The Cervical & Vagus Nerve Connection?! – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

I’ve been pondering the possible connection between the Cervical nerve and the Vagus nerve.

The Vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve or CN X, and interfaces with parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. The Vagus nerve supplies motor parasympathetic fibers to all the organs (except the adrenal glands), from the neck down to the second segment of the transverse colon. The Vagus also controls a few skeletal muscles in the neck or cervical area. The Vagus nerves are paired; however, they are normally referred to in the singular. It is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system.

The first and second cervical nerves are responsible for innervation of the head, face, inner middle ear, sinuses, eyes, upper neck, auditory nerves and other areas. The cervical nerves C3-C7 bear the responsibility of innervating the neck, shoulders, thyroid, teeth, tonsils, outer ear, nose, mouth, vocal cords, and more, with some of their individual responsibilities outlined below. The fourth cervical nerve innervates the thoracic diaphragm, leading to the creation of the surgical mnemonic “Cut C4, breathe no more.”

The Vagus Nerve (also known as the “wandering nerve”) exits the upper cervical spine and descends down to the heart and the stomach and the rest of the digestive system. We know of cases where severe massage of the neck muscles affects digestion and respiration.

The Vagus nerve travels along the side of the cervical vertebrae; fibers of the cervical nerves and the vagus innervate similar neck muscles. Misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae affects the nerves that innervate those muscles. A biofeedback can affect the Vagus.

A relatively new patient made me ponder this possible connection: he had fallen on his head 30 yrs ago. He complained of neck pain, gall bladder pain, low back pain, walking dis-ease, excessive hunger (drinks lots of veggie and fruit juices). He looked emaciated, held his head forward and his shoulders elevated. His X-rays show facet problems w C1-2 vertebra and a slipping forward of C2 on C3; he admits that he self-adjusts his neck.
On examination, found a bilateral weak psoas (a muscle involved in walking) which suggests a fixation of the occipital bone and C1 vertebrae and then also a fixation of C2 and C3.

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

I found abnormal sacral movement- a Sacral Wooble, released the erector spinal muscles, adjusted two cranial bones and  worked on acu-points for gall bladder, spleen and liver as well as lymphatic points
His neck’s range of motion is better and walking is not uncomfortable.
Gave instructions on how to track his head back without elevating his chin and told him to stop adjusting his own neck. My dietary advice was to stop juicing and eat solid veggies and more protein.
I emailed him  a youtube video on how to hold his head and another one on the dangers of self-adjustment.

That night and the next 2 days I get emails saying that though he thought I didn’t do a lot; he was not hungry and he had two really good bowel movements and his breathing and his voice is stronger. He was looking forward to his next visit.

Forward lean is a  constant problem with texting, working at a computer and just bad posture. Note that the doctor in the first video mentions that more forward lean, the more years of forward lean, the more medications the patient is on; more stress on cervical…more stress on Vagus?/…more problems w/ organ function.?!!. 

 

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A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist Posts a Case History Using both AK & Neuro-Kinetics

As you may know, I’m working on perfecting my recent knowledge of a technique called neuro kinetics and incorporating it into my chiropractic and applied kinesiology practice.      https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/taking-neuro-kinetic-therapy-seminar-sept-12nd-13th/  https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/a-nyc-chiropractorapplied-kinesiologist-starts-adding-neuro-kinetic-therapy-to-the-mix/

What applied kinesiology and neuro kinetics have in common is muscle testing and therapy localization. 

In the latter therapy localization (TL), the patient will either place their hand or finger on specific points, a vertebrae or another muscle and the doctor retests the previous weak or inhibited muscle to see if the weakness is corrected. https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/the-use-of-applied-kinesiology-in-a-chiropractic-examination/.

In neuro kinetics, the patient either touches a muscle or actively contracts the strong muscle that may be compensating for a inhibited muscle or set of muscles.

Female 50’s 1 wk ago sat in a small chair that only supported her “rt. cheek” resulting in lt. low back pain. Tested bilateral psoas/ tensor fasciae latae (TFL) /transverse abdominal (TVA)/ rectus abdominal (RA) /quadratus lumborum (QL)/hamstring/gluteus max….weak (W) or inhibited bilateral QL/ lt. glut max….patient therapy localizies rt. hamstring…..bilateral QL/lt. gluteus maximus now test strong …rt hamstring was facilitating muscle …… treat rt hamstring w/ spindle/golgi tendon work( an AK technique)…retest lt glut max/bilateral QL for “neural lock” which sends a message to the brain to start activating the previous inhibited muscle.

I then use chiropractic/applied kinesiology technique to correct the following: patient had a category 1 pelvis- patient’s torso is torquing opposite the upper body, (http://www.chiroaccess.com/Articles/Chiropractic-Technique-Summary–Sacro-Occipital-Technique-SOT.aspx?id=00002910) and  irritation of lt illiolumber ligament which connects 5th lumbar and pelvis , and irritation of lt sacro-tuberous ligament which connects bottom of sacrum to lower pelvis, adjust the torque of the 4th lumbar. Two cranial sutures were adjusted that go along with a category 1 pelvis.

Exercises for QL &  gluteus max are given.

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

Doing a proper examination with a new patient is of the upmost importance. It not only shows where the patient’s pain/problem is but it shows the location of the origin of the pain/problem and contributing factors.

For example, the patient may be complaining of posterior leg pain but orthopedic and neurological testing will show at what spinal nerve level does that leg pain originates from.

What muscles are weak or in spasm? For example, is the nerve being compressed by a spastic piriformis as the nerve travels down the buttock or is a weak piriformis or gluteus maximus allowing for instability in the lumbo-sacral or sacro-illiac joints.

testing rectus femoris

What is the history of this patient? A proper examination includes the filling out of an intake form which includes history of past injuries and current health problems.

Has this patient had a history of ankle injuries which may have affected their gait and caused compensation in the pelvis, hips or torso of the patient? Did that compensation set the patient up for problems down the road.

Does this patient have problems like acid reflux or breathing problems where the diaphragm is not working properly and therefore causing over-compensation in the abdominal muscles which support the low back or over-compensation in the neck muscles contributing to neck pain.

Does this patient have a history of hypertension; then a taking of the patient’s blood pressure is part of their examination. Are there white spots on their nails or do they bruise easily; patient may need certain supplements to improve oxygen flow/wound healing and cut down on chronic inflammation.

Does the patient have problems with urination or gout; these problems may show up as an energy blockage in the kidney meridian and the psoas muscles which is linked in applied kinesiology to the kidney meridian. Stimulation of acu-points on the kidney meridian may affect the psoas; part of which is located in the front of the lumbar spine and an imbalance can contribute to low back pain.

For more on use of applied kinesiology in a chiropractic examination; please see https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/the-use-of-applied-kinesiology-in-a-chiropractic-examination/

Range of motion testing shows not only what movements are painful but it is also important as it gives a clue of what muscles may be involved. Range of motion after treatment is a quick test of how the patient is doing.

A proper examination (and following treatments) also requires that the patient is either wearing an examination gown (women) or down to their underwear (men). This enables me as the doctor to rule out anatomical problems such as a swollen ankle or knee as contributing to the patient’s complaint.

The doctor can also rule out health problems that cause pain that need to be referred out. For example an established patient came in complaining of posterior pelvic pain and since she was in an examination gown, I noted a rash. The rash was herpes zoster and she needed to be referred out as well as needing nutritional advice and an adjustment. If she was still wearing street clothes as in many chiropractic practices, I would have not known the “real” cause of her pain.

The above examination takes time and is geared for a chiropractic and applied kinesiology practice not for a quickie fifteen minute /3x a week practice. . Unfortunately a lot of chiropractors do not do a complete examination which I deduce when new patients who have previously seen another chiropractor ask me when I enter the examination room if they should lay face down. No I say, I need to do an examination first.

If you are interested in a comprehensive examination and treatment, please free to contact me at drvittoriarepett@aol.com or call me at 212-431-3724. 

 

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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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A NYC Applied Kinesiologist on Your Ileo-Cecal Valve (& Houston’s) & Your Health

Problems w/ constipation? Diarrhea?  Having Strong urges to Defecate but Not Successful? Bloating?  Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Dark circles under your eyes? Sudden low back pain after bending over to pick up a dime on the floor? Pelvic Pains? Joint pains? Weakness of the Psoas, Iliacus or Quadriceps muscles – muscles involved in posture and locomotion

Could it be your Ileo-Cecal Valve (or your Houston’s valve) is involved?

The Ileo-Cecal Valve is located between the ileum (last portion of your small intestine) and the cecum or ascending colon (first portion of your large intestine; the appendix lays just below it.. Its function is to allow digested food materials to pass from the small intestine into your large intestine. The ileo-cecal valve also blocks these waste materials from backing back up into your small intestine. It is intended to be a one-way valve, only opening up to allow the digested material to pass through and then closing to prevent the fecal contents from “falling” back into the small intestine. When the small intestine/large intestine is not active in the process of digestion or stool production), the valve is relaxed, neither open or closed.

 

Houston’s Valve – are transverse folds of rectum tissue that supports the weight of your feces and prevents pressure on the anal tissue to prevent a constant sense of urgency to defecate. A problem with the Houston’s valve can create a constant urge to defecate however the person may not be successful or have an incomplete defecation.

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

When the ileocecal valve is stuck open waste products can back up into the small intestine (much like a backed up kitchen sink drain) disturbing your digestion and also creating unhealthy toxins that are absorbed into the body. Also, if the ileocecal valve is stuck closed waste products are prevented or constricted from passing into the large intestine.

Unfortunately, this disorder is often overlooked by the medical profession. A dysfunctional ileocecal valve can result in a combination of symptoms.

ileocecal-valve-diagram

Ileo-Cecal Valve (or Houston’s Valve)Syndrome Signs & Symptoms

Dark circles under eyes

Bowel disturbances (diarrhea / constipation)

Constant sense of urgency to defecate however either unsuccessful or incomplete.

Weakness of the Psoas, Iliacus or Quadriceps muscles – muscles involved in posture and locomotion

Low back pain – esp. pain on bending over

Severe lumbar disc complaints (sharp sudden pain)

Sinus problems, post nasal drip, headaches, tinnitus

GERD symptoms

Joint pains

Pelvic congestion and pain

PMS

Chronic inflammatory or toxicity complaints.

Causes of Ileo-Cecal Valve Syndrome

HCl Deficiency – Major Cause: Antacid Medication for GERD/H. Pylori – stops via various ways the flow of stomach acid needed to digest food, and absorb certain B vitamins and Calcuim.

Dehydration

Emotional upsets

High Colonics

How you eat (eating too quickly, eating foods you are sensitive to, under-chewing your food)

Foods you eat (carbonated drinks, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, raw foods, hot spicy foods)

TMJ Disorders

Treating Ileo- Cecal Valve (or Houston’s) Syndrome
Treatment options for ileocecal valve (or Houston’s) syndrome are adjustment of the value itself, chiropractic adjustment of the spinal segmental that innervates the value, and the small intestine, large intestine and the rectal  neurovascular & neurolympathic pts for the valves and the small & large intestine,and rectum and a change in diet.

Please note that adjustment of the valve MUST BE DONE IN ORDER TO “FIX”THE PROBLEM; just doing the other techniques will not “fix” the problem.

Possible nutrition: Chlorophyll, digestive enzymes, Vitamin D, Calcium

Temporary Diet Recommendations During Treatment
Avoid for two weeks:

Roughage foods–such as: seeds, whole grains, raw vegetables

Spicy foods–such as: chili powder, hot peppers, salsas, black and cayenne pepper,

Also eliminate– liquors, alcoholic drinks, cocoa, chocolate, caffeine products

References for your information:

A) on the Ileo-cecal Valve:

http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/subjects/subject/249

http://depts.washington.edu/growing/Assess/SBS.htm

http://www.anatomyatlases.org/atlasofanatomy/plate37/06cecumappendix.shtml

http://depts.washington.edu/growing/Assess/SBS.htm

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FDL/is_2_12/ai_n17209639/ -(Iliocecal valve syndrome and its role in GI disorders)

B) On how a problem in visceral can “refer” pain to the back (for example)

http://www.webmanmed.com/spinalnrv_files/lumbar.html

www.instantanatomy.net/abdomen/muscles/iliacus.html

http://www.instantanatomy.net/abdomen/nerves/referredpain.html

http://depts.washington.edu/msatlas/images/201.jpg -picture of iliopsoas muscle – note how part of the muscle’s insertion is into the lumbar spine..unequal pull or inflammation due to referred pain on one side will cause low back pain

C) On Houston’s Valve: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transverse_folds_of_rectum

© Revised: 2012-Dr.Vittoria Repetto

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