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Jay Trennoche
02-14-2002, 12:58 PM
FYI, subluxation in the upper cervical (UpC) segments: C-zero (occiput), C-1
> (atlas), and C-2 (axis) is different in as much as the segments'
> intervertebral surfaces are not symphyseal (discal) but instead are
> diarthrodial (synovial or disc-less and freely moveable).
> The vectors of structural displacement of individual vertebra from C-3
> inferiorly to L-5 over S-1 can be measured in a few vectors such as
> Anterior/Posterior, Inferior/Superior, Left/Right. Globally, vertebrae can
> be mesaured at the stress vertebrae of the 2 primary and 2 secondary spinal
> curves in Left/Right vectors in degrees. The Sacroiliacs can be measured as
> Interior/Exterior, Anterior/Posterior, and Inferior/Superior in millimeters.
> However, the mensuration of the UpC spine is considerably more complex and a
> single Reduction Pathway Vector for introduction of corrrective force must
> be ascertained and utilized in an alignment. Possibilities of mensuration
> findings of the 3 UpC segments runs into the thousands. Intense study over
> time is a necessary feature of UpC work.
> The amount of vectors and the magnitude of those vectors of measurable
> displacement is, to say the least, considerably more complex in comparison
> to the lower segments' available displacement vectors and magnitudes.
> The 3 UpC segments' displacement vectors can be measured accurately using
> the central skull line as a beginning frame of reference (zero degrees) to
> measure from. Establishing that, other measurements in both degrees and
> millimeters can be ascertained in determining the magnitudes of the vectors
> of displacement on x-ray with specialized x-ray equipment uniform to and
> utilized by the small population of UpC specialists in the chiropractic
> profession. Perhaps less than 2% of chiropractors reach qualification in the
> UpC area of neuro-spinal alignment.
> The accuracy of measurement requires an attempt to gain knowledge of the UpC
> subluxation complex to within a 1/4 degree or 1/2 millimeter of measurement.
> Special post grad lengthy training (usually years) and specialized
> mensuration tools to read x-rays are required.
> On a first attempt at correcting, or at least reducing, the UpC subluxation
> complex, the alignor utilizes pre-adjustment x-rays to measure the original
> findings and compares the post-adjustment x-rays to track and secure the
> correct reduction pathway vectors ustilized in the alignment procedure.
> The interesting point is that the UpC practitiioner, really a highly trained
> technician, utilizes math, physics, engineering, and biomechanics as they
> relate to human structure in the cervical spine. The C-1 vertebra is used as
> a lever to align the whole cervical spine, the correction of same allows the
> "righting" system of the neural driven musculoskeletal system to right
> itself throughout the entire musculoskeletal system, often not only does it
> impact faults in the lower spine and pelvic, but also the extremities.
> Taking this a step further, if one considers the neuro-vascular components
> of the UpC spinal area one can see some relevance to the brain stem, the
> reticular system, and the vertebral arteries as they wend their way through
> a "tortuous and hazardous pathway" (F. Netter, M.D.; CIBA Collection). Not
> only as a result of this unique and important anatomy, UpC work by most
> methods is a very gentle aplication of force to re-position the UpC
> segments.
> Formerly done by hand by all, now many UpC specialists are using large floor
> mounted alignment instruments to ease the difficult work of restoring to, or
> towards, zero the degrees and millimeters of the measured UpC subluxation
> complex.
> The UpC alignment in several of the UpC methods is performed within the
> Active Range of Motion and therefore there is no audible sound made or heard
> during the alignment process. The process may take 1 or more, but not many,
> attempts at any one alignment session. With the percussion force instruments
> the alignee cannot feel the alignment/adjustment procedure but should feel
> some or much immediate improvement in their palpatory exam, as indeed the
> alignor should observe objective improvements in the alignee pre to post
> exam.
> UpC subluxation complexes may cause faulting tractioning of neuro-vascular
> tissues.
> As a result of the negative impacts made on important neuronal (CNS) and
> vascular (vertebral arteries) tissues by UpC subluxations, distal targets,
> albeit cells, tissues, organs, and systems may be fault impacted. The
> improvement or complete restoration of function to distal targets subsequent
> to alignment/correction of the UpC subluxation complex often occurs without
> a Diagnosis or a targeted specific Treatment.
> UpC work relates to entities such as intrinsic and extrinsic forces,
> resistance, fulcrums, levers, degrees, millimeters, and inertia.
> UpC subluxation is not found on X-ray but is ascertained by objective and
> subjective evaluation of the alignee. UpC subluxation (structural
> displacement) is measured on x-rays; 3 pre-adjustment to be exact in most
> methods (sagittal, frontal, horizontal plane views); and usually 2 post
> adjustment views (frontal and horizontal). Follow-up alignment sessions rely
> on the information gleaned from the first session.
> An alignee may have apparent x-ray measured degrees and millimeters of UpC
> strucutral displacement yet they may not be subluxated in that area, and for
> them the displacement is normal for them. Training in this area of when to
> adjust and not to adjust is an important feature of UpC education and
> qualification.
> More information on UpC Neuro-Vascular-Spinal Structural Displacement
> (subluxation) can be found on the web at www.nvb1.com in both the Discussion
> Site and further down in the Table of Contents. Also by searching the
> organizations and methods of...AUCCO...Atlas Orthogonal...
> Orthospinology...NUCCA...Blair.
> Thanks,
> J.

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