Cerebellar Ataxia

August 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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After his first upper cervical adjustment, his Dad said that he didn’t have  to hold onto the walls when walking down the hallway anymore.

Predictability of a result for people is never dead certain. Causation is complex. A student asked me the other day what happens when people don’t get better. I said, well, if I’ve done my best and the patient has done their best, i.e. stuck to the plan, given it the appropriate time frame, rested well, done their prescribed homework, sorted out any lifestyle and stress issues along the way, then it’s okay to part ways.

For me, I think the biggest aspect of lack of success is “the appropriate time frame” and the element of faith in the healing process. As a society, I think we’re generally more steeped in fear than faith. Also, it’s probably just the way I was raised, but I’m of the nature where success comes from hard work over extended periods of time. Sometimes that doesn’t sit well with people. Predictability also comes from practice based evidence: We’ve seen this before, this is what happened over this period of time, so it’s likely we can expect this kind of result.

I’m re-posting our story of cerebellar ataxia after looking after Rohaan for a couple years now at Spinewave since listening to this audio of a woman whose ataxia was so bad she couldn’t even pick items up.

Ataxia is a neurological problem which means poor muscle coordination, imbalance, instability, staggered gait or walking and unsteady movements.

We’re not quite sure what the problem is even after extensive testing, nerve conduction studies and MRIs. It may be genetic, it may be acquired, but we know that there is a neurological problem between brain and legs. It’s a neuropathy that begins in the trunk and ends in the feet, impairing coordination and balance, creates pins and needles, and is hopefully not progressive. We also know that chiropractic care helps. Adjusting the atlas brings function back online and all these things improve. The condition isn’t reversed, but their quality of life is raised and that’s the point.

For the student: I also do full spine adjusting with Rohaan (left) and adjust his feet, ankles, knees and femeroacetabular joints on a weekly basis finding that really helps proprioceptive input. This was their video from early 2009 Read more

What everyone is supposed to know?

August 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), all elementary to middle school grades are supposed to understand the following concepts in the name of “science literacy”. I was actually dumbfounded by this report because if everyone did know these basic tenets, the chiropractor’s job wouldn’t be half as difficult. Yet I still meet people that haven’t yet correlated the arm is connected to the body is connected to the spine is connected to…

It’s supposed to be elementary level! So if you’re an adult reading this, please make sure you know the following to avoid any embarrassment at a local pub quiz:

  1. The brain enables human beings to think and sends messages to other body parts to help them work properly.
  2. The brain gets signals from all parts of the body telling it what is happening in each part. The brain also sends signals to parts of the body to influence what they do.
  3. Interactions among the senses, nerves, and brain make possible the learning that enables human beings to predict, analyse, and respond to changes in their environments.
  4. Internal cues (such as hunger) and external cues (such as changes in the environment) influence the behaviour of individual organisms. Humans and other organisms have senses that help them detect internal and external cues.
  5. All organisms must be able to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions when living in a constantly changing external environment.
  6. Regulation of an organism’s internal environment involves sensing that environment and changing physiological activities to keep conditions within the range required to survive.

The developer of chiropractic, BJ Palmer, expressed roughly 70 years ago that his most critical concept was “survival value”. The nervous system is constantly adapting to its environment and as it breaks down due to overwhelming stress, poor communication and bad signalling leads to destructive survival value, disease and death of the organism. Chiropractors use the spine as a tool to influence the function of the nervous system so it can better adapt to its environment and thus increase its survival value. Chiropractors know when, where, how and why to adjust to create this positive influence to allow the brain to continue to do what it is supposed to do: Function at 100% capacity.

Elementary, my dear Watson.

Reference: The Dana Foundation. The Brain in Science Education. August 11, 2010.

Trusting Your Self

August 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Being able to completely trust yourself is probably one of the most powerful places to arrive at.

This is a simple example I thought about whilst brushing my teeth last night but, naturally, I shall expand: Three dentists recommended I take my wisdom teeth out as standard protocol. Six months later, with enough pain, beer and codeine, I watched two little teeth push through to say kia ora with the rest, happy and pain free.

Sometimes… I think the body knows what it’s doing.

To make that decision though I consulted three professionals. I didn’t arrive at it completely on my own and I should probably qualify that statement, especially when it comes to important health care decisions. However, when you’ve gathered all the information you possibly can about an upcoming decision, there is only one person to rely on: The same person who lays their head on the same pillow each night and the same person who wakes up with the decision to make.

Learning to trust yourself; to trust your gut; to trust innate; in Japanese, to trust your hara; to follow your own wisdom, is really something that takes a tremendous amount of practice and conscious effort in the beginning. All things are difficult before they are easy. And then ultimately choices become an easy yes or no. Read more

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