ChiropracticThe art and science of chiropractic is primarily concerned with the interrelationship of structure and function. Proper alignment of the bones in the spinal column and proper cranial motion allows all the organs to function optimally.
Life is motion
Fixations in either the 21 moving parts of the cranium or the 24 bones of the spinal column result in interference with the neurological biofeedback mechanisms which coordinate and regulate your physiology.
The body is in a state of dynamic tension. Most of the important regulatory mechanisms are negative feedback loops. For example, the pituitary is the master gland of the endocrine system. It secretes hormones which turn on the thyroid. In response, the thyroid begins to secrete hormones; and the rising level of thyroid hormone turns off the pituitary. The mechanism is similar to a toggle switch.
This same type of biofeedback mechanism is at work in the spine and nervous system. However, the target endpoints are organs and muscles, not glands. Each biofeedback loop has been described by classical neurology. a) viscerosomatic: an organ malfunctions and sends pain and spasm into the spinal column, b) somatovisceral: a misaligned and fixated vertebra affects the organ's function, c) somatosomatic: one level of the spinal column affects another level or an extremity or d) viscerovisceral: one organ affects another. How the different feedback loops interact is overseen by the craniosacral portion of the autonomic nervous system which regulates the parasympathetics, balancing the adrenal glands which activate the sympathetic portion of the autonomic nervous system. The parasympathetic/sympathetic balance is another elegant biofeedback loop which orchestrates the ebb and flow of physiologic functions and hormones within your body.
At the RFHC, we use the most sophisticated and precise non-force adjustive techniques. Precision is paramount. Keep in mind that each level of the spine relates to a different organ and must move properly to keep that organ functioning well. That is why we stress: LIFE IS MOTION.
Each level of the spine and each bone of the cranium (45 moving parts, in all) is evaluated for both fixation and malposition in order to restore normal motion to the bony structures. When combined with other state of the art techniques used here at the RFHC, the result is your body regaining optimum physiologic function and structural balance. This level of precision and comprehensiveness makes our practice one of a kind. Each person is approached as a unique individual. "One size fits all" adjusting does not meet our standard of care. Experience the difference for yourself.
Category I ComplexCategory I is the underlying meningeal (dural) twist that a person develops as a result of the birthing process. The Category I Complex is obscured by any superimposed trauma which may have occurred during your lifetime. Once the traumas are resolved, your specific Category I pattern will become apparent.
The twist in the dura results in a variety of dysfunctions as a result of the impact on the nervous system. It can include cranial lesions, but they are not always present. Since the central nervous system controls the physiology of all the visceral organs, the most common symptom of Category I Complex is organ dysfunction. Some common organ problems found with Category I Complex include, but are not limited to: gall bladder disease, digestive upset (including ulcers), reproductive dysfunction (including impotence and painful intercourse), respiratory problems (including asthma) and cardiac rhythm problems of all kinds.
During the course of your lifetime, you will be either an active or an inactive Category I. An inactive Category I has no visceral interference, no cranial lesions and no subluxation of the sacroiliac joint. The person who is an inactive Category I has no need for chiropractic adjustments.
An active Category I is a different story. It is very important that it be corrected as soon as possible to prevent the development of visceral distress, dysfunction and disease. You will be able to tell that your Category I Complex has reactivated when the primary indicator of the Category I Complex (heel tension) returns. You will have heel tension (either right or left) which will remain constant throughout your lifetime when you are in an active Category I state. You can test yourself by sitting down and cocking your foot against a solid object (a modified calf stretch). If one side is tighter than the other, you have heel tension and need to call the office for an appointment.
Remaining vigilant with regard to developing heel tension allows you to take charge of your own health and become proactive, rather than waiting for a crisis.
Category II ComplexThe Category II Complex is a constellation of problems relating to the body's weight-bearing mechanism. Please refer to the pictures shown below. On the left is a picture of a normal pelvis; on the right, the picture shows someone with a Category II Complex. As you will note, the Category II Complex involves an instability in the sacroiliac joint. This is indicated by the gap in the pelvis. In response, the pelvis becomes unstable and any attempt by the body's musculature to stabilize the pelvis results in the torque (twist) seen in this picture.
The normal weight-bearing mechanism (as depicted on the INTRODUCTION TO SACRO-OCCIPITAL TECHNIQUE brochure) distributes the weight of the body down from the top of the skull, through the spine, directly into the sacrum. At the level of the second sacral segment, the force is then distributed equilaterally out through both legs and down to the floor. When you are balanced on two feet, you should be able to stand perfectly still, with absolutely no muscular activity anywhere in your body except in your calf muscles, as they maintain your balance.
People with a Category II Complex are unable to maintain a balanced two-footed stance. They find it very uncomfortable and shift from one foot to the other repeatedly. If forced to stand for a long time, they become exhausted and/or begin to be in pain. This is due to the disarrangement of the sacroiliac weight-bearing joint.
When the sacroiliac joint has been compromised, a number of consequences follow. The muscles in the body begin to spasm in an effort to hold the body upright. People with this problem experience pain and tenderness in the upper shoulder on the side of the injury and often may have upper extremity pain and dysfunction. In addition, the ankles, knees, and arches of the feet are distorted, because the body's muscles are pulling on the knees, as well as the shoulders, in an effort to keep the pelvis level. In the brochure, there are a list of symptoms associated with this dysfunction. The involved areas may include the following: a) jaw problems; b) neck pain; c) ear pain, loss of balance, and tinnitus; d) lateral headaches; e) shoulder, arm, and hand pain; f) lateral chest pain; g) groin pain; h) lateral thigh pain; i) knee, ankle, and feet problems; j) hypoglycemia; k) menstrual problems; and 1) low back pain.
In addition I have observed: prostate problems, hiatal hernia, digestive problems, and chronic fatigue syndrome associated with this distortion.
As the Category II Complex persists for a longer period of time, the body begins to compensate by involving other structures. There are two joints in the body which contain proprioceptive fibers (gravity relating fibers). These are the sacroiliac (S.I.) joint and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
When the S.I. joint is no longer able to maintain a level and stable relationship to gravity, the body compensates by using the TMJ to keep the inner ear and midbrain level to the horizon. If you have ever observed a person with Sprengel's deformity (a hunchback), you would notice that no matter what the position into which they have to twist their neck, they keep their eyes level to the horizon. That level position is monitored neurologically through the TMJ. Without that compensation, the vestibular mechanism in the inner ear will fail and vertigo will result.
The Category II Complex presents a similar, although less severe, problem. The tiny muscles in the jaw region rotate the temporal bones opposite to the pelvic rotation to stabilize the musculoskeletal system. Some of the symptoms of TMJ involvement are headaches, grinding your teeth at night in bed, tinnitus and/or loss of balance.
People who have TMJ involvement with the Category II Complex have progressed into a more dysfunctional state, with the most severely dysfunctional being a decompensated pattern. Once you have been stabilized, only trauma can derange the Category II mechanism.
Dr. Richards can determine where you exist on this spectrum at the time of your initial examination.