Saturday, June 26, 2010

Q & A from Yoga Therapy Ireland magizine readers.

Since I began this series on Spinology I have received numerous e-mail questions and I will answer a few here.

Q: I have severe low back pain, and have had off and on for quite some time. Should I come and see you?

A: You should definitely come in for a free orientation to find out what Spinology can do for you. Low back pain, especially severe, can be caused by many things. These things include fractures, tumours, disc problems, facet trauma, direct injury and spinal misalignments (spinal occlusions) causing direct nerve irritation. I wouldn’t try to treat your symptoms as Spinology is a non-therapeutic profession. Spinology is concerned with restoring proper nerve supply to allow your body to function at its best. If you have a spinal occlusion your body can’t function as it should and any healing that you may need to do can’t take place as it should. My focus would be on checking your entire spine to allow your entire nervous system to function as it should. If a spinal occlusion in your lower back is causing your pain it may very well dissipate with regular spinal maintenance as many have discovered.

Q: If I understand Spinology, you don’t treat anything as you claim not to be therapists. What is it that you do and who are your patients?

A: We don’t have any ‘patients’ as we don’t treat anything as you stated. We educate our practice members in the area of proper body function through proper nerve supply. Each and every function of the body is governed by the nerve system. Even the chemical and hormonal balance is under direct control of nerves by means of the endocrine system. As Spinologists, we offer a quality of life that most thought long past. Children are offered the opportunity to grow and develop a body that is as good as it can be without nerve interference inhibiting the development of tissues and organs. Imagine a body that with a perfect communication throughout all the organs, tissues and cells and imagine the quality of life for that person. That is what Spinology does.

Q: I have looked at all your pictures on your Facebook page (Michael Meyer) and looked at your YouTube videos (crazybaba2), and what you do looks just like chiropractic or osteopathy. Can you enlighten me on what the differences are?

A: What a Spinologist does would have to look like other ‘spinal’ professions to help the body correct spinal occlusions (spinal misalignments). My method of analysis, my hand positions, my direction of ‘thrust’ and most importantly, my intention is different. I use an analysis method that evaluates what the ‘intention’ of the muscles attached to the spinal occlusions are doing to attempt self correction. The wisdom of the body will use the small muscles attached to the bone to try to realign it. Once I locate those muscles I simply put my hand on the muscle (as opposed to the bone like a chiropractor or an osteopath) and my direction of thrust is away from the spine. It is in the direction the muscle is pulling. My intention is not to manipulate the bone. I supply the muscles with sufficient assistance to move the bone themselves. If the force I supply doesn’t allow the bone to move, I won’t force it to move. Spinology clients come in for brief visits several times per week. Eventually, the body will move the bone to improve nerve function and restore proper body function to help you live at your fullest potential.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Article for Yoga Therapy Ireland Magazine

A Visit in a Spinologist’s Office

We have covered what Spinology is and why it is vital to maintain the nervous system in past issues. I will focus now on what a typical initial visit is like and how a Spinology office works. It is much different than a typical visit to a doctor or therapist.

You will be asked to fill out a form with your details on it and then you are free to explain the reason for your visit. The Spinologist will take notes where appropriate and highlight any special considerations you may personally need (not too different so far). Next, the Spinologist will explain how your body was formed, how the nerves control all functions, how the spine protects the nerve roots and spinal cord, and finally what happens when a spinal bone is outside its proper parameters of alignment. It will become evident during this time to the new client that Spinology is not a profession for people exclusively with ‘bad backs’, but a profession for anyone that wants proper nerve function throughout their bodies for their entire life. The big difference here is that we aim to educate each client to the function of the body as opposed to use our education to just ‘treat’ the body.

Next, the Spinologist will palpate (feel) the spinal muscles with their fingertips with the intent of finding ‘working muscle fibres’ which would indicate the body’s attempt at self correction. This is called a Spinal Occlusion in our profession. A misaligned bone will alter the environment surrounding the nerve and spinal cord tissue and this in turn will interfere with normal neural transmissions to and from the brain. Notice there is no discussion of symptoms or various exams or tests to determine a ‘treatment.’

Finally, the fee system and visit frequency is discussed. Spinologists charge a membership fee for a set period of time (usually 6 months or a year). This payment will allow you access to the facility as you would attend a gym. Typically that is two to three times per week if desired. The massive difference is that there is no ‘fee per visit’ as this would only have clients coming in when the symptoms became unbearable and that would automatically be therapy.

Now, we can begin the procedure. You will lie face down (prone) on a Spinology table and simply relax. The Spinologist will locate your spinal occlusions and apply a gentle pressure or pulse to the surrounding muscles to aid them in correcting the alignment of the segment. That’s all there is to it. Future visits will only take a few minutes since this is maintenance.

Spinal maintenance is essential due to the inherent weakness that the spinal occlusions represent within your spine. Every time you strain your spinal muscles, if bones are going to misalign, it will logically be the ones that were misaligned in the past due to ligament weakness. Spinal maintenance for the entire family makes good sense when you begin to understand just how much the quality of life suffers with nerve interference. The human body is not made up of many different parts. Rather, it is an organism where each cell needs the other cells to function properly to facilitate ‘life’ as we know it. The nervous system is responsible for all this co-ordination throughout the body. Your body can’t possibly function properly with nerve interference.

The Spinology training school can seem challenging and complicated, but our job is really very simple. We check the spines of our clients on a maintenance basis to ensure proper nerve function so the body can resume/continue normal function. Many claim that the quality of life they get from Spinology is something they thought long lost. It truly feels great to be this useful to humanity.