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Posts for: February, 2021

Spinal Series Post #2: The CT (aka cervical-thoracic) Junction!
This is a part of the spine that, let's be honest, many chiropractors stay away from, due to its being notoriously difficulty to adjust. But like my mentor said, "I don't let subluxations scare me, I scare them!" FYI, subluxation is the official word for misalignment. So, he taught us how to adjust this area well.
The junction areas of the spine, where we change from the cervical spine to the thoracic (neck to back) and thoracic to lumbar (mid back to low back) etc, are where we sustain a lot of our spinal stress and injuries. They are vulnerable areas.
The CT junction area is particularly important due to the presence of several structures. First of all, there is the very first rib, which often becomes misaligned. At the front of the first rib joint, there is also an acupuncture point that overlies it, K-27 or kidney 27 point. This point is related to the function of the brain and nervous system and any misalignments here can contribute to foggy thinking, cognitive issues, mental stress, depression and anxiety, focusing difficulty, and more. The CT junction also consists of the last neck vertebra C7, the first thoracic vertebra T1.
The CT junction is an area where we often observe a "hump" that forms, a part of postural stress and chronic hunching over. This leads to pain and even compromise of the heart.
Other symptoms and problems that CT junction dysfunction can lead to: neck pain, headaches, neuropathy (tingling, numbness, pain etc) into the arms, vision problems, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing, poor circulation to the head leading to light headedness, vertigo, and sleep apnea.
Like my mentor taught me, I don't shy away from the CT junction. I adjust 1st ribs, C7's and T1's every single day. Chances are, if you are a patient, you've heard me talk about this at some point in a treatment. Looking forward to adjusting more CT junctions this week!
 

My patient Raymond has been coming in for help with a very common condition that I see, a hiatal hernia and associated acid reflux, which he experiences primarily as a burning sensation in his esophagus and throat.
There is one technique I learned from my Total Body Modification courses that has been invaluable in allowing me to help patients with these and other similar symptoms including heart palpitations, chest pain, breathing difficulties, eating difficulties, and more.
This technique is called Rib Cage Torque, and yes, it literally is to assess and treat an actual torquing, or twisting, of the entire rib cage.
First, I use my palpation (feeling) and visual skills to identify distortion of the total ribcage. I often see that one side of the lower edge of the ribcage is higher than the other, and sometimes elevated or flared as well.
I perform a rotary style adjustment opposite the torque pattern to correct the torquing. It's a powerful adjustment but not painful. I then treat the diaphragm muscle underneath of the ribcage, which often spasms and causes a constriction of the hiatal (upper) area of the stomach. I use the activator on the diaphragm muscle to "shock" it into activation as well and get it functioning properly. Finally, I often adjust at the level of the daiphragm, T10, or oftentimes ribs that have become misaligned as a result of the previous rib cage torque. I also check the upper neck area as it correlates strongly to hiatal hernia issues.
I am so grateful for this technique which has allowed me to help so many patients with serious symptoms affecting their daily lives. Some patients have even been unable to eat a proper meal due to the constriction in the stomach area, but after this fix, are able to eat well again. This is a huge deal and such an improvement in quality of life.
Loving the work we are doing here in the office this year! And many thanks to Raymond for working with me!