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Get Primal!
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Written by Robert "Rick" Wiegand, DC   
Saturday, 26 November 2005 22:26

Dr. Robert “Rick” Wiegand graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980 and entered into private practice. Early on in practice, he became intrigued with the question of how the human neural system processes very subtle types of stimuli. In 1982, Dr. Wiegand and a colleague, Dr. Ed Blumenthal, began investigating methods to help heighten awareness of subtle responses that are produced by the neural system, when it detects stimuli outside the standard range of conscious perception. Over the last 23 years, Dr. Wiegand has blended discoveries emerging from the cognitive neurosciences with cutting edge clinical applications. During this time he has been involved in the development of specialized enhancing tools and protocols that assist practitioners to rapidly gain access to subtler ranges of perception.

In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Wiegand describes the program he has developed to assist practitioners in integrating extended awareness skills into their existing procedures following a single weekend of training.

TAC: Could you give a quick overview on “primal perception”?

Wiegand: In a nutshell, the human neural system is exquisitely sensitive. It detects far more stimuli/information than we realize. This doesn’t just apply to internal stimuli.  Recent research conclusively demonstrates that the neural system also detects certain types of “ultra-weak” stimuli from the environment, of which we are not consciously aware.   

TAC: How can researchers be certain that a person’s neural system can detect a stimulus from the environment, outside of their awareness?

Wiegand: One way researchers can determine this is to connect a subject up to sensitive biofeedback devices so they are able to objectively monitor subtle neural responses.  Then, the subject is exposed to various stimuli that are too weak to be consciously experienced (i.e., ultra-weak stimuli).   When the subject is exposed to certain types of ultra-weak stimuli, his/her neural system will immediately react by producing subtle autonomic and central neural responses.  When this occurs, researchers know that the person’s neural system detected the ultra-weak stimulus, and responded to it, even though the person was not aware of it.

TAC: How does primal perception figure into this?

Wiegand: Your neural system produces primal autonomic/central neural responses anytime it detects an ultra-weak stimulus. Most individuals can learn how to become aware of specific autonomic/central responses that are produced by their own neural systems. Once people are able to heighten their awareness of these primal responses, they can sense when the neural system is detecting, and responding to stimuli that they cannot experience directly through their standard senses.

TAC: What does primal perception have to offer to practitioners?

Wiegand: A practitioner can use primal perception to gain access to important supplementary information that their neural system is detecting outside of their normal range of conscious perception.  For instance, a practitioner’s neural system constantly detects ultra-weak changes that occur in a patient’s physiology.  By using primal perception, a practitioner can instantly sense very specific locations that their neural system has (unconsciously) detected, as being different.  This information can be used to help a practitioner rapidly assess a person for areas of potential dysfunction. Primal perception also provides a practitioner with supplementary information that can be used to significantly increase the specificity of most techniques.

TAC: Does it take long to learn how to use primal perception?

Wiegand: It used to. In the past, practitioners often spent years in hit and miss efforts attempting to cultivate this ability. This was largely due to the fact that the process was not well understood. New discoveries have recently emerged from the neurosciences that provide pivotal insights. As a result of these findings, new training tools and protocols have been developed, which enable most individuals to acquire a working ability of these skills after a single weekend of training.

TAC: Sounds as though it has a lot of potential!  Any parting thoughts?

Wiegand: Most practitioners overlook valuable information that their neural systems are detecting. Ancient perceptual pathways lie buried beneath the conscious senses. These sub-cortical perceptual systems respond to stimuli that are far too subtle to be perceived through the standard senses. So, GET PRIMAL!  And discover how to convert primitive sub-cortical responses into valuable information. The process facilitates extra-ordinary perceptual abilities and trans-personal connectivity.

TAC: Thanks! See you at the Chiropractic’06 symposium in Panama!

Wiegand: I’m looking forward to it. It looks like it is going to be a great time!

Dr. Wiegand currently resides in Oregon where he continues his research, consulting and teaching pursuits.  For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; call 215-674-9108; or visit www.AccessWorkshop.com.

 
BioSET: The Ultimate Allergy Elimination System
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Written by Ellen Cutler, D.C.   
Wednesday, 26 October 2005 21:36

bioset_logoBioSET™ (Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy) is a modern healing system that combines the ancient science of acupuncture and the body’s meridian system and 21st century electromagnetic technology and computer software for the diagnosis of food and environmental allergies, chemical sensitivities, toxicity, and weakness of organ systems. Developed over the last 25 years, this desensitization protocol has had great success in the elimination of sensitivities to these substances, which have been shown to contribute to chronic health problems.

The BioSET system consists of three essential components based on electromagnetic testing with a computerized electro-acupuncture device for acupuncture meridian sensitivity testing.

1. Specific organ detoxification using individually biocompatible homeopathic remedies to enhance decomposition and drainage of toxins from organ systems.

2. The use of individualized digestive and systemic full spectrum vegetarian enzyme blends to enhance digestion, allow proper nutrient absorption and repair and maintain the immune system by decreasing the CIC (circulating immune complexes) caused by undigested food, which escapes through  the gut into the blood stream.

3. A non-invasive, safe, natural desensitization technique that often permanently eliminates food and environmental allergies and sensitivities.
BioSET was developed upon the scientific foundations of immunology, enzyme therapy, nutrition, chiropractic, and neurology. Over the last decade, many different types of health practitioners have been trained in BioSET, including chiropractors, medical doctors, clinical nutritionists, acupuncturists, and dentists. Before examining the three components of BioSET more closely, it is helpful to take a look at the historical foundation of electromagnetic testing and bioresonance.

What Is the Scientific Basis of BioSET?
A Historical Perspective

There are many functional tools available today that measure the energetic integrity of the body. While I have studied many of them over the past 25 years, the BioSET method relies predominantly upon the research of Dr. Reinhold Voll, a German medical doctor and dentist who developed the first electro-diagnostic system that could measure galvanic skin responses through acupuncture points to identify imbalances in specific organs, glands, and tissues of the body.

In 1952, Dr. Voll confirmed and validated the existence of acupuncture meridians and discovered specific points on these meridians that have greater energetic charges than others.  Over the next 27 years, Voll mapped the connection between specific acupuncture points and specific organs, systems, and physiological functions. His research on these acupuncture points and meridians was conducted using an instrument called the electroacupuncture according to Voll or EAV.  Since these types of devices measure electrical charges at certain points on the skin, they are also known as electrodermal screening devices or EDS.

The EAV was designed to evaluate the health and correct flow of these acupuncture meridians and the corresponding health and function of the organs and tissues to which they are related.  EAV units are based on the principle of energetic or electromagnetic meridians and evaluate imbalances in these meridians and the associated organs. Dr. Voll correctly postulated that EAV could not only detect the lower resistance at acupuncture points, but could also be used for diagnostic purposes to measure changes in the biological electromagnetic energy that corresponds to physiological alterations that precede disease processes.  Ongoing research has shown that electrical activity at acupuncture points exhibits changes long before pathology appears in the cells and tissues.

For all of these reasons, EAV is a fast, accurate, and objective reporting tool that assists in determining what major systems and organs of the body are stressed or weakened, and what remedies can support and balance the body.

Electromagnetic Testing

In the BioSET system, we utilize EAV instrumentation for diagnosis, health evaluation, and as a guide for finding appropriate therapies. We have found that a person’s potential reaction to a product (food, environmental toxin, pathogenic bacteria, and/or virus), as well as any possible enzyme deficiencies can be evaluated and profiled on this instrument accurately, at a fraction of the cost of other testing.

Many other doctors who have committed themselves to the study of energetic medicine have found that substances have individual energy signatures consisting of frequencies, waveforms, and energy levels. The body reacts to these energy signatures as it would react to the actual product. One of the benefits of this kind of testing is that actual consumption of the substance is not required for analysis, thus avoiding adverse reactions. Instead, an individual can be tested against the real product or an analogue signature of the product’s bioenergetic pattern (electromagnetic, frequency, lightwave, and sound wave). 

What Disease Processes
Can BioSET Help Diagnose and Treat?

These principles have enabled us to design groundbreaking medical software to evaluate toxicity, enzyme deficiency, digestive intolerances, and allergies, which comprise BioSET. We have developed protocols, based on the principles of EAV testing, energetic evaluation, toxicity, enzyme therapy and diet, for many of the chronic health problems practitioners encounter today in their practices. Some of the protocols written into the BioSET software include protocols designed to diagnose:

• ADHD and autism
• Cardiovascular problems
• Female problems such as premenstrual syndrome and menopause
• Thyroid, adrenal and pituitary conditions as well as obesity and weight management
• Complete food, environmental, allergy testing
• Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
• Asthma and sinusitis
• Colitis, irritable bowel, gastritis and reflux
• Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Hashimotos thyroiditis
• Filters and teeth evaluation

Specific Organ Detoxification:
The First Component of BioSET

Detoxification involves the conversion of toxic substances into non-toxic metabolites. This process biochemically transforms toxins into progressively more water-soluable substances through a series of chemical reactions, making them easier for the body to excrete. The two primary organs responsible for this elimination of toxins are the liver and the intestines.

To accomplish this purpose, the BioSET system uses homeopathic remedies to enhance detoxification and the drainage of toxins gently, without the uncomfortable side-effects of exhaustion, headaches, and other types of physical distress that sometimes accompany certain detoxification programs. Increasing water intake for enhanced elimination of toxins is an important component of this protocol.

Enzyme Therapy:
The Second Component of BioSET

Digestive enzymes are essential for the proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Digestion of food begins in the mouth with an enzyme called ptyalin. As food is moved through the digestive system, it is broken down by many other enzymes found in the stomach and in the gut. In essence, enzymes increase the speed and efficiency of biochemical reactions that break down food into components our cells can use for fuel and repair.
If our nutritional programs were perfect and all of our food organic, free of toxins and pesticides, and consumed raw, we might not need additional digestive enzymes; but this is not often the case. Enzyme levels also decrease as we age.

A personalized enzyme supplementation protocol aids digestion in many ways. It assists in the predigestion of foods, decreases stress on digestive organs, improves nutrient absorption, and improves the movement of food through the gut for proper elimination of waste products.

Digestive enzymes can also decrease the potential allergenic response of many foods. When used in conjunction with the other components of the BioSET system, enzyme therapy eliminates food sensitivities and helps to strengthen immune function.

Desensitization: The Third Component of BioSET

The final component of BioSET therapy is a non-invasive, natural desensitization technique that we have developed. In the majority of patients, this protocol can often permanently eliminate food and environmental allergies and sensitivities. The BioSET Desensitization Technique can be used to treat any substance to which a person has an allergy. This includes not only foods, but environmental allergies such as pollen and toxins as well.

Here is how this procedure works. First, the patient is “connected” into a virtual electromagnetic circuit with the EAV and the allergen, while the practitioner gently taps acupuncture points up and down the spine. This balances key acupuncture meridians that, in turn, have a balancing influence upon the autonomic nervous system, thereby desensitizing the person’s body to the allergen. The complex physiologic and neurological mechanisms by which this occurs is beyond the scope of this article. Nevertheless, the successful clinical results of this procedure have been proven through thousands of patients over the course of the development of the BioSET system of healing.

A Typical BioSET™ Treatment Protocol

Before his or her first appointment, a patient is asked to fast for 6 hours so that the practitioner is able to perform a fasting enzyme evaluation to measure digestive and metabolic deficiencies, and to evaluate the need for specific enzyme supplementation. During the initial evaluation, the practitioner will also test for specific imbalances in acupuncture meridians, using the EAV. Since these meridians correspond to different organs, if an imbalance is detected, a homeopathic remedy or enzyme is given to balance the meridian.

Finally, the patient will be tested for specific sensitivities to amino acids, minerals, vitamins, sugars, viruses, molds, parasites, and numerous foods. While all sensitivities cannot be “cleared” during the first visit, the practitioner can clear one specific sensitivity. The doctor will give the patient healthy dietary and lifestyle recommendations either on this visit or during the follow-up visit.

The initial evaluation takes about 90 minutes.

At each follow-up visit, the practitioner will eliminate another specific sensitivity to an allergen. While sensitivities could be eliminated as frequently as every two hours, this is usually done on subsequent days. During each follow-up visit, additional sensitivities to various environmental allergens are uncovered and eliminated.

After a BioSET desensitization session, the patient does not have a time period during which they must avoid the food or substance to which they are allergic. In most cases, the effect is immediate. A person can be exposed to a previous allergen and have no reaction whatsoever.

Each follow-up desensitization treatment takes about 30 minutes.

How Many BioSET™
Treatments Are Required?

After the initial evaluation, it usually takes only one session to clear a specific sensitivity to an allergen. However, specific desensitization protocols, deeper levels of detoxification and energy balancing are recommended for chronic health conditions. A certified BioSET practitioner is well versed in these protocols. Depending on the health of the individual and the state of imbalance in the immune system, detoxification deficits, and the amount of sensitivities detected, the number of recommended treatments varies greatly. Some people may require only a few treatments; others may require 6 to 12 sessions to eliminate allergic responses to multiple allergens; and some people with many health challenges and sensitivities may require significantly more.

Fortunately, there tends to be a cumulative effect with each desensitization treatment. During each successive session, other sensitivities are often uncovered and relieved or eliminated.

The BioSET Advantage:
BioResonance

As previously explained, each allergen or substance has a unique and specific resonant energy signal. And every individual reacts to that signal (via the various meridians of the human body) in an individualized manner, as profiled on the EAV instrument and BioSET Professional Software (a proprietary software system developed by BioSET).

The bioresonance device, in combination with the BioSET system, can recognize a resistance or dissonance and then reverse the resonant energy. This “reprograms” an allergen response through the acupuncture meridians and nervous system. This new energy pattern then becomes a permanent memory of the individual’s energy system.

This device is also thought to take the body’s own electromagnetic signals, alter them and then feed them back into the body. Feeding this altered signal back into the body cancels out the pathological electronic information coming from viruses, bacteria, chemical toxins, and food and environmental sensitivities.  This enables the cells of the body to start pushing out and eliminating these disease-causing factors.

In this manner, the root causes of disease are removed from the body and healing can take place. Clinical symptoms are alleviated and a patient’s tolerance to the specific allergen can be seen immediately. Testing on the EAV machine or via kinesiological testing can verify this change.  Many so-called permanent sensitivities can be reversed and as many chronic health problems resolved.

Energetic Medicine is the healing tool of the future. The information it gives us can help repair the underlying stress that is at the root of chronic health disorders.

References
1. Voll R. Twenty years of electroacupuncture diagnosis in Germany: a progressive report. Am J Acupuncture 1975: 3:7-17.
2. Baker DW. An introduction to the theory and practice of German electroacupuncture and accompanying medications. Am J Acupuncture 1984; 12: 327-32.
3. Tiller, WA. On the evolution of electrodermal diagnostic treatment instruments. J of Advancement in Med 1988; 1:41-72.
4. Tsuei JJ, Lam F. Jr., et al. Studies in Bioenergetic Correlations—Study on Bioenergy in Diabetes Mellitus Patients. Am J Acupuncture 1989; 17:31-8.
5. Chen, K. Electrical properties of meridians. IEEE Eng Med Biol 1996; 15:58-63.

Dr. Ellen W. Cutler is one of the leading authorities on enzyme therapy and the founder of BioSET. Author of The Food Allergy Cure and MicroMiracles: Discover the Healing Power of Enzymes, among other books, Dr. Cutler resides in Marin County, California. When seeking a practitioner specifically trained in this methodology, carefully inquire as to whether they have had actual training in BioSET. A list of certified practitioners across the country is listed on BioSET™ Institute’s website
www.bioset.net.  Phone 877-927-0741.

BioSET™ is a registered trademark of BioSET™ Incorporated.

 
NIMMO-Receptor Tonus Technique
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Written by Sheila Laws, D.C.   
Wednesday, 26 October 2005 21:34

Raymond Nimmo, D.C., graduated from Palmer School in 1931, and set up his practice in Fort Worth, Texas. He soon became thirsty for more knowledge, so he studied and taught Logan Basic Technique and other techniques. His quest brought him to the realization that what chiropractors had been taught in chiropractic colleges was not scientifically sound. He rationalized that the “bone on nerve” theory could not be substantiated by physiological facts because too many patients were being healed by manual manipulations, which did not involve bony contacts. His own chronically painful shoulder was relieved by a chiropractor who did not touch a vertebra, but corrected the problem by eliminating the hypermyotonia and trigger points (TP’s) present in his body.

Being a man who questioned everything, Dr. Nimmo researched the current literature and found facts to substantiate his developing theory; i.e., that chronically hypertonic muscles were the cause of most of the complaints that patients presented with. He began to incorporate his research findings into his practice, and patients responded in, what seemed, a miraculous fashion.

His success attracted attention from fellow DC’s who asked him to teach them what he was doing. He was a masterful teacher, beginning his lectures with the basics of anatomy and physiology. Dr. Nimmo defined chiropractic as “a branch of the healing arts that is concerned with those foci adversely affecting the function of the nervous system, which are amendable by manual methods.” His constant goal in teaching was to impart what was sound neurologically and physiologically so that his theories could not be “debunked.” The results he obtained were proof of the effectiveness of the “Receptor-Tonus Method” principles. Thousands of chiropractors studied his methods and changed their lives, their practices, and the health of their patients. Dr. Nimmo taught that the “bone out of place” concept, so prevalent in the chiropractic profession, actually enslaved the average chiropractor. To quote Dr. Nimmo: “Didn’t they ever stop to consider that the bones are where the muscles and ligaments put them?”

He was a man 50 years ahead of his time in his thinking. He felt that chiropractors should be concerned with the functional integrity of the nervous system. In other words, if it is chiropractic to adjust a bone in the effort to restore functional integrity to the nervous system, it certainly should be chiropractic if the chiropractor directed his efforts to the factors which produce the misalignment of such a bone. To this end, a “hands-on” method, which restores the functional integrity of the body, especially the spine, by freeing the nervous system and permitting it to function normally, must be considered as a “CHIROPRACTIC” method.

Receptor-tonus Technique is a systematic approach which uses ischemic compression to remove myofascial trigger points. The doctor is instructed to search for and correct these points which bombard the nervous system and give rise to subluxations by the hypermyotonia they produce in the skeletal system.

Trigger points arise from several causes, such as acute or chronic muscular overload, direct trauma, poor posture, chilling of a muscle and even emotional stress. Once a trigger point has occurred, due to metabolic stasis in the area of the TP, waste products begin to accumulate. These waste products are nerve irritants (bradykinin, serotonin, hyaluronic acid, etc.) which, in turn, produce and perpetuate pain. Due to the accumulation of waste products, the blood supply to the area is decreased and ischemia and resultant pain are felt by the patient.

The treatment consists of sustained pressure for a specified length of time, usually five to seven seconds, but lesser time for some TP’s. The pressure is applied to the patient’s tolerance, always mindful of the pain threshold variances in each patient. Proper spacing of the office visits, and knowing which muscle groups to treat are important factors in determining patients’ responses. It is imperative for the chiropractor to understand that this method of chiropractic technique cannot be learned from reading about it, or in sporadic weekend practice. Attending and participating in three to five Receptor-Tonus seminars will usually prepare the doctor to recognize and successfully remove these causes of subluxations and resultant ill health.

Since Dr. Nimmo’s death in 1986, seminars teaching these methods are being taught by several certified instructors, namely myself, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Dr. Michael Fiscella, and Dr. Michael Schneider.

Dr. Sheila K. Laws is a 1962 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic.  After attending 45 seminars taught by Dr. Raymond Nimno, developer of the Receptor Tonus technique, he asked her to carry on his teaching. Dr. Laws has been an R-T Instructor since 1975, and held approximately 180 seminars across the U.S.A.  She can be reached by phone at 217-223-6170.

 
Effects of Kinetic Resistance Mobilization on "Frozen Elbow" Syndrome (FES)
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Written by George LeBeau, D.C.   
Monday, 26 September 2005 20:59

ABSTRACT

Introduction: This study presents an entirely new approach in the treatment of “Frozen Elbow” Syndrome (FES) using movement with resistance, Kinetic Resistance Mobilization (KRM). FES is described as a loss of normal Range of Motion (ROM) at the humeroulnar articulation. The attempted movements may or may not be associated with pain, weakness or parathesia; but, in the four cases presented here, the losses resulted in impairment of daily activities. KRM is shown to be effective in restoring movement to the injured elbow joints.

Methods: The four study patients range in age from 17 to 45, three males and one female. The duration of the FES was 12 weeks to 11 years. The number of treatments ranged from one to six with 80 to 100 percent resolution of FES. All four cases resulted from a specific traumatic event (sports injury and motor vehicle accident). These patients were selected for this study because all four had undergone extensive medical, chiropractic, physical therapy and rehabilitation treatment and had been released from treatment at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). None of the four had undergone any surgical intervention. Careful Goniometric measurements were recorded prior to and after the conclusion of treatment.

Results: Three of the four patients involved in this study showed a 100 percent recovery of normal ROM of the injured elbow. The fourth subject moved to a different state after six weeks and was unable to follow his treatment to conclusion. Even at that, he still showed an 80 percent improvement in ROM at the time of his final visit.

Conclusions: Extremity adjustments frequently include the use of forceful osseous manipulations, which can further damage injured joints and add to impairments. Using KRM enables the doctor to achieve a very high degree of success in treating FES with a safe, effective treatment and minimal danger of further injuring the damaged joint structures.

Methods of Treatment: Patient is seated and the doctor stands to the side of the affected elbow. The humerus is held parallel to the floor and the elbow is flexed to maximum with the palm of the hand facing backward. With the doctor applying pressure at the back of the wrist, the patient is instructed to push the arm outward into extension. There is a tendency for the patient to drop the humerus toward the floor during this maneuver, so the doctor gently grasps the distal humerus in the palm of his opposite hand to prevent this. The resistance is applied throughout the movement until full extension is achieved. At that time, the doctor reverses the grip to the front of the wrist and instructs the patient to bring the arm into flexion. Again, resistance is applied throughout the maneuver until full flexion is achieved. This entire process is repeated so that there are two movements in each direction.

The final movement is applied with the patient’s arm fully extended. The doctor holds the extended wrist with one hand and, with the opposite hand, grasps the elbow. A very gentle medial then lateral thrust is applied at the elbow, mobilizing the olecranon process onto the trochlea of the humerus. It is rare to perform this mobilization technique without hearing multiple audibles. In two of the following cases, complete resolution was achieved in one treatment.

Case Presentations

1. A 17-year-old female judo athlete was thrown to the mat during competition and landed with her left arm extended. The force of impact fractured the head of the radius and dislocated the radius and ulna at the olecranon process and distal humerus. Closed reduction of the dislocation was performed at the emergency room, along with soft casting of the radial head fracture. Physical therapy and rehabilitative exercises were started at four weeks and patient was released to MMI at 11 weeks. She presented for treatment at my office at 12 weeks post injury, with full flexion, but 50 percent loss of extension at 45 degrees of movement, and moderate pain during movement. After examination and measurements, KRM was applied and, during the second extension maneuver, a loud audible was heard, whereupon the patient was able to extend her arm fully with no pain. Follow up was performed at six weeks after the treatment and the patient was 100 percent.

2. A 28-year-old male states he suffered an elbow injury while pitching in a high school baseball game. He states his coach kept him in the game even after his having thrown more than 120 pitches.  On his final pitch, he felt a snap in his elbow and could no longer bend his arm past 60 degrees of flexion. After several weeks of intensive therapy, he was told that he would require surgery to correct his FES and resulting loss of ROM. He refused the surgery, gave up baseball and went on to college.

At the time of his treatment, he stated his major complaint was he could not touch his head (brush his hair or wash his head or neck) with his right hand. KRM was applied; there was a very loud audible and, immediately, he was able to bring his hand to the back of his neck. He had suffered with this impairment for 11 years!

3. A 45-year-old medically retired police officer was injured in a motor vehicle accident when a drunk driver “T-Boned” him at his driver’s door. Fire Rescue EMT’s used the “jaws of life” to pry his door open. During the rescue operation, the lower blade of the “jaws of life” came into contact with the officer’s left elbow, fracturing both the proximal radius and ulna. After extensive medical, physical therapy and rehabilitation treatment for more than a year, he was released to MMI and medically retired with a permanent impairment of 30 percent loss of flexion at 60 degrees and 50 percent loss of extension at 45 degrees.

When I treated the patient for the first time, he was seven years post injury. I treated him with KRM once a week for six weeks. During that time, he had a dramatic improvement in his ROM; but, after the sixth treatment, he informed me that he was in the process of moving and was unable to complete treatment. Final measurements were taken at that time to document his progress. He showed a 20 percent improvement in flexion at 80 degrees (up from 60 degrees) and a 25 percent improvement of extension to 60 degrees (up from 45 degrees). I designed a set of rehabilitative exercises for this patient and followed up with him by phone for several months. The exercises consisted of using surgical tubing resistance bands to assist with KRM.

4. A 30-year-old male fell while riding a mountain bike. He landed with his right arm extended and fractured his proximal radius. He was treated with immobilization (soft cast) and wore a sling. He was released with no further treatment after eight weeks. The patient was treated with KRM two years after his injury. Although his radius was completely healed, he had pain on movement and his residual loss of extension was measured at 55 degrees. During the fourth treatment with KRM, there was a significant audible and the patient was able to fully extend his arm for the first time in two years.

Results

The dramatic results reported here suggest a completely new approach to extremity manipulation with possible future application to spinal adjustments. Treatment ranging from one to six weeks resulted in a total average improvement of 73 percent, with three of the patients achieving complete resolution of their symptoms and 100 percent improvement in their ROM. Application of KRM can become a safe, yet effective, alternative to forced osseous manipulations, which have the potential of adding further trauma to the involved joint.

Conclusions

Certainly, further clinical trials under a more structured environment are advised and recommended. In addition to FES, I am currently in the process of developing and implementing KRM in the treatment of other extremity disorders, specifically the shoulder, wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), hip (fixated femur head), knee (fibula subluxation, tibial plateau rotation and patella subluxation), and ankle-foot syndromes (tarsal tunnel, foot drop and plantar fasciitis).

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the author for further information on KRM as well as joint venture (no pun intended) participation in future clinical trials.

Dr. George Le Beau, FICS, has been in private practice 33 years. He was US Olympic Judo Team doctor for 10 years and has taught more than 300 seminars on treatment of sports injuries and extremity technique. He is an Associate Professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
The Orthospinology Procedure
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Written by Kirk Eriksen, D.C.   
Monday, 26 September 2005 20:57

I have had the opportunity to lecture on the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic to various crowds and venues for more than 10 years. The attendees have ranged from several hundred to intimate one-on-one seminars of a half dozen. However, “Chiropractic ’06” will present a unique opportunity for myself and other technique experts to share with an international crowd of chiropractors. I look forward to the amazing information that will be disseminated from all of the presenters and the feedback from the attending doctors. Getting to enjoy the tropical paradise of Panama tops off this event. I look forward to meeting new chiropractors as we learn from one another about the unique healthcare that we provide our patients.

The Orthospinology Procedure is a method of correcting the occipito-atlanto-axial subluxation complex and the resultant neurological dysfunction and physiological concomitants. This work is based on the pioneering research and teaching of the late Dr. John Francis Grostic. It is actually a series of steps in the total care of the patient and is, therefore, a chiropractic procedure and not simply a spinal adjusting technique. The procedure employs a method of X-ray analysis that quantifies the lateral and rotational misalignments between atlas and axis as well as atlas and occiput. The analytical procedure examines the spatial orientation of the atlas, the geometry of the articulating surfaces, and the misalignment configuration to arrive at an effective correction vector. In addition to the X-ray protocol, the system contains steps for ensuring the precision of the X-ray analysis, adjusting methods, and post-adjustment re-evaluation procedures. This allows the doctor to assess the effectiveness of the adjustment and fine-tune the correction to the individual patient.

The purpose of this work is to provide the doctor with the best chance to reduce/correct the upper cervical subluxation in a consistent manner from patient to patient. If one agrees that the upper cervical subluxation is detrimental to the health of patients, then doesn’t it make sense to obtain vital information for reducing this dysfunction?
 
Orthospinology is not the only method for achieving this goal; however, this work strives in its pursuit of excellence. Doctors who utilize this technique must have a thorough understanding and respect of the biomechanical components of the subluxation before administering an adjustment. It is Orthospinology’s contention that an accurate adjustment has great potential for relieving stress on the nervous system and improving the health of the patient; however, a haphazard force applied to the cervical spine can result in a negative outcome. Likewise, clinical and research observation has shown that it is not the adjustment that helps the patient, but it is the “holding” of the correction that enables the patient to experience neurological integrity that improves health and healing. It is logical to assume that this should be maintained for the longest period of time possible. This is why it is crucial that a “tailor-made” adjustment be provided for each individual patient.

Orthospinology teaches doctors the hand adjustment, as well as the use of a hand-held and a table-mounted instrument. The hand delivered adjustment utilizes the pisiform as the contact point, which typically moves about 1/8” during the thrust. Various hand-held solenoid-powered instruments have been produced from the original research of Dr. Cecil Laney. These instruments deliver a quick and shallow adjusting force. The Torque Specific table-mounted instrument utilizes a multi-vector force to enable superior corrections in many patients. The Orthospinology adjustment is the culmination of the precision of the X-ray equipment alignment, the accuracy of the X-ray analysis, and attention to detail of patient placement on the adjusting table.

The presentation in Chiropractic ’06 in Panama will provide the doctor with a unique appreciation for the significance of the upper cervical subluxation and its correction. An overview of the Orthospinology Procedure will be provided that will include initial and visit-by-visit assessments of the patients’ individual subluxation complex (i.e., postural analyses, supine leg check, instrumentation, and palpation). Objective results will be demonstrated with the utilization of computerized digitization and morphing technology. The class will also provide a basic understanding of the adjustment that is applied, either by hand or with the use of an instrument. This dynamic presentation is filled with colorful computer graphics and illustrations that will captivate the doctor’s attention. This class includes a mixture of dramatic clinical corrections and a logical patient management rationale, with a brief review of literature that validates each aspect of the Orthospinology Procedure.

Dr. Kirk Eriksen can be contacted at 334-793-7992 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology’s address is 2500 Flowers Chapel Road, Dothan, AL, 36305, or visit the website at
www.orthospinology.org.

 
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