It's a great day when I find studies released confirming connections between Applied Kinesiology techniques and common health problems! I just stumbled across this study through NIH on the relationship between Ileocecal Valve dysfunction and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, is a hot topic in health right now. It essentially means bacterial balance in the small intestine has been lost, with excessive "bad" bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel. In mainstream healthcare, it is commonly treated with rounds of antibiotics, which, while relieving symptoms momentarily, can often lead to further imbalances in the glut flora.
The Ileocecal Valve, the one-way valve between the small and large intestines, is something that I check every single visit with every patient. I check for any dysfunction of the valve through muscle testing. Usually, the valve is either too loose (low tone) or too tight (causing constriction). Through Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, we diagnose any dysfunction of the valve. We then correct the valve through the use of chiropractic adjustments, reflex points, meridian points, nutritional supplements necessary to restore gut health, and more, depending on what the individual patient needs.
Interestingly, symptoms of SIBO and ICV Dysfunction are very similar, and include headaches, nausea, stomach discomfort, malabsorption of nutrients, arthritis and joint pains, sinusitis, bags under the eyes, and more.
Ileocecal Valve Dysfunction is something that until recently has not been discussed much in healthcare. ICV assessment and treatment is something that was repeatedly taught to me in Applied Kinesiology courses, because it is seen as THAT important to our patients' health. Any of my current patients know that ICV is something that we check at every visit and often work on. I am glad to see studies finally confirming the importance of the ICV!