Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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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.

Dr. Joel Vickers


Ow! My Back Hurts!

Ow! My Back Hurts!

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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. Joel Vickers


Applied Kinesiology: What Can It Help?

Applied Kinesiology: What Can It Help?

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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

How are Your Wheels?

How are Your Wheels?

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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. Joel Vickers


Muscle Damage – More Common than you Think!

Muscle Damage – More Common than you Think!

Are past injuries or pain holding you back from participating in activities?

If so, Applied Kinesiology might be for you. Learn how to repair muscle damage with Applied Kinesiology below.

Applied Kinesiology or “AK” is a system where muscle testing is used to help the doctor restore balance and enhanced function to the human frame.

Some muscles are regulated by the nervous system. The heart, for example, pumps blood throughout the body, and the diaphragm helps us breathe. Others move voluntarily by us communicating with them via the brain to tell them what we want them to do.

Sometimes these muscles become weakened through trauma. All types of accidents…auto, work, recreational, sporting, even dental trauma, can overstretch muscles too far. The result is a muscle that doesn’t work properly anymore causing other muscles to shorten and spasm in an attempt to help out the weak muscle.

We live in a fast-paced world. Accidents happen all the time and some are worse than others.

Most of the time our bodies handle trauma well; we have a few days of downtime and we are up and running again. However, there are times our bodies don’t handle the trauma, and we suffer from it, either immediately or later…sometimes much later in our lives.AK-logo

Applied Kinesiology helps find the muscles that have been weakened through trauma.

Applied Kinesiology also helps restore normal function of the weak muscle by turning the muscle back on. It requires no exercise, no weights or rubber bands. Moreover, once a muscle is turned on, it won’t need to be turned on again, it is now back to 100% function for life.

If you (or someone you know) feel like old injuries or pain is holding you back from living fully, I can help. My name is Dr. Joel Vickers. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in Applied Kinesiology. Call The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor to schedule your appointment with me and let me help get your body functioning the way mother nature intended it! Call Today 734-302-7575

Yours in health,
Dr. Vickers

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