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 through muscle trauma treatment.

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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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by a nerve that’s trapped in your wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS, is understood much better if you look at it from the perspective of an Applied Kinesiologist.

My name is Dr. Joel Vickers and I practice Chiropractic and specialize in Applied Kinesiology (AK). I’d love to tell you all about Applied Kinesiology in this article, but I’ve already written a previous article, “Muscle Weakness from Trauma” that explains AK much better, and I encourage you to read it as soon as you can. Learn how to fix carpal tunnel without surgery below.

First of all, it’s important to understand that muscles move bones; bones do not move muscles.

Muscles also hold bones in their proper position, and when these muscles work properly all the other components (nerves, arteries, veins, ligaments, discs, joints, etc.) that are located in and around these properly balanced muscles work exactly the way they were designed to work. If any of these “components” fail to work properly or fail to pull their own weight they put the burden on the other parts that, as a team, function to move our limbs and our trunk around.carpal tunnel image

In the case of CTS, one of the simplest cures is to turn on and re-balance the muscles of the forearm, or arm, or shoulder. That’s it. Not “exercise it”, not “stretch it”, not “ultrasound it”, or “cold pack it”, or “hot pack it”, or anything like that. Receiving a cortisone shot or taking anti-inflammatory drugs may cover up the pain, but they will not and cannot turn on muscles or re-balance your forearm, arm, and shoulder muscles.

If you know anyone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, maybe someone who has fallen and injured their wrist or arm, don’t let them suffer needlessly! Please send them to me, Dr. Joel Vickers, at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor, and I will help them back to full strength and full use of their hand and arm. Call today at (734) 302-7575.

Yours in health, Dr. Vickers

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Ow! My Back Hurts!

Ow! My Back Hurts!

There are many common causes of back pain, but muscle weakness, due to trauma is by far the primary cause of low back pain.

Think back on your life and try to remember all the jolts, jars, falls and accidents you’ve experienced, not just as an adult but also as a child. Most of the time there is no damage to your muscles; you got back up and went about your business with only temporary soreness.

But then there were other times when you hit hard… really hard! You knew something was injured although you may not have understood just how the injury occurred. When you were a child, your parent or caretaker might have “kissed your boo-boo.” Once your crying stopped everything seemed “all better:” Maybe when you were a young adult or an adult, or even an athlete, then out of sheer pride or determination you kept on going and didn’t want to stop. After a while, maybe days or weeks or months later, the pain slowly went away, and you assumed it was “all better.” But, was it…really?

As soon as a muscle is turned off from trauma, the body attempts to adapt biomechanically to what has happened to keep you from feeling pain.

This doesn’t mean that the problem is corrected; it means that your body attempted to make you feel better while it quietly goes into a distortion pattern. Millions of people are walking around with these postural misalignments and don’t even know it! And these misalignments affect the spine, which in turn affects the spinal nerves that feed other muscles, bones, sections of your skin, and, of course, your organs. (Nutrition Response Testing patients take note!)

My name is Dr. Joel Vickers, and as a trained Applied Kinesiologist I can see (with posture analysis) test (by manual muscle testing) and correct (through Applied Kinesiology muscle balancing techniques) postural distortions caused by muscles that are turned off and are no longer pulling their own weight. If you want natural back pain relief, call the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575, and I will help you get out of pain and…get back the strength you once had with natural back pain solutions.

Yours in health, Dr. Vickers

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Applied Kinesiology: What Can It Help?

Applied Kinesiology: What Can It Help?

My name is Dr. Joel Vickers. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic and I specialize in a diagnostic technique known as Applied Kinesiology.dr Joel vickers bio image

(Read the bullet points below to find out what applied kinesiology is and how it can benefit you!)

In March of 2014, I made the decision to come to Ann Arbor to help Dr. Schmidt with his clinic’s Chiropractic needs. Being trained by Dr. Schmidt in Nutrition Response Testing, I already understood how a patient’s nutritional status could impact their body’s ability to heal and “hold” its Chiropractic adjustments.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in Applied Kinesiology, there are other services I can render at The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor that far surpass that of basic Chiropractic. For example, did you know:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may be caused by one or more muscles that hold the bones of your wrist and forearm together and is easily corrected.
  • Shoulder Injuries may or may not include damage to the rotator cuff muscles, which represent just FOUR of the TWENTY-SIX muscles that affect the shoulder joint.
  • Abdominal muscles that are turned off from being overstretched from pregnancy may be turned back on.
  • Neck pain and stiffness may be caused by an injury that occurred when you were just a toddler.
  • Headaches may be caused by a variety of musculoskeletal injuries that include (but are not limited to) automobile whiplash, athletic injuries, dental work, physical abuse, and trauma of any kind.
  • TMJ and dental trauma leading to cranial faults may cause your knees to hurt, foot and ankle instability, and low back pain (not to mention headaches and upper back pain).
  • Middle and upper back pain may be caused by muscles that are turned off on the front of your chest. How? More often than not, exercise, especially chest work (push-ups, bench presses, etc.) is the main culprit.
  • Low back pain is often caused by muscles not working…in your neck!
  • Hip pain can have as its origins, muscular weakness anywhere in the body.
  • Knee pain is often the result of falls, trauma, etc, but may also be caused by dental work…and is easily corrected.
  • Feet that feel weak and painful may have been injured during ankle sprains, which turn off foot muscles that need to be turned back on.

These are just a few of the common ailments that afflict human beings in general, but the list of complaints that Applied Kinesiology healing can help with is much longer.

As an Applied Kinesiologist with over 20 years of experience, I can help you with these conditions and more.

If you’ve ever wondered, “How does applied kinesiology work?” call The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at 734-302-7575 today to make your Applied Kinesiology testing appointment with me, Dr. Vickers, and let me help you feel better through muscle balancing techniques that can help your body look and feel the way it should.

Dr. Joel Vickers

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How are Your Wheels?

How are Your Wheels?

Your car’s wheels, along with the tires that encircle them, are your car’s connection with the ground.

If they are out of alignment or bent from road impacts (here in Michigan?!?) they can make your driving experience less than smooth. In fact, driving your car with crooked wheels or bad tires or having them not point together in the direction they were originally designed to point can make driving a miserable experience.

Your feet are your wheels.

They are your connection with the ground, and if they are out of alignment or crooked from trauma (ie, jolts, jars, falls, etc.) then they can make your walking or running experience miserable. Standing may also be bad, causing you to endlessly shift from one foot to another in order to take pressure off a damaged foot.

Hi! My name is Dr. Joel Vickers. I have been practicing Chiropractic in Michigan since 1991. Here at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor, I use Applied Kinesiology as my primary diagnostic tool. If you’d like to learn more about Applied Kinesiology, read my article, “Muscle Weakness From Trauma.”

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries to the foot.

I first sprained both of my ankles playing basketball…the right in 8th grade and the left in 9th grade. After these initial sprains, I re-sprained them, over and over, receiving a variety of therapies and getting them taped before practices and games.

Nothing helped. That is until I was treated by a Chiropractor who knew and understood Applied Kinesiology. After examining me to find out which muscles were turned off, my weak foot muscles were turned back on and balanced…without any exercises, therapies or taping! And, they have stayed that way ever since!

If you know of someone whose “wheels” aren’t working the way they should, send them to me, Dr. Joel Vickers, at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor. Call today at (734) 302-7575.

Yours in health,
Dr. Vickers

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