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

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

These pathways are also called dermatomes; see below.

 

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

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

The Subluxation/Spinal Joint Dysfunction

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

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

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

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

How an Applied Kinesiologist Uses Neuro Lymphatics to Improve Health

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

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

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

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

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

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A NYC Chiropractor/Applied KInesiologist Posts Site About Sitting Correctly

Are you sitting wrong or sitting for too long? Since a lot of us have office jobs, we spent almost half our day sitting usually in a bad posture. Sitting can have an important impact on your health.

Posture is about keeping your spine aligned with its natural shape and curves and the equal pull on our spines by the spinal and back muscles. Bad posture can throw off your spine’s balance, allowing your body to be more prone to injury. In an average day common incorrect posture positions can change the balance of our spine and the back muscles.

When we slouch, the natural spinal curves are either reversed or exaggerated and this puts more stress on our spine and muscles. For example, if we hang our head and neck down, we increase the strain of the muscles balancing the weight of our head and increase the strain of the muscles holding our rib cage up. Some mucles become too tight and others too loose. Such an imbalance can lead to tension headaches, mid-back pains, neck pains and shoulder pains.

Similarly, low back pain can be caused by misalignment of the spine and unbalanced muscle pull on both the front , back and sides of our torso due to bad posture and habits.

Here is a website with a complete workshop helping you Sit Right when working. Back and neck pain are never comfortable. These guidelines will make your life more comfortable.

http://whatsyourposture.com.au/sit-right/

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A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist’s Blog for 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

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What Do The Codes on The Stickers on Fruits & Some Veggies Mean?

You know those annoying stickers on fruits and some vegetables?

Well those stickers have more of a function than for the cashier to scan for the price of the item. The price lookup number of PLU code will also tell you whatever the fruit was genetically modified, organically grown or conventionally grown with use of pesticides and other chemicals.

Here what you should know:

Conventionally grown w/ use of pesticides & other chemicals will be four numbers that start with the number 4

Organically grown fruit will  be five numbers that start  w/ the  number 9

Genetically modified fruit will be five numbers that start w/ the number 8

labels

And by the way, here’s a link to the Environmental Working Group  with a list of the fruits and veggies w/ the least pesticides to the ones w/ the most pesticides that you may want to definitely buy organic http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

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How a NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

These days with all our computer usage, we are very aware of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which consists of weakness, numbness or tingling or pain in the first 3 fingers in your hand. The problem is caused by pressure on the median nerve as it travels through a “tunnel” in our wrist formed by the bones of our wrist and a ligament called the flexor retinaculum or the transverse carpal ligament

carpal tunnel

The pressure can be caused by structural collapse of the tunnel by over-extension of the wrist as in over-use of computers, hammering or using a wrench or narrowing due to arthritis or fluid in the tunnel caused by diabetes or hypothyroidism

As a Doctor of Chiropractic and an Applied Kinesiologist, I would first rule out diabetes and hypothyroid by patient history, signs & symptoms and blood and urine tests. Compression of the wrist in arthritis would make the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome worse instead of making it better.

And as course, since the median nerve is a branch of the brachial nerves coming from the 5th, 6th and 7th cervical nerve roots at the spinal level, I rule out problems in the neck  and down the course of the nerve such as muscle entrapment and shoulder and elbow problems.

Treatment of the syndrome involves adjustment of the wrist bones and sometimes  adjusting the way the two forearm bones (the ulna & radius) articulate with each other,  balancing the muscles that cross the wrist joint in both flexion and extension.

forearm muscles

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

A wrist wrapping or a brace would be used for support and exercises for the wrist would be recommended. Nutritional support for the nerves and ligaments and a natural anti-inflammatory would be recommended to speed up the healing following the structural correction.

By utilizing applied kinesiology and chiropractic, we can balance the body’s structure and chemistry utilizing and can solve many health problems by addressing the cause. Please feel free to call  to schedule a consultation to discuss this or any other health issues you may have.

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A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist Asks: Are Supplements Really Harmful or Was the Study Flawed?

Lately we have heard of a medical research study in the Oct 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine talking about use of supplements and death rate among more than 38,000 older women enrolled in the Iowa Women’s Health Study. The study reported the possibility of a slightly increased risk of death among women who took multivitamins and other supplements, including vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper. The researchers also found a reduced risk of cancer and death associated with taking calcium supplements.

First, this study was based on the recall of the women who took part. They were asked in three separate years, 1986, 1997 and 2004, to fill out a 16-page questionnaire on their supplement use and the frequency with which they ate 127 different food items. In these kinds of studies, there’s no way to verify the accuracy of participants’ recall. These types of study are observational in nature, it doesn’t tell us anything about cause and effect. Indeed, the most the researchers could say in their conclusion was that taking certain supplements “may be associated” with an increased death rate.

The strongest association seen was between iron supplements and mortality rates. This doesn’t surprise me as a daughter of someone who had iron overload. I have for years only recommended iron for menstruating women and a low dosage at that. Iron is one of the few minerals we cannot eliminate (except through blood loss or blood donation), and accumulations in the body can rise to toxic levels. Iron is an oxidizing agent that can increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, liver problems, arthritis and heart disease. Please see http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology_and_oncology/iron_overload/primary_hemochromatosis.html and http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology_and_oncology/iron_overload/secondary_iron_overload.html Men and post menopausal women should not take iron in their supplements unless they have had blood tests showing they are iron deficient.

And I have questions about the rest of the study’s findings. We don’t know the dosages or quality of the supplements the women took which can have different absorption rates and bioavailability in the body. Vitamins/minerals like Vitamin B6 or zinc for example can be helpful taken at the right dosages but very harmful if you take too much. And bioavailabity can be affected for example by the source of the supplement and fillers in the supplement.

What do we know? We know that between 14 to 17 percent of the women were smokers; seven to 13 percent of the women were on hormone replacement therapy  and between 35 and 38 percent had high blood pressure. So generalizing about this group is questionable since the women were not completely healthy to begin with.

So in my opinion the study was flawed and pointed to something any nutritionally knowledgeable doctor (unfortunately MD’s get very little training in nutrition) should know which is too much iron will make you sick and in time kill you.

So please talk to a doctor who has had nutritional training (that includes chiropractors, naturopaths and osteopaths or an MD who has taken additional studies in nutrition) about taking a good quality vitamin/mineral supplement that would be right for you.

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Problem w/ Misuse of Neurolymphatics & Organ-Muscle Connection

As some of you may know, I get annoyed when I see a so-called healer placing a bottle on someone’s chest and claiming that they need to take this supplement because a vague muscle test proved it. (see: https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/the-correct-way-to-do-nutritional-evaluation-by-muscle-testing-in-applied-kinesiology/ )

Well I also get annoyed when I see these same people testing a muscle and immediately claiming that there is an organic problem with the organ associated. This is a grave disservice as the so-called healer has not taken a medical history, nor do they have the diagnostic skills to evaluate either a musclo-skeletal problem or an organic problem.

And it annoyed me greatly when these people call themselves Applied Kinesiologists.

The practice of Applied Kinesiology as defined by the International College of Applied Kinesiology (http://www.icak.com)  is used in combination with standard diagnostic tests such as orthopedic & neurological testing, physical examination and blood tests that are taught to M.D’s, D.C’s, DDS’s and D.O.’s; in fact these degrees are a requirement to take the certified post-graduate training in Applied Kinesiology.

And that being said, I’d like to present you with an interesting article by a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), who though not an AK’er, talks about the process of diagnosis when faced w/ a weak muscle and sensitive neuro-lymphatic points. http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=43497

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

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