Super cool post inspired by a super cool patient experience I had with my last patient of the day yesterday, James!
Sometimes, a patient come in with an issue that causes me to dig out the books and put into action some protocols or modalities that I haven't used in a while. In this case, my patient James reminded me of the power and importance of Cranial Stress Receptors.
James came in with complaints of recent difficulty verbalizing what he wanted to say. He felt like he could form the words in his mind, but couldn't speak the words. When it came time to speak the words, they just weren't coming out easily. He was describing a cognitive issue in the form of speech difficulty to me. Important was that this was a recent problem, not an ongoing problem, and James mentioned that he felt like it began after he perhaps received a hit to the head in Jiu-Jitsu.
Immediately, Cranial Stress Receptors came to mind. In my Applied Kinesiology courses, I learned about skin reflex points located on the cranium. When these points are active, they will actually shut off or inhibit certain muscles throughout the body. These points are usually activated by a trauma, like a kick to the head!
Sure enough, I found an active Cranial Stress Receptor in the left outer skull area, over the outer frontal area. This active stress receptor was actually shutting off his left pectoral muscle, causing a left shoulder problem as well. Also, guess what part of the brain this stress receptor was located over? Broca's area, the main part of the brain that plays a role in speech. Broca's area, located in the frontal left hemisphere of the brain, turns our thoughts into actual spoken words, and helps control the movements of our mouth. James and I were both blown away.
I treated the Cranial Stress Receptor found active on James by applying pressure in a certain vector over the reflex point for about a minute. This resets the stress receptor and renders it now inactive. It also restores full muscle strength to the affected associated muscle, in this case, the pec sternal muscle. I also performed some associated chiropractic adjustments. Ultimately, by treating the injured area of the skull, an increase in brain function and speech formation should be in store for James.
This is the second time this week that I've been reminded of a powerful technique in my toolkit by a certain patient visit. I will share the second story later this week. Thanks to James for working as a team with me as I flipped through my book and brushed up on this technique! And thank you all for reading. Have a wonderful day!