How a NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKineticTherapy Practitioner Treats Migraine Headaches

Are you having intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of your head and experiencing nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Does your headache last for hours to days and is it so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.

Then it a good bet that you are suffering from a migraine headache.

Some find that their migraine is preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg.

Unfortunately a lot of migraine sufferers take pharmaceuticals which only work 50% of the time, only that mask symptoms and cause side effects which include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, liver toxicity, muscle weakness and an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.

migraine

In my practice, I have work with numerous people affected by migraines and I use a combination of holistic therapies to give my patients relief from their migraines.

In my practice, I have found some of the causes to be

  • Cervical and Cranial Misalignment/Malfunction
  • Neck Muscle Imbalances – Facilitating ones compensating for inhibited/weak ones
  • TMJ – Jaw joint & muscle imbalances
  • Stress
  • Liver toxicity
  • Food allergies/ Intolerances
  • Imbalance in Organ and Vascular Function
  • Nutritional Deficiencies such as Magnesium, B complex vitamins, Vitamin D and CoQ10

A lot of migraine sufferers have a combination of these causal factors.

In my practice, I check for upper cervical mis-alignments which can irritate nerves to the head and refer painful impulses.

Jammed cranial sutures can also affect both cranial and cervical nerves and the muscles of the head and cause pain.

Poor posture can cause cervical and cranial problems and therefore a patient’s posture is addressed and corrected.

Neck, shoulder and jaw muscles are tested for imbalances where facilitated muscles are compensating for inhibited muscles or where hypo-tonic  or hyper-tonic muscles affect the alignment of the spine,jaw or skull.

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

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/a-nyc-chiropractorapplied-kinesiologist-starts-adding-neuro-kinetic-therapy-to-the-mix/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/a-nyc-chiropractor-applied-kinesiologist-talks-about-chiropractic-basics-2/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/cranial-sacral-therapy-in-applied-kinesiology/

Organ and vascular mis-function (not pathology), food allergies, intolerances, and liver toxicity can affect the processes of organs to work efficiently, decrease blood flow, affect the immune response and increase toxics in the body.

I use neuro-lymphatics and neuro-vascular pts and acupressure pts to increase the function and energy of the body.

I can also use these points to help the patient deal with stress and also suggest lifestyle changes to help them cope with the cause of their stress

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

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/how-a-nyc-applied-kinesiologist-uses-neurovascular-pts-for-better-physical-and-emotional-wellbeing/

I check to see if the patient is eating foods that aggravate their migraine symptoms; these can include food allergies and intolerances such as gluten or dairy. Allergies and intolerances create problems in your gut and increase toxicity in the body.

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/it%e2%80%99s-not-a-food-allergy-maybe-it%e2%80%99s-a-food-intolerance/

I encourage patient to only eat whole, natural un-processed fresh foods and get rid of artificial sweeteners, foods with high fructose corn syrup and other additives.

A lot of migraine sufferers befit from nutritional supplementation and a liver detox to increase body function

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/a-nyc-chiropractor-recommends-how-to-do-a-healthy-liver-detox/

For more information on migraines, please see http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/22/migraine-headaches.aspx

If you suffer from migraines, please think about being treated with the combination of the above holistic therapies give me a call at 212-431-3724 to make an appointment.

© 2014-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

Revision: ©2016 – Dr. Vittoria Repetto

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Findings Fortify Low Riboflavin, Migraine Link

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Why Sometimes Being Sick Is The Healthiest Thing You Can Do For Yourself!!

Yes I know you are scratching your head over that title, wondering what the heck am I talking about.

A case in point happened this weekend and the following days in my office.

Last Saturday afternoon, I noted that I had a sensation of nausea and by the time I got home, I had the “runs.” When I took my temperature, I was 100F –another sign that my body was fighting some sort of infection but not “medically significant” or dangerous. http://www.medicinenet.com/aches_pain_fever/article.htm

So I heated up some chicken broth, added some extra sea salt to it and drank a lot of water in order to help aid whatever my body was trying to get rid of and prevent any dehydration that would have made me sicker. The rest of Saturday as well as Sunday was a cycle of sleep (the body’s best anti-oxidant), waking up to go to the bathroom, liquid intake, work on my neuro-lymphatic pts and acu-points for my intestines, television, bathroom, lymphatic/acu-points,  sleep, liquid, sleep, etc.

But by Sunday night, my temperature was back to normal and the trips to the bathroom were getting more spaced apart. On Monday, I got a friend to stop by and pick up some “sticky rice” at a local Chinese restaurant to help to start to slow up the runs. Tuesday, I was able to go out to a food store for some chicken & noodle soup, some yogurt and a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. By the time evening arrived and only one bowel movement in the mid afternoon & normal temperature I knew that I could go into work the next day.

At work on Weds, one of my newer patients came in complaining of a lung & bronchial infection for which he was taking antibiotics which started after he was treated for diarrhea while on a trip with corticosteroids. In other words, immune suppression of his natural intestinal response led to a lung infection.

As an Applied Kinesiologist I know that the Lung and the Large intestine are Yin /Yang partners in the body’s health.

For people like myself in non-allopathic medicine (chiropractic, acupuncturist, naturopaths, etc) symptoms are not only clues to what disease or problem is affecting the patient but also symptoms can express the body’s attempt to heal itself. Therefore symptoms should not be covered up by treatment. Suppression of symptoms did not heal the body or cure the disease, the illness just moved to another area

In our modern society, we have been trained (mostly) by the pharmaceutical companies to equate symptoms of illness w/ an illness or a disease that needs to be suppressed.

Have heartburn; take an antacid or proton inhibitor..effective in the short  term but can cause if used long term diseases like osteoporosis and dementia due to nutrition deficiencies caused by the heartburn drugs.

Instead how about changing your diet or seeing if the body needs a hiatal hernia fixed or some digestive enzymes.

So the next time, you have vague symptoms like coughing, slight fever, diarrhea, tiredness, etc, please instead of masking these symptoms with drugs, think about what may be causing the symptoms and consult a non-allopathic healer to help your body fight what is causing the symptoms.

 © 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

 

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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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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. I would also look for a possible fixation (not a subluxation) of the lower thoracic vertebrate.

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, morning stiffness, 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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Straw Men on Parade: When Research Findings Get Misrepresented

The simplest way to explain a straw man argument is that it is a fallacy based upon the misrepresentation of an opponent’s position.

It may oversimplify the opponent’s position or quote it out of context, stacking the deck so one’s argument may run over the opponent with the crushing totality of a Panzer tank division. In its worst incarnation, the straw man misrepresentation is deliberate and only the weakest target is chosen- that target is then held to represent the totality of the opponet’s being.

What is obvious and disturbing is that straw men are not just marketing ploys that we’ve become jaded to seeing in television commercials; they are found even in the highest echelons of peer-reviewed journals in medical literature. Straw men seem to have been particularly dominant in publications critical of alternative medical approaches, even appearing in at least one instance in a pharmaceutical company’s attempt to denigrate another company

http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=54783

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The Basics of Applied Kinesiology

Applied kinesiologists use the following skills:

As some of you know, Muscle Testing is a basic in AK. When you test a muscle, you test not only the condition of the muscle itself, but the joint it crosses or moves, the spinal innervations of that muscle, the Chinese meridian (acupuncture energy line) associated w/ that muscle and the organ associated w/ that Chinese meridian and some cranial-sacral faults.

The Art and Science of Muscle Testing in Applied Kinesiology

Challenge is an essential diagnostic procedure used to determine the body’s ability to cope with external stimuli, which can be physical, chemical, or mental.  An example of a physical challenge is pushing on a skeletal joint to determine an irritation that produces a muscle strength change. Chemical challenge may occur when one inhales potentially toxic chemicals or chews nutritional factors.  Mental challenge includes thought processes, either pleasant or unpleasant to the individual. After an external stimulus is applied, muscle-testing procedures are done to determine a change in the muscle strength as a result of the stimulus.

Therapy localization is another diagnostic procedure in AK that consists of placing the patient’s hand over areas of suspected involvement, then using muscle testing procedures to determine any change in strength. Placing the patient’s hand on different locations stimulates nerve endings and/or possibly changes the patient’s electromagnetic energy field. Therapy localization is strictly a diagnostic tool in AK that is to be combined with the other diagnostic findings to arrive at a final conclusion.

Nutritional evaluation in AK is done as part of your total examination. The muscle test is used to confirm the other findings your doctor will use from laboratory testing, nutritional diaries, blood and saliva testing, and your history. Evaluation of nutritional products and foods by using taste to determining how your body reacts to them, as observed by MMT(manual muscle testing) , is an important addition to providing optimal nutritional support for patients who need it.

For more information on  nutritional evaluation, please read: https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/the-correct-way-to-do-nutritional-evaluation-by-muscle-testing-in-applied-kinesiology

testing nl

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