The Science of Upper Cervical

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Spinewave has recently made some large investments into the science of chiropractic, yet retaining its most traditional tenets: blending neuroscience, chiropractic neurology and upper cervical specific techniques into a modern day art.

The chiropractic profession pioneered skin temperature analysis with the introduction of the neurocalometer over 70 years ago. BJ Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, was on the cutting edge with the use of X ray and his “neurocalograph” – today’s thermography.

BJ wrote, “The neurocalograph reveals the causative factor to be quite remote from the area of pain or from the area of spinal misalignment as shown by the calograph. The average uninformed mind usually thinks in terms of direct manipulation of the affected areas when the spine is concerned, rather than with the correction of the cause.” (right: the old “Model A” with printout)

The “correction of the cause” meant analysing the whole system (spine) to assess where areas of interference to function were most consistent, addressing those, and then allowing the body to heal itself. Oftentimes this was nowhere near the perceived problem area.

Persons free of neurological interference tend to display skin temperature readings which continually change, but when spinal misalignment and interference to normal neurological function appear, these changing differentials become static. They no longer display normal adaptability, and  the patient is said to be “in pattern”, requiring an adjustment.

The new Tytron 2.0 software we use at Spinewave now allows us to accurately assess an individual’s pattern from visit to visit, or even immediately after an adjustment to see what effect it has had on the nervous system.

Patterns are like earthquakes erupting through the spine. The objective is to not only change the pattern (below) but also affect the symmetry of the pattern. Symmetry refers to the “spikes” on the graph from left to right. These spikes are temperature differences, and temperature is controlled by your nervous system. If irregular spikes repeatedly appear on the scans, it means the nervous system is not working properly and ill health ensues.

Pattern analysis is extremely important in dictating how specific adjustments need to be delivered. Marrying modern day neuroscience and traditional upper cervical care means assessing dysfunctional output from the brain and devising strategies to create positive input to the nervous system to allow the body to work better.

Spinewave’s clinical objective is to make the biggest impact on the nervous system in the shortest amount of time. Few techniques are more powerful than upper cervical specific to create this rapid change in brain function for the following 5 reasons: Read more

Zumba costs ACC $708,000 in 2 years

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) figures show fitness craze Zumba is more dangerous than it appears.

While at least one district health board is promoting Zumba as a way of losing weight, in two years ACC has received more than 1600 claims for Zumba-related injuries. Those injuries – mostly to knees, lower backs and ankles – have cost about $750,000. Add Zumba to all the other styles, and dancing costs ACC as much as mountain-biking.

Some question the credentials of instructors. A former Zumba instructor told 3 News he wasn’t surprised at the figures, saying most instructors aren’t qualified – training is a one-day course and a 30-page handbook. He even knew of a Zumba class taught in the back of a fruit shop.

Zumba may cost ACC almost $400,000 a year, but that’s nothing compared to rugby, with an average of $50 million a year over the past six years.

“Every time that someone starts a physical activity or a programme a sport, you have some type of risk of getting injured,” says Zumba instructor Carolina Arias. “If you look at that number in comparison to sports like rugby, it’s a $300 million claim. So Zumba is little compared to that.”

Auckland District Health Board gave start up funding to the hugely popular classes in South Auckland two years ago, and a spokesman said they still see them as a positive step to promoting healthy lifestyles.

Reference: 3 News

Negative emotions increase itching

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Emotions influence the experience of both pain and itch, with negative emotions eliciting higher levels of itch and pain compared to positive emotions, according to research published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

A total of 77 healthy female participants watched film clips to induce a negative or positive emotional state. Two clips from the movie Happy Feet were used for the positive emotion condition, and 2 clips from the movie Irreversible was used for the negative emotion condition. Electrical stimulation, histamine iontophoresis, and the cold pressor test were used to induce itch and pain.

“This study showed for the first time that people experience higher levels of itch elicited by histamine when they are in a negative, rather than a positive, emotional state, and replicated previous findings that pain levels elicited by the cold pressor test are increased when a person is in a negative, rather than a positive, emotional state,” Dr. van Laarhoven and colleagues conclude.

Potential mechanisms that may underlie the effect of emotions on itch and pain sensations may involve deactivation or activation of various brain regions that occur during the experiencing of emotions. These areas may include the anterior cingulate cortex, posterior cingulate cortex, prefrontal cortex, and insula. These areas are also activated during the anticipation of pain and itch sensations.

Chiropractic plays an important role in managing the way these areas of the brain fire together, which is why people often report an improvement in their skin or hypersensitivity reactions. In patients with chronic itch or pain, negative emotions may be part of a vicious cycle of symptoms worsening, so understanding environmental factors, the impact of relationships, and stress on the nervous system becomes vital to getting well.

Reference: Br J Dermatol. 2012;167:262-269.

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