AK issue n.10 - Summer 2001

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As we approach the halfway point of the first year of the true millennium, there is an increased need for us to move aggressively into the mainstream health delivery system and away from the isolated world in which we have practiced. As the acceptance of kinesiologic muscle testing procedures grows in response to the demands of the public and becomes more visible to those in the health professions, we must accept the responsibility to further support what we are doing. This is where the importance of research comes in. We should thank those who have had the wisdom and commitment to undertake such a task. Only when someone is able to demonstrate that something is worthwhile and is able to communicate this with infectious enthusiasm and dedication will necessary funds be disbursed by the entities able to do so. We can be proud that various groups such as the International College of Applied Kinesiology and the ONE Foundation (Neuro Emotional Technique) have had the foresight to dedicate funds for research so that people can enjoy life through better health. In the future, we will be dedicating more space in our journal to new developments and research.
Along these same lines we are happy to introduce our readers to Dr. Frederick ("Ted") Carrick. While he is not a kinesiologist and is not affiliated with any kinesiology group, we feel he is doing work which both compliments and supports the work we have been covering since the inception of this publication. It was also pleasing to hear Dr. Carrick praise Dr. George Goodheart in the interview on the work he has been doing for the past years. We need to have the continued cooperation of othersí intellectual talent if we are to move forward in this new millennium. As I mentioned in our last issue, we are looking into and applying to be indexed in the various indexing channels. Upon further analysis, we now have a much clearer idea of the stringent criteria and what it takes to do so. We have decided to not pursue indexing at the moment until we can strengthen our chances of acceptance. Because of this, we may consider undergoing some changes in the format of our journal in the next year. I am confident that the majority of readers will be even more satisfied and still consider us as the leading publication in the world of kinesiologic medicine. The changes we may make could also benefit our sponsors. Unfortunately, subscriptions alone are not enough to sustain a high quality publication such as ours. We have chosen the highest quality format for our journal that exists in the market, but with this quality comes very high costs. Therefore we must seek alternative forms of income, such as advertising from companies of undeniable quality. We must also be certain that the companies making their products available to our readers continue to obtain results in order to help us forge ahead in our efforts. A major factor we must always consider is that of continued growth in our circulation. Only when our circulation is at a high level will we not only be able to reach out to the healthcare practitioners of the world, but also be able to attract more sponsors to sustain us.

by Dr. Kathleen Power

Frederick Robert Carrick, D.C., Ph.D., D.A.C.A.N., D.A.B.C.N., D.A.C.N.B., F.A.C.C.N., is the Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Parker College of Chiropractic and the Distinguished Post Graduate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Logan College of Chiropractic. He is an experienced clinician and researcher and is the recipient of a multitude of professional, governmental, and civic awards. Professor Carrick is also a skilled educator and his lectures in neurology are legendary throughout the world. Many applied kinesiologists have studied with Dr. Carrick in order to complement their understanding of human function.

Dr. Carrick, please tell us how you became so interested in neurology.

I would not say that my interest in neurology is any greater than my interests in other areas, which are many. It seems, however, that all things central to human existence are brain-based. It appears that one might be able to embrace the universality of our existence a bit better with a basic understanding of the system that promotes humanism. Neurology is a tool which promotes my understanding of matters not limited to the clinical. There is nothing that I might see, taste, feel, imagine, or postulate that does not have a neurological consequence and this for me is a central reality of my own humanism and perhaps a basis for my interest in the field.

by Frederick R. Carrick, D.C., Ph.D., D.A.C.A.N., D.A.B.C.N., D.A.C.N.B., F.A.C.C.N.

Objective: To identify and compare diagnostic and therapeutic criteria specific to the manipulative management of cervical dystonia, utilizing a model of brain hemisphericity.
Design: Independent variables of patient attributes and dystonia characteristics were compared to brain hemisphericity and clinical outcomes after manipulation of the cervical spine.
Setting: Institutional Clinic
Participants: Adult volunteers
Intervention: 111 subjects with cervical dystonia underwent cervical manipulation based upon a brain hemisphericity model and were compared to other treatment and non-treatment groups of dystonic suffers.
Main Outcome Measures: Logistic regression was chosen as the statistical method to explore the research questions.
Results: There was no significant relationship between many of the independent variables associated with cervical dystonia that would allow the clinician to predict the outcomes of cervical manipulation. There is a significant relationship between the side of decreased cortical hemisphericity and both the side of non-spastic pyramidal paresis and the side of dystonia. Cervical manipulation was found to decrease pain, tremor and spasticity and increase a range of motion in the dystonic sufferer.
Conclusions: It is recommended that patients who have dystonic movements and associated symptomatology be treated with cervical manipulation before other treatments which may be associated with iatrogenesis are considered. The utilization of a hemispheristic model of brain function may facilitate the treatment of dystonia.

[Key Words: cervical spine, manipulation, hemisphericity, brain, dystonia, chiropractic, tremor]

by Scott C. Cuthbert, D.C.

This case deals with the chiropractic evaluation and treatment of a businesswoman who was referred to my care by her husband. As part of a thorough, whole body evaluation and treatment using applied kinesiologyís diagnostic methods, an interesting case of Bellís palsy was treated in this patient, with very satisfying results. Numerous causative problems involving the seventh cranial nerve were found in the evaluation of this patient, and when these causative factors were eliminated, the associated symptomatology disappeared. The anatomy and cranial architecture involved in this case are described. The patient has had no major complaints for over 7 months after the correction of her condition.

by Carl A. Ferreri, D.C.

The digestive jaw complex, as observed by this author, is also a bilateral therapy localization (TL), utilizing either gluteus medius muscle as the indicator muscle (IM). Although the feeding process is one of the survival systems, its function is not totally automatic, but rather it appears to be neurologically directed by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) activity, as it goes through the various stages of the feeding process. This was evolutionally necessary because, originally, foods were more complex, less refined, and raw (before cooking came about). This required much more TMJ activity to process and prepare the food for digestion. The bilateral TL on the TMJ is maintained as the patient acts out the various stages of the feeding cycle. Opening the mouth, biting down, mandibular lateralization, jaw protrusion, jaw retraction, swallowing, and phonation make up this neurological unit. However, a bilateral TL with the mouth open wide will usually be sufficient to open this circuit. If this section does not TL in the clear, the patient can be instructed to lateralize the mandible or chew to add various feeding activities to the TL. Whenever there is TMJ motion, both sides of the jaw must always be involved, as stated above. Therefore, the TL is performed bilaterally.

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