Cervical Radiculitis – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains What It Is & How She Treats It

Cervical radiculitis is when there is damage to the nerve roots of the cervical spine (C4 to T1) causing pain and loss of sensation or muscle weakness  or numbness along the pathway of the peculiar nerve into the shoulder or arm or hand or chest depending on which nerve root pathway is involved.

These pathways are also called dermatomes; see below.

 

Damage to cervical nerve roots occasionally due to some abnormality or defect in the cervical spine resulting in compression of the nerve roots. Some of the abnormalities that cause nerve root impingement at the vertebrae level are disc herniation, disc bulging , formation of bone spurs and a condition called spondylolisthesis  where one vertebra slips forward onto the below vertebra.

Other causes of disc/nerve root compression may be persistent  subluxation of vertebrae or fixation of a group of vertebra. These can be a result of poor posture or an injury such as head trauma or whiplash.

The Subluxation/Spinal Joint Dysfunction

Adding to these problems is the imbalance of surrounding musclature ; for example it is common to find the relationship between the neck flexors and  neck extentors to be completely dysfunctional.

After the orthopedic & neurological tests to find if there is disc compression and which nerve root pathway (dermatone) is affected, a testing of neck, shoulder,chest and arm muscles is d one.  Are there weak muscles?.  Is there a relationship between these weak muscles and other muscles that may be overworking.  Are there muscles that  need to be “turned off” and others need to be actiovated; I can use muscle spindles & golgi  tendons to do this. .

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

Neuro-lymphatic and  neuro-vascular pints are worked on to increase lymph and blood flow to affected muscles.

How an Applied Kinesiologist Uses Neuro Lymphatics to Improve Health

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

Any bilaterally weak muscles would point to  fixation of 2 or more vertebra and need to be corrected accordingly .

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

Palpation of the spine to find vertebrae lacking movement (subluxation) is done and I muscle test to find the correct corrective vector for the adjustment

The patient is given stretches  for the overactive muscles and exercises for the weak muscles , posture esp head position is reviewed.

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10/28 Seminar: Solutions for Women’s Wellness: A Functional Approach

On October 28th, I’ll be attending the following seminar to order to serve my patients better and help improve their wellness.

From childbearing years to postmenopause, women are actively seeking to maintain or improve their health and vitality. I’ll be joining Joel Evans, MD and Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC as they explore in detail a functional medicine (FM) approach to women’s health issues specifically related to the different stages in life. Oftentimes, hormonal imbalance and lifestyle behaviors are the underlying causes of complaints and illness in women. When evaluated and addressed at the root cause of disease, the most common issues facing women today can be successfully managed.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the evaluation and lifestyle treatment options for female infertility, preparing for a healthy pregnancy, PCOS, elevated estrogen, fibroids, endometriosis, and oxidative stress.
  • Understand the hormonal changes associated with perimenopause and how to evaluate the management options for perimenopausal and menopausal complaints including PMS, depressed energy, adrenal and thyroid issues, VMS, vaginal health, and early osteoarthritis.
  • Understand how to evaluate patients for appropriate testing for genetic risk for breast cancer as well as FM approaches to decrease breast cancer incidence in those with high genetic risk due to BRCA or other SNPs.
Atendees will receive:
  • Clinical protocols and pearls based on case studies
  • An information-packed day guaranteed to expand clinical knowledge

Presenters

Joel Evans, MD

Joel Evans is the founder and director of The Center for Women’s Health, an assistant clinical professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a member of the core faculty of both The Center for Mind/Body Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is a nationally recognized wellness expert, educator, author, and physician specializing in nutrition, functional medicine, mind/body medicine, and spirituality. Having pursued studies in spirituality, metaphysics, and personal transformation for many years, Dr. Evans has recently created a core curriculum designed to share ancient spiritual wisdom with others in order to help bring health and happiness into their lives.

Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC

Monique Class is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Health, Certified Nurse Coach, and wellness educator at The Center for Women’s Health. A sought-after teacher in the fields of holistic health and nursing, Monique is a clinical instructor for Yale Graduate School of Nursing, a senior faculty member of the Center for Mind/Body Medicine in Washington D.C., a faculty member for The Integrative Nurse Coach Association, and a faculty member for the Institute for Functional Medicine. Monique is also certified by the Psychosynthesis Institute in Imagery and Meditation. She received her degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and her post-master’s as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the College of New Rochelle and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The University of Virginia.

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Neck Problems Causing Low Back Pain & Vice Versa – A NYC Chiropractor / Applied Kinesiologist / NKT Practitioner Explains

Patients are usually amazed that neck  and low back problems has anything to do with each other.
But if you look at the spinal muscles, you can see that it is a continuous muscular chain from the base of skull to the sacrum. If one part of this muscular chain is not working properly, then  another part either above or below will have to overwork.
This is particularly true for those who sit a lot. The lower back weakens, and the neck tightens in response; for example, the neck extensors may be overworking for an under working quadratus lumborum.
 
 
Included in this muscular chain are the multifidi who are major spinal stabilizers.
 
Someone w/ a L5/4 herniation (slipped disc) may have overworking lumbar multifidi, causing the cervical multifidi to overwork. This can cause a head forward posture. an increased curve at the mid back, an hyperextended low back  and pain in all these areas and weak core muscles that further complicates the picture.
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So as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiologist and NeuroKinetic Therapist, I need to solve what is causing the problem and look at the whole picture and not just chase pain.

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*I thank Dr Perry Nickelston for his phrase “Stop Chasing Pain.”

Looking Globally /Not Chasing Pain: A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

When patients come in with a local problem such as leg  pain, the first question is where is the source of the pain; is it from the leg itself or the the low back. The other important question is what “set up” the problem. Without answering this question,the problem is not really resolved; the patient will come back with the problem again; you will be just “chasing pain*.”

The answer to the second but more important question may be in the global muscles or core stabilization muscles, these muscles are the Rectus Abdominus, the Transverus Abdominus, the Internal & External Obliques, the Quadratus Lumborum, the Erector Spinae and the Multifidus.

Recently new patient came in complaining of feeling “unbalanced on her right side” siting specifically her right leg and hip.

The lower extremities were a quick fix: a Rectus Femoris – major muscles in the front of the thigh -compensating for a weak Gluteus Maximus. Also the patella and the rotation of the femur (thigh bone) on the tibia (lower leg bone) needed to be adjusted and the Popliteus ( a muscle that rotates the tibia) released.

But during the examination, on lateral flexion of her truck, I noted that her rt shoulder was rotating. I asked her to try to not rotate her shoulder but she was unable; in fact she was unaware of doing it.

I tested her Oblique muscles and they were weak on the right side. Touching (therapy localizing) her Quadratus Lumborum strengthened her Obliques when retested. So I released the QL and the Oblique were strong.

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A Category One pelvis which involves rotation was found and fixed.

Low Back Pain & Non Force Adjustments/SOT Blocking: A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

When she stood back up, the rt. leg felt balanced and the rotation of her shoulder on lateral flexion was gone.

It was a great illustration of how sometimes part of the problem you have to look above the area of complaint to truly fix the problem; a local problem with a global part.

Stretches and exercises were given as homework.

In my practice, I Iisten, observe and test during the examination and use a combination of NKT, Applied Kinesiology and Chiropractic to help my patients; it’s a strong combination.

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

The Use of Applied Kinesiology in a Chiropractic Examination

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*I thank Dr Perry Nickelston for his phrase “Stop Chasing Pain.”

Scars & Muscle Control – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

A while ago I had two patients where scars left from operations affected muscle function.

The first patient came in complaining of acute low back pain that happened on lifting a box that was too heavy for her; one of the muscles I tested is the Rectus Abdominal, it was weak in the clear. The Rectus Abdominal (RA) is part of the support for the Lumbar (low back);she had mentioned that she had had a tummy tuck years ago.
When she touched the scar (therapy localize) which was above her pubes (RA tries into the pubes) her RA tested strong so I massaged the scar and the RA now tested strong.

I find that the T10-T11 vertabrae which are part of the innervation of the RA were subluxated and adjusted them. I also adjusted subluxations in the low back.

The Subluxation/Spinal Joint Dysfunction

I showed her which abdominal exercise I wanted her to do after a daily massage of the scar.

The second patient come in w/ thoracic weakness; she have a history of different cancers.
When I tested her Pectoralis  muscles, both parts (Clavicular & Sternal) tested weak. She said that she was not surprised as a “good part of the muscle was removed” where they removed her breast. I therapy localized the scar from the breast removal and retested as I touched the scar…both parts of the muscle now tested strong.
I massaged the scar… and the muscle tested strong.  I found subluxations at C5 for innervation of the clavicular section and C7 for the sternal section and adjusted them both.
Patient’s homework was to massage that scar before doing exercises for the pectorlis.

Please click on below research articles on relation of scars to muscle pain and function.

CLINICAL IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE SCARS: ABNORMAL SCARS AS A CAUSE OF MYOFASCIAL PAIN

Surface electromyography of abdominal and back muscles in patients with active scars.

A CASE OF A PATHOGENIC ACTIVE SCAR

Skin, fascias, and scars: symptoms and systemic connections

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Low Back Pain & Non Force Adjustments/SOT Blocking: A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

One of the major complaints that causes patients to seek out a doctor of chiropractic is low back pain; it can be caused by either a problem with the lumbar spine or the sacrum.

As a doctor of chiropractic who is also an applied kinesiologist, I use a technique developed by Dr. DeJarnette called Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT); so named because of the relationship between the sacrum (base of the spine) and the occiput (base of the skull).

One of the functions of the sacrum is to pump cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) from the base of the spine back up the spinal canal to the brain and throughout the nervous system. The occiput also helps to pump CSF. The minute rhythmical motion is essential to optimal health – CSF effectively acts as the circulatory system of the brain and spinal cord.

The pelvis forms the foundational support of the human skeleton. It supports the upper body right up to the skull, and enables us to transfer our weight to our legs. The sacrum is a large bone located at the terminal part of the vertebral spine, where it forms the posterior aspect of the pelvis. The spine holds our body upright, supports all of our organs and provides anchor points for our muscles. It also protects our delicate nervous system. The nervous system controls our body, and can only function normally when our structures are balanced and our pelvis, sacrum and lumbar is stable.

Dr. DeJarnette’s studied two aspects of the sacroiliac joint; the anterior synovial portion and the posterior hyaline cartilage portion. The anterior sacroiliac joint should have motion and this is where sacral nutation and counternutation takes place. The posterior sacroiliac joint is focused on weight-bearing stability and support, which is why at the posterior joint surface there are interlocking of the ridges, and grooves by structures like muscles, ligaments and fascia.

DeJarnette evaluated the weight-bearing characteristics of the sacroiliac joint and determined that when the joint could not adequately support body weight then load bearing stress will be moved upward to the L5/S1 and L4/5 discs, most commonly.

DeJarnette developed an analysis which classified pelvic problems into three different categories and three different non-force techniques using SOT blocks in positions that correct the involved category.

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One of the major complaints that causes patients to seek out a doctor of chiropractic is low back pain; it can be caused by either a problem with the lumbar spine or the sacrum.

As a doctor of chiropractic who is also an applied kinesiologist, I use a technique developed by Dr. DeJarnette called Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT); so named because of the relationship between the sacrum (base of the spine) and the occiput (base of the skull).

One of the functions of the sacrum is to pump Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) from the base of the spine back up the spinal canal to the brain and throughout the nervous system. The occiput also helps to pump CSF. The minute rhythmical motion is essential to optimal health – CSF effectively acts as the circulatory system of the brain and spinal cord.

The pelvis forms the foundational support of the human skeleton. It supports the upper body right up to the skull, and enables us to transfer our weight to our legs. The sacrum is a large bone located at the terminal part of the vertebral spine, where it forms the posterior aspect of the pelvis. The spine holds our body upright, supports all of our organs and provides anchor points for our muscles. It also protects our delicate nervous system. The nervous system controls our body, and can only function normally when our structures are balanced and our pelvis, sacrum and lumbar is stable.

Dr. DeJarnette’s studied two aspects of the sacroiliac joint; the anterior synovial portion and the posterior hyaline cartilage portion. The anterior sacroiliac joint should have motion and this is where sacral nutation and counternutation takes place. 

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The posterior sacroiliac joint is focused on weight-bearing stability and support, which is why at the posterior joint surface there are interlocking of the ridges, and grooves by structures like muscles, ligaments and fascia.

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DeJarnette evaluated the weight-bearing characteristics of the sacroiliac joint and determined that when the joint could not adequately support body weight then load bearing stress will be moved upward to the L5/S1 and L4/5 discs, most commonly.

DeJarnette developed an analysis which classified pelvic problems into three different categories and three different non-force techniques using SOT blocks in positions that correct the involved category.

Category One is a pelvic torsion with altered sacral nutation(motion)  This lack of nutation affects the spinal and cranial meningeal and CSF systems which function to a degree like a closed kinematic chain. Therefore symptoms can be low back pain, chronic shoulder complaints, thoracic outlet syndrome, CSF stagnation, and altered vasomotor function.

Involved muscles can be the piriformis, quadratus lumborum, sacrospinalis, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus. As an applied kinesiologist, I’d check to see if they are hypotonic or hypertonic; as a neurokinetic therapist, I’d check to see if a muscle is weak (or inhibited) by another muscle compensating.

Therapy localization (TL) is done by putting 2 hands on each sacral-iliac joint and then challenging the pelvis for a structural listing and then blocks are put under the patient’s pelvis based to the findings.

The positive Tl’ed side is not adjusted. Cranials are checked.

Category Two happens when ligaments that hold the sacroiliac joint are stretched or sprained, allowing the joint surfaces to separate. Stress can aggravate this ligament weakness via adrenal hormone overdrive.

Symptoms can be low back pain, bowel complaints, possible dysfunction of the reproductive glands and the adrenals, shoulder problems and decreased cervical range of motion.

Involved muscles in addition to the ones mentioned in Category I are the sartorius, gracilis, rectus abdominals and hamstrings along with the iliolumbar ligament. These structures are tested via applied kinesiology and neurokinetic protocols mentioned above. Cranials again are checked.

Category Three occurs when the low back can no longer tolerate the physical stressors placed on it and involves both disc and nerve root aggravation. This can be a sudden one-off event such as a lift, or it can be a pre-existing weakness that is aggravated. Often Category Three produces pain in the low back and sometimes pain radiates down a leg as sciatica.

Muscles to be checked are the psoas as it attaches into the front of the lumbar vertebrae as well as the muscles involved in Category One as Category Three can be a Category One that was never corrected.

Correction in all the categories involves using blocks under the pelvis in specific directions related to the category and the subluxation/misalignment of the pelvis/sacrum. The patient’s weight and breathing help to balance the low back, sacrum and CSF flow and takes the pressure or irritation off the nerve. This allows the body to heal.

Patient is told to ice the involved areas, how to do daily activities, given stretches and exercises and advised on nutrition to help the body heal.

For more information on issues mentioned:

Cranial Sacral Therapy in Applied Kinesiology

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

The Use of Applied Kinesiology in a Chiropractic Examination

© 2017-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

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How Really Small Muscles Can Be A Real Pain In The Neck – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NKT Practitioner Explains

When a patient complains of neck pain or headaches, I first muscle test both the cervical flexor and extension muscles and muscles which when they test bilaterally weak such as the psoas or gluteus maximus suggest a fixation of the cervical vertebrae.

I ask questions: are the muscles weak and therefore affecting the alignment, movement of the cervical vertebrae?

Are one set of muscles weak or inhibited because of compensating (facilitating) muscle.

Or is the opposite true? Is it the hypertonic or facilitated muscle the problem?

Sometimes it’s not the bigger cervical flexor/extensor muscles that are causing pain either directly or by pulling vertebrae out of alignment and putting pressure on the nerves supplying the cervical area.

Sometimes it’s the half inch to inch muscles just below the occipital (base of your skull) that attach it to either the atlas (C1) or the axis (C2) or attach atlas to axis.

These muscles are called the Rectus Capitis Posterior Major, Rectus Capitis Minor, Obliquus Capitis Superior and Obliquus Capitis Inferior.

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The Rectus Capitis Posterior Major extends, laterally flexs and rotates the head.  The Rectus Capitis Minor extends and laterally flexes the head. The Obliquus Capitis Superior extends and laterally rotates the head. The Obliquus Capitis Inferior  rotates C1 and cranium.

Problems with these muscles can pull vertebrae out of alignment and put pressure on the cervical spinal roots and cause neck stiffness, pain and headaches. See dermatome map below for areas of innervation.

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Note there is no C1 dermatome. The C1 root innervates the meninges of the posterior fossa of the skull and has no cutaneous branch; the posterior fossa also contains the meningeal branches of vagus and hypoglossal nerve. Neck stiffness may be a test of the C1 root that innervates the meninges.

For more information, please see the following blogs:

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/the-use-of-applied-kinesiology-in-a-chiropractic-examination/.

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/spinal-pain-not-being-helped-see-an-applied-kinesiologist-it-may-be-a-fixation/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/how-a-combination-of-applied-kinesiology-neurokinetic-therapy-and-chiropractic-works/

For discussion about meninges:  https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/why-is-my-neck-problem-causing-low-back-or-leg-pain-a-nyc-chiropractor-applied-kinesiologist-nkt-practitioner-explains-the-lovett-brother-effect-on-the-spine/

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

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