Thursday, November 24, 2005

Activator Methods Doctors – Becoming Scarce

Fully qualified Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique doctors are going to be harder to find in the future.

Some of you may recall that, for many years, I was the Senior Clinical Instructor for Activator Methods in Australia and the only Australian member of the Clinical Advisory Board for Activator Methods International – the research centre for Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique. Those of you who have read the “Frequently Asked Questions” booklet that we give every new patient will also remember that there were only six Chiropractors in Australia that have the highest level of proficiency in Activator Methods (page 13). Since I wrote that booklet there has been a series of events that have now made it even more difficult to find a fully qualified Activator Methods practitioner.

The people who were organising the seminars are no longer doing so and the company that have taken it over are only running them very sporadically. Simultaneously, several of the previously mentioned highly qualified doctors have either retired from practice or are no longer using Activator Methods. This means that there are now only two of us left in Australia that have the appropriate combination of high level training and experience.

The cynics among you may think that this is good for me because I have a “monopoly” but this is not really the point. What it really means is that when patients ask me if there is someone near Preston (or wherever) who does what I do, to whom they can send their Aunty Betty, I have to say “no”. Poor old Aunty Betty has to either come to see me in Hampton or Southbank. Either that or take her chances with one of the older style “crackety-crunch” Chiropractors or hope that her neighbour’s Chiropractor “who has one of those little clickers too” (but is not trained or qualified to use it) doesn’t do too much damage.

Clinical Stuff

Over a period of several months in the last year I have been selecting patients at random and then asking them to fill out questionnaires at regular intervals throughout their treatment.

The questionnaires that I’ve been using are specifically designed for scientific and clinical research into quantifiable measures of pain and/or health for the purposes of evidence based practice standards.

The results were then calibrated and put into graph form which I’ve included here.

We can see that in every case there has been a substantial increase in the range of spinal motion and an equally substantial decrease in the overall pain levels for each patient.

The average reduction in the pain levels was 67.58% and the average increase in mobility was 33.37%. This is clear evidence of efficacy of this type of health care.

Cases From The Files

Eve had seen many Physiotherapists for neck pain, shoulder pains and headaches over a period of 7 years prior to coming to our clinic. Each time she saw a new physio she would get some relief for a short time but then would soon find that she had to return for treatment because her symptoms had returned. Eve found that her need for treatment was getting greater rather than less and she often felt that her neck was “out again” within an hour of the treatment. I assessed Eve as I would any other patient using both Activator Methods and Neurolink protocols. She certainly had some structural problems, but overriding these was a lack of effective communication between the left and right hemispheres of her brain. She had similar communication problems between the parts of the brain that coordinate eye movement with postural muscle control. All of these problems, in conjunction with the structural problems combined to produce a neurological storm that was creating havoc with Eve’s health. Within two weeks of treatment using both Activator Methods and Neurolink Eve was pain free and able to enjoy her life again.

It’s not at all unusual for me to see patients that have been attended to by many other practitioners before. I feel so sorry for these people because they are still searching for the health that they instinctively know is there birthright but they have either lost it along the way or have yet to achieve it. The most common scenario is one where the prior practitioners have treated the symptoms rather than taking a step back and trying to assess the bigger picture. The patient’s brain is the only thing on the planet that truly knows what is wrong with them. That’s why I always assess every patient from the brain’s “point of view” as well as from the symptomatic point of view. It was only by doing this that I was able to find and correct the problems that causing so much distress for Eve

Lana had a sudden bout of mysterious symptoms which included dizziness, nausea and fainting episodes. She had a slight fever but was an otherwise healthy 14 year old. When I examined her I found that she had poor integration between each cerebral cortex and between the cerebral cortices and the auditory centre of her brain. She also had some substantial structural problems with the way her pelvis and upper neck were functioning. After just one treatment with a combination of Neurolink and Activator Methods all of the dizziness, nausea and fainting disappeared and her temperature returned to normal.

It’s quite likely that had Lana’s parents taken her to the local GP she would have been given Stemetel® medication to stop the symptoms of dizziness. While that may have eliminated the symptoms, it would not have corrected the problem and simply left her reliant on drugs. However, once again we see that if there is any breakdown in the Brain – Body communication system illness will quickly ensue. We can also see that as soon as the brain recognises that there is something wrong it will correct it almost immediately.

Margaret had been suffering from persistent lactation since the birth of her last son 7½ years ago. Scans of her pituitary gland (which produces the hormones that control lactation) had shown nothing abnormal, yet after all that time she had continued to produce milk. She was prescribed medication that is designed suppress some of the functions of the pituitary gland so that she did not have to suffer the pain and embarrassment of breasts that are constantly engorged with milk. She also mentioned to me that she had quite significant jaw pain. When I examined her using both Activator Methods and Neurolink protocols I found that her jaw pain and her lactation were connected. Her jaw pain was caused by constant irregular contraction of the internal pterygoid muscle – a small muscle that helps to balance the jaw but one that is also closely associated with pituitary function. Neurolink corrections for the pituitary gland gave almost and total immediate relief from the jaw pain. From the time of the first correction she has not lactated and has come off the medication.

Every day I am reminded of the fact that everything in the human body is connected to everything else – there are no vacuums or Berlin Walls in the human system. Margaret’s persistent lactation was caused by the fact that her brain had failed to turn off the hormones that produce lactation when she no longer needed them. It’s almost as if her jaw pain was her body’s way of either trying to cope with the problem or trying to get her attention. When we focus only on symptoms and ignore the human being as a whole we are almost guaranteed to fail in our efforts to regain and maintain health. As soon as Margaret’s brain recognised what was wrong it corrected the problem totally and immediately.