What is the Orthospinology Procedure?
If we take the word Orthospinology and break it down it could be said that it is the study of restoring the spine to an upright balanced position or orthogonal position. The orthospinology procedure is an evidence-based approach to spinal care that is based upon engineering principles as researched and developed by John F. Grostic. It should be noted that the Orthospinology procedure has been around for over 60 years and its clinical validity is supported by over 100+ peer-reviewed indexed references!!
Dr. Grostic's work has allowed the upper cervical chiropractor the ability to quantify and assess the subluxation and its correction like never before.
The Orthospinology procedure is a series of steps that build on each other.
1. Precision x-ray machine alignment
2. Accurate patient placement for x-ray assessment
3. Meticulous x-ray analysis
4. Careful patient table placement
5. Precision spinal correction
6. Post spinal correction assessment
There are many details and intricacies that go into and build up to a precision spinal correction. It should be noted that Dr. Grostic's work has been an incredible advancement to the principle and practice of upper cervical chiropractic care.
Dr. Blom is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor specializing in the detection and correction of atlas subluxation in Boise Idaho.
If you suspect you have a neck problem and would like to look into it further feel free to call and schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for care. (208) 559-0541 or you can click the link to schedule.
Every parent wants the best for their child. That desire is so deep that new parents cheer when they count ten fingers and ten toes on their newborn children. That desire never stops, and parents will do almost anything to make sure their kids grow up happy and healthy.
Unfortunately, as much as we love our kids, we just can't prevent bad things from happening to them all of the time. Most of the time those bad things happen in the form of bumps, bruises, and and scrapes. But sometimes they come in the form of a doctor reporting bad news to us about our children.
One negative report that no parent wants to hear of their child is that they have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). News like that has a tendency to change one's life and not for the better.
Multiple Sclerosis and Nerve Damage
So what exactly happens in multiple sclerosis?
Your nerve cells are protected by a protective covering called the Myelin Sheath in multiple sclerosis that myelin sheath has been damaged. That nerve damage causes signals in your body to slow down or stop, and that means communication between your brain and your body is hindered.
It is believed that an autoimmune reaction is part of the problem when it comes to multiple sclerosis. Whereas your body begins to attack the myelin sheath and destroy it. But what is leading to the autoimmune reaction in the first place? This is the question that continues to challenge multiple sclerosis researchers. One of the most common theories today centers around chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency also known as CCSVI.
Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency is a condition where people have obstructed blood flow in the veins that drain the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Research indicates that CCSVI is significantly correlated with multiple sclerosis.
As a result of these venous abnormalities, the blood flow rate through the central nervous system back toward the heart may become slowed, and blood may reflux
People with CCSVI have one or more of the following blockages of the veins that drain blood from the central nervous system:
- Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the veins that restricts blood flow. Types of stenoses include the collapse of the vein, twisting of the vein, ring-like narrowings in the vein, and other similar obstructions
- An abnormal valve, flap, or membrane that blocks or inhibits blood flow through the veins
- Atresia, hypoplasia, or agenesis are severe venous problems, including veins that are partially closed, underdeveloped, minimally formed, or almost entirely missing
- CCSVI's existence and association with MS has received broad support from a wide range of studies conducted across three continents.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
- CCSVI may be the result of a misalignment of the upper neck. The misalignment of the upper neck could lead to CCSVI and CCSVI could lead to the autoimmune reaction that leads to the multiple sclerosis.
Some of the newest and most relevant research on upper cervical care has demonstrated the link between MS and the upper cervical spine. Although upper cervical care is not considered a cure for those with MS, the studies demonstrate the extreme benefits for those suffering with this debilitating neurological disease. A study published in 2005 revealed that 100% of the patients with Multiple Sclerosis had a history of upper cervical injuries whether months old or years old. Another recently published case study has shown that correction of upper neck injuries may reverse the progression of MS. Dr. Erin Elster, an upper cervical chiropractor, performed the research. Through the use of upper cervical care, Elster corrected chronic upper neck injuries in an MS patient, which may have stimulated a reversal of his MS symptoms. These results have been duplicated in upper cervical centers across the country and have shown the same promising results. Elster’s report was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. It stated that, “According to medical research, head and neck injuries have long been considered a cause of Multiple Sclerosis. But this is the first research to show that correction of those injuries can have dramatic effects on reversing MS.” In light of these recent reports, it is absolutely essential, if you have MS, that you have your spine and nervous system examined by an upper cervical doctor.
- See more at: http://www.uppercervicalcare.com/Can-UCC-Help-Me/Multiple-Sclerosis#sthash.yd9N7vv7.dpuf
- 1. Zamboni P, Galeotti R, Menegatti E, et al. Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 2009; 80: 392-399
- 2. Al-Omari MH, Rousan, LA. Internal jugular vein morphology and hemodynamics in patients with multiple sclerosis. International Angiology. April, 2010; 29(2):115-120
- 3. Simka M, Kestecki J, Zaniewski M, Majewski E, Hartel M. Extracranial Doppler sonographic criteria of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in the patients with multiple sclerosis. International Angiology. April, 2010; 29(2): 109-114
- 4. Zivadinov R, Schirda C, Dwyer MG, et al. Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and iron deposition on susceptibility-weighted imaging in patients with multiple sclerosis: a pilot case-control study. Int Angiol. 2010 Apr;29(2):158-75.
- 5. Zamboni P, Consorti G, Galeotti R, Gianesini S, Menegatti E, Tacconi G, Carinci F. Venous collateral circulation of the extracranial cerebrospinal outflow routes. Curr Neurovasc Res. 2009 Aug;6(3):204-12.
- 6. Simka M, Kostecki J, Zaniewski M, Majewski E, Hartel M, et al. Endovascular treatment for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency: is the procedure safe? Phlebology. 2010 Dec;25(6):286-95.
- 7. Menegatti E, Genova V, Tessari M, Malagoni AM, Bartolomei I, Zuolo M, Galeotti R, Salvi F, Zamboni P. The reproducibility of colour Doppler in chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency associated with multiple sclerosis. Int Angiol. 2010 Apr;29(2):121-6.
- 8. Zivadinov R, Marr K, Cutter G, Ramanathan M, Benedict RH, Kennedy C, Elfadil M, Yeh AE, Reuther J, Brooks C, Hunt K, Andrews M, Carl E, Dwyer MG, Hojnacki D, Weinstock-Guttman B. Prevalence, sensitivity, and specificity of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in MS.Neurology. 2011 Jul 12;77(2):138-44.
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Are You A Candidate For Upper Cervical Care?
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This form of health care was developed, practiced and researched by Dr. B.J. Palmer. There were other upper cervical chiropractic pioneers that made a tremendous contributions to upper cervical chiropractic as well such as: Dr. William G. Blair, Dr. John F. Grostic, Dr. Ralph Gregory, et.al.
What Does Upper Cervical Mean?
Very interesting and of note is the fact that the very top neck bones are called the ATLAS and AXIS. Atlas is derived from the Greek God ATLAS as he holds up your world i.e. your head. The second neck bone is called AXIS and ATLAS rests or stands on top of AXIS. It is not widely known to the general public that brain stem exits the floor of the skull and runs through these top two neck bones. The purpose of the spine is to protect the brain stem and the spinal cord which runs through the bones of the spine as well as provides a base of support for the body.
How Much Does The Human Head Weigh?
Where Do We Get Our Range of Motion In The Neck?
Many people also do not know that the top two neck bones play a tremendous role in the bodies overall posture. There are more sensors in the upper neck monitoring head position and making necessary changes below in the lower spine than any other area of the body.
If the upper two bones are in ALIGNMENT then the spine is very strong and stable. If they become MISALIGNED due to accident or injury then a weaknesses in the spine will develop. In addition the portion of the nervous system (brain stem) that runs through the top two neck bones ATLAS/AXIS can become compromised which can mimic many different types of health problems depending on your individual anatomy.
Why Is The Brain Stem So Important?
The brain stem is also very important as this is the area of the body that controls body systems like circulation, digestions, respiration, hormones, consciousness, sleep/wake cycles, muscles, etc. etc. (pick a body process and it has a corresponding center in the brain stem)
A great way to understand the MISALIGNMENT of one of the upper two neck bones is to picture a rubber band around the brain stem squeezing down. This will alter or interfere with how the brain talks back and forth with the body. The bottom line is the body will not function as it should. The logical and simple understanding is that if your brain cannot properly communicate with all areas of your body then you cannot be 100% healthy.
What is The Concept of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care?
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