Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Eureka Clinic

You may remember from the last newsletter that Dr Nicole McFarlane was going to be joining us at the clinic as an Associate. After six months of negotiations and with one hour to go before the contracts were to be signed we received a one line email advising that she was not going to go ahead with it. As you can probably imagine that came as quite a surprise and meant that we had to completely change our plans for the practice. Our initial plans for me to work at the Eureka practice on Mondays have had to be rearranged and therefore our clinic hours have had to alter too. I will be at Hampton from 9am-11am and from 3pm - 6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I will be at the Eureka clinic from 12 noon - 2pm on the same days.

Those patients who were devotees of the Saturday appointments will note that we are no longer open on Saturdays. The idea of us being open on Saturdays was to provide clinic access to those patients who worked late during the week. The vast majority of these people were those who work in or near the city and who found it difficult to get to the clinic by 6:30pm.

The Eureka clinic will now provide better access for those patients as they can now have their adjustments during their lunch break, thus obviating the need to lose part of their weekend. Obviously the Eureka clinic is not necessarily only for city workers; anyone can have their treatment there. Appointments can be made by calling either the Hampton number (9597 0313 – any time) or the Eureka number (9696 8946 – Eureka session times). Due to the high level security systems in operation at Eureka Tower, there is a protocol that must be followed to gain access.

Elise or Emma will explain this to you when you make your appointment and will walk you through the process on your first visit. Once you’ve been shown what to do you will see that it’s really very simple.

Cases From The Files

James was 7 years old when his Mum brought him to me this January. He had been complaining of hip pain for three weeks and had seen two GPs without success. There was nothing remarkable about James’ past history except that he was born prematurely at 33 weeks and had always suffered from poor bowel and bladder control. He had not had any major injuries or falls that could explain the hip pain. All orthopaedic tests were normal but he did show very clear signs of pelvic dysfunction as well as a loss of cortical integration (brain control) of the lumbar spine and cerebral hemispheres.
I began the process of adjusting James’ pelvis and spine but at the same time corrected the brain control problems using Neurolink procedures. After the first treatment there was substantial relief from the hip pain. Within ten days James was not only pain free but had bowel and bladder control for the first time in his life. Since then he has shown excellent progress and continues with maintenance to enable him to run and tumble like a normal 7 year old.
Situations like James’ are not unusual. It appears that the premature birth may have contributed to his problem by rushing the brain into action before it was ready. This meant that while his brain was obviously working well enough for him to grow and function like a normal boy, there were still areas of brain function that were not quite ready for action. These areas were capable of function but had not yet “turned on” properly. Neurolink allowed me to find those areas and “turn them on”.

Ben came to me having lost his voice totally. He had suffered from a slight cold approximately two weeks prior but the cold didn’t seem to progress through its’ full course – he just had no voice instead. In assessing his brain function I discovered that his brain had failed to recognise fully that there was still a virus in his system. I corrected that recognition failure and asked him to return for reassessment in a week. When he returned he told me that after his adjustment and Neurolink correction he went for his walk as usual but then on the way home in the car his voice returned. That night he went through the rest of the cold symptoms that he’d missed out on two weeks before but when he awoke the next day he was completely normal.
Like all of us, Bens’ brain knows everything that’s going on inside him. However if there is some breakdown in that Brain–Body communication system then the brain cannot control all of the resources that it has at its’ disposal to keep us healthy. When this happens illness is not far away. Once Bens’ brain knew that there was still a virus in the system it very quickly (within 20 minutes!) got onto it and corrected it.

Karen had been suffering from hip, groin and buttock pain for her entire life. She was born breech with her legs crossed and both hips dislocated. Previous treatment with physiotherapy was not successful. I began treating her using advanced Chiropractic procedures and this produced very good results however those results never seemed to be permanent. After assessing her brain function I found that her brain had lost contact with the joint proprioceptors (the nerves around the joint that tell the brain where the joint is and how it’s working). Correction of that issue using Neurolink procedures produced instant pain relief that, for the first time in her life, has been permanent.
Once again we find that if the brain knows what and where the problem is it will correct it. The difficult and traumatic way in which Karen was born obviously created a breakdown in the Brain–Body connection between her brain and her hips. Once that connection was turned on again her brain resumed full control of the hips resulting in full and normal function.

Jane had a complicated range of symptoms that didn’t seem to follow any clear pattern. Her tummy was constantly bloated after eating and she needed to burp regularly. She had an ongoing battle with thrush that would apparently clear up with medical treatment but then would recur as soon as she got run down. Despite her best efforts, within ninety minutes of eating dinner each night she would fall asleep on the couch. She would sleep for around forty minutes but then she’d be wide awake and would have to read for thirty minutes before she could fall asleep again.
Neurolink analysis showed that her brain had not been controlling her liver function effectively. It also showed that she had a low grade bacterial infection in her liver which had not been recognised by the brain. After correcting both of these issues using the Neurolink protocols her thrush cleared within two days, never to return. She no longer falls asleep after meals, is no longer bloated and has more energy than ever before.
The problems the Jane had been experiencing began when she was in her early teens when she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Just prior to this she had suffered a hard knock to the head while playing basketball. I suspect that the CFS and her other ongoing problems were all part of the same Brain–Body connection problem that began with head blow. Once the brain was alerted to the problem it was very quickly able to correct it and restore her to normal health.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Has Your Brain Lost The Plot?

Since the earliest days of Chiropractic and Neuromuscoloskeletal Medicine we have held tight to the theory that spinal and structural pain has been the result of something that goes “out of place”. While this theory has served its purpose over the years and has allowed us to develop very safe and effective methods of treatment, there have always been lingering problems with trying to explain exactly why and how something went wrong.

Recent research by Dr Alan Phillips – the developer of Neurolink and Professor Uwe Proske from Monash University Department of Physiology has prompted us to start to look at the mechanisms of structural and neurological pain and dysfunction in a different way.

Dr Phillips found that contrary to current theory, the joints alone are not always the culprits. They don’t just go wrong and then irritate the muscles. In fact the brain temporarily loses control of the tiny intrinsic muscles that control the range of movement of each joint. This allows the joint to either lock or move beyond its normal range, which then causes the joints to become inflamed. The inflammation then spreads to the nearby nerves which, in part, go back to the intrinsic muscles – thus producing a vicious circle.

Prof. Proske found that contrary to current theory, fatigued muscles don’t get weak or go into spasm due simply to lack of exercise or a build up of lactic acid or other toxic by-products. In fact the brain temporarily loses its ability to judge the position of a joint when the muscles that operate the joint are fatigued. In states of fatigue with the absence of accurate control feedback the brain cannot accurately maintain proper control of the structure.

What does this mean to us from a clinical perspective?

1. It allows us to more fully understand how and why things go wrong with our body. This has given us the opportunity to develop new and vastly more effective approaches to the diagnosis and management of health issues that were until now either mysterious at worst or simply frustrating at best.

2. Greater understanding has enabled us to more clearly explain to patients what went wrong and how it happened. This gives the patient a much clearer perspective, not only on what they can do to help their current dilemma but also on what they can do to help avoid a recurrence in the future.

3. It has broadened the range of problems that we are able to help while simultaneously enabling us to manage the familiar problems much more quickly, effectively and permanently.

Traditional forms of treatment such as manipulation, stretching and exercises etc. have served us well enough over the last century but time has shown their limitations. It is very rare now for me to see a new patient who has not already had some form of prior treatment from a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or Medical Practitioner. Obviously these have not achieved the desired long term result for that patient, otherwise they would not be here seeing me. Almost without exception the patients have had some form of positive result from the traditional treatments but the problem has either recurred or did not completely go away.

When I assess these patients from a perspective that includes brain function in the diagnosis, I almost always find that there is some underlying issue with the way the brain has been controlling the body that has not been corrected. Once that problem has been addressed, not only does the problem for which the patient sought treatment resolve, but many other health issues tend to resolve also. In fact one of the most common things that patients say to me after we have used the Neurolink protocols to resolved these “brain control” issues is that they had no idea that it was possible to feel so good.