How a NYC Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Treats Heartburn or Acid Reflux

Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone or just below the breastbone. The sensation of pain or discomfort often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. The sensation gets worse on lying down or bending over.

Chronic heartburn is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a relatively new classification of chronic heartburn (less than 10 yrs) which seems to have appeared at the same time as two new classifications of drugs H-2-receptor blockers and Proton pump inhibitors which were stronger and provided longer relief than similar antacids.

However  all three mentioned drug classifications by different mechanisms stop the production of stomach acid; stomach acid which we need in order to not only digest food but help us absorb essential nutrients like Calcium and Vitamin B12.

Now one of the possible causes of heartburn or acid reflux is a hiatal hernia. When one part of the internal body pushes into another part where it should not be, it is called a hernia.  The hiatus is an a opening in the diaphragm muscle that allows for the passage of the esophagus as it attaches to the stomach and the passage of the aorta, the inferior vena cava and nerves.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaphragm_%28anatomy%29 and observe the way the diaphragm muscle is constructed. There are muscle fibers that wrap around both sides of the esophagus.

A hiatal hernia is when due to diaphragm weakness, the stomach slips upward through the hiatus into the space where the esophagus is causing both nerve irritation and slippage of stomach acid into the esophagus causing the sensation of heartburn or GERD.

hiatal hernia

 As a chiropractor, we affect the diaphragm by manipulation of the 4th & 5th cervical vertebrae which  then forms the phrenic nerve and innervates the diaphragm and the stomach and esophagus via manipulation of the greater splanchnic nerve  at 5th to 9th thoracic vertebrae

As an applied kinesiologist,  we work the neuro-lymphatics and neuro-vascular points to increase blood and lymph flow for these organs.

Besides the diaphragm, the psoas muscle is important to check as its fibers blend with the fibers of the posterior diaphragm. The muscles of the chest and the abdomen are also important to check if the patient is constantly in a flexed position.

As an applied kinesiologist, I check to see which muscles are weak or hypertonic.

As a neurokinetic therapist, I look to see if the muscles of the posterior thoracic (mid back)  are inhibited by the muscles of the anterior chest or abdomen .

The cranial system is checked for involvement of the parasympathetic (vagus nerve). 

Acupoints  for the stomach, and lung may be checked for involvement.

We would gently after these procedures try to gently manipulate the movement of the stomach back into its proper place and then strengthen the diaphragm muscles; give breathing exercises for the patient to do at home to stop the hernia from happening again are  included as well as nutrients like zinc, l-glutamine to heal any micro-erosions in the GI wall, digestive enzymes to restore the function of the stomach and   supplements like Vitamin B12 and calcium that have not been absorbed due to medications.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heartburn-gerd/DS00095.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hiatal-hernia/DS00099

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/hiatal-hernia

http://www.naturalnews.com/026836_heartburn_GERD_drugs.html

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/how-an-applied-kinesiologist-uses-neuro-lympathics-to-improve-health/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/technique-summary-applied-kinesiology/

How a Combination of Applied Kinesiology, NeuroKinetic Therapy and Chiropractic Works

 © 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

© 2016 Revised – Dr. Vittoria Repetto

Here are some medical research studies on the adverse effects of proton pump inhibitors which are routinely prescribed for heartburn/acid reflux/GERD.

Chronic Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors Increases Heart Risk

Popular Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Stroke

Micronutrient Deficiency Often Unnoticed in PPI Users

PPIs and Kidney Injury: Longer Use Tied to Higher Risk

Proton Pump Inhibitors Accelerate Cellular Aging

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Dementia

 

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How an Applied Kinesiologist Uses Neuro Lymphatics to Improve Health

First before we talk about Neuro-lymphatics, we need to talk about lymphatics and the lymphatic system, what they are and their role in your health.

Lymph is a clear colorless liquid carrying microscopic particles such as white blood cells, food, protein, and other substances such as water necessary for the cell’s health; also it may contain bacteria , viruses, toxics and other foreign material. This lymph is collected by a system of collecting tubes located near our organs, and muscles that drain the lymph is called the lymphatic system.

In this system of collecting tubes are lymph nodes; lymph nodes produce a type of white blood cell that engulfs and destroys invaders like bacteria or viruses. The lymph nodes are concentrated in areas such as the neck, shoulder axilla, elbow, groin, behind the knee, and in the abdomen. Most people at one time or another have had swollen glands around the neck; the lymph nodes are actively helping to control the infection

So your lymphatic system has two major functions: to maintain the fluid balance in our bodies and to help w/ our immunity.

There are neurologically controlled muscle fibers in the large lymph vessels. Contraction of the vessels helps propel lymph drainage into the venous system.

Neurologic reflex points thought to affect lymphatic drainage were developed by an osteopath, Frank Chapman, in the 1930s who believed that manipulation of tender spots in the body could increase lymphatic drainage in different organs and improve health

Goodheart who founded Applied Kinesiology started working w/ Chapman’s points and found that working these points also affected muscles as well as organ drainage. Goodheart started observing (for example) that points for stomach drainage also helped the pectoralis clav. muscle. Goodheart continued his research and found that there was a organ-muscle- lymphatic connection for each organ and muscle.

chapman reflexes

For example: let’s talk about muscular imbalance and postural distortion in the upper chest and neck region. Imbalance in this area may interfere with the proper movement of one’s rib cage in respiration. Movement of the rib cage, along with diaphragm contraction, makes a major contribution to lymphatic drainage; it is especially important in the vital function of lung lymphatic drainage.

Chronic muscle strains & back pain, chronic infections, how much water is the patient drinking, poor circulation, nighttime urination, tingling in extremities. allergies are all clues to an Applied Kinesiologist that the lymphatic system may be involved and that stimulation of neuro-lymphatics points are needed to help the patient.

 © 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

 

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Looking for a doctor who will spend time w/ you ?

Or why this NYC chiropractor is not a slave to an insurance company

You hear it all the time: patients complaining about their doctors’ practices: waiting a half hour or more past their scheduled appointment, and where you do see the doctor, you are lucky if you get 10 minutes and get all your concerns voiced, the lack of communication for follow-up via phone or e-mail with the doctor, having to deal w/ leaving messages w/ the answering service.

Part of the problem is that a good number of doctors belong to an insurance network or HMO and due to the fact that they are paid very little per patient and they still have to hire specialized staff just to handle the paperwork in order to get that small payment, they need to squeeze in as many patients as they can.

Personally I’m not affiliated with any insurance network or as I like to say: I’m not a slave to an insurance company.

You see, I like to find out what is happening with my patient.

I like to be able to take time to, for example, balance the muscle pull on their spine or extremities or to do cranial sacral work or acupressure work or talk to them about their nutritional needs or suggest exercises or lifestyle changes related to their condition.

Another issue is availability to my patients after the visit. Patients frequently have questions and they can reach me either via my cell phone or e-mail.

Because of this personal approach, I charge my patients directly and they pay me upfront.

And then I fill out their insurance claim form and they will get reimbursed by their insurance company if they are allowed to go “out of network” by their policy.

The fact that I do not have to hire additional staff to “run after” my payments allows me to spend quality time with my patients.

Also it allows me to keep my fees reasonable and moderate by New York City standards, I charge $150 for the initial visit which includes consultation, examination and treatment and the $100 for the following visits.

So if you want an old fashion  doctor- patient relationship where the doctor knows who you are and you can trust your doctor, please give me a call at 212-431-3724 and let’s talk.

 © 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

 

Want more information on Dr. Vittoria Repetto and her NYC Applied Kinesiology/Chiropractic practice; please go to www.drvittoriarepetto.com.
And please check out the Patient Testimonials at my web site.