AK issue n.9 - Spring 2001


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EDITOR’S NOTE

It is with great pleasure that we are finally able to feature Dr. David S. Walther in The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology and Kinesiologic Medicine. This is not because we failed to consider him sooner, but because Dr. Walther was quite involved in completing the second edition of his successful text, Applied Kinesiology: Synopsis, and could not make himself available at an earlier date. Dr. Walther, as well as his wife and best friend Jeanne, certainly deserve our recognition and adulation for their efforts in bringing prestige to applied kinesiology over the years. The readers may also notice that there are two articles contained herein on the temporomandibular joint, by Drs. Paul Ridder and Carl Ferreri. In addition to our efforts in providing information that we feel to be relevant and useful, we would like to focus on a certain subject in each issue, when possible. We hope, eventually, to not only spotlight people and personalities on our covers, but to hone in on a specific theme so that the reader might gain a clear understanding of a singular topic, with in-depth and diverse approaches. Dr. Ferreri, for example, has a different approach to the temporomandibular disorder than what has been published in standard ICAK literature. While at times this may cause unrest in traditional modes of thought, there should also be space allotted for stimulating intellectual discussion, with new modifications and improvements in what exists in the world of kinesiologic medicine. We trust that our readers enjoy this forum and that it will assist them in building a better knowledge base on each subject. While the above changes will be gradual and follow the demands of the field, we will occasionally continue to feature certain special people in future issues.
Our Assistant Editor, Dr. Marcello Caso, has been working overtime with several colleagues on the process of getting our journal into the Index Medicus. While we have already met several criteria to accomplish this task, there remains additional work to be carried out. Should such a goal be attained, it may indicate a great leap forward for the profession. As always, we promise to highlight figures and articles which reflect the quality of our journal.



DAVID S. WALTHER - APPLIED KINESIOLOGY’S MOST PROMINENT ACADEMICIAN
Interview with Dr. David S. Walther
by Marcello Caso, D.C.

A 1959 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. David S. Walther was one of the charter diplomates of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). In the educational arena, he co-developed applied kinesiology (AK) seminars with Dr. Paul White and was the initial developer of the 100-hour basic course syllabus adopted by the ICAK. To aid in AK teaching, he developed programmed instruction workbooks and over 10,000 slides to date, as well as three 50-hour course syllabi on: basic procedures; the stomatognathic system; and orthopedic conditions. As a certified ICAK teacher since 1975, Dr. Walther has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe. Recognized as one of applied kinesiology’s most prominent academic authorities, he has authored numerous patient education pamphlets, articles for healthcare professionals, and several textbooks which have served as standard references for applied kinesiologists since their publication.



APPLIED KINESIOLOGY AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
by Christopher R. Astill-Smith D.O., M.R.O., D.I.B.A.K.

Part 2
Applied kinesiology offers a valuable diagnostic tool for assessing the immune system. Through a series of specific challenges, using chemical or homeopathic biological response modifiers (biomarkers), the practitioner can assess for likely causation and most suitable remedial intervention in both acute and chronic inflammatory disorders.




FUNCTIONAL TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER AND DEFECTIVE DENTAL POSITION: SUBSEQUENT EFFECTS ON REMOTE BODY REGIONS
by Dr. med. Paul H. Ridder

1. Introduction and theory
2. Anatomy of the Mandible and Adjacent Structures
3. Pathology Factors ­ Impairments
4. Methodology
5. Therapy
6. Findings
7. Discussion ­ Disturbing Factors

1a. Introduction
Why do so many patients who have undergone dental orthopedic care, and who later redevelop defective dental position, suffer from temporomandibular "click" with partial dislocation of the disc, complain about headaches they have had over a period of years, and show other similar symptoms? Why do many patients cease to respond to therapy after cervical spine whiplash injury? Why do subluxations and fixations in the C0/1 and C2/3 vertebral segments and sacroiliac joint (SIJ) regions frequently recur, although correct manual therapy was carried out and the patients were in good health for a short time, both objectively and subjectively?
These are just a few of many unanswered questions to which there are certainly a great number of diverse answers/opinions/theories. One of the questions could be answered by the view that this is caused by primary impairment, just as recurring, segmental functional disorders of the thoracic spine are usually caused by internal dysfunction, i.e. gallbladder, heart, etc. It is the assertion of this author that the above-mentioned cases are also caused by a primary superior disorder; the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays a key role here.



THE TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT: A NEW PARADIGM
by Carl A. Ferreri, D.C..

Part 1 - INTRODUCTION
A recent article in The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology and Kinesiologic Medicine was a good review of standard applied kinesiology material regarding the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), but not much new or exciting material was presented. The techniques and information can occasionally be difficult to apply in an efficient manner; they also adhere to traditional concepts, some of which were developed twenty-five or more years ago. The material discussed did not actually address the true role of the TM. We must challenge ourselves to strive for new thinking, new paradigms, and new understandings of how the body functions, as well as innovative treatment protocols recognizing the holographic nature and function of the nervous system. We all recognize that others in the field of applied kinesiology have made extremely valuable contributions to our knowledge base over the years, but these contributions should not represent the end of our investigation.
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