Neck pain: whiplash injury treated with Applied Kinesiology
My name is Sara Zuccolini, I'm 26 years old. I was in a car accident about a month ago. It was raining, the road was slick, our car went into a tailspin and we crashed into the guardrail. My neck seems to have taken a hit because I immediately began to feel nauseous, my neck hurt, and I was dizzy. I didn't hit my head though. It seems that my head whipped from front to back and from side to side. I went to the emergency room where they took x-rays, but they didn't find any grave injuries.
I wore a neck brace for 10 days because I was unable to turn my head in any direction. In particular, there was pain along the front of my neck here on the right side. After a few days my neck movement began to increase. I did some physical therapy and some neck stretching exercises. It's much better than it was a month ago. I'm able to move my neck much more now. However there is some lingering pain on the right side when I turn my head or when I bend to this side. There is also some shoulder pain.
The following are the highlights of the first examination and treatment of Sara by Dr. Robert Morrison. The entire visit lasted approximately 45 minutes; however this has been edited for the viewer. Now let's observe how Sara moves her neck and make note of whether there is pain with movement.
OK now let's observe your neck movement. Try to turn your head all the way to the right and then to the left. Is that as far as you can turn? SARA - Yes that is the maximum. I feel it pulling right here. Try turning again to the right. Where do you feel it now? SARA - I feel pain in the same area right here. SARA - It hurts here in the back of my neck.
SARA - It won't go any further. OK try the other side. Is that as far as you can go? OK now try to touch the floor without bending your knees. Now come back up. Try one more time. OK, now come back up. We are at about 26 centimeters away from the floor.
This could be better. When an injury of this type occurs, the muscles of the neck are pulled: those in the front are pulled backward and those in the back are pulled forward. This is known as a whiplash injury.
When this happens, some muscles will short-circuit neurologically. Then when the muscles of one side shut down, the opposite side, the antagonist muscles, become tense and taut. This usually causes pain. In order to determine which muscles are functioning and which aren't we test them manually. We test one muscle at a time and see whether they can resist test pressure. MANUAL MUSCLE TESTING Resist Sara. This muscle does not resist test pressure. It means that it is not functioning properly.
This one is working well. Again resist. This one does not resist test pressure. I am testing this muscle here. It is also shut down. Resist the pressure. I'm applying very little force but these muscles cannot resist even light pressure.
This creates an imbalance of pull between muscles and causes all sorts of tension and pain. Moreover this allows vertebrae to misalign. We need to remediate this situation.
So I am using this strong muscle as an indicator. It will help me to understand her neurological reactions to stimuli. If she touches this muscle group... ...push here...the muscle remains strong. However if we put her head in the position of trauma, head bent backward... Touch there again, then push.... Push hard now Sara.... She now has very little strength.
SARA - How is this possible? This is possible because in the moment of impact, the head and neck always bends backward. Therefore when we touch an area that has been traumatized, with the head in the position of trauma, the brain is able to recall "oh yes, that is the area that was traumatized in this exact position" then every muscle in the body becomes weak momentarily. This is how we are able to indentify the exact areas of trauma and then fix them. More measurements are taken in order to assess the effects of the therapy both before and after.
I'm now going to measure how far I can stretch this leg to gain an idea of muscle tension and imbalance at the pelvis. Sara stop me when it begins to hurt. SARA - Now. Here is hurts. We are at less than 90 degrees on this side. Sara stop me when it begins to hurt.
SARA - Now. Now it hurts. Again we are at less than 90 degrees, here it is more like 70 degrees. THE THERAPY Now I am reactivating the pain pathways that travel to her brain. They are the same pain pathways that were activated during the trauma. Then I add a type of micromanipulation to the base of her cranium.
This has the effect of pushing a reset button to cancel the memory of the trauma in her muscles. Now I am going to perform meridian therapy. The meridians are channels of electromagnetic energy that run through the body.
All along these channels are clusters of energy or acupuncture points. When stimulated, these points have numerous therapeutic benefits. There are 6 points...push...on the right side of the face and 6 points...push...on the left... Push...push...and 2 in the midline. This one in the midline...push...when tapped, she weakens. This means that this point in the midline is connected to the area that she is touching with her hand.
Because if she were to remove her hand, and then I tap the point...push...there is no muscular reaction. However if she touches the area and then I tap it...push...her muscles go weak. MERIDIAN THERAPY Now she places her hand over the area while I tap this point about 100 times. And now I will tap again...push...and she doesn't weaken any longer. Treatment is done.
OK now we will retest those muscles which were weak before the treatment to see if the therapy was effective. Now she resists my test pressure quite well. However we want to check if the reflex points associated with these muscles are active. It is possible that these muscles function better now, but not at 100%. Now the muscles become weak when she touches the associated reflex points. Touch them Sara...Resist the pressure. Her head falls back very easily. So we have to treat these reflex points in order to maximize the function of these scalene muscles.
About a minute of stimulation to these points will suffice. Does it hurt? SARA - Yes It is something of a good pain right? Now let's test these muscles again. Hands up, and hold them like this Sara. Resist the pressure. And she resists very well now. Let's test the other side. Hold your head like this. Resist my pressure...And she resists quite well.
And now I will test those same muscles that were weak before in the seated position. This is all of my force...resist...now her muscles do not give way. Resist as I pull. Exceptionally strong now. These are all strong now the way they should be. EVALUATION OF THE SPINAL COLUMN Now, using my hands I will detect where vertebrae have become misaligned or locked in place.
I'll check the whole spine. The chiropractic adjustment once the malpositioned or "locked" vertebrae have been found, an adjustment is applied to restore normal movement. Sara take a nice deep breath in.
And let it out. We got a nice release. SARA - Yes I felt it.
You will recall that before treatment, we took some measurements using her legs. Now, let's measure again. Let's see if something has changed.
Huge difference. Before she stopped me at this point, at about 80 degrees there was pain. This is 90, this is 100...is it beginning to hurt? SARA - Now. Now she is arriving at about 110 degrees. Much better.
Let's check the other side. You will recall that before she stopped me at about 70 degrees. Now, 70...80...90..
SARA - Now. 90, much better. Before she stopped me here.
Sara just asked me a moment ago "is this form of therapy all natural isn't it?" Exactly, it is all natural. I didn't inject Sara with anything neither did I give any medication nor perform surgery. By just stimulating the right points, we allowed Sara to let her body heal itself. Her body possesses the power to heal itself, I only act as a catalyst to liberate this tendency toward healing. OK Sara let us see the same movements that you did before, head to the right and left as far as you can.
Let's see if it still hurts. Much better now. SARA - Doesn't hurt now either. Keep going. Much better. OK try bending forward.
Then backward. Does it hurt? Bending backwards is completely different now. OK now to the other side. OK in just one treatment we were able to affect huge changes and it will stay like that. BEFORE AND AFTER Before treatment, Sara explained that by doing home exercises she felt significantly better.
However she was completely unaware just how restricted her neck movements really were until now. She is markedly better and it will stay this way. OK now we will take more measurements. You'll recall that before when Sara tried to touch her toes without bending her knees, she was about 26 cm. Away from the floor. Now let's do the same measurement.
Feet spread apart shoulders width. Let's check it out. We are at 10 and a half cm.! Before she was at 26 cm.
So we gained a significant amount of flexibility. This is all due the accident which resulted in general muscle tension throughout the body. By treating this, we were able to release substantial levels of general muscle tension.
It's pretty amazing. FIRST IMPRESSION The results were quite evident and I no longer feel pain or symptoms. I was under the impression that I was doing much better, but I had no idea that I still had a lot to go. Now it is quite clear how much improvement has been made. Were the adjustments (cracking) painful? No not at all.
It was not invasive. Feels a bit weird but it doesn't hurt. On the contrary, it is pleasurable. The results are quite considerable Definitely a positive experience.
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