Friday, April 30, 2010

Rockford Chiropractor - Tooth Extractions

There's my tooth. Specifically, number 12, or bicuspid #1 on the upper left. I have had an abcess in it since January. Other means to correct it, including immune support remedies, were effective in only alleviating the pain. I came eventually to agree with my Rockford dentist, who barked at me, "You can band-aid this all you want, but you still have to get it out!"

The experience was not fun. I guess I would rather play a violin recital in my underwear, on music that I was sight-reading, than have to go through this again. But I learned some valuable lessons with the experience!

The cranial osteopaths were right when they specified how certain motions in extracting a tooth would separate cranial bones in predictable ways. I could feel the forces pushing and pulling through my upper jaw, face, back of the head and neck. I could feel the strain on the atlas, my first cervical vertebra as I pulled my head backwards and resisted the pressure of the extraction procedure. I could feel the strange reluctance in the tooth, as though it was saying, "No, we have to work together, we're stronger as a team!"

("Thankyou for your service - you're fired!" I thought)

The dentist chair is a favorite place for a person to lose the all-important relation between the neck and the head. It's not your dentists' fault. The forces going into the head can be brutal to the tissues supporting the head and neck. What can you do about it?

First, make sure the head support is properly positioned, neither placing pressure on the neck nor forcing your head down.

Second, if you don't have an upper cervical doctor who can monitor your atlas' relationship to the head, you need to find one! When this relationship goes out, your nerve system cries "ouch!" and pulls up one leg, creates postural distortions and other havoc with your body systems.

So remember, if you must have dental work (you have my sympathy if it is an extraction), be sure to get checked by your upper cervical doctor afterward.

Oh, by the way, I didn't lose my head/neck alignment, and I feel a lot better after a gentle cranial adjustment.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rockford Chiropractor - Being the Best

Conference Time! What do we do at NUCCA conferences? Why does it take so long to analyze films the first time? Why do NUCCA doctors take post-adjustment x-rays after the first adjustment?

We have discovered that the better the initial correction, the better patients are able to heal up. We calculate the percentage of correction, examine the adjusting vector and determine if everything did was it was supposed to do.

In this video, we see some rehashing of some cases that were very challenging. We see people practicing the adjusting stance. These are not rookies doing the practice. As with any high level performer, getting coaching is essential to developing the best skills.

When you are looking for a NUCCA doctor in your area, check and see if they go to the conferences. If not, keep looking!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rockford Chiropractor - Helping Menopause Symptoms

In this famous painting, we see a cubist rendition of a woman's face.

But the interpretation seems to also tell us something about this woman. Do you think she's having a bad day? Do you think, "hot flashes," "irritability," "menopause?"

Aside from the well-known imbalances in hormone production (attributable to ovaries, adrenal glands, thyroid, pituitary and hypothalamus getting out of sync), did you know that one of the most significant causes of hot flashes and menopause symptoms is loss of the brain signalling component of that balance?

If the head isn't on straight, exactly straight and on top of the atlas (first bone in the neck) the entire signalling system from the brain to the body can fail.

This condition is called the atlas subluxation complex. Only chiropractors are trained to detect and correct this problem. The NUCCA procedure exists to train doctors to do this at a very high level of precision.

About 60% of the time, women who suffer with menopause symptoms and get a successful correction of the atlas subluxation complex, get better within two months.

Isn't that nice?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rockford Chiropractor - Correcting Chocolate Cravings

I have not seen this before! Usually we have to do the Purification Program, a whole food supplement 21-day course, before a person loses chocolate cravings. But in this case, the incredible power of the central nerve system worked first on the abnormal chemistry that creates chocolate cravings!
Using the NUCCA procedure, the brain and spinal cord return to normal relations. This enables all the cells of the body to refresh and behave better. With time, we see healing ensue.
You can be sure that Kathy did not come into Rockford's 1st Step Chiropractic with the goal of eliminating chocolate cravings. I will never state that we can "cure chocolate cravings," but what IS true is that the body cannot heal anything if the spine remains out of balance.
So that's what we do - restore the balance of the spine.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rockford Chiropractor - Helping Posture, Back Pain and Headaches

You should have seen Ben when he first came into my office. Couldn't sit up without pain, looked a lot like a teenager (fancy that!) except that he had some other symptoms.
Got the atlas subluxation complex cleared out and stabilized after a few weeks, and now look! We see a classic example of someone getting back on the normal development time line. Any time you see someone who cannot stand up straight, has lost health, you must ask if spinal balance is lost. This is correctable.
Why watch people suffer? It is a principle of our society to make things better for people. We can do that by correcting the imbalanced spine.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Knee Pain and NUCCA

I had an interesting experience last week when I was able to witness how correcting the atlas subluxation complex fixed a knee problem of short duration.

The patient had twisted her knee a few days before and it was swollen and painful as a result. The tibia was twisted under the femur. She had a brace on it to keep it stable. When I checked it, there was palpable swelling, heat and tenderness below the kneecap. She was out of adjustment due to the presence of the indicators that show up when there is spinal cord pressure at the brain stem.

I adjusted the atlas subluxation complex and re-checked the knee. The swelling had vanished, the heat and tenderness had vanished, and the twisting of the tibia was gone. Everything had straightened out!

Isn't that nice that the body was able to correct the knee problem right away, once the underlying cause of the failure-to-heal had been eliminated!

But can you see that it is all a matter of communication between the brain and the body? This was fixed before the joints had time to wear out.

Knee pain - it can get fixed with upper cervical care!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rockford NUCCA Adjusting

Here is a fun video out of the office of my colleague, Dr. Goffe, in Ohio. He uses the NUCCA procedure too (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association)

Notice that the hands are linked together (the better to create the adjusting force), the table is low (so the adjuster's body can get to the correct angle), and the tape measure is out to define the correct angle of the adjustment.

The only thing missing is a heady discussion of complex lever mechanisms, but did you really have that much trouble getting to sleep?

NUCCA, in Rockford, it helps.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tonal Music and Chiropractic

After playing some of Chopin's Etude in F#, I was struck by the surprising twists and turns that the harmony plays. In music, what makes it interesting is described as tension moving to resolution, at least that's how Hindemith distills it.
Tension/Resolution, a tonal system that has logic and organization. This is much like the nerve system keeping the vertebrate mechanism in balance. When there is a peaceful balance in the muscles, you could say that there is tonal harmony. When there is tension you could say there is discordant assymmetry.
How can you restore balance in the tissues, in the muscles, in the "sound?"
Upper cervical chiropractic restores communication between the brain and the body. The nerve system controls and coordinates all the other systems in the body, and it relates us to the outside world. If you begin your piece in F#, you want to end it in F#, after wandering through other tonal centers. That gives the music balance and harmony.
Now all we have to do is get that same balance and harmony going in YOU!
Rockford Chiropractor, here to help you restore spinal balance and nerve system harmony.