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

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Holiday Wishes From Dr. Vittoria Repetto

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas or Kwanzaa or just the New Year, I leave you with these wishes:

  • May peace break into your home
  • May thieves come to steal your debts!
  • May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills!
  • May love stick to your face like Vaseline
  • May laughter assault your lips!
  • May happiness slap you across the face
  • And may your tears be that of joy!
  • May the problems you had, forget your home address!

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Tingling/Numbness/Weakness in Hand/Arm But Not Carpal Tunnel or Yr Neck; A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

Do you have tingling or numbness in your hand that goes beyond your first three fingers?  Do you have weakness in your forearm, arm or shoulder despite your weight training routine?

It’s not carpal tunnel since it involves more than the fist three fingers. And you have no history of neck problems, all orthopedic tests and X-rays/MRI of the neck are negative.

You might have an entrapment syndrome of the brachial plexus nerves or subclavian artery/vein to the before mentioned structures.

This entrapment syndrome called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is caused by three major conditions; Anterior Scalene Syndrome, Costoclavicular Syndrome and Pectoralis Minor Syndrome as well as some minor causes.

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In the first condition called Anterior Scalene Syndrome, the brachial plexus nerves arising from C5, C6, C7, C8 & T1 nerve roots is trapped between the anterior and middle scalene muscles which may be in spasm or compensating for inhibited neck muscles.

This can be assessed by palpating for a decrease in strength of the radial pulse at the wrist. The patient is asked to ipsilaterally rotate, contralaterally laterally flex, and extend his neck at the spinal joints, while the radial pulse is palpated; this called Adson’s Test. Decrease in strength of the radial pulse is positive for the syndrome.

Treatment consists of using spindle work on the bellies of the scalene muscles or golgi tendons of the scalene attachments and of balancing the other neck muscles which can be either inhibited or compensating.

In the second condition Costoclavicular Syndrome, the brachial plexus and subclavian artery and vein run between the first rib and clavicle in the medial pectoral region. If the posture of the relationship of the clavicle and first rib changes and they approximate each other as often happens with rounded and slumped shoulders and impingement may occur.

This can be assessed by palpating for a decrease in strength of the radial pulse at the wrist when the patient is asked to stick his chest out and pull the shoulder girdle back and down similar to the military posture of attention. Again, weakening of the strength of the radial pulse would be considered to be a positive sign. This is called Eden’s test.

Treatment consists of checking muscles such as the SCM and the subclavius that attach to the area, improving the patient’s posture and checking muscles that resist this bad postural pattern such as the rhomboids and the middle trapezius.

In the third condition Pectoralis Minor Syndrome, a tight pectoralis minor muscle compresses the brachial plexus and/or subclavian vessels against the rib cage. The assessment is to bring the patient’s arm up and back. This position called Wright’s Test stretches and pulls the pectoralis minor taut against the rib cage

Treatment consists of checking for either an inhibited or facilitated pectoralis minor, or other muscles that can be inhibiting or compensating such as the serratus anterior, latissimus dorsi or the lower trapezius.

Other minor conditions such as  when both the medial and ulnar nerve getting entrapped by a spastic muscle such as the pronator or by a misalignment of the radius and ulna bone can happen and need to be ruled out.

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For additional information, please check out:  https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/a-nyc-chiropractorapplied-kinesiologist-starts-adding-neuro-kinetic-therapy-to-the-mix/

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

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/how-a-nyc-chiropractorapplied-kinesiologist-treats-carpal-tunnel-syndrome/

 

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© Revised 2016 – Dr Vittoria Repetto

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Getting Rid of Inflammation w/ Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators (SPMs) – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist Explains

Two weeks ago, I attended a mini-seminar from Metagenics on the use of Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators (SPMs) for the resolution of inflammation.

As you may know, inflammation is an immune response to insults such as injuries (cuts, wounds, vertebral and extremity misalignments, muscle spasms, infections (bacterial, viral or fungal) or unhealthy dietary patterns.

Although acute inflammation is a normal protective response, it can give rise to chronic inflammation if left unresolved.

Extensive research suggests that the SPMs found in OmegaGenics SPM Active (17-HDHA and 18- HEPE) may promote the body’s natural resolution of the immune response. The research has discovered that SPMs are produced at the inflamed site after the initial inflammatory response and function as “resolution agonists,” orchestrating resolution to facilitate the return to homeostasis and tissue healing. http://www.metagenics.com/spm-active-specialized-pro-resolving-mediators

An important key to controlling/resolving inflammation and subsequently preventing chronic inflammatory conditions lies in SPMs and their pro-resolving properties.

SPMs are produced from long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids – especially EPA and DHA – illustrating the importance of appropriate nutrition in the body’s resolution of inflammation.

Although EPA and DHA are metabolic precursors of SPMs, SPMs are directly responsible for resolution activities whereas EPA/DHA are involved in other beneficial biological activities.

This means that a smaller amount of SPMs can resolve inflammation better than a “ton” of EPA/DHA.

Please see the following video: Fish Oils vs SPMs: What’s the Difference?
https://vimeo.com/131679216

Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) have been the go-to therapy for many acute and chronic inflammatory conditions. However, anti-inflammation is not the same as pro-resolution.  

To put it another way, NSAID’s shut off the fire alarm signaling inflammation while SPMs put out the fire.

In fact, NSAID’s may delay resolution activities and undermine the body’s attempt return to homeostasis and tissue healing. Unresolved inflammation and unhealed tissue can lead to fibrosis that can impair organ and muscle function.

In fact, a recent research paper review http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/853216 Is Long-Term NSAID Use Harmful to Athletes? noted “Most recent reviews have come down on the side of restricting the use of NSAIDs, pending more information “Anti-inflammatory drugs seem to inhibit the healing process of connective tissue and the stimulating effect of exercise on connective tissue protein synthesis,” concluded the authors of a 2014 review in the journal Connective Tissue Research.

And the paper also noted, One reason for caution is that NSAIDs can cause many side effects, including kidney disease, asthma exacerbation, gastrointestinal and renal side-effects, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases, in addition to whatever effects they have on muscle.”

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For more on a integrative approach to resolving inflammation, please read https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/chronic-inflammation-and-how-chiropractic-applied-kinesiology-can-help/

If you have any questions about SPMs and resolving inflammation, feel free to give me a call at 212-431-3724 or email me at drvittoriarepett@aol.com

 

 

 

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What is Applied Kinesiology & What It is Not – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist Explains

Applied Kinesiology (AK) can be defined as the clinical application of the study of movement and function; it is functional neurology.

AK is a system of testing and treatment that is used to assess the body’s functional aberrations.

These functional aberrations may be but not limited to:

    • Muscular
    • Neurological
    • Vascular
    • Osseous
    • Lymphatic
    • Respiratory
    • Digestive
    • Endocrine
    • Imbalance in the Chinese Meridian systems
    • Nutritional Problem

AK always uses specific muscles for testing in different areas of the body. When a weakness is found, the question that the AK doctor has to answer is why the weakness is there ; is it due to the muscle itself, the joints it connects to, it’s spinal innervation, or the organ or chinese meridian it is associated with or a problem in nutrition, etc.

Therapies to induce or restore individual normal function include but not limited to:

    • Chiropractic adjustive therapy
    • Cranial techniques
    • Therapeutic massage modalities
    • Reflex therapies
    • Acupuncture therapies
    • Exercise & stretches
    • Nutritional supplementation
    • Emotional support or modalities
    • Lifestyle changes

With the aim of decreasing cumulative noxious stimuli below threshold and allowing the body to heal itself.

AK does not replace standard examination procedures such as neurological and orthopedic testing, blood laboratory work or X-rays but rather it is another examination tool at the doctor’s disposal.

testing rectus femoris

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a continually evolving system that provides the doctor with the skills and knowledge to purposefully, systematically and logically ascertain the optimal treatment of the patient.

Applied Kinesiology Is Not:

Using multiple muscles at once for testing; as in using an outstretched arm.

Testing nutritional needs by holding bottles in your hand or placing pills on the skin.

Touch for health or any other forms of evaluation using muscle testing as a simple yes-no answer system.

Testing using mental telepathy.

A simplistic cookie cutter approach to treatment.

For more information:

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/problem-w-misuse-of-neurolymphatics-organ-muscle-connection/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/the-correct-way-to-do-nutritional-evaluation-by-muscle-testing-in-applied-kinesiology/

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

Correlation of applied kinesiology muscle testing findings with serum immunoglobulin levels for food allergies

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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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