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

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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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TMJ Problems (Jaw Problems) and How A Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKineticTherapy Practitioner Handles the Problem

Temporomandibular Joint problems(TMJ) or jaw pain occur mainly as a result of an imbalance  with the joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head.

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The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.

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What Causes TMJ Problems?

  • Receiving a heavy blow or whiplash
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ
  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
  • Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress or Emotional Overload which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
  • Biting down on a hard and/or thick piece of food
  • Using jaw clenching to compensate for weak or inhibited muscles elsewhere

What Are the Symptoms of a TMJ Problem?

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
  • Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth or chewing
  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • May occur on one or both sides of the face

Other common symptoms of a TMJ problem can include digestive problems, toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitis).

Neurological influences of the temporomandibular joint

As a Applied Kinesiologist and Doctor Of Chiropractic, I look at the articulation of the joint itself and the pull of the muscles such as the Masseter, the Temporalis, the External Pterygoid and the Internal Pterygoid on the joint itself. Neck muscles, hyoid muscles  and upper back muscles also affect the TMJ. Are they in spasm? Are they weak?  Do they need muscle spindle or golgi tendon work?

As a NeuroKineticTherapy practitioner, I ask if some muscles are compensating (or overactive) for inhibited or weak muscles. “The jaw muscles can compensate for weakness in the grip, in the neck flexors, or in the hip flexors.” http://neurokinetictherapy.com/do-you-treat-causes-or-symptoms-part-three

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As the TMJ is part of the skull, the cranial bones are checked for alignment; esp the occipital bone at the back of the head.

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Subluxations of the occipital also are involved with upper cervical (neck) problems and therefore cervical subluxations are adjusted

And since the examining acupuncture pts. on the head shows us that a number of meridians associated with digestion such as the stomach, small intestine and large intestines cross the TMJ can affect digestion (digestion can affect the TMJ), checking acupunture pts., the neuro-lymphatic and neuro-vascular points for digestive organs need to checked to see if there is any connection.

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Once all the above are checked, then a very gentle adjustment of the joint itself can done.; a number of adjustments may be needed to break the subluxated pattern and get the Jaw joint moving freely and pain and noise free.

If you believe you have a TMJ problem, please give my office at call at 212-431-3724 for an appointment.

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Patient Testimonials on a NYC Chiropractor /Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist

 

The following testimonials are from “Patient Testimonials” page on our web site http://www.drvittoriarepetto.com

 

I have been receiving chiropractic treatments for more than 40 years.  During that time period, I had the opportunity to meet only two outstanding chiropractors.  Dr. Repetto is one of these two.

Dr. Repetto has an extensive knowledge base that allows her to “think-outside-of-the-box” and provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan.  Most importantly, she implements each patient’s plan in a caring and compassionate manner, and she consistently uses progress monitoring to adjust the plan as needed.

I highly recommend Dr. Repetto to all.

Donna V.

 Dr. Repetto is a unique individual with a breadth of knowledge and a determination to help her patients that is rare and valuable. If you are looking for a routine set of adjustments that each patient receives routinely, this is NOT the doctor for you. Dr. Repetto cares about the root cause of patients’ issues, and assesses and treats people holistically. She’s helped me improve movement, and recover from injury, and when i had a horrible bout of bronchitis she treated me daily.  This is a unique talent, motivated by the desire to help, not money.

Brian G.

 I have been seeing Dr. Repetto for almost 20 years. She is incredibly knowledgable and quite a gifted  healer. She has helped me structurally as well as nutritionally. Anyone looking for a comprehensive approach to healing, you will not be disappointed. I am so glad I found her!!

Samora S.

 I was first seen by Dr. Vittoria Repetto in the 1990’s for sciatica and lower back pain that was at the time very severe and limited my abilities to perform many of my daily activities. After several hour-long treatments with Dr Repetto, I am happy and grateful to say my  sciatica and lower back ache and pain went away and had not returned.

On Mother’s Day 2011, I suffered an extremely serious and almost fatal fall from a darken stairwell. I required several surgeries afterwards. However, I was left with weaknesses in both my hands and arms, terrible pain in my lower back and weakness in my hips.

I finally chose to see Dr. Repetto after a long absence to seek treatment for what seem as unfixable problems. In addition to using chiropractic and applied kinesiology, Dr. Repetto has now added neurokinetic therapy to her list of techniques What I now find is that I get immediate relief, effective zeroing in on my pain and more lasting results. I am always amazed by how much better I feel when I leave the office and how it brings true pain relief and health benefits that last.

An example of this was a limp I was experiencing after dealing with my mom in Florida who had a stroke. Dr. Repetto was able to diagnose and treat the limp in one visit and I literally was able to walk significantly better and the limp has not return.

I highly recommend Dr. Vittoria Repetto without reservation.

  J.Sanchez

 

I saw Dr. Repetto when my back went out unexpectedly 48 hours before taking a trip to Hawaii. I was scheduled for an appointment quickly and seen promptly. Dr. Repetto took a detailed medical history and gave me a thorough exam. She was able to get me out of pain with adjustment and massage and gave me exercises and strategies to manage pain for my trip. I was able to snorkle and hike Diamondhead without any issues thanks to her.

Ma KB

Nine years ago I went to see Dr. Repetto for a chronic lower back problem and now I can’t imagine life without her healing hands.  Currently she keeps me healthy and pain-free through regular chiropractic treatments while recommending nutritional supplements (when needed) to improve any health issues that might arise. Another miracle was performed by Dr. Repetto for a friend of mine that suffers from CLL leukemia, diabetes and heart problems.  Bedridden with a weak immune system, her doctors offered no help.  Desperate, I turned to Dr. Repetto who researched her symptoms and suggested specific nutritional supplements.  Within 24 hours of taking the supplements, her immune system was improving and is gaining strength with each day!  Dr. Repetto is a life-saver and a doctor you can trust!

Maria M.

I had a chronic back problem several years ago. I had been treated by physical therapy for a long time. Afterwards, I was not getting any better and did not want to continue. So I had stopped going.  One day while at work a co-worker had told me of a Chiropractor that he had seen for his own back problem. I decided to see the Chiropractor and what the physical therapist could not do she was able to do.

Ellen C

 I can vouch for Dr. Repetto! She’s been my chiropractor for about six years, and she just worked magic on an old injury.

I had to have surgery to reconstruct my shattered pelvis after a very serious accident in 2011. My surgeon warned me at the time that I would lose feeling on the front of my thigh because they would have to sever a nerve serving that skin. While I’m profoundly grateful to have regained 100% of my strength and range of motion, I’ve been mourning the loss of sensation in that large area ever since.. Damn!

I just had to have yet another surgery related to that same accident and I’ve had some concerns about post surgery nerve function in a muscle group adjacent to the numb skin on my thigh. I asked Dr. Repetto to check it out, and she also did some work on the numb area. I’m thrilled and astounded to be able to say that after she treated me the other night I seem to have suddenly regained sensation in a large portion of the numb skin area! Honestly, that should have been impossible. I don’t have full sensation yet. It’s kind of tingly, but I have another appointment with Dr. Repetto next week. Crossing fingers. It would be magical to regain that area.

Cheryl S.

 Dear Dr. Repetto,

Your treatment made all the difference for Leah for the two remaining weeks of her ballet courses. Leah said she followed your advice, keeping her arches iced and elevated at every opportunity and being careful to tone down on higher impact leaps and movements – such as the repetitive hops on pointe on one foot. She also did some segments of the corp de ballet group class work just in her ballet slippers. But, she was able to continue doing the pointe work for the classical ballet solo roles that the studio was teaching.

As I mentioned when we spoke that day, everyone else I’d called on the studio’s medical referral list didn’t have any appointment openings available for 2 or 3 weeks or more and I was really beginning to despair. Leah would have been sidelined for the entire remainder of the repertory course if she’d had to wait that long, which would have made her truly miserable, especially since she’d worked so hard helping to save up so she could attend the program.

Thank you again for your marvelous promptness in providing treatment to Leah on such short notice and for your generous provision of your time, kind follow-ups, and wonderful patient care.

Best regards,

Elizabeth T – Leah’s mother

 I truly wish to continue the treatments because of how amazingly conprehensive your style of practice is from ordinary Chiropractors.  I had no idea that ther was such a thing as an Applied Kinesiologist! It’s really awesome.  And I especially appreciate your nutritional service and approach- something I had never expected from a chiropractor!  But of course, it was no

surprise, it’s the reason why I knew I wanted you to be my Chiropractor. I had read your article and was sold!

It worked too! somehow I had a(n) (emotional) “release” during one manipulation which had me in an absolute  Zen state of hilarity for a good 1 -2 minutes or more!  Remember? I couldn’t stop laughing. I saw the irony of myself, everthing and everyone and how miniscule

things really are compared to TRUE brilliant,beautiful, unified, bright reality.  LOL! Holy Cow!  That’s the hallmark of a great body worker!

Tania E.

 “Dr. Vittoria Repetto is an excellent Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist. Her superb knowledge and ability to solve issues has helped relieve painful issues that presented in my life. Dr. Repetto is a caring, concerned healer. Her rates are so very reasonable and the service is priceless. I highly recommend Dr. Vittoria Repetto to attend to your chiropractic needs. She also offers vitamin, mineral supplements that really help increase energy and promote good health”

Donna Bungo

 I went to Dr. Repetto because I felt swollen and I knew this was not a weight gain. I was diagnosed w/ food allergies to oat, corn, wheat and soy. After extensive therapy, I was back to normal. In addition, I had gall bladder and thyroid problems, which Dr. Repetto has helped w/ chiropractic, acu-point therapy, proper nutrition and supplements. I feel like a new person.

Barbara Marino

 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

 “It is not much of an exaggeration to write that Dr. Repetto has helped me get my complete health back, something that I have sought for over 20 years.

Many people who have known me for a long time, who meet me now, cannot help but comment on how healthy I look and act. I obviously wanted to be healthy for myself but I hope that how Dr. Repetto was able to help me, that others are similarly helped! Her understanding of the role that nutrition plays in one’s life has made me feel as if I were 3 years old again!

I have recommended her work to others who have also been greatly helped by her. I am certain that they will write glowing recommendations based on how much she has helped them. The most important aspect of her work is the time and commitment she will dedicate to your health, if you are also willing to do so!”

Tricia Mullen

 Suffering from lower back problems for 2 years, bulging and herniated discs – I was at my wits end! I’ve been to physical therapy and chiropractors, but within weeks, I was back to where I started, crippled, body out of alignment and in pain! I arrived at Dr. Repetto’s office with very little knowledge of kinesiology, quite nervous and hoping for some relief. Within one week I started feeling better both physically and emotionally. She’s also developed a program of nutrition, exercise and vitamins to improve my whole being. It’s now been several months with no back pain. Dr. Repetto’s experience and knowledge in treating the whole body is unmatched. I trust her implicitly and know I’m in the very best of hands. She truly has the gift of healing!

Maria McIsaac

 I know Vittoria for so many years now, and I cannot be happier for knowing that I can always rely on her. She is not only a great chiropractor, she is a nutritionist, a consultant and most important someone who really cares about you and your well-being. You can call her anytime, she is always there for you. She is honest and deeply concerned about your problems: she is the kind of doctor that every doctor, in any discipline, should be, but unfortunately is not anymore. I highly recommend her!!!

Laura Caparrotti

 Dr. Vittoria Repetto has been an amazing health professional who has not only helped me in dealing with back pain but in strengthening my back, posture and my vitamin needs. She will take care of you and spend time with you as no other chiropractic doctor I have ever known. I cannot say more about her professionalism and… her awesome approach to healing! You will be amazed as well. I have known her since 1990!

Jesus Sanchez

 Dear Dr. Repetto,

Since you treated me, I have learned what my problem actually was (not what other doctors were “saying” it was) and I have been feeling better with what seemed like a chronic condition for many years. I guess I’m shocked that other doctors did not understand, or care to take the time to understand what was going on and you did. Thank you for your insight and your skill. The exercises you gave me, as well as the supplements, have made my leg feel stronger and I no longer wake up in the middle of the night in pain. Thanks so much.

Clare Ultimo

 Dr. Repetto is a really great doctor and person who I have had the pleasure of knowing and seeing for 20 years. My mother, myself and now my wife are all patients. She is an expertly skilled chiropractor who has provided us with great relief. She is knowledgeable and caring, which is what makes her so good at her job. She is also very helpful regarding nutrition and exercise. Thanks very much Dr. Repetto for all the help you have provided me over the years and will continue to provide.

Matthew Shorr

 I have been visiting Dr. Vittoria Repetto for my chiropractic needs for the last two years. I initially went to her for upper back problems. I am pleased to report that she has completely rid me of upper back pain. As a bonus, Dr. Repetto was also able to cure a nagging shoulder problem that had bothered me for several years. I had lost complete range of motion in my left shoulder and had started to wonder if I would need surgery. After 4 visits over the course of about a month and a half, I regained full range of motion and my shoulder hasn’t bothered me since. That was about nine months ago. Dr. Repetto has also helped me with wrist problems related to computer use. I highly recommend Dr. Repetto to anyone with back problems or joint problems in any area of the body. She is the very best.

Kim M.

 I came to Dr. Repetto to help me deal w/ chronic neck and shoulder pain, TMJ and an ear that was constantly popping. One day, following my first two visits, it struck me that my neck no longer hurt, and my ear no longer pops. The TMJ is better too. Thanks, Doc.!

Martha Colby

 As a member of PHI and a subscriber to Post-Polio Health, I would like to respond to your query concerning chiropractors. I have personally been to a number of chiropractors and have found that, as in all of the health care professions, dramatic variations exist among the practitioners and the types of treatments offered. Fortunately, I found an expert chiropractor in New York, Dr. Vittoria Repetto who treats patients with gentle chiropractic manipulation, applied kinesiology (muscle balancing and strengthening work), acupressure, nutrition, etc. I believe it is important that you clarify your goals when seeking chiropractic care. My personal results with my chiropractor during the last years have been outstanding. I have increased my walking ability and am much stronger. Don’t be discouraged — I went to many orthopedists, podiatrists, physical therapists and other chiropractors before finding a chiropractor that had the extraordinary knowledge and techniques to make a vast improvement in my quality of life.

Tammy Raum   Printed in: http://www.post-polio.org/net/help3.html

 Before I came to see Dr. Repetto, I had constant shoulder and neck pain. I had been told I should not play golf (a passion of mine) and that I may need an operation.

I am happy to say that Dr. Repetto has gotten me to a point where I am practically pain free and more important playing golf without any problems. And I certainly don’t need an operation.

I can not say enough about Dr. Repetto. If you are looking for a doctor who truly listens to you and one who will treat the whole person and not just symptoms, she is definitely the doctor for you.

Connie B.

 Dr. Vittoria Repetto is a gifted and patient-friendly chiropractor who works in an airy, upbeat and comfortable office on West Broadway just south of Canal Street. Years of dedicated practice and a nature talent allow her to adapt a full range of chiropractic procedures to each patient’s special needs. Her treatments inevitably leave one with a feeling of heightened energy, and can result in direct relief from physical pain. In addition to spinal, cranial, muscle stretching and acu-point therapies, all provided with a consideration of the client’s general medical condition, Dr. Repetto offers expert advice on nutrition and exercise in terms of individual lifestyles.

Anthony B.

 I have been to many chiropractors for many different health problems such as my asthma over the course of 30 years. I was new to the New York area and had not seen or known of many doctors here.

When my problems became unmanageable, I sought out and, by some miracle, came upon Dr. Vittoria Repetto. I called her and she was able to accommodate me that same day. After my first treatment, there was a profound difference in my overall wellbeing. I was truly shocked. Even my family noticed that I was improved and all were impressed after only the first time.

I continue to improve as Dr. Repetto works with me and treats me in the many areas of chiropractic including applied kinesiology, acupressure therapy and nutritional support. She takes time with each patient, explains everything to you and makes sure you are taken care of and treated with dignity. I believe it is imperative to treat the whole person and not just the symptom.

Dr. Repetto is a true healer and becoming her patient was one of the most important and most intelligent things I have done for myself. If you want to find a doctor to work with you, to help yourself feel better and improve your overall wellbeing, then you must call Dr. Repetto and set up an appointment to see her.

Anika C.

 Vittoria is concise, and through. Her authoritative manner and expert skill combined with warmth and humor made for a wonderful experience. Her offices are professional and comfortable. She always goes the extra mile suggesting any necessary nutritional supplements, as well as updating you regularly with the latest articles, or papers pertinent to the health/body issue you present her with.

Lucia Rossman, Owner, Digi Dog Design

 I strongly recommend Dr. Repetto. She is a great chiropractor and applied kinesiologist and has a gift for finding the cause of problems and how to fix them quickly and efficiently. She is also a great nutritional/lifestyle coach whose guidance has definitely helped my overall well being.

Maria Lapachet

 

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Cranial Sacral Therapy in Applied Kinesiology

Cranial Sacral Therapy is a technique taught in Applied Kinesiology based on Cranial Osteopathy which was discovered by osteopath Dr. William Sutherland after he had a remarkable insight while examining the specialized articulations of cranial bones. Contrary to popular belief Dr Sutherland realized that cranial sutures were, in fact, designed to express small degrees of motion.

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DeJarnette and Goodheart introduced diagnostic methods for the evaluation and treatment of cranial dysfunctions. The key technical factor that has advanced cranial diagnosis and treatment, and brought the entire field of cranial therapy into accessible, reproducible, practice and scientific form, was provided by Goodheart’s discovery that the musculoskeletal system and manual muscle testing (MMT) reflects what is going on within the cranial mechanism.

MMT has allowed applied kinesiologists to discover the dramatic functional relationships that exist between the cranium and every other articulation and tissue in the body. Furthermore, patients are not treated in a “touchy feely” fashion in which the patient’s skull is cradled for an indeterminate time, until the cradler perceives warmth or a yielding or softening sensation.

 There are many other physical signs and tests (besides MMT) that also reveal cranial dysfunction; these have been written about extensively in the applied kinesiology (AK), sacro-occipital technique (SOT) and osteopathic literature. Returning the dura to a physiological range of tension by using specifically applied cranial corrections is a major goal of AK evaluation and treatment, which seeks to achieve zero defects inside and outside the cranium.

Like Cranial Osteopathy, Cranial Sacral Therapy seeks to restore the natural rhythmic movement found between the bones of the skull and the sacrum which is correlated to our inspiration and expiration; in other words, the cranial bones and sacrum move in different directions when we breathe in and in opposite directions when we breathe out.

The purpose of this is to aid the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid throughout the central nervous system.

And some suggested that CSF flow along the cranial nerves and spinal nerve roots allow it into the lymphatic channels. Restoring normal cranial-sacral rhythm enables the body to function optimally and may alleviate a wide variety of painful and dysfunctional conditions within the body.

Using a soft gentle touch practitioners release restrictions in the cranial-sacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

There are many results why the motion of the cranial and the sacrum may be disturbed.  

For some, it can be caused by the trauma of a difficult birth. Normally since the bones are very flexible, normal movement and the act of crying restores the natural movement.

For others, it could have been caused an accidental bang to the head, a fall, whiplash following an auto accident. Jaw problems can also affect the cranials as when we chew or clench our teeth, there are muscles forces directed to the skull such as the pull of  the   Temporalis muscle on the squamosal suture of the skull. Even the act of holding our breath during physical exertion (we should be breathing out at that moment), can cause a failure of proper cranial and sacral motion.

 Dysfunction of the cranial sacral motion can be seen in different problems, even some caused by the entrapment of cranial nerves

as they exit the cranium such as trigeminal neuralgia, headaches, migraines, low back  and disc problems, general weakness on one side of the body, problems w/ visual acuity, low or high blood pressure, a spastic ileo-cecal value, neck flexor weakness, allergies, hypochlorhydria, earaches, loss of balance, tinnitus, dizziness and vertigo, recurring upper cervical (neck) problems and scoliosis  

 In applied kinesiology, there are techniques to find the dysfunctions (or cranial faults) and to find out how to fix it. The difference in muscle strength when the patient is breathing in or breathing out is one clue. The asymmetrical face is another clue that there may be a problem. Or the doctor can observe what happens to the strength of a muscle when she (or he) presses on certain cranials or sutures; this is called a challenge.

Cranial-sacrum corrections are easily made and if incorporated with the correction of accompanying spinal dysfunction, muscle balancing and proper nutrition, it will have a lasting effect.

 For more information on cranial- sacral therapy, cerebrospinal fluid, cranial nerves, and the bones of the skull, please see:

Applied Kinesiology: How To Add Cranial Therapy To Your Daily Practice at http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=9200

 http://www.answers.com/topic/craniosacral-therapy

http://www.med.yale.edu/caim/cnerves/

http://face-and-emotion.com/dataface/anatomy/cranium.jsp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craniosacral_therapy

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebrospinal_fluid

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June 2018

– A new patient had a history of not being able to look to her left without turning her body since contacting toxoplasmosis when she was 18; she was now 80 yrs old. She stated that the infection affected her lt eye.  Found that the muscles for lt. lat flexion were weak but therapy localization (touching) of the ethmoid bone that makes up the lateral part of the eye socket made the muscles stronger. So I adjusted the bone with an inspiration assist and the muscles were strengthened and the range of motion was improved; in fact the range was now better than the right side.

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Neurological Disorganization – AKA Switching – A Problem Dealt With Applied Kinesiology

Do you have trouble following directions? Overly clumsy? Suffer from quick temper or mood changes, or have learning difficulties. Then you may be “switched” or have a problem with neurological organization which can be fixed with Applied Kinesiology.

What is switching?

Basically the nervous system has two functions: to receive information and to transmit information. Switching seems to be due to a functional error in information processing.

Improper transmission from sensory receptors (information from outside to brain) causes the Central Nervous System(our brain and spinal cord) to create inappropriate strengthening and weakening of the muscles and formation of incorrect neural patterns and responses.

Neurological disorganization or switching essentially is the body’s response to a stimulus overload – Physical, Psychological or Nutritional / Chemical.

How would you know if you were “switched.”

Do you have one or more of these symptoms?

a) You have trouble following directions: for example, a massage person asks you to lie face up and you go face down.

b) Complaints of brain fog, reading difficulties, falling asleep, learning disabilities, mood changes, confusion, emotional fragility or quick temper or jet lag that just will not go away no matter what you do.

c) You may have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD

d) Uncoordinated or clumsy movement or walking, for example, you are constantly tripping over the crack in the sidewalk that is not there.

e) You have problems w/ balance or you have cranial faults or thyroid problems that recur.

f) You have problems raising your left shoulder but the pain is in your right shoulder.

What could have caused the “switching.”

a) Your parents encouraged you as an infant to walk before you had efficient bilateral function as in cross crawling on the floor.

b) You are constantly on exercise machines that do not repeat the natural cross pattern of the body that is when left leg goes forward, the rt. arm moves forward, etc.

c) You do (or have done in the past) a lot of recreational drugs.

d) You may have eaten food additives or any noxious stimuli, refined sugars, or experienced environmental or chemical toxicity.

e) You may have nutrition deficiencies: Vitamin A, iron, folic acid, copper, choline, RNA, water.

What you can do to correct it:

a) Reducing the stressors such as recreational drugs or food additives for example will often self-correct the disorganization pattern.

b) On occasion, it needs to be addressed directly correction of Acupressure-pts – K27, GV 27, CV 24 or checking for Ocular Locking – diminished eye coordination or correcting the Cranial respiratory mechanism This is done by an Applied Kinesiologist.

c) You can correct the nutritional deficiency.

d) Do exercises such as cross crawl, balance board, cross country machines, certain martial arts movements that repeat the natural cross pattern of the body that is when left leg goes forward, the rt. arm moves forward, etc.

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