing has been a driving force in their personal and professional careers.

They have raised two amazing daughters, ran successful family oriented, lifetime care chiropractic practices, taught 10’s of thousands of chiropractors and chiropractic students, taken care of 3 generations of families and developed one of the most comprehensive and prestigious chiropractic pediatric evaluating and adjusting programs in the profession.

This book is their way of reaching the public as an expression of their commitment to improving the health of children and families throughout the world.

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What's In This Book?


In this 120-page book you will get insights in your child’s proper neurological development, how their nervous system works, what signs and symptoms may point to abnormal developmental issues and what to or where to go when you have questions or concerns.

Table of Contents




The Wonder of Human Development

The question parents most often ask is: “Is what my child doing or looks like normal”?

In this chapter, we discuss the difference between what is normal and what is common.


Chapter One 


Birth: The Beginning of Life

Birth is a miraculous experience. What is actually happening to the infant during this process?

In this chapter we discuss the birth process and its affect on the infant

Chapter 1

Chapter Two 


The Structures Beneath

Learning about the structures that protect your child’s rapidly growing nervous system can give you a window into how to determine what is normal vs. common. 

In this chapter, we discuss the external and internal factors that affect the development of your child’s nervous system.

Chapter 2

Chapter Three 


The Developing Brain

This chapter will give you a window into the truly miraculous neurological development that is occurring in the first year of your child’s life.

Chapter 3

Chapter Four


Milestones and Reflexes

What are the things you should be looking for to make sure that your child is developing to their optimum potential? 

In this chapter, we discuss the markers that can help you key in to detect aberrant neurological development before the symptoms show.

Chapter 4

Chapter Five


Our Nervous System

Understanding how the nervous system works and having an idea about some of its parts can give parents a way to understand the processes that control their child’s development. 

This chapter will help you to appreciate the intricacy of the nervous system and how you as a parent can help foster a healthier, happier child.

Chapter 5

Chapter Six


The Shape of Things

Here we discuss some of the most common structural and functional issues often seen in the pediatric population, what you should look for and what to do if you find them.

Chapter 6

Chapter Seven


Structure and Function

Understanding the relationship between structure and function can help you understand the importance of fostering more normal structural growth and developmental patterns to facilitate optimum functional capacity in your child.

Chapter 7

Chapter Eight


What's Wrong With This Face

We all see our children as beautiful and perfect the way they are.  At times, certain physical quirks become apparent and we wonder is this a problem? 

In this chapter, we will give you some guidelines to help you determine when a “quirk or glitch” is something you should be concerned about.

Chapter 8

Chapter Nine


What To Do?

Parents are often the first to notice that something is not quite right with their child.  When this happens, you need a place or direction to go to determine what if anything needs to be done to support your child. 

In this chapter, we discuss some of the options available for parents who have questions or concerns about their child’s structural or functional development.

Chapter 9

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What More People Are Saying About It's All In The Head

"If you have had a difficult birth, have any concerns about your child’s head shape or brain development, or simply just want to learn about and ensure your child is appropriately developing and meeting his/her milestones, this book is an absolute must read. Well written and easy to read, you will learn the most valuable information about your child’s brain and structural development. As a mother of three and a practitioner, I highly recommend this book!"

Dr. Courtney Neill

"When I saw “anatomy & physiology” in the description of this book, I thought that it would be more like a text book. Quite honestly, I was a little intimated and did not know exactly what to expect. I bought it last month anyway because I needed answers to questions that I had regarding my child. Don’t let the description intimidate you. This book is very easy to read and understand. I eagerly read the pages and wanted to learn more of how I could help my child have his best life and address the issues he was having. I feel like a better parent for having this knowledge now. Thank you Dr. Rosen and Dr. Watson for opening my eyes and helping our family! Every parent needs this information!!!"


"This book is like no other, as it tackles the difficult job of describing the importance of Chiropractic Cranial Adjusting in a way that is easily digestible by anyone. It is a valuable book for those that are looking for answers for their little ones that are having unique issues and aren’t finding answers. Drs Rosen and Watson provide the reader the information that there are other avenues of assistance that they may not have known existed, opportunities to understand this work and pursue Cranial Adjusting as an Avenue to help their own children. It is a MUST READ for parents wanting to help their children achieve their optimal function"

Dr. Kenneth Cooper

"Drs. Martin and Watson have compiled an amazing book valuable for any parent and anyone who gives health care to children. It is clear, concise, full of useful information, and an enjoyable read. Further, it has excellent illustrations. I have practiced chiropractic for over 40 years with an emphasis on craniopathy and found this book to be an excellent resource. I recommend this book to any parent or health care worker who works with children."


Dr. James Peck

"Going beyond the traditional medical paradigm of a disease approach, Dr.’s Rosen and Watson convincingly propose a salutogenic model. Stressing fully-developed brain, cranial, spine, and nervous system function, they point out innate, natural processes which can be hindered by misalignments or distortions. Addressing such patterns, they demonstrate how to better the chances for a child’s cranial, skeletal, muscular, and neuronal development. In addition, Anatomical, Milestone, and Developmental Charts help the reader trace the natural developmental course of young children, This book is a must-read for both parents and both medical and behavioral Health Service Providers, including pediatricians. It provides a long-neglected introduction into the role structure plays in physical health, mental and emotional hardiness, learning, and relationships."

Robert J. Cournoyer, Ph.D.


"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Drs Watson and Rosen did an exceptional job articulating very complex information to make it understandable to the lay person. This is information that is so transformational and empowering for parents with young children. As a chiropractor that has been helped so profoundly by the work of Drs. Watson and Rosen on my own children and my patients, I am so happy to have a resource to share with parents and grandparents!"

Dr. Joel Favreau


"This book should be required reading for all parents and parents to be. It will help you make the all-important (and MANY) decisions you have to make about your child’s health and well-being, SO much easier. It answered so many questions that I had that were never addressed by the people I THOUGHT would have the answers. It is quite evident that Drs. Rosen and Watson took great care in presenting this information. It is in a form that is easy to read and understand. Learning the difference between what is “normal” and what is “common” is a game changer in how you will make the best choices for your child’s life. A must read if you want your child to be their happiest, healthiest and attain their optimal potential."

D Masi


"This book is an invaluable resource for caregivers of babies and children. Drs. Nancy and Marty are so skilled at simplifying the underlying physiology behind the detailed cranial imbalances described.
Also, there are many inspiring case studies thoughtfully interwoven throughout the book which provides meaning and adds depth to concepts relayed. This is also a perfect resource for healthcare providers who are new to assessing cranial distortion patterns and are interested in furthering their knowledge of the resulting ramifications. Highly recommend this read! I will be singing its praises to everyone.

Kristen Favreau


“This book is great. A great demonstration of the underlying principle of chiropractic (the structure - function relationship). This is a lifetime work put in a digestible form that parents can use as a guideline in their children’s early development. You did a good job of simplifying neurology and craniopathy for the lay person with this introduction. I think every parent should have this information. Not just parents, OBs, midwives and doulas.”

Dr Richard Ehret 

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