Disc Problems: Part 1 – Disc Herniation – A NYC Chiropractor/ Applied Kinesiologist / NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

Before we begin to talk about herniations; we need to talk about the structure and function of an intervertebral disc.

An intervertebral disc lies between adjacent vertebrae in the vertebral column. There are 23 discs in the human spine: 6 in the neck (cervical) region, 12 in the middle back (thoracic) region, and 5 in the lower back (lumbar) region. Each disc forms a fibrocartilaginous joint ( symphysis), it allows slight movement of the vertebrae, acts as a ligament to hold the vertebrae together, and functions as a shock absorber for the spine. 

Intervertebral discs consist of an outer fibrous ring, the annulus fibrosus  which surrounds an inner gel-like center, the nucleus pulposus. The annulus fibrosus consists of several layers  of tough fibrocartilage that can withstand compressive forces.  The nucleus of the disc acts as a shock absorber…think of it as a gliding ball moving in reaction to the movement of the vertebrae. For example as the spine flexes (bends forward) , the nucleus pulposus moves to the back or posterior of the disc absorbing the impact of the body’s activities and keeping the two vertebrae separated.

 

And as the spine extends , the gliding nucleus moves forward; bend sideways, the gel moves to the opposite side. You get the idea.

However what happens if the spine is “struck in a relatively immobile or restricted  position? That means that the nucleus pulposus is constantly in one location pushing up against the annulus fibers; and between the pressure from the nucleus and the increase of compressive forces from the abnormal spinal movement, the annulus fibers start to weaken. This allow part of the nucleus to protrude (and the fibers ) into either the spinal canal or up against a spinal nerve. This is called herniation or a bulging disc.

 

A spinal disc herniation  can happen during a trauma or a result of chronic abnormal spinal mechanics combined w/ poor posture.  Both the deformed annulus and the gel-like material of the nucleus pulposus can be forced laterally, or posterior, distorting local muscle function, and putting pressure on the nearby nerve. This can give the symptoms typical of nerve root entrapment. These symptoms can vary between parasthaesia (tingling), numbness, chronic or acute pain, either locally or along the area of the body served by the entrapped nerve (dermatome) and loss of muscle tone. 

The two most common areas of herniation are the cervical (neck) vertebrae and the lumbar (low back) vertebrae.  Please see below blogs for more information about problems with these regions.

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

How a NYC Chiropractor /Applied Kinesiologist /NeuroKinetic Therapist Treats Sciatica

 There are varying degrees of herniation; sometimes there is rupture of the annulus fibers and some of the nucleus pulposus escapes into the spinal canal and the area of the spinal cord. This is called a noncontained extrusion, which sometimes requires a surgical correction.

The degree of herniation requires visualization via MRI. However abnormal findings on MRI do not necessary relate to degree of symptoms; in fact, a number of MRI’s done on asymptomatic volunteers showed various herniations.

A proper examination with orthopedic and neurological testing will show at what spinal nerve level does the pain originates from. Muscle testing will show if an imbalance of muscle pull is affecting the spine and the patient’s posture.

The Importance of a Proper Chiropractic Examination – A NYC Chiropractor’s/Applied Kinesiologist’s Take

The Use of Applied Kinesiology in a Chiropractic Examination

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

I use a table that provides flexion distraction and spinal decompression; biomechanically it can open the disc space  by 28%; allowing for a gentle reversal of the herniation. This table and SOT non-force adjustments produce rapid improvement.

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

As the patient improves, symptoms such as pain or numbness will decrease, orthopedic and neurological tests will go from positive to negative and the muscles will test strong and balanced.

Think you may have a herniation problem? Please give me a call at 212-431-3724 or email me at drvittoriarepett@aol.com. 

And lets talk and see if I can help you.

 

 

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Medical Articles Of Interest for February 2017

Eggs, High Dietary Cholesterol Not Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia, Alzheimer’s

Dr Repetto’s comment: Egg yolks contain choline, a supplement important for brain health.

Matching the Right Diet to the Right Patient

Sitting Less Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes

DHA Supplements Linked to Less Progression to Alzheimer’s in APOE4 Carriers

More Support for Gut-Brain Link in Autism

Mediterranean Diet With Olive Oil Boosted HDL Function: PREDIMED

Dietary Protein – From Any Source – May Help Muscle Health

Vitamin D May Protect Against Respiratory Infections

Studies Suggest Cardiovascular Sweet Spot at Two Drinks per Day

Sports Hernias, Adductor Injuries, and Hip Problems Are Linked

 

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.

sot-blocks

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.

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. 

pelvic-ligaments-ant

si-movement

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.

postsacrummuscles

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

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Chronic Inflammation and How Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology Can Help.

First what is inflammation?

Acute inflammation is our body’s natural reaction to infection, trauma, irritants and other hurtful stimuli. Inflammation is an innate reaction that helps remove the hurtful stimulus out and starts the healing process. The signs of inflammation are pain, heat, redness and sometimes loss of function.

However inflammation becomes problematic when it becomes chronic. The body goes into a vicious cycle; creating more of an inflammatory response to get rid of the chronic problem which causes tissue damage and has dire consequences. This can be aggravated by certain foods and lifestyles; too enough sleep, too much stress, muscle/joint/spinal dysfunction, a diet full of processed nutrient – poor foods, overuse of prescription and OTC drugs, food allergies/intolerances, poor gut microbiology and leaky gut.

Chronic inflammation can also be the result of an autoimmune response where the immune system mistakes healthy tissue for unhealthy pathogens.

A lot of people don’t find out that they have chronic inflammation until they’re diagnosed with a disease that’s associated with it such as atherosclerosis, degenerative or herniated disc problems, celiac disease, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and even cancer.

Some other signs include: high blood pressure, fatigue, skin problems, constipation or diarrhea, joint pain, shortness of breath and indigestion.

chronic-inflammation

So it is important to help the body get rid of any chronic inflammation.

Chiropractic and applied kinesiology are some of the best tools you could ever ask for in the fight against chronic inflammation. Studies have shown that adjustments help reduce the production of two inflammatory cytokines, which can reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Here are 2 such studies: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4291009/ Tissue Damage Markers after a Spinal Manipulation in Healthy Subjects: A Preliminary Report of a Randomized Control   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24450367  Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation.

As an applied Kinesiologist, I deal with increasing blood and lymphatic flow to the spine, muscles and joints and organs.

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

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

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/a-nyc-chiropractor-talks-about-the-triad-of-health-in-applied-kinesiology/

I can also assist patients in the fight against chronic inflammation in other ways too.

Chronic inflammation responds very well to lifestyle changes. I can advise how to begin an anti-inflammation diet. Vitamin D, Omega 3’s and magnesium as well as other supplements may also provide relief from chronic inflammation.

Eliminating food allergies or intolerances, improving helpful gut bacteria microbiology, improving leaky gut and fixing spastic intestinal valves are a big part of decreasing chronic inflammation. https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/it%e2%80%99s-not-a-food-allergy-maybe-it%e2%80%99s-a-food-intolerance/      

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2009/05/23/what-is-an-ileo-cecal-valve-and-how-is-it-related-to-your-digestive-health/

Exercise, proper nutrition and regular chiropractic care can go a long way toward treating a variety of health problems, including chronic inflammation.

If you are suffering from chronic inflammation; please contact me at 212-431-3724 or at http://wwww,drvittoriarepetto.com

 

 

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Great nutritional info on my facebook page

 Dear Patients  & Friends,

 The following articles have been posted on my Facebook page
My facebook page is set for public viewing meaning you don’t need a facebook page to read it.
But some of the articles are from a website for medical professionals only; on my facebook page I have cut and pasted the contents of those article. The Beans, Greens, and the Best Foods For the Brain article  is one such article; please be sure to check it out
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Dr. Vittoria Repetto
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Bursitis: How a NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKineticTherapist Treats It.

First, what is a bursa (bursae)? A bursa is any small pouch or sac between tendons, muscles or bony joints at points of friction or stress which contains a very slippery synovial fluid which allows the two sides of the sac to slide freely. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synovial_bursa

The term “bursitis” is a combination of “bursa” and “itis,” a word termination meaning inflammation of the bursa. Bursitis is an inflammation of the lubricating membrane. The classic signs of inflammation are pain, heat, redness and swelling.

The most common bursae sites involved in bursitis are at the shoulder, elbow, hip joint, knee and heel.

Here’s an image of the shoulder bursa:

bursitis_shoulder

Bursitis can be caused by trauma, infection or crystal deposits. Trauma is the most common type; it usually develops from mechanical stress due to overuse, direct injury or muscle/joint misalignment.

Bursitis caused by trauma is usually what a doctor of chiropractic who uses applied kinesiology and neurokinetic therapy will see so I will confine my discussion to that type.

Repetitive activities as in sports or washing a floor on your knees are examples of overuse. Falling or hitting a joint can cause inflammation to the bursa.

Muscle/joint misalignment is often an overlooked but very common cause of bursitis; joints depend on the contraction of certain muscles that move the joint in the desired direction and the relaxation of opposing muscles.

Improper contraction or using the wrong set of muscles or the joint not being in the correct position to allow the correct contraction can cause a misalignment problem and stress the bursa and cause inflammation.

When a patient comes in with a bursitis problem, one of the first things that I do is test the surrounding muscles for any weaknesses or spasms as a muscle imbalance will affect the joint and the bursa.

In the case of shoulder bursitis, I ask  is there a dysfunction in the coordination of muscles working in patterns. Is the biceps or pectoralis major or trapezius   compensating (facilitating)  for weak or inhibited muscles like the deltoid or rotator cuff muscles , for example. or vice versa. Muscle imbalance can cause uneven pull or  misalignment of the joints that surround the bursa; causing inflammation of the bursa.

Weak muscles are strengthened and muscle spasms or compensating muscles are relaxed via spindle and golgi tendon work. Blood flow to the muscles is improved by working on neuro-vascular points and lymphatic flow.

The joint alignment is checked and any misalignment is corrected by adjustment of the joint.
For information on specific techniques, please read:

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

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

http://neurokinetictherapy.com/what-is-neurokinetic-therapy

Adequate nutrition for repair and health of the bursa is discussed with the patient.

Sometimes chronic systemic inflammation in a patient requires improving the gut digestion as this can affect one’s joint.

Applications of ice decreases swelling and use of wet heat increases blood and lymph flow to promote healing.

Lifestyle changes are recommended; for example if one has to kneel for work, heel pads are suggested. And proper stretching and exercises are recommended to support the joint and the muscles crossing the bursa.

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Thoughts on Whiplash or Neck Trauma by a NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist

“Whiplash” is commonly associated with auto accidents but also can be associated with many types of trauma like sport injuries, bad falls and even nodding off in chair and awaking with a sudden jerking of the neck.

The term “whiplash” refers to the mechanism of the injury. The proper terminology is cervical hyperextension/hyperflexion sprain. Hyperextension means that the head and neck are bent backward beyond their normal range of movement. Hyperflexion means that the head and neck are bent forward beyond the normal range of motion. Symptoms can include neck and back pain, loss of range of motion, shoulder & arm pain or numbness, jaw pain, dizziness, headaches, nausea, difficulty swallowing etc.

Within the neck region’s joints are some of the most complex movements within the body. The cervical bones house and protect the spinal cord. Nerves from the cord pass out of the spine between the vertebrae; nerve entrapment can happen due to the shift of the cervical joint and spasm in both the smaller vertebral muscles http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/the-prevertebral-muscles-of-the-neck.html that control fine movements and the larger and longer muscles https://www.realbodywork.com/learn/neck/neck.htm that control the gross movements of the neck which can result in the above

cervical muscles

Cranial-Sacral Mechanism: the skull and sacrum operate in ways that are often inadequately considered in whiplash cases. There is movement between the cranial bones and the sacrum called the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism that pumps cerebrospinal fluid https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/cranial-sacral-therapy-in-applied-kinesiology/ up and down the spine that helps keep the nerves healthy. Whiplash can cause jamming of the cranial bones resulting in poor function. Poor function of this mechanism can interfere with cranial nerves, some of which control neck muscles, muscles that move the eyes, and muscles that move the jaw, muscles involved with swallowing and breathing.

Some of the very bizarre symptoms of whiplash trauma develop as a result of cranial dysfunction. Intricately associated with this area are the nerves responsible for balance. These include cranial nerve VIII, which supplies the balance mechanism of the middle ear, cranial nerves III, IV, and VI that supply the muscles that move the eyes and are intricately associated with the visual righting reflexes, and the nerve endings in the upper cervical vertebral ligaments that supply the head on-neck reflexes. These reflexes must work together. If there has been injury causing improper nerve supply to one or more of these areas, neurologic disorganization develops that can cause a change in muscle function throughout the body; there may be dizziness, ear ringing, nausea, blurred or double vision, headaches, and myriad other symptoms.

Many whiplash patients develop pain in the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is aggravated by chewing. https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/tmj-problems-jaw-problems-and-how-a-nyc-chiropractorapplied-kinesiologist-handles-the-problem/

As a doctor of chiropractor who also does applied kinesiology, I not only deal with restoring the proper movement of the cervical vertebrae https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/the-subluxationspinal-joint-dysfunction/ but almost dealing with the injury to the both the flexion and extension muscles of the cervical area mentioned above whether they need to be relaxed or whether they need to be strengthened. https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/muscle-balancing-in-applied-kinesiology/

Nutrition is suggested to help repair injured muscle fibers.

Cranial bone movement is checked via muscle testing and restored by non-force movements with inspiratory assistance

The movement of the sacrum, commonly missed in a non-applied kinesiology office, is checked for dysfunction and adjusted for return of normal function and proper flow of the cerebrospinal fluid so important to the health of the brain and the spinal cord and nerves.

 

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How a NYC Chiropractor /Applied Kinesiologist /NeuroKinetic Therapist Treats Sciatica

First what is sciatica; sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve is formed from the Lumbar 4 (L4) to Sacral 3 (S3) segments of the spinal nerves as they exit the vertebrae at the same levels.

It provides motor innervation and sensation to part of the muscles along the lower lumbar vertebrae and the muscles of your hip and pelvis, to the muscles in your thigh esp. the hamstrings the back of your knee and lower leg and the sole of your foot.

sciatic_nerve

When you have sciatica, you can have pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in any of the fore mentioned areas. It can start in the low back and extend down the back of your thigh to your calf, foot, or even your toes. It’s usually on only one side of your body.

Causes of sciatica include a herniation or degeneration of a disc at the levels mentioned above, subluxation of the vertebrae associated w the sciatic nerve. https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/the-subluxationspinal-joint-dysfunction/ or a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root which is called spinal stenosis.

As a doctor of chiropractic, I would do a proper orthopedic and neurological examination to determine the level of spinal dysfunction/subluxation.

But before adjusting the vertebrae to remove the subluxation, I would test via muscle testing and palpation the muscles innervated by the involved spinal segments or attached to the spinal segments.

A case in point would be the testing of the psoas muscle as part of the muscle attaches to the anterior of the lumbar vertebrae; a weakness or a hyper tonicity of the muscle can cause rotation of the vertebrae and place tension on the sciatic nerve root. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoas_major_muscle

The piriformis muscle is another important muscle that needs to be checked as the sciatic nerve passes under the piriformis; a spasm of this muscle can put pressure on the sciatic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piriformis_muscle

sciatic-nerve

 

Other muscles that may be checked are the hamstrings, the lumbar erector, the quadratus lumborum, the gluteus maximus and the gluteus mediu

I ask,  is there a dysfunction in the coordination of muscles working in patterns. Is the above mentioned psoas or piriformis inhibited by the muscles  like the gluteus maximus or the quadratus lumborum that are compensating (facilitating) for weak or inhibited muscles, for example. or vice versa. Muscle imbalance can cause misalignment of the vertebrea they attach to. 

The muscles that are found to be either weak or hyper tonic are balanced by spindle or golgi tendon work and blood flow and lymphathic drainage to the muscle is increased by working on neuro-vascular and neuro-lymphatic points.

I would also test for problems with the illiolumber ligament and the sacrotuberous ligament which help stabilize the lumbar spine and sacrum respectively.

http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/iliolumbar-ligament

http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/sacrotuberous-ligament

I also examine the pelvis as the pelvis forms the foundation support of the human skeleton, I look to see if the patient is showing what is known in SOT technique as a Category Three pelvic problem.

Category Three occurs when the low back can no longer tolerate the physical stressors placed on it. This can be a sudden one-off event such as a lift, or it can be a pre-existing weakness that is aggravated. Category Three produces pain in the low back and sciatica. Correction involves using blocks under the pelvis in a specific direction and position. Your weight and breathing helps to gently balance the low back and take the pressure or irritation off the nerve.http://www.soto.net.au/A-patients-guide-to-the-practice-of-SOT

I also check for cranial involvement; there are cranial faults involved in low back and sciatic pain. https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/cranial-sacral-therapy-in-applied-kinesiology/

The combination of all these techniques along with nutrition and specific stretches and exercises helps the patient heal faster.

 For information on specific techniques, please read:

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

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

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

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/the-art-and-science-of-muscle-testing-in-applied-kinesiology/

© 2015-Dr. Vittoria Repetto/ 2016 revised 

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A NYC Chiropractor Talks About The Triad of Health In Applied Kinesiology

 There are three factors involved when we talk about restoring or maintaining health, it is a triad symbolized by an equilateral triangle. If one side of the triangle is ignored, health is diminished and can lead to a significant health problem.

 

 As a doctor of chiropractic using applied kinesiology to evaluate body function, I have a special interest in carefully observing all side of this triangle so that a patient can be evaluated and treated successfully.

The three parts of this equilateral triangle or triad are Structure, Chemical and Mental.

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 Structure: Chiropractic is the major healing profession dealing with the triad’s structural base. Chiropractors using applied kinesiology not only deal with the spine but also with the joints and muscles of the body.

 Structural changes (especially of the spine) may compromise the spaces that nerves must transverse, causing nerve entrapment. Nerves are a major form of communication in the body; muscles, organs and glands may not function correctly if there is nerve entrapment. Lymphatic flow and vascular flow can also be entrapped. Body pain and numbness, lack of energy, general malaise, decreased immune and organ function are possible signs of a problem with nerve, lymphatic or vascular flow that started with a structural problem. Muscle weakness and imbalance can increase the structural instability which is compromising nerve, lymphatic and vascular flow, thus forming a vicious circle.

 Chemical: The allopathic medical profession attempts to control body dysfunction via prescription drugs; unfortunately most drugs only mask symptoms and do not cure and in addition can cause dangerous side effects.

 In holistic professions such as chiropractic, nutritional deficiencies are included in the chemical side of the triangle.

 Malnutrition is an increasing problem due to refining of foods, addition of toxic chemicals, increase in pesticide use, dietary indiscretion and the depletion of the soil in which food are grown. Malnutrition is insidious in nature, often not resulting in a classic malnutrition disease but causing a general health loss.

 Along with physical examination and tests, nutritional supplements can be tested by having the patient chew the supplement and see if it is needed.

 Certain foods such as wheat or diary can also be tested to see if the food is harmful as in food allergies or sensitivity.

 Mental/Spiritual: We all know that a person’s mental attitude affects their health. A headache can precede a stressful situation such a job interview or a family gathering. A patient who suffers from chronic fatigue can start to believe that they will never get well and constantly sends negative impulses via their thoughts to their brain and nervous system causing a vicious cycle.

 Mood swings or depression can be the result of low blood sugar, low omega 3 fats, or too much of the wrong nutrition, for example.

 Postural changes such chronic tight trapezius muscles caused by stress can affect how well a person feels.

 The sides of the triad or equilateral triangle interact with each other. For example, when there is constant structural strain it can affect a person’s emotions. Emotions affect the normal digestion of the food a person eats or the person eats too much sweets due to their emotions. Due to this the chemical side of the triangle becomes involved and a nutritional deficiency develops which may develop into muscle weakness or spasm that increases the structural strain tus completing a vicious cycle.

 As a doctor of chiropractor and an applied kinesiologist, one can evaluate and treat all sides of the triangle. One can correct structure and nerve function to effect better support and control of a patient’s health. The triad of health can be tested via the patient’s own body to determine the effect. Emotional and anxiety reactions can be improved by positive feedback and emotional release techniques and with working with the other two sides of the triangles.

 The interplay between parts of the triangle affects many aspects of health and affects the ability of an holistic doctor to treat the WHOLE PERSON.

For information on examination in Applied Kinesiology: 

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

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Vittoria – so I think you remember, and I want to THANK YOU for all your advice regarding gall bladder cleaning – I want to post about this too on Facebook and thank you, if that is OK – I had the six month followup on my gall bladder – and while I am not 100% clean, my doctor said he had never seen such rapid improvement – which he said had to be the diet on top of the Ursodial medicine – the scans are just incredible – from a gall bladder full of sludge and stones, to one with such a scattering of tiny sparkles, remnants of what was there and no edema or wall swelling and no issues with the bile ducts – I am still going to continue with ursodial another 6 months at least, and of course, olive oil, artichoke, healthy fats, mostly vegetarian and fish – but really the changes are incredible and what should take two years, took about 6 months – really thank you – Mike