Concussions

Concussions

Have you ever fallen down? Fallen out of a tree? Been hit in the head or face with a hard object? Run into another person?

Have you ever been in an auto accident? Motorcycle accident? Bicycle accident? Quad accident?

Have you ever been knocked out? Knocked “silly”? Had your bell rung? Lost consciousness for a few seconds or even longer?

concussion

These types of accidents (and much more!) often result in an extreme shaking of the head, often violent, known as a “concussion.” Symptoms of a concussion are known. They are a headache, disorientation, amnesia, poor balance, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, memory loss, fatigue, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light or sound, slurred speech, and loss of concentration.

Concussion detection is all the rage now, especially with regards to sports. Athletes both old and young are being pre-tested and checked and tested again and again for possible damage. The problem, unfortunately, is not just short-term because doctors know that injured brain tissue degenerates over time and may begin its degeneration months, years, or even decades after the last impacts occurred.

In the movie, “Concussion,” Will Smith played the part of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the doctor who finally documented the long-term traumatic effects of professional football. The name Dr. Omalu gave to this type of trauma is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy(1) or CTE.

The symptoms of CTE are memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, suicidal thoughts, and progressive dementia.

So…who am I and why am I writing this paper on concussions? My name is Dr. Joel Vickers, and I am a Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in Applied Kinesiology (AK). It would be helpful if you also read my article, “Muscle Weakness From Trauma” to better understand what I am about to tell you regarding concussions and concussion therapies.

At best, the ability to detect a concussion took five years after the final concussive event. However, there are no “cures” or “fixes” for concussions in the medical establishment. There are no new “therapies” or “exercises” that can offset the damage. Those who have gone to “concussion clinics” have left mildly hopeful and yet worried what the future may hold.

It may surprise you that there is hope for concussive events, with a combination of Applied Kinesiology muscle balancing with proper nutritional support tailored to the individual’s needs.

Applied Kinesiologists have, for decades, been turning on and balancing weakened muscles that are from traumas of all types. They also have been realigning the bones that have shifted out of position due to trauma. The correction includes the muscles and bones of the head and neck.

When the muscles of the head and neck are traumatized and subsequently weakened following trauma, this causes an imbalance within these muscles that can cause blood flow to and from the brain inhibited. As well, lymphatic drainage is minimized, and waste products begin to build up in and around the brain tissue. This problem causes the average healing time to be dramatically slower…or it doesn’t take place at all! We see the same long-term results in auto accident victims with many of the same symptoms as concussion patients.

Just as necessary, proper nutritional support assists the body in the healing process, which can take place fully when the muscles and bones are fully functioning and in their proper alignment.

If you or someone you know has undergone trauma to their head and neck with one or more of the concussion symptoms listed above, send them to me, Dr. Vickers at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor and let me help their body heal properly and quickly!
Call now at (734) 302-7575.

1. Encephalopathy is a broad term used to describe abnormal brain function or brain structure. (Encephalo= brain + pathy= disorder). The abnormality may be transient, recurrent, or permanent. The loss of brain function may be reversible, static and stable, or progressive with increasing loss of brain activity over time.

Automobile Accidents

Automobile Accidents

Nobody is spared trauma during an auto accident.

Every passenger; your significant other, your children, your relatives, are all impacted in basically the same ways by the same directional forces that affect the driver of the vehicle.

Today’s automobiles travel at significantly higher speeds and tend to be safer for the occupants inside. However, auto accidents continue to injure the occupants of these “safer” cars. The speed and direction of the impact are what’s important. Consider the following scenarios:

  • At just 30 mph, the human head and neck are subjected to over 2,000 pounds of shear force, over-stretching and damaging the muscles of the head, neck, and jaw!

At higher speeds:

  • If you hit a big tree at 60mph, that’s ~4,000 pounds of shear force directed into the bodies of the occupants of that vehicle.

At slower speeds:

  • If two cars hit one another head-on, each traveling at only 15 mph, the impact is still 30 mph with 2,000 pounds of sheer force.

Unless you’re Superman or Superwoman, you will be injured. You just may not know it yet.Auto-Accident

Whiplash is the term given to describe the effects of trauma, most often to the head and neck, and primarily during an auto accident. They can often mimic the symptoms of a concussion. Whiplash can also occur from impacts about the head and neck that may occur during a sporting event or from physical abuse.

Symptoms of whiplash can take up to a year (or longer) to manifest themselves. Some of the primary symptoms are neck pain and stiffness with the loss of range of motion, headaches, shoulder or arm pain and/or tingling or numbness, tinnitus, blurry vision, and more.

Did you know that hypothyroidism, TMJ problems, and changes in vision could be from an automobile whiplash?

Walking away from an automobile accident is a common occurrence. Many people do it. But, walking away and being uninjured are extremely rare events. Most people are injured in nearly all auto accidents and don’t even know it. Think about it, was metal bent in the crash? And, if so, are you stronger than the metal of your car? Was the frame bent? Are you stronger than the frame of your vehicle?

Many patients suffer, unknowingly, from the effects of an auto accident that sometimes occurred decades ago.

Don’t you be one of them! Automobile accidents and their subsequent injuries are one of my specialties as an Applied Kinesiologist. Please call The Nutritional Healing Center at (734) 302-7575 and schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Joel Vickers, and I will use the AK diagnostic techniques and therapies I’ve mastered to help your body make the repairs necessary to help it function the way it did before the automobile accident!

Oh, My Aching Knees!

Oh, My Aching Knees!

How many times have you heard someone say that!

Every joint in the body has muscles that cross the joints that (hopefully) are balanced enough to keep them aligned. There are 650 muscles that move 200 bones and hold these bones in their proper alignment. By “proper alignment” I mean they are aligned in such a way that the ends of the bones, i.e., the joints, fit perfectly together.

What happens if they’re not lined up the way your genes dictate that they should be aligned? These misalignments cause pain because they have become inflamed! “Arthros” is a Greek word that means “joint” and “-itis” is a suffix that means “inflammation of”. In other words…

You have arthritis in your knees!

Do your joints need long-term support in the form of tape, straps, and harnesses? Do your joints need anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid shots to dull the pain you are experiencing? Though helpful, these are all short-term fixes to a problem that requires specific treatments. And if left this way, with no muscle balancing done for your knees, you may eventually need your knee replaced!

Hi! My name is Dr. Joel Vickers. I specialize in Applied Kinesiology, which means…I turn muscles on that have been weakened through trauma! Jolts, jars, falls, and accidents of all kinds can overstretch and turn these muscles off. There are twenty therapeutic techniques I can use to turn on and balance these muscles that have been turned off. Once properly turned on, they should stay turned on for life…or until you traumatize and weaken the muscles again, in which case you will need to come in and get them turned on again.

Call the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575

and let me help your knees function the way you need them to function!

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After the Dental Appointment

After the Dental Appointment

Did you know that the number one cause of TMJ is dental work?

Your trip to the dentist may have long-lasting effects other than just a cute smile and straight teeth. Your jaw pain, misalignment, headaches, body aches and pains could be the result of that last visit to your dentist.

It’s important to understand that this isn’t the dentist’s fault. They need to get their hands in your mouth to do the necessary work and get the job done. If the dentist has larger hands, then they may need to open your mouth wider, stretching, and consequently turning off muscles in your jaw. If the patient has a smaller mouth, then the patient may need to open their mouth wider to accommodate the dentist and their tools, resulting in TMJ after dental work.

So, what are your options when you have jaw pain after dental work? Bite splints are often used to hold your jaw in its proper alignment. Braces may have to be re-installed in an effort to correct muscular weaknesses and jaw muscle imbalances caused by the dental work. However, this approach to a TMJ muscular imbalance is like keeping your broken bone in a cast forever or using crutches for the rest of your life.

Other therapies include making structural corrections in the bones that make up our head, otherwise known as the cranium. Cranial Therapy, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Sacro-Occipital Technique, etc. are names of various techniques that have been developed to normalize the movement of these cranial bones. Our cranial-sacral movement is extremely important to help keep our bodies healthy.

These therapies, which include gentle movements that encourage these bones to move correctly, are excellent and needed. However, it is important to remember that muscles move bones and hold them in their proper alignment…not the other way around. Moving these bones is often only half the therapy needed.

Another approach includes the ability to diagnose and turn back on muscles of the head, neck, and jaw that can become injured and “turned off” through jolts, jars, falls, impacts, as well as dental work.

As an Applied Kinesiologist, I have been trained to perform cranial therapy via manipulation of the cranial bones. I am also trained to discover which muscles of the jaw have been turned off, and then I turn them back on so, they will hold and maintain the required cranial corrections.

Structural imbalances in the cranium and the TMJ mechanism may be linked to such maladies such as (the obvious) jaw pain, headaches, vision problems, neck and upper back pain, as well as (the not so obvious) knee pain, middle back and low back pain, foot pain, as well as digestive problems of all kinds.

If you or your loved ones are suffering from the results of jaw trauma, call me, Dr. Joel Vickers at The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575 and let me fix your TMJ and cranial imbalances!

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Muscle Weakness From Trauma

Muscle Weakness From Trauma

Do you ever wonder why you can’t do the things you used to do when you were younger?

Things like…walking, or running, or jumping? Are you telling your friends you can’t take them up on their offer to play in that softball or volleyball league with them because of that old hip or knee injury, the nagging shoulder pain, or the wrist soreness?

Have you told your buddies that the flag football or basketball games are now just a distant memory and that you don’t do that anymore… not because you don’t want to but because you hurt too much afterward?

Hi! My name is Dr. Joel Vickers. I have been practicing Chiropractic in Michigan since 1991, and I use two techniques, Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition Response Testing, as my two primary diagnostic tools.

Many of you already know about Nutrition Response Testing, so I’d like to tell you a little bit about Applied Kinesiology.

Applied Kinesiology or “AK” is a diagnostic system where manual muscle testing is used to help the doctor make his diagnosis. Started in 1964 by a second-generation chiropractor in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, AK is widely known as the granddaddy of muscle testing techniques. AK is taught only to those who are licensed to diagnose, which limits its use to physicians.

I primarily use AK as a muscle-balancing technique to restore balance and, hence, enhanced function to the human frame. 850 hours of AK Training and 25 years of experienced use of this wonderful technique has allowed me to help restore muscular balance to thousands of grateful patients.

But, a short anatomy lesson first…The muscular system

There are 650 muscles in the human body. These muscles hold the 200 bones in their proper position (posture) and they move the bones around (movement) like when we walk, run, jump, write, type, cook, talk, etc. Every time we move, our brain calls on a muscle or a combination of muscles to help us move our body or parts of our bodies.

Some of our muscles are regulated automatically by our nervous system, like our heart muscle, which pumps blood throughout our bodies, or the diaphragm, which helps us breathe. The rest are moved voluntarily by us telling our brain what we want to do.

These muscles can become weak. I don’t mean “weak” from not using them at all or not exercising regularly because we use our muscles all the time. Did you know that within fifteen minutes of getting out of bed in the morning you have used all 650 muscles! What I’m talking about are these two types of muscle weaknesses and the causes of muscle weakness:

1)  Muscle weakness due to trauma to the muscle itself

2)  Muscle weakness due to organ dysfunction

In this report, I will address the first type of muscle weakness, weakness due to trauma to the muscle itself. In another report, I will address the second type of muscle weakness that is due to organ dysfunction.

First, let’s look at how a muscle may become weakened through muscle trauma, ie. jolts, jars, falls, accidents, etc.

Did you know, in an auto accident at 30 miles-per-hour you experience approximately 2,000 pounds of shear force to your head and neck? No wonder they call it “whiplash”! What if you’re going 15 miles-per-hour and hit someone coming straight at you at 15 miles-per-hour? Same thing. The effective speed is still 30 miles-per-hour and the force is the same. Unless you’re Superman or Superwoman, you cannot stop the damage that will occur to your body.

People have died from an 8 mile-an-hour impact.

Consider these other more common scenarios as well…

Two athletes are running towards one another at high speed and they collide. A rider falls off their horse. A cyclist falls off their bike. An athlete sprains an ankle. Another torque their knee. A weightlifter injures their shoulder lifting weights. A person walking on a slippery surface falls down, injuring their back, leg, shoulder, and wrist. A dental patient receives trauma to their jaw from dental work or from braces…which is more common than you think! The possibilities are endless.

We live in a high-speed world…way faster than our ancestors. Accidents happen all the time and some accidents are worse than others. Most of the time our body handles the trauma well and we only have a few days of downtime until we are up and running again. However, sometimes our bodies don’t handle the trauma, and we suffer from it, either immediately or later…sometimes much later in our lives.

Many people think that, if there are no broken bones then their trauma wasn’t severe enough to warrant any doctor’s or therapist’s intervention. Nothing could be further from the truth!

However, if bones are broken or ligaments are torn, then that amount of force generated will certainly take its toll on weaker tissues, such as muscle tissue. This explains why, after fractures or ligament damage, most therapies take so long, often without any lasting benefit.

Exercising a muscle that has been damaged via trauma won’t turn it back on. Specific exercises may strengthen muscles around the damaged muscle, but the damaged muscle will continue to stay weak. Ask anybody who has done specific exercises after an injury. As soon as they stop doing them, the problem comes right back.

I use AK to help me find the muscles that have been weakened through trauma…but that’s just the beginning. I also use it to restore normal function of the weak muscle.

In other words…I turn the muscle back on!

There are at least twenty different therapeutic techniques that I use to turn muscles back on. These twenty-plus techniques are not used all at once nor are they all used on the same muscle. Some muscles may require two or three therapeutic techniques to get them functioning normally and others may require just one.

What’s exciting about this is that it requires no specific exercises, and no weights, pulleys, or rubber bands! Even more exciting is the fact that, once a muscle is turned on, it won’t need to be turned on again. It is now working 100%, for life!

That is unless you injure it again.

Isn’t having the use of all our muscles one of the major things we all want as we get older? Wouldn’t you like to be able to go hiking with your grandchildren or your great grandchildren…when you’re 80 or 90 years old? How about playing tennis when you’re 70 or 80 or beyond? How about playing full-court basketball with players who are 30 or 40 years younger than you, not only keeping up with them but be considered a serious competitor in their eyes?

Or have you given all that up because of some nagging pain or injury that keeps you sidelined while others go out and enjoy life? Years ago I met up with a friend of mine from high school at our ten-year reunion who told me he had stopped playing basketball because he kept injuring himself…and he didn’t want to miss any more work. How sad! What have you given up in your life due to injuries that were never addressed, a movement that was lost, and function that wasn’t restored?

I know and understand these types of questions and I can help you, your friends and your loved ones gain back the pain-free movement that we all desire.

Call The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at 734-302-7575 today to make your appointment with me, Dr. Vickers, and let’s get your body functioning the way mother nature intended it to function.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Joel Vickers

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My Left Shoulder

My Left Shoulder

In 1989, an actor by the name of Daniel Day Lewis played the part of Christy Brown, a young man who was born with cerebral palsy who learned to paint and write with the only limb he could still control: his left foot.

Not surprisingly, the name of the movie was called “My Left Foot.” I, too, was involved in a personal saga involving one of my limbs. Though not as harrowing and inspirational a story as that of Christy Brown’s, I would still like to share it with you. My story is called, “My Left Shoulder.”

One year after My Left Foot debuted in theatres, I fell on my left shoulder while playing basketball on an indoor wooden court. It occurred while I was running at full speed leading a fast break and was cut off by another player running directly towards me from the left. This twisted my body and caused me to fall with all my weight directly on my left shoulder.

I remembered thinking…as I impacted the floor with the weight of my entire body directed into my left shoulder, and then sliding along the wooden basketball court about ten feet…that, at the point of impact, both my legs were off the floor and higher than my body! The end result was that I didn’t just fall on my left shoulder; I shattered the ball at the top of my upper arm.

I was told later (decades later) that after this happened I should have put my arm in a sling and allowed the shattered bone (then, soft as clay but held in place by the outer layer of the bone) to re-harden to its original pre-determined shape. Of course…this didn’t happen three days later I was out playing basketball again! This resulted in my shoulder hardening into a more flattened shape that didn’t at all fit into my shoulder’s socket.

Now permanently distorted, the ball began tearing up its own joint. Within ten years it was bone-on-bone and ten years later, in 2010, I had total shoulder replacement surgery.

This is the most severe of all the shoulder surgeries and the hardest to rehabilitate. Thankfully, I already had muscles turned back on from the original trauma by seeing several of my colleagues who specialize in Applied Kinesiology. By the time I saw the orthopedic surgeon almost all the muscles were turned on, and he remarked “how strong” I tested and he estimated I would get back 95-100% of my shoulder’s range of motion after the surgery. At this point in time, I have nearly 100% of my range of motion!

So, who am I? My name is Dr. Joel Vickers. I am a Chiropractor here at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor and I use Applied Kinesiology as my primary diagnostic tool. Hopefully, by now you have read “Muscle Weakness From Trauma” found elsewhere on our website to better understand how Applied Kinesiology or “AK” can help restore your muscles back to their proper working order.

Call The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at 734-302-7575 today to make an appointment with me today and let me help you feel better with Applied Kinesiology muscle balancing techniques that can help you use your shoulders again!

See you soon,
Dr. Vickers

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