Happy last week of January! 2020 is off to a wonderful start here in the office, and this week I am posting all about another type of reflex point- Neurovascular Reflex points.
Dr. Terrance Bennett, a chiropractor, discovered Neurovascular Reflex points in the 1930's. He mapped these points mostly over the head and chest.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Neurolymphatic points, which stimulate the flow of lymphatic drainage from certain muscles and organs. Neurovascular points stimulate the circulation of the vascular system to various different muscles and organs. In improving circulation to muscles and organs, we improve function.
I will often ID the Neurovascular point that needs to be treated by using my tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. Once I find a weak, or inhibited, muscle, I test to see if it needs the Neurovascular point treated. If indeed it does, I then use mild finger pressure on the points for about 30-60 seconds, often tugging them in different directions until I can feel a slight pulsing sensation. Treatment of the point often immediately dilates the blood vessels that supply oxygen and many nutrients located within the muscle and organ.
The patient often feels a deep sense of relaxation while we perform this treatment, as these points not only physically increase blood flow to and from muscles and organs, but also act as nervous system calmatives and emotional release points. This is because emotional stress has an overloading and congestive affect on our vascular system. When we hold these points, we can obtain an emotional processing/release and relieve emotional burden on our nervous systems and ultimately our bodies.
I am looking forward to treating many more reflex points for my patients in our holistic chiropractic sessions this coming week! Happy Sunday!
It's time for another positive patient story with my girl Jen!
Jen came in a little over 4 years ago with complaints of joint issues, particularly in her knees especially her right knee, and in her neck, which she claimed "popped a lot" on its own and felt generally painful and achy. She also told me about difficulties with maintaining energy levels and focus and concentration throughout the day and had to take Adderal daily.
From the start with Jen, we discovered adrenal stress. She had a positive postural hypotension test on exam, a common adrenal fatigue symptom, multiple other symptoms of adrenal stress, and we found adrenal-related muscle inhibition.
Many people don't know that two of the major knee supportive muscles, the sartorius and gracilis, are related to the adrenal glands. The sartorius is often correlated to the adrenal medulla, which releases adrenaline for energy, helps regulate blood sugar levels, heart rate, and more. The gracilis muscle is often correlated to the adrenal cortex, which releases cortisol to control our stress response and aldosterone to regulate our water retention and blood pressure, and more.
We found both muscles shut off in Jen's right knee, leading to knee instability and thus, her pain and discomfort.
Cortisol, release by the adrenal cortex in response to stresses, also "eats away" at the ligaments of the body, particularly in the upper neck and SI (hip) joints. We determined that this was a part of her chronic neck popping, leading to instability, and ultimately pain. The desire to self-adjust in these cases can be very strong, but will only lead to more pain and instability down the road! Don't do it...
Anyways ultimately, Jen's treatment involved specific chiropractic adjustments, a few in particular to boost the adrenal glands, neurolymphatic reflex point work for the adrenal glands, mind-body techniques to address emotional and mental stress, and nutritional testing. We put Jen on Drenamin and Ligaplex II by Standard Process Inc.to rehabilitate and strengthen her adrenal glands and ligaments. We have also used other supplements as necessary over the years as Jen's health has changed. Our treatment did not only involve treatment to her adrenal glands, although this was a main focus.
Years later, Jen is doing great! Her knee and neck pain have both greatly improved, as has her focus and concentration, allowing her to work herself off of her Adderal medication, which she has been off of since 5 months after beginning treatment in 2014 -yay! Her focus on concentration was also tied to her adrenal gland function. Jen comes in regularly to maintain our progress and her health, no more than once a month!
And I always love to see her. We take our work seriously yet we have a lot of fun, and see our treatments as a team effort. Thanks so much, Jen!
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