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Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The anti-inflammatory diet is an eating plan designed to prevent or reduce low-grade chronic inflammation, a key risk factor in a host of health problems and several major diseases. The typical anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, omega 3 fat rich protein, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.

Overview

Often resulting from lifestyle factors like stress and a lack of exercise, chronic inflammation results when the immune system releases chemicals meant to combat injury and bacterial and virus infections, even when there are no foreign invaders to fight off.

Since our food choices influence the level of inflammation in our bodies, the anti-inflammatory diet is thought to curb chronic inflammation and help prevent or treat the following conditions: allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, gout, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and stroke.

Foods to Eat on the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Research suggests that people with a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, and fish may have a reduced risk for inflammation-related diseases. In addition, substances found in some foods (especially antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids) appear to possess anti-inflammatory effects.

Foods high in antioxidants include:

  • Berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Dark green leafy vegetables (such as kale, spinach, and collard greens)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts)
  • Beans (such as red beans, pinto beans, and black beans)
  • Whole grains (such as quinoa and brown rice)
  • Dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa)

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include:

  • Oily fish (such as salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies)
  • Flaxseed
  • Walnuts
  • Omega-3-fortified foods (including eggs)
  • There’s also some evidence that certain culinary herbs and spices, such as ginger, turmeric, and garlic, can help alleviate inflammation.

Foods to Avoid

Foods high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids are known to increase the body’s production of inflammatory chemicals. Since omega-6 fatty acids help maintain bone health, regulate metabolism and promote brain function, you shouldn’t cut them out of your diet altogether. However, it’s important to balance your intake of omega-6 fatty acids with your intake of omega-3 fatty acids in order to keep inflammation in check.

Foods high in saturated fats and imbalanced Omega 6 fatty acids include:

  • Meat from land animals (such as beef, pork, chicken, and turkey)
  • Dairy products (such as milk, cheese, butter, and ice cream)
  • Margarine
  • Vegetable oils (such as corn, safflower, soybean, peanut, and cottonseed oil)
  • Instead of vegetable oils, opt for oils like olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.

Additionally, studies show that a high intake of high-glycemic index foods like sugar and refined grains, such as those found in white bread and many processed foods, may rev up inflammation. Avoid sugary drinks, refined carbohydrates, desserts, and processed snack foods.

The Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

More and more research suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet may play a key role in scores of health conditions. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2017, for instance, assessed the association between dietary inflammation (measured by a dietary inflammatory index) and atherosclerosis (the buildup of plaque in the arteries) in women over the age of 70. Researchers found that dietary inflammatory index scores were associated with subclinical atherosclerosis and heart-disease-related death.

Adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet may help reduce levels of certain inflammatory markers (such as a substance called C-reactive protein) in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Endocrine in 2016. For the study, people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes followed the Mediterranean diet or a low-fat diet. After one year, C-reactive protein levels fell by 37 percent in people on the Mediterranean diet but remained unchanged in those on the low-fat diet.

Most importantly in my Clinic we encourage this diet as a way to aid in decreasing inflammation causing chronic pain.  My patients who have suffered for years with osteoarthritis, chronic tendonitis, and autoimmune arthritis find a noticeable in their pain when adhering to this diet.


3 Yoga stretches for neck pain

Yoga For Neck Pain

There are a lot of people who have to sit all day due to the nature of their job. This can lead to poor posture and neck pain. Many seek yoga exercises for neck pain. When people have to sit down the whole day in an office working on a computer they tend to develop poor posture while leaning over a keyboard or reaching for the mouse.  The positions tends to create a forward head posture call anterior head carriage and rounded shoulders.  Yoga exercises for neck pain is a great way to correct these problems. Yoga will allow you to release tension in the overworked muscles and calm the mind.  During yoga breathing is incorporated into poses to get you to relax into the stretch but is also a way to elongate muscles as your lungs expand with air. There are several exercises that can be done to handle this problem, this article we will give you 3 ideas that can be done right at your desk. I highly encourage taking a yoga class which teaches many more involved poses such as Cat Pose, Cow Pose, Plow Pose, and Upward Dog.

3 Easy Yoga Poses at Work

  1. Neck Rolls:  While sitting at desk slowly inhale as you look as far as you can to the right.  When you turn as far as you can fill your lungs completely with air and hold for 3 count.  Exhale and slowly return your head back to straight. Repeat the other direction.  Do this cycle at least 5 times each side.
  2. Look Up and Down.: While sitting at desk slowly inhale as you drop your chin to your chest as far as you can go completely fill your lungs with air and hold for a 3 count.  Exhale and return head to straight.  Next slowly look as far up as you can while inhaling hold for 3 seconds when lungs are full then exhale as you return to straight. Do this cycle at least 5 times each direction.
  3. Side Bends: While sitting at desk slowly inhale as you drop your to your right shoulder fill your lungs completely when fully stretched and hold for a 3 count. Exhale and slowly return your head back to straight. Repeat the other direction.  Do this cycle at least 5 times each side.

When you are all done take a moment and notice how you feel.  This is how your neck should feel at work normally.

 


Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus cavities in and around our oral and nasal passages. Sinuses are air pockets within the skull that aid in the moisturizing of the air we breathe. Each sinus is connected to the nasal passage by small holes to aid in drainage of mucus and allows air in to be moisturized before entering our lungs. Each of these holes, connecting the sinuses to the nasal passageways, is about the size of a pencil tip. When these small holes get clogged it closes off the sinus from the rest of the nasal passage not allowing it to drain mucus. When the mucus builds up in the sinus, it is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, resulting in a sinusitis. The causes for blockage of the sinus are many but the most common reasons are allergies and the common cold. When someone experiences sinusitis they feel pressure between the eyes, sides of the nose, or in the front of the forehead. Many times this pressure results in pain in these areas.

What is the common treatment for sinusitis?

Many times when patients present to a medical doctor with sinusitis they are given repeat trials of antibiotics and decongestants. This type of treatment results in problems for the patient and is the main reason why people who suffer sinusitis usually never get complete relief from the illness. Antibiotics are chemicals which inhibit the reproduction of bacteria in our bodies, but they are not specific against just the bad bacteria which are causing a problem. Antibiotics also kill off the normal bacteria in our body called the norma flora. The norma flora is very important for our body’s normal function. These bacteria are harmless to our body and even helpful in its function. These bacteria aid in the digestion of our foods, but, more importantly, their presence in our digestive tract, respiratory tract, skin, and hair prevent abnormal overgrowth of more harmful invaders such as fungi. This is important to a person who suffers from chronic sinusitis because they are already having trouble with drainage of the sinuses when given antibiotics to treat the infection they rid themselves of their norma flora and now the fungi start to overgrow in the body including the sinuses. This is a problem because fungal infections are very difficult to treat with pharmaceuticals alone. When patients do not respond to this type of treatment, the next step in medical treatment is surgical approaches. Holes are cut into the nasal passage to aid in the drainage of mucus.
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What is the alternative approach to treating sinusitis?

Alternative medicine is a form of healthcare that does not use drugs or surgery. This form of healthcare uses the body’s natural abilities to heal itself by treating the cause of the problem. In the case of sinusitis, the cause of the problem is closure of the holes, which allow normal drainage. The cause of this problem is usually multifactoral so the treatment is not just a simple pill. Part of the problem is due to air pollution, environmental allergies, and smoking. Because of the condition of the environment, more people are suffering from this condition and others with very similar causes, such as increased risk of asthma. Another large factor contributing to the problems is what we consume, many foods contain chemicals that cause internal pollution in our bodies. External and internal pollution cause immune system disturbances, which are expressed as excessive mucus production in our bodies.
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How does Dr. Aiello approach this problem?

I find great success using the allergy desensitization technique.  You can read about the technique in the article link.  We find that if we can neutralize the allergen affecting the patient we will see complete relief with 72 hours. When the diet is cleaned up and the allergies are reversed even the worst cases I have seen will become medication free eventually.  When our bodies are in better balance we are able to handle external/internal pollutants normally.


The Importance of Water

Studies have recently concluded that the average person in most western countries does not drink enough water. This can have both short and long term effects on the body.

Most people should drink at least 8 average sized glasses of water each day (64 ounces). Many people do not drink enough water and the consequences of this can be severe. People often think that drinking cups of tea, coffee or even alcohol makes up for not drinking water. This is incorrect. Instead of quenching your thirst these drinks can actually make you feel thirstier. Not only that both groups of beverages caffeinated and alcohols cause your body to lose water reserves instead of adding to it. Most of my patients believe that they can get away with juices or carbonated beverages as their water sources. This belief is also incorrect because these drinks may add some water to their bodies but only a very small amount of useable water while at the same time adding more harmful chemicals.

One of the causes of a hangover is not enough water. It’s amazing how often a hangover can be avoided by simply drinking a good-sized glass of water before going to bed. This is due to the fact that alcohol inhibits hormones in the kidney from retaining water therefore allowing your body to lose its reserves.

Constipation is a sure sign of not enough water and is a good indicator that you should drink more. Lets face it; the main substance in the body is water. Not drinking enough water means the body has to take water from somewhere to try to digest foods and carry out the various chemical reactions that take place within the body. This then upsets the balance and can harm other parts and make you feel uncomfortable.
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Spring/bottled water
Many people drink bottled water. In my opinion this is the safest and most economical way to get clean pure water. Check in your area for who offers a good quality water that is delivered. Stay away from no name companies, regulation on what can be bottled and called drinking water is not to strict.
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Distilled water
While this is safe to drink it should not be drank continuously over a long period of time. Distilled water is empty water and it will help to draw out the toxins from the body. However prolonged usage will leach vital minerals and vitamins from the body. Anyone drinking distilled water for a prolonged period of more than a few days should very definitely take mineral and vitamin supplements but we do not recommend drinking this permanently.
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Fizzy water
Many people enjoy fizzy water but studies show that prolonged drinking of fizzy water and soft drinks can create problems for the body. Basically, fizzy drinks contain carbon dioxide in the bubbles. The body needs and requires oxygen and most carbon dioxide in the body is considered a waste product to be eliminated. Why add to the body’s troubles by drinking carbon dioxide which the body regards as a poison?
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Filtered Water
Check whether tap water in your area is safe to drink. If it is safe I suggest you also filter the water before drinking. This will help to eliminate some of the toxins found in most water supplies. Be careful many companies sell filters and it can end up being pretty costly.

•    75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
•    In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
•    Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
•    One glass of water deters hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a University of Washington study.
•    The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.
•    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease low back pain and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
•    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
•    Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and developing bladder cancer by 50%.


Five Wellness Tips

In between your visits to our office, there are five wellness tips to keep your body—especially your back—healthy. If this sounds familiar—well, we’ve been talking to your mother. Just so happens she was right:

  1. Sit up straight.
    Develop the habit of good posture. It makes a world of difference in the way your back feels.
  2. Eat your vegetables.
    A good diet is important to your overall health—all those nutrients help your body repair itself. And, you want to keep your weight down. Carrying extra weight puts extra strain on the back.
  3. Turn off the TV.
    Get up and move. Go for a walk. Add exercise to your regular routine. And when you have to sit for long periods, stretch regularly.
  4. Put that down.
    Don’t lift things that are too heavy for you. (And if you have to, you know what they say—lift with your legs, not your back.) Don’t carry around a backpack stuffed full of books (especially not on one shoulder) or a heavy bag if you can avoid it. The key is to minimize. Only take what you really need.
  5. Go to sleep.
    Sleep is essential for your wellbeing. Just don’t sleep on your stomach, which can strain the muscles in your neck and back. Practice sleeping on your side or back.

All About Chiropractic

What is it?

Chiropractic focuses on properly aligning the body’s structures primarily the spine to allow for natural healing. The philosophy of Chiropractic is drug free pain care aimed at the source of the pain and correction of root causes not symptom relief.  Every Chiropractic Method is based on correcting spinal dysfunction with spinal manipulations to restore neurologic balance to the body.  Chiropractic is part of holistic healthcare and thus believes wellness is achieved by taking the entire body into account during care.  Chiropractors will educate their patients on lifestyle modifications to prevent disease.

Why Chiropractic Care?

The nervous system controls all of the body’s functions, and depends on the vertebrae in your spine to protect it. When your vertebrae are out of line, they can prohibit optimal operation of the nervous system, which can lead to various physical problems.  Having the power to correct communication between the brain and the body via the nervous system has proven a useful tool in healthcare.  People visit a Chiropractor for almost any condition of the musculoskeletal system. It is obviously the first place to go when you are in pain.  The first visit most Chiropractors can perform an assessment of the condition and begin treatment the same day.  In most cases immediate relief begins on the first day and in a reasonable amount of time complete relief can be obtained.  Most importantly the relief is coming from correction of the root causes of pain.  Chiropractic does not use band aid techniques to cover pain, instead we are looking to make lasting corrections.

Is Chiropractic Care safe?

Chiropractic treatments are incredibly safe—actually, they’re one of the safest kinds of medical care available. And your chiropractor has studied extensively to fully understand the body’s systems. The chiropractic training program is comparable to the program of study for medical doctors. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 30 million people visited doctors of chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions, and more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of chiropractic.

What problems can it address?

In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic can be used to treat allergies, headaches, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, neck and shoulder pain, numbness, leg pain, scoliosis, and other health issues.

For more information, see the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.


Stages of Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Low back problems are progressive in nature. Most low back problems are unrelated to any major injury. The majority of low back pain I have seen in my clinic is either caused by long-term postural strains or minor injuries from the past that never healed properly and have progressed into muscular imbalances. On occasion I do see patients who have major injuries that caused an acute problem but for the most part low back pain is the result of minor daily events resulting in pain.

Our low back is constructed of more than just five lumbar vertebrae we also have a pelvis which contains three large bones and two major joints. This joint of the pelvis called the sacroiliac joint is commonly a problematic area overlooked by most physicians. Many people with lower back pain suffer from strain of the sacroiliac joint of the pelvis. In my view this is the first stage in the progression of low back pain, which I call the sacroiliac stage.

When a person has had minor injuries to the spine or long term postural imbalances they are suffering from muscle imbalances as a result of neurologic changes in muscular postural reflexes. These neurologic changes are described in great detail in the new chiropractic theories section, which I suggest reading to understand the muscle imbalances I am going to describe, and how chiropractic care corrects them.

In the lower body the tendency is for the muscles of the low back and hamstrings to increase in tone and the muscles abdominal region and front of the thigh to decrease in tone. Since these muscle insert into the pelvis change in there tones will allow the pelvic bones to shift out of alignment causing strain on the ligaments of the sacroiliac joint. This strain of the sacroiliac ligaments is usually the most common cause of early low back pain. People describe this pain at or below the beltline, worse in the morning, worse after sitting, and it feels better once they have been up and moving. Chiropractic care is driven towards correcting the pelvic misalignment by proper manipulation techniques that target the muscle imbalance that created the imbalance.

The second stage of progression I call the disc stage. This stage results from long term pelvic misalignments. When the pelvis is out of alignment the spine, which rests on it, starts to compensate with minor a scoliosis or a lumbar lean.

When the disc herniates it is painful and causes just low back pain, but if it herniates in just the wrong place it can put pressure on the spinal nerves or the spinal cord. When the disc is pushing on a neurologic structure it results in pain/numbness/burning down the leg and if left untreated even results in weakness of the muscles of the leg.

At this stage of treatment the recovery time is much longer than sacroiliac phase. The therapy is driven toward taking away pelvic misalignments to relieve uneven pressure on the disc and physical therapy modalities (hot packs, acupuncture, and electrical stimulation) to relieve inflammation of the disc.

Many people get through this stage with the use of medication or cortisone injection by a medical doctor. The problem still exists and progresses to the last stage, which can never be completely corrected with any care. This stage is called stenosis of the spine. Stenosis is defined as narrowing of the canals where nerves or the spinal cord travel by extreme arthritis of the facet joints and complete loss of the disc. When someone is at this stage it is usually later in life and is very debilitating. Chiropractic care, physical therapy modalities, and spinal rehabilitation via exercise may take away pain but the pain will usually return again and again. Symptoms of stenosis are wide and never consistent but usually the person has low back pain with leg pain/numbness and weakness in the legs.

When a person has suffered a major back injury any structure within the spinal unit or the pelvis can be involved. In these cases a wide variety of diagnostic tests most be run to pin point the site of injury for recovery to be timely and full. If properly treated with the aid of medical professionals and chiropractic care to stop the progression of postural imbalances as a result of the injuries a person can return to a highly functional state again. When left unresolved these injuries have a tendency to progress rapidly through the stages just described.


What is Food/Chemical/Allergen Sensitivity Testing?

Allergen Sensitivity Testing focuses on the body’s energy field and how it reacts to energy fields of potential allergens. Everything in nature has an energy field due to vibration states (frequencies) of the particles which make up matter. Some energy fields are simple, such as elements, which have a uniform frequency. Elements are combined to form compounds dependent on interactions among energy fields of the elements to make a stable compound. Our bodies have a complex energy fields with trillions of interactions of organic compounds. This field which is constantly changing depending on external factors from the environment and complex interactions going on within all of us. The body’s energy field has the ability to operate within a certain frequency range and still maintain harmony. If internal or external factors cause a frequency deviation of this field, the body will go into disharmony and many types of illnesses may occur.

Sensitivity testing is a procedure which can test the reaction of the body’s energy field to the energy of external factors coming from the environment. These external factors can be foods, pollens, chemicals, or animal dander to name just a few. This testing is based on assessing the energy interactions of the body and environmental exposure being tested.

An allergy is a physiological response our bodies have to substances it deems dangerous. The belief of sensitivity testing is that our body initially has a negative reaction at the energetic level which, if repeated and drastic enough, can result in a physiologic manifestation in our blood stream leading to a histamine response (allergic reaction).

So this testing is not an allergy test like a skin prick test performed by an allergist.  We are testing energetic reactions the body has to various substances. We find that most people react to things they already have been told by an allergist is an issue for them. We also find that we have reactions the allergist did not find. This may be due to the fact that they have a problem with this substance but have not yet developed a histamine reaction.

As a physician with a strong biology and chemistry background I have been having trouble making the lea of faith in accepting these energetic techniques. Especially as they relate to the physiology of an allergy. I have been using energetic techniques for years of an experimental basis and I recognized there is a very accurate and noticeable reaction while performing testing. I was not able to get a clear theort of how and why it works. The question was, “How does the body’s energy field and another substance’s energy field’ interaction create an effect on the physiology of the body?” The question was answered when I thought  about another question I had while doing my undergraduate work at NIU. We learned about how bacteria developed antibiotic resistance when they were exposed to an antibiotic. somehow they developed a mutation that produced an enzyme to neutralize the antibiotic. i thought that was way too lucky to be a chance event. when a substance is placed in the media (antibiotic) that prevents reproduction (bacteriostatic) of the bacteria, by chance bacteria adapt to the antibiotic. the bacteria produce mutated offspring that are now resistant to that particular antibiotic in the media. i do not believe this was a chance event. i believe this is a perfect example of an energy reaction in which the outside offending agent’s (antibiotic) energy was countered by an energetic response within the bacteria. the energy interaction of the two resulted in a physiologic change creating a genetic modification; not a chance mutation. this genetic modification allowed the offspring the ability to counter the antibiotic and thus be resistant to the antibiotic.

I use the above mentioned theory of antibiotic resistance to show how interaction of the energy of the antibiotic and the energy of the bacteria were able to create a physiologic change in the bacteria. The physiologic change actually resulted in a positive response from the bacteria to the external offender (antibiotic). A negative response, such as an allergic response, is our primary focus. The chemical change that develops during an allergic response, is basically an excessive immune response based on the low-level of threat the allergen presents to the body.

I believe that the initial phases of an allergic reaction is between the body’s energy field and the energy field of the allergen. This then progresses into a physiological response in the body over time. I also believe some substances we encounter will interact negatively with our bodies never resulting in a physiologic response. Initially disturbing our energy field in minor ways, most of which our body will have no ill affect from at first. When it continues to bombard our bodies certain people have enough disharmony that they begin to create a physiologic reaction, with each person having varying degrees. Therefore resulting in varying degrees of symptoms from minor itchy eyes or skin to full blown anaphylactic shock. Also I have found that once people start having trouble with energy field reactions they become more sensitive and develop more and more physiologic reaction to new allergens.

Using the above information for allergen sensitivity testing it enables us to perform remarkable treatments to desensitize patients. When we perform the testing and find a reaction we perform a treatment that day. The treatment consists of multiple laser correction points while the patient holds the substance we are treating. The combination of holding the substance in the energy field while receiving the laser energy correction reverses the energy disturbance created by the substance. When the body’s energy field is able to interact normally with the substance we no longer see the physiologic reactions in the body including the allergic response.

In short, Allergen Sensitivity Testing method detects negative energy interactions and corrects the first step in the process by which the body becomes allergic to a substance. This is accomplished all naturally with no side effects at a very high success rate.


Chiropractic Neurology in Franklin, TN

New theories in chiropractic neurology describe a pattern of muscle imbalance called pyramidal non-spastic paresis, sounds like a lot of big words but is really a simple concept. This muscle imbalance is due to spinal reflexes that govern our normal postural muscle tones. This is how it works, a spinal reflex is defined as a loop of circuitry between sensory nerve endings sending information to the spinal cord and the information being processed in the cord and quickly causing a muscular response. This type of loop usually does not interact with the brain. The knee jerk is the simplest reflex.

There are many types of spinal reflexes but the one that is important for this discussion is a little different and more complicated than the knee jerk loop. This reflex has to do with postural reflexes. It is best described as a reflex that causes muscles related to fighting gravity the most to have a higher tone than muscles that do not fight gravity directly. This reflex also has some influence from postural centers in the brain. Postural centers in the brain are what control are resting muscle tones so we are able to stand, sit, walk etc. The basic loop of this reflex is like a normal reflex but in the area of the ventral horn of the spinal white matter the postural centers of the brain modulate how the reflex is expressed in the body.

Ok now I will make it simple, this postural reflex causes the muscles in the front of your upper body to increase their tone and the muscles of the back of the upper body to decrease their tone. In the lower body it is the opposite the muscles in the back of the lower body will increase their tone and muscles in the front of the lower body to decrease their tone. So the chest muscles, biceps, finger/wrist flexors, low back muscles, hamstring, and calves tighten. The muscles of the back of the neck, upper back, back of the shoulders, triceps, finger/wrist extensors, abdominals, hip flexors, fronts of the thigh and shin muscles weaken. Sounds complicated but it is really simple, look at your own body you already know that the muscles that have a tendency towards higher tone are naturally stronger (ex. It is easier to push things away from your body with your arms than it is to pull things toward you. It is easier to push with yourself forward while walking than it is to walk backwards.).

So now that you understand a little bit about the spinal reflex I will describe why this can cause harmful muscle imbalances. The reflex in itself if working properly is normal, but when the postural centers in the brain that modulate this reflex have stopped regulating it properly the imbalance becomes excessive. Resulting in postural changes that can cause pain. What the new theory in chiropractic believes is spinal motion fixation decreases vital sensory input to these postural centers in the brain resulting in a change in control of the postural reflex loop. A spinal fixation is when the facet joints of the spine have become locked up and our no longer free moving.

These facet joints are located on the backside of the vertebrae. These joints guide the motion of the vertebrae as we move our spine. These joints are very important neurologically because they have a lot of receptors in them feeding valuable information to postural centers in the brain. When they are locked up and are not moving this information does not go to the brain and it affects the control of the brain over the postural reflex loop. Resulting in excessive muscle imbalances throughout the body referred to as pyramidal non-spastic paresis. So when a chiropractor is delivering a manipulation to the spine the goal is to open these restricted joints and free the motion so the postural reflex has been restored to normal balance. The key to a chiropractic visit is to only manipulate the fixations resulting in this imbalance a patient has that day, not the shot gun approach done by many chiropractors to manipulate all the joints of the spine every visit. This common approach in my field is not only going to be ineffective but can cause the postural imbalances to get worse. A properly trained neurology chiropractic specialist understands how to evaluate the imbalances and the fixations and treat them in a specific manor.