July 17, 2014
Ninety percent of the neurological development and synaptic connections are completed by age 6. Myelination (myelin is the covering on the spinal cord and nerves) of most of the axons of the major spinal tracks and the cerebrum arelargely completed by the end of the second year of postnatal life, while fullmyelination is completed after the tenth year.
At birth the cerebellum grows so rapidly that by the onset of puberty its surface areahas increased fourfold.Structures such as the reticular formation, commissural neurons, and intracorticalassociation areas mature after the tenth year of life.The dendrites of the cortical neurons are rudimentary at birth but during the first yearof life, each cortical neuron develops 1,000 to 100,000 connections with otherneurons.
Since by age six all of the motor and sensory functions we use as adults have been fully developed it is after this time that we can enhance these functional abilities and perfect their use. Damage at any stage prior to the preliminary development of these functions will cause compensatory patterns to either be learned or occur naturally to allow us to interact with our environment to the best of our ability.
“Birth related spinal cord injuries appears to be under diagnosed. Severe injuries cause death immediately; incomplete injuries can either cause death within the neonatal period or permit survival. In birth injuries, the upper cervical spine or the cervicothoracic junction is usually affected. However, and level of the spinal cord can be involved, and the involvement of multiple levels is not uncommon.” Dickman, Rekate, Sonntag, Zabramski, Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix,AZ.
If corrections are not made at this point in time or soon afterwards studies show that these children will function at reduced capacity later in life. “Traumatization of the suboccipital structures inhibits functioning of the proprioceptive feedback loops. The motor development, though preprogrammed, cannot develop normally. These systems are fault tolerant and able to overcome considerable difficulties and restricted working conditions. But the price for this is a reduced capacity to absorb additional stress later. These children may show only minor symptoms in the first months of their life but later on at the age of 5 or 6 they suffer from headaches, postural problems or diffuse symptoms like sleep disorders, being unable to concentrate etc.” Journal of Manual Medicine, Springer – Velag 1992
“Without correction, aberrant motility of the motion units of the spine will inevitablyresult in spinal degeneration. With appropriate correction before thespinal degeneration occurs, there will be no spinal degeneration.”Dr. Jan Jirout “Studies in the Dynamics of the Spine”
“Nerve tissue reacts adversely to stretching and the hypermobility of the spine causes nerves to stretch abnormally, causing immediate pathophysiologicalchanges as well as long-term neuropathologic changes.” Alf Brieg, M.D. “Adverse Mechanical Tension in the Central Nervous System”
Written by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C., Elevation Health, Lake Mary, FL
July 16, 2014
From the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research comes a case study published on July 10, 2014, documenting the subjective and objective improvement of a young boy with ADHD after receiving chiropractic care.
“Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is a condition known to cause bouts of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, poor academic performance and disruptive social behavior.” ADHD has been shown to affect 5% of children and 4% of adults.
“Although medication has been shown to help in the management of symptoms in children with ADHD, research shows that academic performance is not improved in the medium and long term and may have harmful effects given the typical way the medications are used in the community and the adverse side effects caused by the medications.”
- In this case, an 11-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor having been diagnosed with ADHD two years earlier by his psychologist. He was originally given Concerta but was later taken off that drug by his guardians due to the boy experiencing the side effects of appetite loss and reportedly turning him into a “social zombie.” He was also suffering from neck pain for the past three years.
- One of the examination procedures performed was a “TOVA” examination. This procedure objectively tests and rates some of the issues with ADHD such as an individual’s sustained attention, speed and consistency of responding, and behavioral self-regulation. With this test, it was possible to rate changes to the boy’s ADHD before and after his chiropractic care.
- A chiropractic examination and x-rays were performed which determined that vertebral subluxation was present at the top of the boy’s neck. Based on this finding, specific chiropractic adjustments were started to correct the subluxations. The boy was also given exercises and his diet was more closely watched and regulated.
- After the first adjustment, the boy’s neck pain was gone and did not return. After three months of care, the boy was re-evaluated using the same processes performed at the beginning of his care which included the TOVA examination. The test showed improvement in the boy’s spinal structure, and improvement in his neurological imbalances back to normal levels. The TOVA test showed the most objective improvement. A normal TOVA score is “0″ or above. The boy’s original score was (minus) -3.94, and had dramatically improved after three months of chiropractic to a (minus) -0.46.
In his discussion of this case the author notes, “Although the purpose of chiropractic care was not to diagnose or treat the patient’s ADHD, his condition improved both subjectively and objectively and that likely translated into academic improvement.” He continued in his conclusion, “Although it is impossible to make sweeping conclusions about the link between the Atlas Subluxation Complex being a causative factor of ADHD, we can conclude that this patient has achieved quality of life improvement that has been subjectively reported and objectively measured by the TOVA software, neurological exams and behavioral evaluation.”
July 14, 2014
Objective: To present a case of Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) protocol of care used on a patient with cervical and lumbopelvic postural distortions.
Clinical Features: A 34-year-old former rugby player presents to a CBP® chiropractic office with a history of the following chronic issues: headaches, mid and low back pain, congested sinuses, and upper respiratory symptoms for over twenty years.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received CBP® care over a 9-month period receiving approximately 33 sessions. Mirror-image® adjustments, mirror-image® exercises, and mirror-image® traction were used to reduce the patient’s spinal subluxations and postural distortions, in addition to a heel lift for his right shoe. The patient was seen 2 times per week for the first 12 weeks then was seen 1 time per week thereafter for an additional 6 months. Follow-up radiographs at both 18 weeks and 36 weeks of care showed progressive improvement in postural measurements toward normal. This was associated with improvement in headaches, sinus and respiratory symptoms.
Conclusion: Improvement in the patient’s abnormal posture and reductions of the radiographic spinal subluxations were achieved using CBP® protocol of care.
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ July 7, 2014 ~ Pages 113-128
July 10, 2014
My name is Ivanna. I am 20 years old; I have been suffering from severe and continuous headaches since I was 9. My headaches were as often as 3-4 times a week and on a pain scale of 1-10, an 8-9.
I used to take Advil, Tylenol and Aleve almost on a daily basis, until I started to become a little resistant to them and had to take up to three a day. I would visit doctors and they would always tell me I had sinusitis and gave me antibiotics and sumatriptan (by prescription) to help with the pain. For many years I took antibiotics 1-2 times a year just because of headaches, without counting the times I took antibiotics because of sickness. I was not happy with my lifestyle for a long time; my quality of life was being severally affected. I could not do many activities that others would because I was in pain.
In December 2013, I decided to visit a Neurologist, but did not get around to it. Luckily that was about the time I started working with Dr. Hermann Diehl (Elevation Health doctor). He explained to me how my spine, posture and subluxations could be causing these headaches. I had never thought to go to a chiropractor. I started working with Dr. Diehl about a month ago. He started my corrective care right away, maybe a couple days after I started working with him.
I am happy to announce that my headaches have been reduced exponentially and I feel like a have more energy, more than what I have had in a long time. In the past three and a half weeks I have only had 3 headaches. This might be a lot to others but for me it’s great. Going from 3-4 times a week to 3 headaches a month, in such short time of care is AMAZING! I am very hopeful by the end of my corrective care my headaches will be reduced even more.