Muscle Weakness From Organ Dysfunction

Muscle Weakness From Organ Dysfunction

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Hi! My name is Dr. Joel Vickers. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic and I specialize in a diagnostic technique known as Applied Kinesiology

Many people aren’t familiar with the history of Chiropractic and don’t know that this profession was originally founded in 1896…after helping a person with hearing loss! In the early 1900’s, people flocked to Chiropractors to get help with their ulcers, heart and lung problems, bowel disorders, blood sugar issues, etc.

With the advent of “modern medicine”, less people are turning to Chiropractors for help with their organ dysfunction. However, it is well-documented that subluxations of the spine (misaligned vertebrae) which Chiropractors correct, can stretch or pinch nerves that cause nervous interference and subsequent organ dysfunction.

Every organ in your body is related to one or more muscles. This is called the “muscle-organ relationship”. If an organ is diseased or doesn’t function as it should, the muscles that are related to that organ reflexively may be weakened. Conversely, your muscles also help to move lymph out of the organs they’re related to and if you have a muscle that’s been weakened due to trauma then it cannot assist the organ with lymphatic drainage. A few examples of the muscle-organ relationship are:

Organ Muscle Affected
Stomach Pectoralis Major Chest, Back
Gallbladder Popliteus muscle Knee
Heart Subscapularis muscle Shoulder, Arm
Lungs Deltoid muscle Shoulder, Arm
Thymus Gland Infraspinatus muscle Shoulder, Arm
Adrenal Glands Sartorius muscle Back, Knee

Relating the muscle-organ relationship to the above organs and their related muscles, it is easy to see how a person with ulcers might have chest or upper back pain; a gall bladder problem may cause knee pain; a heart attack might cause chest pain; or an adrenal weakness could cause low back or knee pain.

An Applied Kinesiologist’s therapies include techniques that can help with a variety of organ dysfunctions. There are various reflex points that Applied Kinesiologists can use that, when stimulated, can help an organ heal itself faster. A few examples are:

  • Reflex points that help increase blood flow to an organ. This increased blood flow increases the speed at which the nutrients move into an organ. This is important since restricted blood flow to an organ makes it more difficult to heal it quickly, regardless of your nutritional status. (Think “clogged water pipes”)
  • Reflex points that help with lymphatic drainage from an organ. This includes waste products from the cells of the organ. This is important since lymphatic back-up makes it more difficult for the good stuff (the nutrition you eat) to enter the cells to heal them. (Think “clogged drain”)

It is important to understand that these types of therapies work best if the patient is following a diet that is conducive to healing. Those who are already in a nutrition program here at this facility are perfect candidates for Applied Kinesiology. Those who aren’t in a nutrition program with one of the nutritional practitioners should be!

If you suspect your organs could use a “boost” in their healing process, come see me, Dr. Joel Vickers, at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor and I will help your body heal your organs as quickly as possible! Call now at (734) 302-7575.

Dr. Joel Vickers



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Scoliosis is a curve in the spine that normally shouldn’t be there. If it occurred at birth it is called “congenital scoliosis” and it is due to your genetic makeup. If it happened later in life, it is called “idiopathic scoliosis” which means its cause is unknown.

My name is Dr. Joel Vickers and I specialize in Applied Kinesiology. I use “AK” as my primary muscle balancing tool to correct muscles that have been turned off via trauma. Because muscles move bones and hold them in their proper alignment, AK is a unique muscle balancing system designed to help correct muscular imbalances that can cause misalignments to any one of the 204 bones of the human body. These misalignments may produce curvatures and rotations of the spine, which can affect one or more vertebrae.

In idiopathic scoliosis, AK treatments can really make a structural difference in these patients. They usually have had some jolts, jars, or falls in their life resulting in muscular imbalances. (Think gymnasts, cheerleaders, soccer players, etc.) Not all muscles attach to the spine and hold it in its proper alignment, but those that do, (when weakened through trauma) will allow the spine to move away from them. Thus, looking at someone’s back, a curve to the left usually means muscles on the right side are in a weakened state and are allowing the vertebrae to move away from them. In most cases of idiopathic scoliosis, the abnormal curves in their spines can be corrected.

In congenital scoliosis, the curvatures in their spines are basically set for life and cannot be changed. However, the owners of said spines can still have muscles turned off via trauma. In other words, not all back pain of a patient with scoliosis is caused simply because they have the diagnosis of scoliosis. Patients with congenital scoliosis may also slip, fall, get in auto accidents, have sporting injuries, etc. and they need their muscles turned back on just like the rest of humanity.

I can help with scoliosis…regardless of the diagnosis. Call the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575 and let me stabilize or totally correct your spinal curvatures!

Dr. Joel Vickers


Athletic Injuries

Athletic Injuries

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A good part of my practice is spent helping restore normal biomechanical function to those persons who have made the decision to push their bodies athletically.

Sports such as soccer, rugby, lacrosse, basketball and football come to mind when one thinks of sports that include high-force impacts to the body. Less impactful (but equally injured) are the athletes who lift weights, play baseball or softball, ski, bowl, play tennis, run or throw in track events and run cross country. These include (but are not limited to):

    • Elementary age school children who have injured themselves on the playground during recess
    • High school athletes who want to perform better than their peers
    • College athletes who would like a shot at professional sports
    • Middle-age athletes who compete in local and national recreational leagues
    • Elderly folks who want to exercise because they know it is healthy and that it can extend their life as well as their quality of life

Typical injuries I see in my practice are:

    • Head and neck injuries, including concussions
    • Shoulder, wrist, and forearm injuries
    • Upper, middle, and lower back injuries
    • Hip, knee, and ankle injuries

My name is Dr. Joel Vickers and I specialize in a muscle-balancing technique known as Applied Kinesiology (or “AK”). Through AK muscle balancing techniques, I am able to determine which muscles have been turned off via trauma…and then I turn them back on. This is completely different from the care rendered by athletic trainers and physical therapists. Call the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575 and make an appointment with me so I can help you move past your athletic injuries to reach your true potential as an athlete!

Dr. Joel Vickers

Applied Kinesiology Questionnaire

Applied Kinesiology Questionnaire

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Applied Kinesiology is a diagnostic system wherein the Doctor restores normal function to muscles that have been weakened or “turned off” via traumatic events. These strained muscles have automatically turned themselves off to protect further damage, and they will not turn themselves back on with exercises, stretches, rest, or nutritional therapy.

The trauma, although not always apparent at first, will often surface many years later. If treatment is postponed, neurological damage usually begins first followed by damage to the joints associated with these weak muscles. Sometimes an operation is required to clean out or even replace the joint, further limiting the patient’s range of motion, mobility and lifestyle.

The following questionnaire has been created to help with your decision to see Dr. Vickers for structural corrections via Applied Kinesiology.

    • Have you ever received trauma in the form of jolts, jars, or impacts to any part of your body?
    • Have you ever fallen down? On ice? On dry ground/grass? On asphalt or concrete?
    • Have you ever been in any kind of automobile accident? Low speed (10-20 MPH)? High speed (30 MPH+)?
    • Have you ever been diagnosed with a ligamentous sprain or a strained muscle?
    • Were you ever involved in sports and suffered any type of injury?
    • Have you ever started an exercise program only to find that some old injury has resurfaced to stop your progress?
    • Or…have you started and restarted an exercise program only to stop repeatedly due to pain or weakness?
    • Have you ever had a concussion, or what you suspect was a concussion?
    • Have you ever had any kind of injury and you haven’t felt the same ever since the event or you’re having trouble doing the things you used to do?
    • Are there any specific things you can’t do anymore, either with your right side or your left?
    • Do you ever blame your inability to do things you used to do…on your age, or because your parents had trouble doing simple things at your same age?
    • Have your children been injured playing, playing sports, or just from living a rambunctious life?
    • Do you know of any athletes who have been struggling with injuries that they can’t seem to get fixed, by trainers, physical therapists, or other health care professionals?
    • Have you had any dental work or jaw trauma, and now you have head, neck or jaw tightness, pain, or discomfort?

If the answer is YES to any of the above questions, you need to contact our office and make an appointment to see me to get your muscles turned back on! In the meantime, I recommend you read all the articles written in this handout as they cover many (but not all) of some of the more common problems handled by a trained Applied Kinesiologist.

If you have any questions about Applied Kinesiology or have more specific questions that the articles haven’t covered, please feel free to call the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575 and I would be happy to answer any questions you have. Or, if you would prefer to have a free 15-minute face-to-face consultation, please call the office and they will put you on my schedule and we can discuss your case and I will let you know if I think I can help you.

Dr. Joel Vickers

Salt (and Water) For Humans

Salt (and Water) For Humans

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The Human Body Is 70% Water!

Most Americans are dehydrated and don’t know it. In fact, in America, water is the number one nutritional deficiency. The body’s joints, discs, organs, muscles, and skin all rely on water to make them work properly. If you feel the “thirst” sensation, it means you’re already dehydrated.water-and-salt-vickers-2

Dehydration may be the cause of high blood pressure, and blood clots are often the result of thicker blood due to dehydration. Athletes are especially at a higher risk for dehydration and it will impair their ability to perform at peak levels, especially when exercising in a hot, humid environment. Learn how to stay hydrated all day below.

Salt is an important component of proper hydration.

Salt drives water into the cells (think, osmosis) instead of allowing the water to pool outside the cell walls producing swollen ankles and painful joints. Salt is a natural histamine, and pinches of salt followed by small drinks of water will stop excessive histamine production.

The salt used to help with hydration should contain 60-70 trace minerals (e.g. Celtic Sea Salt, Real Salt, or Himalayan Rock Salt) and should be taken in addition to the salt used in cooking and eating food. The salt may be added to the water directly or taken by mouth alone and followed by a small amount of water…just enough to get it down. This is one reason why you might drink salt water.

Here are a few pointers regarding proper hydration:

  1. For every 50 pounds of body weight, drink one quart of water.water-and-salt-vickers-3
  2. For each quart of water consumed, ingest ¼ teaspoon of sea salt.
  3. Stop drinking liquids ½ hour before consuming a meal and startup hydrating again 3 hours after the meal. Your food will digest better because your stomach acid won’t be diluted and neutralized!
  4. For every cup of a caffeinated drink consumed, the body loses two to three cups of water. For every cup of an alcoholic beverage consumed, the body loses three cups of water. Adjust your water/salt intake accordingly.
  5. One of the easiest cures for a hangover: proper hydration!

Dr. Joel Vickers

Triad of Health

Triad of Health

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Health is composed of structural, chemical, and mental factors that should be balanced, forming an equilateral triangle. When a person experiences poor health, one of the three factors of the triad of health is always involved. With severe health problems and chronicity, two or all three of the factors of good health may be contributors. Applied Kinesiology, as well as specific nutritional evaluation systems such as Nutrition Response Testing, Morphogenic Field Technique, and Follow The Physiology Technique enables us to evaluate the triad of health’s balance.

Folllow the physiology graph address all 3 factors of chronic disease


Those who work with the structural side of the triad of health may include chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and other bodyworkers. This is a side with which chiropractic has always been involved and is the base of the triangle. Many chiropractors have limited their concentration to the removal of spinal subluxations to improve nerve function. This, of course, has obtained excellent results, and it always will. However, the muscle balancing techniques used by the Applied Kinesiologist can help maintain these chiropractic corrections by turning on the muscles that have been weakened via traumatic events. Many health problems with which the chiropractor and the other therapists must deal with will improve to a higher level when the other two factors of the triad are included.


Currently, the chemical factor of health is dominated by “allopaths”
such as Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, and Psychiatrists.
Nutritionists perform an important role in health care by concentrating on the chemical side of the triad. The difference between the two is that the medical profession uses chemicals to control body function, in effect over-riding the body’s own autonomic nervous system. Thus, the allopath attempts to control the other two sides of the triangle with substances such as tranquilizers and antidepressants for the mental aspect, and muscle relaxants, analgesics, and anti-inflammatory drugs for structural disturbances. The use of nutrition is directed toward building tissue by providing the basic raw materials for normal body function. After all, our cells are made up of what we eat and drink…not what drugs we take!


Mental health care has been dominated by Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and various types of counselors. Mental health issues often respond with less counseling and fewer drugs when the care is directed towards the other two sides of the triangle. Insight into the patient’s emotional status may be obtained by evaluating the nervous system using Applied Kinesiology manual muscle testing. Mental health problems can sometimes be improved by nutritional and structural corrections, determined by manual muscle testing.

So…what now?

Are your health problems due to structural, chemical, or mental imbalances? With most people, their problems are caused by a combination of at least two or more triggers. For example, are your headaches due to your poor diet, your automobile accident that happened six years ago, or the emotional stress you feel at home? Or are they caused by a combination of all three stressors?

In a holistic setting, there is a strong emphasis on examining all three sides of the triad of health and directing therapeutic efforts toward the basic underlying cause of a problem. Often a health problem starts on one side of the triad and eventually involves all three aspects. It is important to recognize that any one side of the triad can affect the other sides, both as causative factors of health problems and as therapeutic approaches.

The key is to determine which factor is primary!

As an Applied Kinesiologist, structural balance is readily and easily evaluated via manual muscle testing, which will allow me to help determine the basic underlying cause of health problems. Call The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575 and ask to be seen by me, Dr. Joel Vickers, and I will do my part in restoring and balancing the physical side of your body through the factors of good health!

Dr. Joel Vickers