Tingling/Numbness/Weakness in Hand/Arm But Not Carpal Tunnel or Yr Neck; A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

Do you have tingling or numbness in your hand that goes beyond your first three fingers?  Do you have weakness in your forearm, arm or shoulder despite your weight training routine?

It’s not carpal tunnel since it involves more than the fist three fingers. And you have no history of neck problems, all orthopedic tests and X-rays/MRI of the neck are negative.

You might have an entrapment syndrome of the brachial plexus nerves or subclavian artery/vein to the before mentioned structures.

This entrapment syndrome called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is caused by three major conditions; Anterior Scalene Syndrome, Costoclavicular Syndrome and Pectoralis Minor Syndrome as well as some minor causes.

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In the first condition called Anterior Scalene Syndrome, the brachial plexus nerves arising from C5, C6, C7, C8 & T1 nerve roots is trapped between the anterior and middle scalene muscles which may be in spasm or compensating for inhibited neck muscles.

This can be assessed by palpating for a decrease in strength of the radial pulse at the wrist. The patient is asked to ipsilaterally rotate, contralaterally laterally flex, and extend his neck at the spinal joints, while the radial pulse is palpated; this called Adson’s Test. Decrease in strength of the radial pulse is positive for the syndrome.

Treatment consists of using spindle work on the bellies of the scalene muscles or golgi tendons of the scalene attachments and of balancing the other neck muscles which can be either inhibited or compensating.

In the second condition Costoclavicular Syndrome, the brachial plexus and subclavian artery and vein run between the first rib and clavicle in the medial pectoral region. If the posture of the relationship of the clavicle and first rib changes and they approximate each other as often happens with rounded and slumped shoulders and impingement may occur.

This can be assessed by palpating for a decrease in strength of the radial pulse at the wrist when the patient is asked to stick his chest out and pull the shoulder girdle back and down similar to the military posture of attention. Again, weakening of the strength of the radial pulse would be considered to be a positive sign. This is called Eden’s test.

Treatment consists of checking muscles such as the SCM and the subclavius that attach to the area, improving the patient’s posture and checking muscles that resist this bad postural pattern such as the rhomboids and the middle trapezius.

In the third condition Pectoralis Minor Syndrome, a tight pectoralis minor muscle compresses the brachial plexus and/or subclavian vessels against the rib cage. The assessment is to bring the patient’s arm up and back. This position called Wright’s Test stretches and pulls the pectoralis minor taut against the rib cage

Treatment consists of checking for either an inhibited or facilitated pectoralis minor, or other muscles that can be inhibiting or compensating such as the serratus anterior, latissimus dorsi or the lower trapezius.

Other minor conditions such as  when both the medial and ulnar nerve getting entrapped by a spastic muscle such as the pronator or by a misalignment of the radius and ulna bone can happen and need to be ruled out.

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For additional information, please check out:  https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/a-nyc-chiropractorapplied-kinesiologist-starts-adding-neuro-kinetic-therapy-to-the-mix/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/muscle-balancing-in-applied-kinesiology/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/how-a-nyc-chiropractorapplied-kinesiologist-treats-carpal-tunnel-syndrome/

 

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How a NYC Applied Kinesiologist Uses Neurovascular Pts for Better Physical and Emotional Wellbeing.

First what are neurovascular points?

Neurovascular points are points discovered in the 1930’s by chiropractor Dr. Terence Bennett. He had found via x-ray fluoroscope that stimulating these points would increase blood circulation to the organs that were associated with these points. The increased blood flow would increase the flow of nutrients and O2 to the associated organ and have the positive effect of improving the function of the associated organ.

Dr. George Goodheart who founded Applied Kinesiology took up Bennett’s work and noticed that the points could also turn weak muscles on. Dr. Goodheart then observed that many internal organs had reflex connections in the muscles and joints and along with a cross reference via the Chinese acupuncture system that certain muscles were associated w/ certain organs

Neurovascular points are mainly located on the face and head; they are stimulated by lightly pressing on the point until you feel a pulse and as most of these points have a right and left side on the head (or face).you would keep on pressing until the pulses matched each other.

One of the most well known points is used in Emotional Release Technique. These points are associated with the Pectoralis Major muscle and the Stomach. These associations are interesting as in our culture we talk about getting our stomach in a knot or about having chest tightness when we are upset. The points are the first two bumps on our forehead; neurovascular_points

The technique is simple: think about what is bothering you as you hold these points and then make a statement as how you will solve the problem. For example, if you have anxiety about talking to someone who always makes you angry; think about why they make you angry and then make a statement such as “I will not let “name” make me angry, his issues are his and not mine” or something simpler. Say the statement out loud as you hold the pulse and keep on repeating the phase until you feel the pulses becoming equal.

Try it and let me know!

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Research Supporting Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology

Here’s two web pages showing some of the research being done on Chiropractic

http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=21&T2ID=96

& on Applied Kinesiology at  http://www.icakusa.com/research/ 

Some of the sample papers on Applied Kinesiology include:

Knee Pain and Positive MMT Findings Correlation.

 Neck Pain Caused by Muscle Weakness.

 Low Back Pain Caused by Muscle Weakness

Meridian System Relationship: AK and MMT

Enjoy!

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A NYC Chiropractor’s Thoughts on “Not So Real” Food

Today in the NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/weekinreview/03harris.html?_r=2 which talks about taste tests done on foods that don’t contains artificial colors/dyes.

“Without the artificial coloring FD&C Yellow No. 6, Cheetos Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks would look like the shriveled larvae of a large insect. Not surprisingly, in taste tests, people derived little pleasure from eating them.”

And I’m thinking to myself as I read ” What about using natural colorings”  and there at the bottom of the article was

“As yet, natural colorings have not proven to be a good alternative. They are generally not as bright, cheap or stable as artificial colorings, which can remain vibrant for years. Natural colorings often fade within days.”

And I have to think how wrong it is to eat a so called food that will be vibrant for years. After all we know that as soon as you pick a fruit,  for example, that it starts to lose nutrients. So what nutrients might be left after years??

Ok, you say but I want some potato chips! Ok how about doing what Michael Pollan suggests; make them yourself. I’d make mine w/ new potatoes and olive oil. The coloring would be natural, some nutrients from the potato and olive oil and no fading because I’d eat it all up.

Let me know what you think!

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A NYC Chiropractor Posts 2 Video Parodies on Conventional Medicine’s Response to Lipitor & Vitamin D

Watch the Lipitor paradox-funny yet sad truth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqdzJLOQM2I&sns=tw

Parody on conventional medicine response to Should I take vitamin D? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1K3s0ir74Y&NR=1

Enjoy!!

 

 

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Spinal Pain Not Being Helped? See An Applied Kinesiologist; It May Be A Fixation

At least 5-8 times a year, I’ll get a patient in that tells me that they have seen a chiropractor for their upper neck pain (or another part of their spine) but it never resolved.

I smile and do the usual orthopedic and neurological testing along with muscle testing neck muscles like the cervical erector, the SCM & the Scalene Anticus.

And then I go and test muscles bilaterally such as the Psoas muscle a major muscle of locomotion or the Gluteus Maximus; both of these muscle being strong postural muscles

And sure enough one of these muscles will test weak bilaterally. I then ask the patient to place two fingers (or therapy localize) on two different segments (vertebrae) bilaterally and then re-test.

If the muscle being tested is strengthened, then I know that the problem is not a subluxation where one or two vertebrae are misaligned and fixed in that position but a fixation where two or three vertebrae are fixed on each other.

Adjusting each vertebrae individually does nothing until you adjust both vertebrae at the same time in order to break up the fixation.

Your local certified Applied Kinesiologist who is either a chiropractor or an osteopath has trained in this technique and can help you greatly.

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Osteoporosis -New Concern for HIV Patients

An important article that shows that M.D.’s need to start learning about nutrition.
The doctor’s recommendations in this article tells patients to take calcuim carbonate, eat dairy & sardines for Ca sources and to  take bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.
Unfortunately the recommendation of calcium carbonate is a joke since you need acid in your stomach and calcium carbonate acts as an antacid (what Tums is made from) so you do not absorb any Ca from this source
 
The article also does not mention that you also need Mg for yr. bones as well as other trace minerals.
 
Also fails to mention that some of the best sources of calcium is green leafy veggies, almonds, seaweed and beans; esp important if you are lactose intolerant and can’t use dairy products
 
And as for taking bisphosphonates, even the FDA is updating the public regarding information previously communicated describing the risk of atypical fractures of the thigh, known as subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femur fractures, in patients who take bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm229009.htm
 
Please read the following:

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