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Scoliosis The Medical Model

Scoliosis_Spinal_Operation_indexScoliosis…the word may sound familiar yet do you really know what it is? It is actually very common and you may have seen it or have it without knowing. Scoliosis, actually, is a medical condition which is characterized by the bending (from side to side) of the spine, which can develop as a primary curve (shaped like the letter C) or as a two curves which resembles the letter “S”. Scoliosis can be categorized either by the shape, the location or the direction of the curvature of the spine.  For instance, the Scoliosis Symptoms may manifest in the upper back or thoracic area, the lower back or lumbar; however, it is most commonly found to develop in between the upper and lower back in an area called the thoracolumbar.

Types of Scoliosis Causes

Depending on the type of scoliosis which presents itself in an individual, the medical practitioner may be able to attribute a causative factor to its development. There are two main types of scoliosis:

  1. Congenital Scoliosis is attributed to an inborn defect which causes the vertebra to develop abnormally.
  2. Idiopathic Scoliosis accounts for 80% of the cases where the cause of the scoliosis is not readily known or just not known. Idiopathic means no known solution.

Conventional Scoliosis Treatment

Over the years there have been numerous attempts at treating scoliosis, with the aim of limiting or correcting the curvature, through the use of massages, mud packs, body castings, bindings, armour corsets and many other different variations of body braces, all without the level of effectiveness that was sought. With the dawn of a new era in medicine, it was believed that surgery would be a viable means of correcting the deformity once and for all. As such, patients were subjected to an invasive procedure where their backs were cut open, portions of the spine chipped away, the spinal curve straightened with steel rods implanted into the areas of the spine that were chipped away with the bone layering the rods. After surgery the patient then had to endure being in a full body cast for at least a year until all is healed. The back then appears to be straight and so the condition is called “cured”.

Is Conventional Treatment Truly Effective?

After surviving such an invasive procedure and a whole year where your movements are severely restricted, you would expect that all your worries have dissipated? Unfortunately, this may not be the case at all. While there are those that learn to function fairly well after the procedure, there are those who will still have to contend with the fact that there is a wad of metal in their body which will impact how they respond to climate changes, and the possibility of the rod breaking or ripping out of its mooring. Not quite the cure that was expected, right?  So your questions then is, are there any other options available for treatment? The answer fortunately is…YES!!!

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Effects Of Misaligned TemporoMandibular Joint

With much discourse about the extent to which the Temporomandibular Joint, located at the base of the skull, affects our overall health; significant strides have been made in assessing its overall function. So how much do you know about the function of the TMJ or Jaw Joint? Firstly, its plays a key role in activities such as speaking. Secondly, believe it or not, it is involved in the way in which we experience pain and emotional stress among others. Also, an individual may experience clicking jaw, face pain and tinnitus if there is any injury to the jaw. The importance of the Temporomandibular Joint is also compounded by the fact that it uses up to 80% of our brain function! 

Researching The TemporoMandibular Joint

While the debate as to how far reaching the jaw can impact upon our health rages on; Dr. Ferreri in his research has allowed for a greater understanding of a range of diverse conditions such as bed wetting, uterine and prostate problems, bladder incontinence, respiratory and circulatory problems originating from diaphragmatic insufficiency, a myriad of back problems including scoliosis and several other health issues through ascertaining their causes and possible treatment options. As his research progressed, it was found that the sequence of activities involved in feeding such as taking food in the mouth, biting, chewing thoroughly and then swallowing, all relates specifically to the neurological control of the digestive mechanism sequencing tied into the Temporomandibular Joint functioning.

TemporoMandibular Joint Digestive Glands

The digestive sequencing begins once the mouth is opened to receive food which causes the activation of the digestive glands. Next, the valves of the digestive tract will contract when one begins to bite down on the food. The digestive tract is then divided into three chambers which are sealed to process the food. As such, it is evident that it is of the utmost importance that the muscles of the jaw are functioning optimally.

It is important to note that a close relationship was uncovered between the jaw and the sacrum, which contributes to pain in the lower back, and is also associated with conditions such as Dyslexia and Scoliosis.

Idiopathic Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition wherein the spine of an individual is curved or bended, however, N.O.T practitioners do not see this as a result of an issue with the spine itself, but is a symptom of an underlying problem which goes undiagnosed. The cause for the curvature of the spine or Scoliosis is in fact the presence of muscles which are too-tight or Hypertonic and that are constantly pulling on the bone structure. This inevitably, overtime, causes a rotation and bending of the spine. It is also generally understood that major causes for the occurrence of any of these events can be attributed to a sustained injury to certain reflexes on the head and the pelvis (front and back), in addition to certain hormonal changes that takes place during the course of puberty. This can be easily corrected by N.O.T!!!!

Dyslexia and N.O.T

Specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and A.D.D have been impacting the learning process of children in schools. These disabilities will also affect adults in carrying out their functions and behavioural patterns causing issues for law enforcement personnel and in many cases home abuse. This, however, can be corrected by using the techniques that are contained within the N.O.T programme which will provide answers to much questions and relief for parents and teachers alike. This is so as the eyes, ears and Temporomandibular Joint are evaluated and then reactivated to work in an organised manner, so that the individual (child or adult) will begin to process information being received in a more meaningful way.

These learning difficulties often entail eye tracking problems and difficulty processing auditory stimuli. Both these symptoms adversely affect the child’s ability to focus their attention on what is being said and displayed for an extended period. It was discovered that the root cause of these issues is the existence of a disorganised nervous system, which may have stemmed from a head injury from an accident that has gone undetected or that some head jamming occurred at birth. Emotional problems and food allergies may also be present which can be attended to by using Kinesiology.

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Balanced TemporoMandibular Joint Improves Sports Performance

The temporomandibular joint, most commonly known as the jaw joint is considered to be a vital component in stabilizing  the reactive muscle system of the body. This is so as its three (3) primary functions, where it is responsible for are:

  1. Body centering and maintaining the integrity of the pelvic floor muscles which supports all the pelvic organs and glands, throughout the reactive muscle system.
  2. Neurological control to the digestive process for proper sequencing
  3. Acting as an activating mechanism involved in the primary protection of the central nervous system through the muscles of the jaw joint or temporomandibular joint.

With the primary reactive reflex system of Fight/Flight it sets the body’s defence mechanism in motion which serves to protect the brain and CNS. As in the case of an athlete, such as one that competes in American Football, these muscles will stabilise the sutures (joints) of the cranium (skull) by increasing tension in the cranial dura (covering of the brain).

This third function is of great importance as it explains exactly how these athletes can repeatedly take these ferocious blows as the body in a sequential series of actions takes steps in protecting itself. What these muscles inevitably do is stabilize the brain within the skull to protect it from injury, in the event that a blow is received to the head. Essentially the joints movements are restricted and so, the brain becomes encased in a protective shell. 

Part of the jaw’s muscle complex, known as the lateral pterygoid muscles which stabilize the inside of the skull, is also responsible for the reactive response in the coccygeal muscles. The coccygeal muscles will then pull on the cocoyx or the tail bone and the apex of the sacrum bringing them forward in motion, this then results in a pull on the spinal dura that increases its tension in a bid to protect the spinal cord by restricting spinal bone movement. This is done as a means of protecting the spine from becoming dislocated and assisting in holding the head on the body, in the event of an injury.

As illustrated above one has to view everything in terms of the body’s primitive defence mechanisms, especially if the outcomes are truly life and death scenarios. As such if any indicator is weak then it has to be made strong and if there is no damage to the tissue there will be an immediate effect. Hence, why NOT practitioners, ultimately seeks to establish a protocol between neural organisation and the integrity of physical structures, as they work together as an integrated system within the body. Thus, if there is a balance within the muscle system and it is working effectively, then the potential for athletic injury has been significantly reduced, as the athletes strength would have increased, hence the sports performance of the athlete would also be at its maximum.

Prevention of Athletic Injuries….The Truth!

Athletic injuries are mainly due to impact with another body or the ground, with the exception of bruises and breaks, they actually occur after the impact has occurred. This is so as the body is utilising its primitive defence mechanism of fight/flight and evokes it compensatory functions at the time. Therefore, it is after the impact has occurred that the athlete will feel the onset of back or neck aches as the balancing or timing is out of sync and the muscle pulls and the domino effect of the system begin. With proper treatment, however, the effects of trauma can be neutralized, re-establishing the proper integration of body functions thereby preventing chronic injuries to the athlete. As such, non-traumatic injuries can be wholly prevented.

How To Optimise Your Sports Performance

A properly organised and integrated nervous system with a properly balanced weight-bearing system can prevent majority of athletic injuries and so, it if of the greatest importance that athletes receive proper and effective treatment in order to mitigate against athletic injuries and optimise sports performance.

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Sports Injury and Athletic Injury Prevention

To be an athlete requires one to continuously subject the body to arduous workouts and training sessions, strict dietary regimes and a disciplined mind in order to prepare the body for rigorous competitions. This is done as a means of ensuring that your performance is at its finest every time and to mitigate against athletic injury, such as fatigue while performing or any other trauma or endurence that can be sustained. This is no easy task by far. To perform at peak efficiency, fluidity with unimpaired movements consistently, requires an athlete’s muscles and other inner systems to be working in tandem and efficiently, if not, then the athlete will be subjected to endure bouts of sports injury that could have been prevented.

One of the many systems that athletes and their caregivers should pay particular attention to is that of the neurological system. This is so important, especially when there are neurological deficits from an old or pre-existing injury locked up in the Reactive Muscle System, the performance of the athlete will wane, leaving the athlete open to sustain sport injury to the muscles and other structural systems (for example the spine) within the body. This is of critical concern to the athlete in terms of performance and the longevity of their careers as neurological balance and integrity in the Reactive Muscle System play a key role in the level of their performance.

Reactive Muscle System And Sports Injury

The muscles of the body do not act independently; instead they form part of a Reactive Muscle System and so, if there is an imbalance within the system it can weaken the system significantly. So how does the Reactive Muscle System work? Think of gait reflex movement which refers to the manner or style of walking/running, or picture an athlete readying himself to run. The simple process of taking a step forward requires significant coordination between varying muscle bundles in the body, nervous system and brain; beginning with the motion of lifting your leg, pushing off with the foot, moving the arm, changing the position of your head and other associated actions, muscles which would be in opposition to this motion are deactivated to not inhibit the other muscles from working. This is done through a special intact reflex activity and control, which is an injury prevention technique and not only manages those muscles that are in motion yet also, returns the muscles to a neutral state or tone.

An imbalance, however, will result in the reflex activities and controls to breakdown, causing the occurrence of a hyper or tight muscle which would also have a hypo or weak muscle somewhere in normal reactivity. The hyper muscle is considered to be potentially weak as its muscle bundles are not going through the normal resting phases and so may be overworking due to its extended activation. On the other hand, a hypo muscle is considered to be weak from the start because it is mostly in a de-facilitated state. With the muscles not working in their normal regulatory manner of activation and deactivation, this leaves an athlete susceptible to the onset of fatigue and increases the likelihood of a sports injury. Additionally, there is a loss of joint stability which further affects the gait reflex movement, which if not corrected by resuming the neurological balance within the system, will ultimately affect the performance of the athlete. Nonetheless, athletic injury can be abated once athletes are given the necessary care that is required, which is the aim of Neural Organisation Therapy.

Managing Sports Injury And Injury Prevention Using Neural Organisation Therapy

Neural Organisation Therapy also referred to as NOT, and is not merely a technique on how to maintain a healthy neurological balance or on how to restore balance amongst the varying neurological systems of the body yet also, a philosophy. The philosophy adopts the ideology that the body was designed with characteristics which are innate to ensure its survival, even in the most hostile situations or environments. These innate or most primitive of human characteristics are survival mechanisms that are genetically organised in a manner much likened to a computer program and so, the reflex systems of Feeding, Fight/Flight and Reproduction are vital to our survival and this is your premium starting point for your Sports Injury Treatment to get maximum performance out of your body to ensure injury prevention.

Anything that happens to the body in its bid to survive will include at least one of the primary neurological systems directly and another indirectly. For instance, the Limbic System is a combination of the immune, repair and growth and (cellular) reproduction systems, which brings the three primary systems together in a cohesive life force. As demonstrated before we see where the body consist of neurological systems building on top of other systems, and so, this is further controlled by the Nervous System, which monitors these mechanisms, dealing with them as necessary and when needed, constructs compensatory functions to survive. What we want here is injury prevention.

The Athlete and the Primary Reflex Systems

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Strapping Up A Groin Injury

Strapping up a groin injury is not the way to fix groin muscle pain. You see using this method is not a correction; it is a temporary management fix. If the therapist knew how to correct groin strain properly, it would be done in a few minutes. It may take a few days for the inflammation to settle down yet the groin pain can be relieved almost immediately. There are exceptions especially when there is a groin muscle tear.

Why am I saying this, on each side of the pubic bone there is a major neuro reflex called the ‘anterior cloacal reflex’. Four major meridians pass through and around the area of the groin reflexes. On the bum bone is where the ‘posterior cloacal reflex’ is located both sides and is an integral part of the groin reflexes. There is a major meridian passing through this neuro reflex also.

Groin reflexes and the reactive muscle system

There are also neuro reflexes on the skull, one over the eye on the eyebrow both sides known as the ocular righting/centering reflex, these also have meridians locations at hand. There is another neuro reflex behind the ear just below the bony bump known as the labyrinthine centering/righting reflex, again there are several meridians that support this neuro reflex system. This is a full on neurological reflex system known as the ‘gait reflex system’ that support the groin reflexes.

They are essential to the body for its ability to balance, stand, walk, run, jump, twist, turn, catch and do all the necessary movements for basic survival, of which are used in sport. They must, therefore, be responsible for the integrity of the reactive muscle system.

Groin injury rehab and correction

The tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ or jaw joint) plays a major roll here and is most essential in the stability and reactive muscle system of the whole moving body. As the muscles of the TMJ play a major roll in the fight and flight neuro reflex system, this covers all muscle groups involved in going into battle (contact sport) and flight or defending your position again contact sport. So when you develop a groin strain suddenly or over a period of time, or suffering groin injury long term, there is more involved than just doing groin injury rehab.

Groin injury treatment recovery

The best groin injury prevention is to first find and use a kinesiology therapist that has knowledge in the procedure of HYPERTONIC MUSCLE RELEASE. This is a gentle procedure that can actually lengthen the muscle fibres in the groin reflex area. It uses a specialised breathing procedure in conjunction with muscle contraction and release. There is a timing involved between the muscle contractions and muscle release and breath. This method allows the individual muscle fibres to lengthen. The proprioceptors (nerve massagers to the CNS) in the belly of the muscle and fibres are now given an opportunity reset with the brain signal. These proprioceptors (nerve massagers) became bunched up due to previous groin injury or groin strain restricting their range of movement and their job is to govern range of muscle movement safely as in the case of leg movement.
The ‘power of kinesiology’ identifies the particular muscle and muscle group weaknesses quickly. By doing HYPERTONIC MUSCLE RELEASE to the groin area muscles and the blocked meridian energy is able to flow freely again establishing a healing energy flow. Some people experience a warm energy feeling where the groin injury pain use to be.

Suffering groin injury ends with N.O.T. Protocols

A much deeper correction can be had by the use of N.O.T. Neural Organization Therapy. This protocol goes directly to the neuro reflexes themselves again using the ‘power of kinesiology’. People come to the clinic with a particular problem and the N.O.T. protocols ends up correcting twenty or thirty other issues they forgot to mention.

That is the nature of N.O.T. working directly with the nervous system and the body’s innate intelligence. The ‘gait reflexes’ are part of the correction protocols of N.O.T. and are a more permanent type correction, so for people suffering groin injury, this condition is cleared early in the piece as the N.O.T. practitioner delves deeper into the ‘neuro reflex systems’ to locate and clear the actual cause which in many cases groin injury is the result of something else.