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A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
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Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Rehabilitation Associated with Low Back Pain
By Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC, CSETT
Decades of published research on low back pain almost always includes a short leg as part of the functional/structural cause of distortions in the spine and pelvis leading to low back pain.There is much debate over this and no one has provided a universally acceptable answer for this structural imbalance. Various studies evaluate the ilium/sacrum relationship from either a standing position (front, back or side) or lying supine or prone. Consequently, what was already a confusing issue becomes even more confusing, as there is no one standard for this evaluation.
P.J.R. Nichols, DM, specialist in physical medicine and a member of the Royal Air Force states, "the recorded incidence of leg length will depend on the method of assessment and the selection of the subjects. The smaller the unit of measurements, the greater will be the incidents and the larger the unit of measurement the greater will be the agreement between the observers." This raises some very significant questions as to assessment and interpretation as seen in the results of the work of Denslow and Chase in their measurement of leg length discrepancy which found a 66% incidence of short right leg, and in the work of John H. Juhl, DO. who found a 68% incidence of the right leg being short. The difference in the way they are assessed and interpreted makes even these figures questionable. The one constant with the majority of people with low back pain symptoms seems to be that a short leg syndrome is present.
From my 38 years of evaluation and practice, I have noticed that there is an observable anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums which tends to create a functional short leg on the side of the posterior rotation. With this ilium rotation, the sacrum is tipped, creating increased curvatures throughout the spine. We call this the core distortion since the structural core of the body from the pelvis through the spine is distorted in direct correlation to the degree of the rotation of the iliums and tippage of the sacrum.
In this core distortion, the left ilium is rotated anteriorly and the right ilium is rotated posteriorly. This is easily observed when viewed from behind. Also, when viewed from the left side, the ASIS of left ilium is rotated counterclockwise downward and forward and from the right side, the PSIS of the right ilium is rotated counterclockwise downward and back. If using functional kinesiology, the client is supine and asked to raise the right leg 10" off the table. When the right leg is pressed down toward the table, there is significant strength. The same test done with the left leg will show significant weakness, even in a weight lifter who can squat 400 lbs. The rectus femoris is a powerful extensor of the knee but is weak when the hip is flexed along with the other hip flexors. The anterior rotation of the left ilium (flexion) prevents the rectus femoris and the other hip flexors from being functionally strong. This is a consistent finding in clients with the core distortion and is just one of many functional tests that verify the structural imbalance in the pelvis that is a major part of the core distortion found in the body.
The rotation of the iliums creates a long leg/short leg, a tippage of the sacrum and a stretching of the connective tissue between the sacrum and ilium. When moving the iliums back into support using classic manipulation or deep soft tissue therapy there is some improvement, but this improvement will not be maintained when under a weight bearing load because of the stretched ligaments and fascia associated with the sacrum, ilium and the position of the legs. Even after a significant number of treatments, when a client is weight bearing, the iliums will again rotate and the weight bearing separation will reappear along with the tippage of the sacrum. This is extremely important because if the sacrum cannot be level enough to support the spine, the exaggerated curvatures of the spine which put pressure on the discs and cause spasms or contraction of soft tissue cannot be brought into long term balance and support for long term pain relief.
The relationship of the movement of the cranial bones to the rotation of the iliums provides a tool for bringing the structure at the pelvis into weight bearing support. The wings of the sphenoid have a direct relationship to the ASIS of the iliums and the ridge of the occiput relates to the PSIS. When the cranium is moving in its cranial motion of flexion/extension, 8 to 12 cycles per minute, the cranial motion moves off a fulcrum of the SBS where the sphenoid and occiput meet. The wings of the sphenoid and the ridge of the occiput display a distortion in this motion. The left wing of the sphenoid moves easily downward into flexion, but is restricted in going into extension. The right ridge of the occiput moves easily downward into flexion, but is restricted in moving upward into extension. This creates a distortion that is identical to what is happening with the iliums.
The application of the Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases (CSCDR) address this imbalance in the cranial motion using specialized soft tissue releases to bring the cranial motion into balance by releasing the soft tissue restrictions that govern the distorted cranial motion. There is an immediate observable improvement in the pelvis where the anterior rotation of the left ilium is lessened and the posterior rotation of the right ilium is lessened. The result is a leveling of the sacrum and an immediate weight bearing support for the spine.
After the CSCDR, I reapply the functional left leg test discussed previously and the left leg will now test strong showing no inherent weakness. This is just one of many tests that show improvement in strength and indicate a balancing of the iliums. The obvious improved balance of the iliums results in a lessening of the leg length difference. The myofascial planes that have been holding the compensation for this core distortion which includes the long leg/short leg start unwinding to the degree that the fascia and other connective tissue can release.
I have been working since 1985 with the CSCDR to bring the pelvis back into weight bearing support and balance and have found these results to not only be consistent with every client, but remarkable in achieving long term recovery. Clients with back pain now have a weight bearing functional structure that supports the pelvis and spine more evenly lessening the curvatures. This results in an immediate reduction in the cause of degenerative disc disease and nearly every spinal condition starts to show improvement.
Using this new paradigm, treatment for low back pain begins with a structural evaluation with the client standing, followed by applied and functional kinesiological evaluation with client supine. Over the years, every client with back pain has tested positive for the core distortion in this initial evaluation. The core distortion is then released with the application of the CSCDR which can take 15 to 45 minutes. After the CSCDR, kinesiology tests show significant strengthening throughout the body as the pelvis moves into balance. When clients stand after the CSCDR they generally report feeling their legs more directly underneath them with more support from the feet all the way up their structure. Measurements taken before and after using a level measuring tool indicates an average of a quarter to a half inch gain in height. Many clients also report a significant reduction in the amount of pain and discomfort.
Once the CSCDR is applied, the body structure begins moving back into balance with support for the sacrum and spine. The myofascial holding patterns start to unwind to the degree they can, but the extent of this unwinding is limited by the complications from injuries and degeneration of discs and joints from imbalances and weaknesses of the core distortion. At this point, specific soft tissue myofascial work is applied to assist the unwinding of the chronically tightened old holding patterns to move the body into maximum balance. This totally changes the way the soft tissue responds to the myofascial work. Instead of resisting and trying to maintain an old pattern it is now actively unwinding into balance and support from the very first session without resisting the myofascial work. Everyone with back pain has a different degree of distortion, degeneration, damage, spasm and pain. Consequently the number of sessions varies, but each individual is treated until the pain disappears and function is restored. Thus, applying the CSCDR before soft tissue therapy initiates the unwinding of the core distortion to provide weight bearing support at the pelvis making the full treatment10 times more effective.
Clients treated with the CSCDR 25 years ago are still maintaining their structural improvements pain free. The weight bearing support that was previously unattainable successfully rehabilitates severe disc herniation, bulging discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, spina bifida, scoliosis, sciatica and simple lumbosacral sprain/strain long term. The missing link was not treating the cranial core distortion to bring the sacrum/ilium relationship into weight bearing support. The Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Release technique integrated with specialized myofascial techniques can be used as a basis for bringing long term support to the pelvis. This has opened an exciting new frontier in the effectiveness of treating low back pain with long term results.
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