pictures in this chapter show the outer eye muscles, recti and oblique. Tension in these muscles places pressure on the eye causing abnormal eye shape which disrupts the focus of light rays in the eye resulting in unclear eyesight. Relaxing the eye muscles with Natural Eyesight Improvement, (Correct, Natural Vision Habits...) returns the eye and focus of light rays to normal resulting in clear eyesight. The eye muscles attach to the skull bones through the entrance in the back of the eye socket. Nerves that connect/travel from the brain, brain stem and through the neck vertebrae travel to, connect to the brain, head, ears, eye muscles, eyes, retina. Eye muscle and other nerves travel from the brain stem to the eyes. The optic nerve travels from the eyes retina, through the brain, left and right hemispheres, to the visual cortex in the back of the brain. The optic nerve passes near, around the brain stem. The optic nerve also passes through the eye socket bone entrance, near eye muscle nerves that attach to the eye muscles that are attached to the eye socket bone entrance. The brain stem is connected to the brain. The eye muscle nerves and the optic nerve can be affected by tension, pulling on the spine, neck, (muscles, vertebrae… in neck), brain stem, brain, other eye, head muscles, nerves.
Injury to the head/eye, neck (being hit in the head/eye, difficult birth, use of forceps, vacuum during birth, caesarean birth, backward birth ...) can cause misalignment of the bones of the skull, eye socket and neck vertebrae.
(A natural birth aligns the baby’s skull bones as the babys head passes through the birth canal.) The eye is also set in the eye socket which is composed of bones grown together.
When the skull bones are aligned, the bones do not pull on the eye muscles, nerves, blood vessels, the bones, muscles do not press on the eyes. The eye muscles are relaxed and function correct, the eye is in normal shape with correct focus of light rays; eyes move corect, vision is clear.
When the skull bones are misaligned, the eye muscles and nerves attached to, passing through the bones can become tense, malfunction, cause pressure, pulling on/in the eresulting in; unclear vision, astigmatism, wandering, crossed eyes, cataracts, macula degeneration, detached retina, dim, low vision in one or both eyes andMisaligned skull bones can impair function of the brain, visual cortex, left and right brain hemispheres resulting in unclear vision, crossed, wandering eyes, other eye problems, low vision or blindness in one or both eyes. Blindness does not always occur. The brain, eyes have great ability to heal, adapt to conditions. Misaligned neck vertebrae also impairs nerve signals, blood flow to the head, eyes, eye muscles, retina, lens, can impair eye muscle function, cause eye muscle tension, pressure, pulling on/in the eye, unclear vision and other eye problems.
Network Chiropractors work with improving function of the spinal cord – Network Spinal Analysis. Interesting subject but avoid being pressured to have MRI’s, X-rays unless necessary.
A Chiropractor specializing in Cranio-Sacral Therapy can align the neck vertebrae and the bones of the skull to return normal nerve signals and blood flow to the brain, eyes, relax the eye muscles and return them to normal function, relieve abnormal pressure, pulling, stretching on/in the eye, eye muscles, retina, lens, cornea, return clear eyesight and reverse, remove cataracts and other eye problems.
The Bates Method can bring clear vision without chiropractic when the neck and/or skull bones are not greatly misaligned. The Bates Method can improve the vision to perfect clarity even when slight bone, vertebrae misalignments exist. The body has its own way of adjusting to and correcting certain conditions. Bones, vertebrae can correct their placement naturally. Eyeglasses should be avoided.
If the patient must seek chiropractic treatment: Choose a chiropractor carefully. Work together with a neurologist, medical doctor, not just a chiropractor. Chiropractic can be dangerous.
A honest, experienced chiropractor can improve a person’s health and clarity of eyesight, but a inexperienced and/or dishonest chiropractor can cause injury to the body and eyes; stroke, blindness, unclear vision, impaired hearing, balance and other health problems. Skull bones may be hard to align after they have grown together, as the person grows older. (All medical professions have their good and bad doctors and even a good doctor’s treatment can result in injury if a accident during treatment occurs or a underlining condition exists that chiropractic treatment may make worse.) Chiropractic can cure, but, it’s not worth the chance of injury!
Example; A honest, Experienced Chiropractor Cures Blindness; A lady on a television news program described how a chiropractor cured her blindness; the lady had a black, blind spot in the center of her visual field. It kept growing larger, blocking out more of her vision. Eye doctors could not find the cause of the blind spot and told her she would become completely blind. The lady heard of a treatment through the Edgar Cayce Library of Natural Cures in Virginia, USA. www.edgarcayce.org
She was referred to a chiropractor. The chiropractor told her that vertebrae in her neck had become misaligned due to a neck injury. The vertebrae were out of alignment and placing pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in the neck that travel to the brain and eyes. Nerves, blood vessels travel through the neck and brain stem, brain to the eyes. The chiropractor aligned the vertebrae; C1, C2, C3, C4 and all vertebrae in the neck. C1, C2, C3 on the top of the neck are directly linked to the health/function of the eyes. Immediately after the chiropractor aligned the neck vertebrae, the black, blind spot in the lady's visual field became smaller and disappeared. Her vision returned to normal.
Warning: major blood vessels, nerves travel to the brain from the spine, brain stem, near C-1, 2, 3 area. A bad chiropractic neck turn, treatment, ‘mistake’ can cause artery, blood vessel tears, blood clots, stroke, injury, blindness, astigmatism, impair eye movement, balance…
Nerves in/from the neck, brainstem travel to the brain, eye muscles, eyes, ears, all parts of the head. The brain stem connects to the brain. The optic nerve travels from the left and right eyes and travels through passes near, around the brain stem to the visual; cortex in the back of the brain. Mis-aligned neck vertebrae, incorrect posture causing pulling, tension on the neck, brain stem can cause pulling, tension on the nerves in the head, ears, sinus, brain, eyes, eye muscles and the optic nerve. Circulation of blood, fluids, lymph, and cerebro-spinal fluid in the spine, brain can be affected. See posture chapter.
Example of Honest and Dishonest Chiropractors - Chiropractic Causes Neck, Spine Injury; The author of this book (Mary I. Oliver) experienced an accident (a man punched me in the face) which, unknown to that connect/travel from the brain, brain stem and through the neck vertebrae travel to, connect to the brain, head, ears, eye muscles, eyes, retina. Eye muscle and other nerves travel from the brain stem to the eyes. The optic nerve travels from the eyes retina, through the brain, left and right hemispheres, to the visual cortex in the back of the brain. The optic nerve passes near, around the brain stem. The optic nerve also passes through the eye socket bone entrance, near eye muscle nerves that attach to the eye muscles that are attached to the eye socket bone entrance. The brain stem is connected to the brain. The eye muscle nerves and the optic nerve can be affected by tension, pulling on the spine, neck, (muscles, vertebrae… in neck), brain stem, brain, other eye, head muscles, nerves. me at the time, caused a neck vertebrae (C4) to be slightly out of alignment. After being hit in the head I fell to the ground and was blind and partially deaf for about 10 seconds. Then I stood up and felt normal. (This was the 10th time in my life since childhood a man has hit me in the head; Relative cracked my cousin’s and my heads together for laughing when we were very young, two boys hit me in the head/eye with ice/snowballs, then hit in the face, head by a man twice in Georgia one night on leave from the U.S. Army, (hit so hard my feet left the ground and body flew back and head cracked into tree. Tried to run, caught me and hit me again and I fell. He went back to get a gun. Two guys on the run robbing stores across the country. Buried myself in the Georgia woods under leaves and used old trick of concentrating, imagining I am in a different place, feeling only this thought and as real. Enemy supposed to pick up on it. Two guys had come back with rifle to kill me but gave up searching for me and took off.) Hit a few other times by men in San Mateo and South San Francisco, California. Never had mental/emotional trauma from these experiences due to the U.S. Army’s good training, I know how the world is and don’t let it bother me. Stay positive and "Drive on Drill Sgt., Drive on".) After last injury, in South San Francisco, California, two months later I developed a balance problem. For two years I went to medical doctors for dizziness. I experienced stress, fear, anxiety attacks worrying about the cause of this condition. The doctors prescribed tranquilizers and a drug to dry up fluid in my ears/eustachian tubes. Ears were cleaned of much wax. A brain scan was done and found nothing wrong. The drugs did not work, produced side effects so I threw them away. The doctors did not know the cause of the dizziness/fluid build up. One doctor said a tight muscle in the side of the neck might be pressing on the ears eustachian tube but he did not know what caused the muscle to be tight.
At this time I was earning $5.00 hr. working 7 days/nights a week and would go dumpster diving behind the main supermarkets, department stores for food, cloths in order to save money. They throw away a lot of good food, cloths and many homeless people survive this way. Senior citizens do it to avoid spending money on food so they can afford their medicine. I learnt this from the homeless in San Diego, CA and met a few Old Italian Millionaires dumpster diving getting free food for their chickens on the farms near San Francisco. The use of new dumpster compactors that crush and lock the food away for disposal is heartbreaking to these folks!
Every day I would pass the chiropractors office on my way hauling food. I decided to ask a chiropractors advice on the dizziness. I went to Doctor Soo Hoo’s office in South San Francisco and Dr. Tai worked on me. Dr. Tai was very young and rode his skate board to work. He said my neck vertebrae C4 was out of alignment causing the muscle tension and ear tube dysfunction. Vertebrae up higher along the neck may have also been out of alignment. He aligned my neck vertebrae and back. I immediately experienced normal/perfect balance for the first time in two years. My day and night vision was also exceptionally clear. A few follow-up treatments were done to maintain the alignment.
The chiropractor had me return once a month only if needed. He gave me stretching and other exercises to keep the muscles relaxed, and vertebrae aligned.
The treatment was done without X-rays. Physical therapy was not mentioned.
Try other natural treatments, including the Bates Method and check with your doctor first. Chiropractic treatment can cause: stroke, paralysis, joints less stable, broken, worn cartilage, vertebrae moving out of alignment easily and often, fractures of the vertebrae in the back, neck, nerve damage, blindness, loss of hearing, vertigo, impaired function of any organ, area of the body the nerves, blood vessels from the spine travel to, over stretching of ligaments and other injuries. See the book: Chiropractic: The victims Perspective by George J. Magner III. Written by a man that was injured by chiropractic treatment. See www.chirobase.org
Read this article on injury caused by chiropractors; In the year 2000 I moved to Massachusetts. I did a lot of heavy lifting which pulled my vertebrae and back out of alignment again. I started going to a new chiropractor and received beneficial treatment. Her treatment was perfect, the same routine as the California chiropractors except that X-rays were given. I felt uncomfortable when she would try to sell me Glucosamine joint pills while she had my neck in her hands right before turning my neck. Out of fear I would agree to buy the pills. I wanted to buy a neck pump machine from her that she was advertising.
She made me pay for many lessons on how to use it along with a neck alignment each time before a lesson. Then twice when she said to come by and pick it up, she would be out of the office, on vacation, at church, family meeting…. and the staff would say I need more treatment and lessons. Finally decided not to buy it. Later found out the chiropractor ended up with broken neck vertebrae cartilage, injuries. She had frequent neck alignments from other chiropractors over the years and I suspect they caused her neck injuries. This chiropractor's staff prefers patients to sign up for weekly, monthly treatments for life.
One day the chiropractor was on vacation (due to wrist injury) and her new assistants worked on my neck. The main chiropractor told me she is hiring new assistant chiropractors and some are recently out of college and I am to let them work on me and tell her if they do it right. She did not stay to supervise. Promised she would many times, many appointments but would she not show up. The assistants practiced on me:
4 treatments and I was dizzy. She could not fix it. She was a new doctor, recently out of college.
Then, during two new appointments, new assistant chiropractors worked on my neck. On the 2nd treatment,
I asked her 5 times to be sure and adjust both left and right sides of my back like the good chiropractors do and to not work on my neck because it felt ok and the last time a chiropractor at this office worked on my neck it resulted in ear ringing. She then talked me into doing my neck and turned it to the left side only. (unbalanced alignment) This resulted in loud ear ringing. (Past good chiropractors have always done left and right, perfect alignment.
Twice, two different appointments, these bad assistant chiropractors caused extreme ringing in my ears by turning the neck to only one side.) She refused to correct the neck alignment by turning the neck to the left and right for a balanced, centered alignment as I asked. The ringing was constant. A black spot also began forming in the center of my visual field. I called the main doctor that weekend. She said if I have trouble with memory, a black curtain appears in the visual field, I get dizzy; to go to the hospital. She said she cannot see me that day because it was Sunday and she had to go to church, family meeting. Said to come in Monday.
On Monday another doctor at the office checked my neck. He said a few vertebrae were out of alignment, then aligned my neck vertebrae by turning the neck left and right, then a 3rd turn to only one side. The ringing was improved but the ringing and black spot remained. He said he does not like the new way chiropractic colleges are teaching. The lady that injured me was a young graduate from a new college. The lady that owns the chiropractic business is good, she does the old fashioned treatment-left and right neck, back, shoulder balanced alignments and I never had a problem with her method. After she injured her wrist and could not work, she hired a lot of new chiropractors to work for her. She told me to let her know if they do the job right. Late I realized she was using me as a test, practice dummy for the new inexperienced chiropractors so she could weed out the bad ones!
I suspect the ‘dishonest’ chiropractors were purposely performing incomplete neck alignments and/or purposely placing my neck vertebrae out of alignment so I would be dependent on them and need to keep returning for more appointments. Some of the chiropractors are just inexperienced, not trained well or did not study enough and make mistakes. These new assistant chiropractors caused a neck injury. I now realize this; since chiropractic treatment can cause an ear, hearing injury, vision impairment – it can also cause or increase an eye injury; cause detached retina... Detached retina is often caused by eye muscle tension, eyeglasses with lengthening of the eye or by a blow to the head, eye. Even a less but still jarring movement of the head as when chiropractic treatment is applied, might tear a loose retina completely away from the inside of the eye resulting in blindness. After two weeks of constant loud ringing in the ears I went to a different chiropractor and this new chiropractor corrected the condition - the ear ringing and dizziness stopped with one neck alignment treatment and the black spot in my visual field disappeared. In the past, she repaired other problems including dizziness and the first neck injury, ear ringing the dishonest chiropractor caused. When she (this good chiropractor) aligns my neck and back, it is perfect and I do not need to return for more appointments unless I cause injury by doing heavy lifting and then only the back needs correcting. (A old retired Navy Captain warned me a few years ago to only allow chiropractors to do the back, never the neck because neck injuries have occurred from chiropractic treatment.) She uses the original, old fashioned, basic, effective method which equally aligns both sides of the body. She turns, aligns, pops the neck to/on the left and right sides. She pops, aligns both left and right sides of the back. (See this routine on following pages.) She charges a much lower price than the other chiropractors.
I returned to her 8 months later to have her repair my back which was thrown out of alignment by a unprofessional massage therapist (near Old Colony, South Boston, MA) that applied hard pressure on my lower back vertebrae and knocked it out of alignment causing partial loss of feeling in my legs, trouble walking. Was not a real masseuse? She corrected this in one appointment and the problem did not return. I was also taught Physical Therapy consisting of easy neck and body muscle strengthening, movement, relaxation exercises by my medical and ear doctor's physical therapists. The exercises, movements activate natural vertebrae alignment and prevent future misalignments. This worked and I realized that I don't need to go to the chiropractor. Physical Therapy, professional massage is safe and it works! (Some Physical Therapists and Massage Professionals are now aligning the bones, vertebrae like chiropractic, but in a different way. There is concern that this may also be dangerous, cause injury just as chiropractic treatment can cause injury. Other doctors say it is safer than the chiropractic method of turning, popping the neck, spine, hips, vertebrae.) A good massage relaxes the muscles and the bones, vertebrae can often move into alignment on their own. Chiropractors have also told me that constant vertebrae adjustments can cause the cartilage in the vertebrae
to wear down and then the vertebrae slips out of alignment easy and more often resulting in dependence upon chiropractic alignments. Neck movement impairment and other problems can occur.
The honest chiropractors told me that chiropractic alignment of the neck vertebrae to correct misalignments due to a injury will cure many health problems but it must be combined with physical therapy, good diet and other basic exercise to keep the neck, back, body muscles strong, relaxed, flexible so the vertebrae remain aligned and the patient avoids the need for repeat chiropractic adjustments. Strong, relaxed muscles help prevent vertebrae injury, misalignment. One cause of cataracts, macula degeneration, unclear vision, astigmatism and other eye problems, migraine, sinus, tension headaches is misaligned neck vertebrae, advanced neck, shoulder, upper chest muscle tension, impaired blood, nerve flow, signals through the neck, to the brain, eyes, retina, lens and impaired neck, eye muscle, eye movement.
When a good chiropractor treats me, my health always improves. Neck, eyes move easy, day and night, close and far vision is clearer than 20/20, balance, movement perfect. When an inexperienced or dishonest chiropractor treats me, using one sided, unbalanced, partial alignments, other new fancy treatments, I experience impaired balance, hearing, vision. I have learnt from experience, the hard way, being cured and injured by chiropractors that chiropractic can injure the patient, is dangerous and should be done only if a injury (car accident…) has misaligned the vertebrae impairing blood, nerve flow to the head, brain, eyes, ears causing blindness, balance problem… and a medical doctor cannot correct it. Even then, consider, chiropractic may cure but may cause more problems! I was advised to quit drinking diet soda (aspartame) and caffeine. Aspartame in diet soda, artificial sweeteners causes muscle tension and dysfunction, weakness, swollen, soar, stiff joints, vertebrae in the back, neck, knees.., M.S. like symptoms and many health problems. Caffeine causes muscle tension and dehydration. Tense neck muscles impair blood, oxygen, nutrient, lymph, energy flow to the brain, ears, eyes. The body needs some natural organic, high minerals sea salt and water to avoid dehydration, stay healthy. Dehydration is a main cause of many health problems, muscle, joint tension, stiffness. A Natural Eyesight Improvement student taught me this; this health cure and other healthy food, diet is printed in the bible. It has helped to repair my extreme stiff neck, neck injury caused by chiropractors. Tense body, neck muscles can pull the vertebrae in the neck/back out of alignment. Not enough to cause extreme ear ringing and blindness… but it can make the person uncomfortable, impair balance, coordination, body, neck, eye movement, cause eye muscle tension, abnormal eye shape and lower the clarity of vision. Exercise, relaxed muscles allow the vertebrae to move back into alignment on their own, naturally. Tense dehydrated muscles also sprain easier. Muscle tension, vertebrae misalignment can be caused by stress, worry, incorrect lifting, heavy lifting, incorrect posture and lack of movement. Sugar inflames, stiffens the joints, muscles. Especially processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Sugar is the number one enemy of good eye health. It destroys minerals, vitamins, nutrients needed by the eyes for good health, clear vision. People that wear eyeglasses, stare, squint develop incorrect posture, back, shoulder, neck tension which can misalign the vertebrae. Muscle tension travels to the eyes impairing eye muscle function, eye movement causing, increasing unclear vision. In July, 2009 I had back pain from lifting cement blocks and small trees on an job trying to save money for Bates Method Teacher Training School. I went to the honest chiropractor. She noted that I had not been to her for one year. I said, "Yes, your alignments last unless I do heavy lifting". I do physical therapy, regular exercise and massage and my neck, back stays aligned. She then attempted to adjust my back and it did not pop/move into correct alignment. I asked her to try again but she said no, it’s ok. Most chiropractors will do a 2nd attempt at moving/aligning the back to be sure both left and right sides of the back pop/move into place and the alignment is balanced. (Two times in the past this chiropractor could not align my back and I had to go back to the other chiropractor for back alignment and that is when they talked me into having my neck worked on and injured my neck and caused the ear ringing twice.) In her defense, I always used to go in to her office with my back and neck muscles all tense, tight, hyper and dehydrated on caffeine and aspartame from drinking diet sodas and I would not let her do muscle massage, relaxation treatment first because I was in a hurry to get back to work. If I had let her do the relaxation treatment the neck/back would have moved perfect. She is a very good chiropractor and 95% of the time even when my muscles are tight she can align me perfect, balanced. I later found out that trying to force the neck or back to move, repeating the movement 2-3 more times when it does not move fully, does not pop, can result injury; vertigo, double vision, stroke, broken vertebrae, cartilage.., so she knew what she was doing by refusing to move the neck again but she did not explain why. If she had explained why I would not have gone to another chiropractor asking them to make the neck move, to repair the injury this one side alignment caused. See rest of story below: A new chiropractor caused more injury! Another chiropractor stated that muscle relaxation for the shoulder, neck, back must be done first if the muscles are tense, in spasm, knots in order to get a full movement and pop on both left and right sides of the back and neck for a perfect, balanced alignment of the vertebrae, spine, bones. Injury, misalignment during chiropractic treatment can occur if the muscles are tense. See pictures on page-- for methods chiropractors use to relax muscles before treatment. Maybe she knew that another neck adjustment would cause injury. I may be getting too old, stiff at times for treatment and I was told by another chiropractor that chiropractic treatment can break the bones, vertebrae and cartilage in older people and people of any age if they have muscle
tension/spasm in the neck, back.., bone loss, worn, uneven cartilage or even if the muscles, bones, vertebrae, cartilage are healthy.
Muscle tension, incorrect posture, repetitive movement (computer mouse hand…) can cause the muscles in the hand, arm, shoulder, neck to become so tense that muscles can become ‘locked’ a fibrous tissue can develop and press on nerves, blood vessels, pull neck vertebrae out of alignment. I did not want my neck done but she also turned my neck left and right but it popped, moved fully only on one side, the left. The right neck, shoulder muscles were too tense, tight due to computer mouse, typing, incorrect posture, looking down at the keys and the sodas. I asked her to please move the neck fully to both sides because when only one side is aligned fully/pops my ears ring and vision, balance becomes impaired. She would not adjust both sides. I entered her office with an impaired back (extreme pain) and perfect neck, hearing, balance. I left with my back the same and with a misaligned neck and ringing ears.
I had to return for another treatment because the incorrect, one sided alignment caused endless ear ringing. She then attempted left and right neck alignment but only one side (left) popped/moved fully, correct into alignment. She still could not get my back to align or remove the pain and did not give any advice about heat, ice until I asked first. Ear ringing continued. She told me my soar back caused the ear ringing. I did not have wear ringing until after this unbalanced neck alignment. A chiropractic rule states that the chiropractor must ‘ask the patient first’ if he wants the neck aligned. She did not ask me and I was so scared from the back problem that I forgot my new rule of never allowing my neck to be turned by a chiropractor again and I automatically let her do the neck. I had to find a new chiropractor. They fixed my back, pain reduced a little and did even alignments on the neck and back: both left and right sides of neck and back popped, moved fully into alignment. Ear ringing reduced. I had 4 more treatments in which they used only the massage machine and activator on my back, neck. This impaired my back; walking balance became impaired, and more ear ringing occurred. (The activator has always impaired my balance. Twice after the activator was used on my back my walking balance became impaired and I had to return to the chiropractor to have him do the hands on only left and right back alignment/pop to return the back to normal alignment and perfect balance.) Still had 70% back pain. Chiropractor only did machine waterbed massage, no hands on. (Later, a very good back massage by a masseuse removed all of the back pain permanently in 30 minutes. She removed knots, spasms in the back muscles and taught me home treatments. Only $20.00! I now think all I needed all along was a Professional Sports Massage.)
The chiropractor could not get the exact alignment of the neck to completely remove the ear ringing (He said chiropractic can irritate the nerves around C1 and other vertebrae, cause ear ringing and I should wait, no more neck alignments, only the back.) I believe the irritation was a pinched, pulled nerve or other injury caused by the previous one sided neck alignments. I had to return to the chiropractor that caused the problem. I specified that I do not want any more partial, unbalanced alignments. This time she turned/moved/popped the neck/vertebrae left and right but the neck did not move easily. The ringing was reduced 90%. My ears still had some ringing and later the ringing increased, dizziness, numbness in the mouth, face, headaches, right eye became red, vision less clear. This is 4 times a chiropractor has caused an injury to my neck, hearing, balance.
I began seeking a better chiropractor that can do the old fashioned, perfectly balanced alignment by hand, and without using only the activator and other machines. I am afraid to return to the other chiropractors. I miss the oriental chiropractors on Baden and Grand Ave. (Dr. Soo Hoo, Tai, Chang) in South San Francisco, CA. They do it right!! I always experienced perfect balance, movement, hearing and vision when a good chiropractor does the old fashioned, equally balanced left and right alignment, pop to the back and neck. Oct. 6th, 2009 - I found a new chiropractor. At first he said I needed only a few appointments and he adjusted me the old fashioned way, turned, popped the neck left and right and the ear ringing was 99% removed after the first treatment and had stopped completely after about 4 treatments. The dizziness was gone after the first treatment. I was suspicious why he could not remove the ringing in 1-2 treatments as the old honest chiropractor used to do, but I was injured by the previous chiropractor. My muscles were very tight sometimes but he made a 2nd, 3rd attempt to turn the neck when it would not move enough on the right side at the first try and sometimes ended with a perfect alignment. (Most previous doctors in Worcester, MA did not want to spend the time to do more than one attempt at moving the vertebrae. They would leave me misaligned by their one sided movement/treatment. Maybe they were afraid injury would occur with another neck movement, but they should have done muscle relaxation first so the alignment would go correct at the first try.) This new doctor should have done relaxation first instead of repeatedly turning the stiff neck until it popped. Many chiropractors keep their treatments secret. Most raise their voice, become upset if I ask what the treatment is, why things don’t move correct, and if things go good, why they went correct, what caused things to move correct? They will usually give an evasive answer or try other means to discourage questions.
The doctor also worked on my back and at first was a good balanced alignment. After 4 treatments I wanted to quit treatment because I said I felt good. He talked me into more treatments. Then 90% of the neck and back alignments he and staff performed were different, new, one sided, unbalanced. (The exact thing that I came to them to get away from, that they promised not to do, the type of treatment that caused the first ear injury). ‘Trying to place my back out of alignment so I continue paying for more treatments?’
I do not like X-Rays but in this case was scared and talked into neck X-rays. The doctor found the top neck vertebrae C1 (Atlas) below the skull out of alignment and lower vertebrae C4-C5... not moving well and cartilage in these lower vertebrae worn down. C-1 is a main vertebra containing nerves for the eyes, ears. C-4… nerves also connect to the ears. (Misalignment of any vertebrae in the neck and also below the neck can affect nerves, blood vessels or nerves branching out from/connected to nerves traveling to the ears, eyes, brain.) Did one of the previous chiropractors throw C1, 2, 5, 6 out of alignment? I did not have ringing, dizziness until after the first doctor worked on my neck. The old fashioned, good chiropractors never took X-Rays. They could feel the state of all the vertebrae by hand and do easy, perfect treatment.
This new chiropractor told me that the chiropractor does not always need to turn the neck, move the vertebrae left and right. Only the vertebrae that need to be moved and placed into correct alignment should be adjusted and the popping sound does not always need to occur in order for the vertebrae to be moved into alignment. (I disagree with much of this statement. Read more info. in this chapter.) In my case the neck was turned left and right and the vertebrae (he said he had to align two…) popped/moved/aligned when the neck was turned to both the left and right sides. I specified I wanted the old fashioned left and right balanced treatment only. The vertebrae are moved to get them all aligned along the spine, moving and to be sure the vertebrae are exactly centered correct on the spine. My opinion is that turning the neck/vertebrae left and right is also done when moving only one or more vertebrae in order to bring full left and right movement to all the vertebrae and to place all the vertebrae perfectly balanced, evenly aligned, centered on the spine. Every time a doctor turns/pops my neck or back to only one side or a full turn is not done on one or both sides they say that it is ‘ok’ but my balance, hearing, vision always become impaired and I need to return for more treatment until they can fully move/pop the neck/back on both left and right sides. Only then is the result beneficial. Both left and right sides of the neck and back/hip area need to be moved the full amount (not too far, not too little) and pop, (a good pop, not a tiny stiff click) for the neck, back, hips to be aligned perfectly balanced. (That’s my experienced many times.)
Chiropractic videos on Youtube emphasize this and warn of stroke, other injuries caused by chiropractic; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ltnyFgUBt0&feature=related
The doctors (3 treated me) said I needed more treatments. Then, about 10 times (out of 14 treatments) the doctors could not get my neck to move fully and pop on the right side (was moving fully and popping only on the left). This chiropractor then used the activator on my neck and back and other methods with the table... placing pressure with her thumb on the back of my neck vertebrae while dropping the table down under my head, then later pulling downward on my left and right ears by the earlobes and fully turning, popping only the left, top side of the neck, base of the skull (C-1, 2?) with this treatment. (They invent their own moves.) Then she did a back, base of neck/shoulder treatment (C6-T1?) and moved, popped only on the left side. All other doctors in my past always did this on both left and right sides. None of the 3 doctors knew how to relax the muscles on the right side of my neck to enable it to move fully and pop. They gave me isometric exercises to strengthen the neck muscles that caused/increased the ear/head ringing. Seemed to increase the injury. These treatments and the one sided neck alignments and strange new back/ear treatments brought the ear ringing back, walking problem and vertigo which ended with two emergency room hospital visits at U-Mass Memorial Belmont St. Hospital doctors know nothing of chiropractic and could not help me. Wanted give MRI but that causes cancer, brain, nerve damage… so I refused. My right neck, shoulder, arm, developed weakness, pain, activated vertigo when lifting with the right arm, hand or laying on the right side or moving the right arm when turning to the left side. The right leg also caused some of this condition when the muscles pull and it coincides with the right neck muscle, nerve pulling. The chiropractors would not answer my calls for two days until Sunday night. They refused to admit the treatment caused the ringing, walking problem and vertigo. Double vision, cloudy vision almost blindness occurred, and recurred for months. Large black spot in visual field. The chiropractor told me it was my fault, ‘that my thoughts, beliefs went into the ‘atmosphere’ and influenced the neck adjustment' his wife gave me and her thoughts. This is most unprofessional. That morning, in the chiropractors office before she injured me I did not want any more chiropractic treatment and asked his wife 4 times to please let me go home, to not have treatment. She talked me into it and I, believing I must listen to the doctor, let her do my neck.
I had to return to the doctor on Monday, (since she and her husband caused the problem and takes my insurance) and asked him to turn the neck correct. I sat in the office 10 min. waiting while he was outside complaining about his parking space. He then turned/popped my neck left and right. Then adjusted, popped only one side of my back, the right. Severe balance impairment, almost like a seizure effect occurred when sitting up after being treated. He said it was blood rushing into my head after he fixed the vertebrae but it did not feel like that was the cause. I felt that he also missed something in the neck that his wife goofed up. I asked him to do the other side of the back on that last treatment (I stopped going to him after this treatment) but he refused saying ‘if he adjusts the other side and it does not pop I will complain so he may as well not bother’. Said my right foot turns in/down and causes the right leg to turn in but I never had a problem with it and then after his treatment it did turn in/down extremely, twisting the right hip up and inward, impairing my walking, balance. He tried to sell me 240 more treatments, then treatments for life saying it is the only way to cure the condition and I will never be cured. Also tried to involve me in Multi Level Marketing sales of herbal products which I know contain 3 herbs that cause health problems including migraines, thyroid hormone malfunction; Isagenix’s. I had to listen to a 15 minute sales pitch in the treatment room one time before he would do my chiropractic treatment. I felt I must agree to buy the product for $250.00+ to be sure he would work on my neck, back properly. (By law I cannot place the name of these bad chiropractors on my website and in this book but I will give their name to
anyone that writes, E-mails, calls me. They are located in Worcester, Massachusetts on Highland Ave. near Elm Park. (The chiropractor that used to work there was good; did the old fashioned, balanced method and sells only 1 treatment to get me aligned perfect and gave a effective physical therapy referral.) I suspect they, the new bad chiropractors, will move after they injure more people.
I reported them to the state board of chiropractic and was told by Medical that three more people were injured by them and filed complaints. Check with Medical for a list of other people. Many complaints. The chiropractic board will try to hide this information from you and will side with, protect the chiropractor most of the time. Other chiropractors were afraid to go to court against them so the case was dismissed. I wonder how many people were hurt that did not report it? I notice a few school kids at their office for sports injuries that never seem to get better. I remember seeing a young teenage boy in the waiting room always looking scared, hopeless, sad and I suspect they gave him bad treatment. I wish I could contact and tell his parents what these doctors did to me so they wont hurt the boy. After 6 days the vertigo returned and walking balance, back impaired. Back in the hospital. Doctors still can’t help me. 8 days later still little vertigo, balance impaired but am staying away from the chiropractor permanently and hoping the body can knock out his/her misalignments and cure itself, return to the condition it was in before their treatments. IN 30 days my red hair had tons of grey in it and green eyes turned a light yellow/green color at times. White cloudy vision, like a fog in the visual field occasionally appeared, flashing dots of light.
These chiropractors caused the imbalanced alignments/injury after reading my website chapter that describes how some dishonest chiropractors do one sided imbalanced alignments to keep their patients mis-aligned and dependent on endless chiropractic treatments. I wonder if they were trying to stop me from writing. Main injury is in my neck, arms and it is now very hard to type, draw pictures, use the computer mouse for the website and book. Mainly in the right arm, hand. Good thing I am left handed and could switch mouse hands. Realized I had to find another chiropractor to correct the injuries they caused - 3+ in the back/hips and 3 in the neck. One new chiropractor I talked to told me the chiropractors that caused the injury are dishonest, throwing me out of alignment in order to keep me addicted/dependant on endless treatments, paying more money, the type of doctor that gives the chiropractic profession a bad name. Along with the spine misalignment they caused, I also suspect the unbalanced… new treatments he and staff applied can impair the ears balance system, plates inside the ears and estuation tube function. Since I now know that ear, balance problems can occur from chiropractic, I realize that a detached retina in the eye may also occur from this treatment. Their treatment caused double vision, floaters, a white fog, cloud over my visual field, ghostly after images of objects, a variety of strange vision problems and my eyes wandered outward a little, very slight Strabismus or convergence/divergence impairment! The right eye is stiff, left eye more stiff and diverges out slower than the right causing temporary double vision when looking from close to the distance. Astigmatism also developed. I removed the astigmatism and improved the eyes movement to the state of not seeing double by using The Bates Method of Natural Eyesight Improvement.
See recent video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8J1vhCt3SM Also: any slight sinus/ear congestion, midlife hormone imbalance/water retention, muscle tension causing slight dizziness can become magnified causing increased dizziness, vertigo from a bad chiropractic neck/shoulder, spine, back/hip misalignment. This chiropractor that injured me stated he is from a superior new Chiropractic College that teaches new methods of turning, moving, popping the neck to only one side: only left or only right and treating/popping only one side of the back. He and his wife also invent their own methods. Many new chiropractors are doing those one sided neck/back alignments or attempting to align both left and right sides but only on side moves fully/pops or both sides do not move fully and do not pop. Patients are complaining that these treatments are not beneficial and often cause balance problems, ear ringing, visual disturbances and other problems. Stroke has occurred!
A different, older chiropractor that is from a older college that teaches the original old fashioned method of fully moving/aligning, popping both sides of the neck/back/hips… for a balanced alignment of vertebrae, joints says he does not like the results of the new one sided alignments the new colleges are teaching.
The other, previous chiropractor that healed my back but could not cure the ear ringing, (although he did a perfect left and right neck movement with pop on each side) said that chiropractic neck treatment can sometimes irritate the nerves in the neck and it can take a while to return to normal. He wanted to leave the neck alone after two treatments. I should have taken his advice and stayed away from treatments from other doctors.
A good chiropractor usually needs to do only 1-2 treatments (few more if specific injury is being treated), no rough treatments and the patient always feels very good, better after every treatment.
The patient is then set free. No pressure for endless treatments.
I had to contact 5 new chiropractors before I found 2 that would correct the injuries, misalignments the dishonest chiropractors caused. Two of the chiropractors said ‘yes, a incorrect chiropractic neck alignment can cause vertigo, stroke. Is like being in a automobile accident. +The first one gave me good advice on the phone but kept changing his mind about whether he accepts my insurance, seemed like he was trying to get rid of me, afraid to get involved with a person that was injured from another doctor. I asked him if he will do a house call or let me come by on a walk-in’ appointment because my balance is so bad I never know when I can walk out of the house. He got angry and said chiropractors do not do that.
+ The next chiropractor had me on his table, did a exam, said 3 vertebrae in the neck, 3 in the back were misaligned, one vertebrae that connects the base of the neck to the rest of the body’s spine was twisted on the
spine. He then decided to do paper work first before aligning my vertebrae and told me to return in 3 days. I returned and he was not in the office, waited 1 hour, never showed up, went home, he did not call. I called him and he was then in the office and said he had a emergency. I realized he stood me up both times because he was afraid to get involved in correcting another chiropractor’s injury. He has a video camera in the hall and was probably hiding in the back room. Also went to another chiropractor but he kept saying to come back later, cant work on me now, even though there were not any other patients in the office.
+ I went to a 3rd chiropractor, New England Chiropractic, on Lincoln St. in Worcester, MA.
They are the good doctors that helped my back previously.
They aligned 3 vertebrae/joints in my back/hips and one major misalignment on the top/upper back. They would not align the neck, stating 2+ vertebrae were out of alignment but my right neck, shoulder was so tight it would be dangerous to align the vertebrae until after I got my Medical Doctor to prescribe Physical Therapy and/or drugs and got a note from her stating it was ok to align the neck. I walked to her office, she and staff yelled at me for walking in without an appointment. I kept saying I have vertigo, neck injury, just came from the hospital and they told me to go to my regular doctor and I am afraid I’m going to have a stroke if cant get a good chiropractor to fix the neck. She made me walk back up the highway to get a note from the chiropractor. Then I walked back, gave her the note, they yelled again. She prescribed a drug to relax the muscles but did not call in the prescription for 1 ½ days. Never gave me the note for the Chiropractor. I finally gave up! I got the drug prescription on the night of the 2nd day but never took it. Side effects listed; heart attacks and other health problems.
New England Chiropractic then said they can now do massage, muscle relaxation treatment in their office, then would try to fix the neck. Said I did not need the drug. New England Chiropractic on Belmont Str. are the only chiropractors that told me the truth: That the neck vertebrae may not move fully, easy and pop when the neck muscles are tense and that vertebrae, cartilage, muscle, nerve, blood vessel injury, vertebrae misalignment can occur if neck movement/alignment treatment is done when the muscles are tense, in spasm.
The tense muscles in my right neck/shoulder, arm were preventing a full neck turn and pop on the right side by all those other chiropractors. They all kept selling me more unbalanced, one sided treatments and not relaxing the muscles before treatment.
I began drinking beer to relax my muscles and exercising best I could and doing a bit of ‘Do It Yourself Home Chiropractic’. Got a little better but still needed a professional chiropractor to fix my neck. Beer eventually causes muscle dehydration, tension so it is not a permanent option for muscle relaxation but it did make the vertigo go away temporarily when the muscles relaxed. I took Niacin vitamin B-3 morning and night to open and clean out my arteries hoping that would correct any blocked blood flow in the neck, head, ears, eyes caused by the misaligned neck vertebrae. I know that the bad chiropractor left the main thing they did that misaligned my neck impaired, out of alignment.
My computer posture is not good but I never had these problems until after going to this bad chiropractor. I now have trouble typing, sitting, standing, walking, moving…
On January 3rd, 2010 my usual, honest chiropractor in Worcester, MA came back to work after maternity leave. For 2 months while she was not in Worcester I was treated by the other chiropractors listed in this chapter. None could completely remove the vertigo, walking, vision problems that the dishonest chiropractors caused. The good chiropractors at New England Chiropractic, Worcester, MA fixed 3 misalignments in my back and this did help a bit. All were afraid to fix my neck. Today I drank 8 tall Coors light beers to help my neck, body muscles relax so I could walk outside to the honest Chiropractor’s office and so the neck alignment will go correct with relaxed muscles. I did not let her know I had the beers. My past chiropractor in South San Francisco says if any drugs are in the body during a chiropractic neck treatment it can result in a stroke. I don’t know if this pertains to beer but I felt safer on the beer rather than to try the muscle relaxers with side effects (heart attack…) the Medical Doctor gave me. The Doctor fixed 3+ misalignments in my back/neck. I had some vertigo when she was correcting the misalignments due to the back and neck bone/vertebrae misalignments pulling on nerves along the spine, neck before she did the treatment. Still had to work though some dizziness, ear ringing, visual disturbances, extreme trouble walking, locked up muscles, back, neck… as the body muscles, nerves adjust back to their normal state and remove abnormal muscle, nerve function that occurred for months due to the bad chiropractors unbalanced... alignments. Chiropractor said that will last a few days. (Later I found out that this good chiropractor (this is the one that initially really mis-aligned my neck way back in July 2009 causing ear ringing) either did not fully align neck vertebrae C-6 or it slipped back out of alignment after her treatment. I know she missed something because it took more than a few days to get better; it took about 10 more months, still having extreme trouble walking and getting vertigo, mainly at night, before the vertigo healed 95%. I could only walk better after studying more Home Do it Yourself Chiropractic and doing balanced, left and right back/hip alignments against the wall and laying down. Some Yoga, Physical Therapy spine twists laying down and then sitting on a bus stop bench popped, moved the left and right back, neck vertebrae and this also brought improvement. It popped, moved correct on both sides and then I could finally walk better. I did have some improvement after her treatment. She did the old fashioned method; turn fully and pop the neck left and right and, also both left and right sides of the back. She said the back misalignment was pulling on the nerves along the spine that connect to the nerves that were pinched, pulling from the misaligned neck vertebrae. So the back does affect the neck, eyes, ears! I don’t know why the chiropractors cannot do their job completely correct. Why does the patient have to learn chiropractic and do it themselves to get well?! It took 5 new chiropractors, (only 2 would dare to try and fix the mis-alignments), 18 neck treatments, many done wrong, before
the honest chiropractor, with one correct treatment repaired some of the damage caused by the first chiropractor’s (her) unbalanced, accidental one sided neck alignments and the back, neck mis-alignments caused by the other dishonest chiropractors. Finally my eye color is back to normal, vision better and better, hair color less grey.
A way to know that a chiropractic neck alignment has been done correct, successful is to look in a mirror; If both of your cheeks are rosy, red it usually means that the blood flow to the head through the left and right arteries, veins in the neck has improved and bloods flow is even to the head.
If only one cheek is red it can indicate a unbalanced neck vertebrae, the chiropractors alignment did not occur correct and blood flow is reduced in the arteries, veins on one side of the neck and head. After the bad chiropractor’s alignment on my neck, only one cheek was rosy for days, weeks! After the good chiropractor fixed my neck, both cheeks were rosy, nice and red and remain that way. I strongly suspect the dishonest chiropractors are purposely placing people’s spine, neck out of alignment to insure repeat sale of treatments. I reported this to police; March 28, 2011 - This books chapter was sent out in PDF form to the Newspapers in Massachusetts with hope to stop the corruption, patient injuries in the Chiropractic Profession: I also sent a copy to the police by E-mail and regular mail but when I check ed in person (months later when I was able to walk to the station) and asked if they received it: they said they threw it out, they do not accept police reports by any type of mail. Then gave me a phone number to call to report it. I called and a lady yelled at me, said I need to get a lawyer. I told her and the police I was concerned about the boy that I suspected was being injured by the bad chiropractor. I tried getting a lawyer but they said chiropractic injury is very hard to prove and would not take the case. Newspapers and Reviews on the Internet are the only way to try to stop these dangerous chiropractors.
April -May 2011 - I could walk better and vertigo was 99% cured in April 2011. Took 1 yr and 9 momths to heal this far! Still wake up at night a few times with vision problems, balance off a bit at night, especially if I did some lifting that day and/or lot of computer work with right hand. Affects the neck injury, mainly right side. This past winter I pulled my right shoulder, arm dragging groceries home in the snow, navigating though high drifts. This injured the shoulder muscles, aggravated the right neck muscles but seemed to have pulled the mis-aligned vertebrae (C-6?) into a alignment that helped the neck heal. Vertigo was less and less after this occurred. Switching to the left hand mouse also helps the right neck heal. A lot of Physical Therapy, Yoga and bit of home chiropractic had healed most of the condition.
In April I went to a new chiropractor to get x-rays, try find out what is not healing in the bottom right neck, side, shoulder. He said C1-, 2 at the top of the neck and C-6 at the bottom of the neck were out of alignment and my back was crooked. I did not see the x-rays. I let him do the neck with the activator only, hoping to avoid more neck injury. He absolutely promised there will be no vertigo, ear ringing. He then set up 3 more appointments after this one. That night, a lot of ear ringing and some little vertigo occurred. Trouble walking next day and for 5 days. Then was better and started to think this chiropractor may be ok. Went back for another treatment and let him use full hands on treatment on C1, C2. One side of the neck turn did not pop as well as the other. I said: hope is ok, he said its ok, the bones moved good. Then did one alignment on upper back, spine. Set up 2 more appointments.
I walked to bus stop and felt alright. Waiting for bus, looking down and felt little dizzy. Got home and ok. That night a lot of ear ringing and vertigo occurred. I called the chiropractor but no one answered. Lot trouble walking now. I have not gone back to the chiropractor. Have been in hospital with more vertigo a few weeks later. Asked them to do MRI but doctor said no. Still trouble hard to walk weeks after treatment, now May 25th.
This is the 4th time a chiropractor has turned my neck resulting in it popping fully on only one side causing ear ringing, balance impairment. This is the 4th time a chiropractor has said it does not matter if the pop does not occur. I disagree! When 2+2 =4 many times, you know that 2+2=4!
I am now back to doing my own Physical Therapy, Yoga, Little home chiropractic and some days are better. I do not feel that this new chiropractor purposely caused harm. I know the past, dishonest chiropractors caused some type of nerve, cartilage, ligament and/or other injury and this newest treatment aggravated it. I did have x-rays from the new doctor but cartilage, ligaments, muscle sprains, injuries… do not show up on x-rays.
May 13+, 2010 - I still have some double vision, ghostly after images of objects, walking problem, vertigo at night trying to sleep and something in right arm/neck, shoulder feel broken, cant lift much with right arm but refuse to take any more chances on chiropractic treatments. My use of the computer mouse-10 hours day working on this book, website, poor posture looking down at keys and having to work standing may be preventing complete healing but I did not have any problem before going to the chiropractors that caused injuries. None of the Chiropractors told me the back pain could have been removed with Professional Hands On Massage only. I did not need the neck aligned!! Most doctors try to sell only their treatment and hide other treatments from the patient. Even the honest chiropractors hid this information. Before this chiropractor I went to an Osteopath. He said my neck was a little out but sent me to physical therapy. Therapist was a different one, with different exercises. The exercises; stretches brought back the pain, vertigo so I stopped treatment. Doctor prescribed drugs for arthritis, injury but these are the drugs that cause more joint damage, liver damage; as in pain killers, anti-inflammatory drugs; Ibuprofen, NSAID…
I have not taken the drug. Researching natural anti-inflammatory food, herbs, use of ice... to prevent swelling after heavy lifting, computer work. When swelling in the injury is under control, it seems to heal a little more as time passes. This doctor also told me it was ok to go to a new chiropractor for treatment. Even Medical Doctors goofed!
May 25th, 2011 - I still have some problems now but am afraid to take any more chances on chiropractic.
Neck gets so tight the head shakes. Trying to get back to normal walking.
I will now stay away from chiropractic for the rest of my life.
An inexperienced and/or dishonest chiropractor can cause great injury to the body, vision impairment and other health problems. I am grateful to the good Dr. for treating me on a walk in/emergency basis. All other doctors were angry when I told them I was so dizzy, afraid I might have a stroke some days and needed a walk in appointment so I can be treated on a day when I was able to walk to the doctors office. My Mom advised me years ago to avoid chiropractors because some are dishonest. She was right.
This has been a very hard lesson. I learned the hard way that chiropractic can improve health if a good, honest chiropractor is found but an inexperienced and/or dishonest chiropractor can cause great injury to the body, vision, hearing, balance impairment and other health problems. I am grateful to the honest Chiropractor for treating me on a walk in/emergency basis. All other doctors were angry when I told them I was so dizzy, afraid I might have a stroke some days and needed a walk-in appointment so I can be treated on a day when I was able to walk to the doctor’s office. My Mom advised me years ago to avoid chiropractors because some are dishonest. She was right. The skill, method and honesty of the chiropractor and risk of mistakes determine the result of treatment.
Use the Bates Method, a Medical Doctor, Professional Physical Therapy, Massage. If a injury needs chiropractic treatment, find a honest chiropractor that prefers to limit adjustments to only what is necessary and also teaches Physical Therapy so the patient remains healthy on their own.
I am not against chiropractic, it healed me in the past, but it must be done correct. Even the honest chiropractor was the one that started this whole problem by not being able to fully turn/pop the neck on the right side, but at least she had the courage to try her best to correct it, but never admitted it caused the first injury.
Most cases of unclear vision do not need chiropractic treatment. Removing glasses and practicing the Bates Method is sufficient.
Special note on posture; I have noticed that most of the old time chiropractors that use the old fashioned simple method do not over-adjust the vertebrae, bones. They tend to use a simple basic alignment and let the body move into its own natural state. That natural adjustment feels perfectly healthy, good balance, movement, perfect hearing, vision… Some modern chiropractors place too much pressure, force, endless treatments trying to force the bones, vertebrae to be in an exact placement as is shown in models at their colleges. I have found that this often results in the body losing its natural alignment that it had adjusted well into for many years. When the modern chiropractors force the body past its natural alignment, it can result in balance, hearing, vision impairment, broken cartilage and other health problems. A persons natural, individual, comfortable way of walking, moving, dancing… is lost. See the picture of Billy The Kid – An outlaw in the old American West. I doubt that he had ever had chiropractic treatment. He lived a rough life but he stands with a feeling of perfect balance, relaxed, strong, confident, his natural individual character showing in his own, unique posture.
The chiropractor that caused me an injury, forced my right leg, hip, sacrum upward, twisted the leg inward, in a circle in the bone socket, trying to make it conform to the ‘one size fits all’ model they leant in college. He refused to align the left side for balanced alignment. Resulted in dizziness, balance/walking impairment, right leg now twists in when walk and contributed to pinched, pulled nerves along the spine and into the neck causing vertigo, double vision… The top of the right leg always hurts when sitting now. Some types of bone spurs are created by the body to even out the spine/body when bone/vertebrae cartilage is worn down and/or uneven and to create space between the vertebrae. Some bone spurs, especially ones caused by over-consumption of calcium pills need to be removed to prevent them from pressing on nerves.., causing imbalanced bone/vertebrae alignment but others are best left alone because removing them can result in unbalanced/uneven vertebrae, bones, pinched nerves and other problems. Chiropractic treatment can accidentally break bone spurs or cause the spur to scrape over nerves, blood vessels especially if the cartilage separating the vertebrae is worn down.
An explanation of the basic, old fashioned, effective chiropractic routine is placed here. Also included is home treatment. YouTube has videos showing correct, balanced chiropractic alignment. Watch a few different videos to find the best doctors. Notice that most of the doctors have blocked comments, preventing patients from stating injury can occur from chiropractic. Only positive statements, selling chiropractic treatment are posted.
Chiropractors Now Teach ‘Do It Yourself’ Home Treatment
This can also be dangerous but some of these methods helped to correct the mis-alignments, injuries the chiropractors caused to my neck, back.
One treatment involves a plastic or rubber device placed under the body to align the vertebrae. Raised areas on the left and right sides of the device press into the muscles on the left and right sides of the spine, vertebrae; neck, back, lumbar, sacrum, tailbone... and move the vertebrae, bones into alignment. (Device does not press on the spine/vertebrae.) Physical Therapy type body, arm, leg movements are included. This device prevents the need for repeated visits to the chiropractor. Example;
+The person lies on the device. Device is placed under the bottom, sacrum/tailbone and the person moves the legs, other body areas a specific way. This movement moves the vertebrae, joints, bones in this area of the body into alignment. +The device is also placed on various areas of the back, upper back with movement of the legs, arms… to align vertebrae in these areas.
+The device is then placed on the back of the neck and back of the head, arms moved a specific way to align the neck vertebrae, relax muscles in the neck, head. Product comes with a warning.
I want to find a completely natural product. Maybe just staying away from the chiropractors is best for this condition. I find it interesting to know there are other ways to align the body without the extreme twisting, popping of the neck, back with the hands on treatment, rough use of machines, imperfect alignments from the activator, hands on and other treatments by inexperienced and corrupt chiropractors.
I have tried this product in 2011 but I cannot say if it works or not because in April, May 2011 I went to a new chiropractor to ‘one last time’ try and fix the injury the other chiropractors caused. The doctor’s treatment was not successful, returned some symptoms. I may not be able to use the device due to the injuries caused by the chiropractors.
Here is the address for this device . He also has Physical Therapy like exercises and videos: http://www.spynamics.com/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ5C1uTt-Kw http://www.spynamics.com/index_files/Instructions.htm
I use the tennis balls as shown in the Physical Therapy chapter with similar results. They also act as a massage device to remove muscle knots, tension, pain.
Another treatment: The person lays on a plastic/rubber device the size, length of the entire spine; neck, upper, middle, lower back, hips, sacrum, tail-bone. The device is made to perfectly fit each individual person’s spine. Raised areas on the left and right sides of the device press/massage the muscles on the left and right sides of the spine, vertebrae; neck, back, lumbar, sacrum, tail bone... and move the vertebrae, bones into alignment. Areas do not press on the vertebrae. Heat is also applied. The person relaxes on the device, then after massage, relaxation, performs specific arm, leg movements that help to move the vertebrae, bones into alignment. More like physical therapy and safe chiropractic combined. This device prevents the need for repeated visits to the chiropractor. Some devices sold by mail order provide a safe way to relax painful back muscles and align the vertebrae, remove pressure on the spine. Inversion tables also do this.
http://www.home-chiropractic.com for low cost training in chiropractic treatments. Chiropractor Dr. Holmquist states that most chiropractors run a racket of endless treatments
He teaches people ‘Do It Yourself’ Chiropractic, how to align your own body and avoid dishonest chiropractors. See video on his website. He sells a ‘Home Chiropractic Handbook, 194 pages, with pictures and video/DVD’ for a low cost. Replaces paying for endless chiropractor visits, but if it is not done correct, injury can occur. Do not practice home treatment on the neck. A chiropractor has to spend years practicing to learn how to align the body, spine.., neck correct. Even aligning the hips, back when done incorrect can paralyze the patient. This book is good to read so the patient knows if their chiropractor is doing the job correct. Avoid all chiropractic unless absolutely necessary. Try Physical Therapy, Natural Exercises first. Vertebrae misalignment in the back, neck can result in paralysis, stroke, hearing, vision loss… so check with a professional before trying home treatment.
It is good to know how chiropractic is applied in order to search for a honest, experienced chiropractor and if simple Do It Yourself treatment can be done at home, to study this and find a safe yoga, physical therapy… treatment that will produce the same results.
Deep tissue professional massage to relax the back, neck muscles before chiropractic bone, vertebrae adjustment greatly improves ease, perfection and safety of the treatment and often the massage alone will align the vertebrae as the person gets up, moves around and the relaxed muscles allow natural bone, joint, vertebrae movement, alignment thus preventing the need for the chiropractor. Deep Tissue Massage can increase pain in some cases. It is then better to use light strokes, gentle myofascial releases.
The author of this website went to a ear doctor (ear, nose, throat) to check the ears for too much wax buildup causing impaired balance. It was also pollen season and allergy can cause this. I also have a tendency for neck vertebrae C4 to move out of alignment due to a old injury and this impairs balance and ear function.
The ear doctor removed a piece of wax from one ear. The ear that had symptoms was clear.
Then the doctor gently touched, moved the left and right sides of my neck with his left and right hands, lightly rocking my neck, vertebrae back and forth, left and right, just a little with his fingers/left and right hands. His fingers also moved up and down my neck.
He was checking for muscle tension, immobility, pain… and vertebrae misalignment.
About one hour after the exam I noticed that my neck felt a bit soar: a ‘good feeling’ that occurs sometimes after a perfect chiropractic neck adjustment which means the muscles, joints have released their tension and moved back to correct position. I noticed my balance, movement were improved to normal. The ear doctor did this without the extreme twisting, popping of the neck that the chiropractor applies. This proves that massage and other safe methods such as the ear doctor applied can be effective. Dr. Bates performed a similar effective treatment on a boy to correct a wandering eye. See Better Eyesight Magazine.
Migraine headache is most often caused by MSG, Nitrites, Sulfites, Smoked food and other food, drink additives. Avoiding these foods will cure the headache without chiropractic. Neck muscle relaxation, stress reduction, clean, moist air can cure tension and sinus headache. Taking calcium supplements can cause bone spurs, calcium deposits on the neck vertebrae and other bones, joints, organs, vessels… in the body impairing nerve, blood vessel, muscle, joint function in/near the joints, bones, body. Get calcium naturally from food-no pills.
Basic Old Fashioned Chiropractic Treatment Chiropractic treatment, if needed, can correct blindness and other eye and health problems that are caused by misaligned vertebrae in the neck, back (pressing on the nerves, blood, lymph vessels) that cannot be aligned with massage, physical therapy or other treatments.
If Chiropractic treatment is the only option, be sure to find a honest, experienced Chiropractor.
Here is the Basic, Balanced, ‘Original Hands On’ Treatment that the honest chiropractors in South San Francisco, CA and a Chiropractor in Worcester, MA applies with beneficial results;
+Relaxed muscles enable easy, complete vertebrae alignment – the chiropractor may apply heat and/or massage or electric current muscle relaxation treatment (see picture next page) to relax the muscles before treatment. Drinking enough water, eating bananas for daily potassium and food for natural magnesium, calcium and sunlight for vitamin D3, moderate exercise, avoiding caffeine, aspartame will relax the muscles.
1 – Patient lies on the stomach. The chiropractor aligns the vertebrae along the lower, middle, upper back. Pressure on the lower back (area that curves inward) where many nerves travel is avoided. Special ‘light touch’ alignment might be done here. A left and right, balanced shoulder area movement is sometimes applied. 2a – Patient lies on the left side.
Right knee/leg is bent up and the arms are positioned.
The chiropractor presses in a inward/up and toward the front of the body motion on the right upper leg, hip area. The upper body, shoulder on the same side is pushed a little in the opposite direction, toward the back of the body. This twists the entire spine a bit, aligning the vertebrae and lower back, hips area. Vertebrae in the entire spine and sometimes the neck moves into alignment. See picture on right >. Hand on the hip, (blue area) pushes up and in a bit toward the front of body. Hand on the shoulder, (green area), pushes a bit toward the back of the body. Then the opposite way, side is done for a balanced alignment;
2b – Patient lies on the right side. Left knee/leg is bent up and arms are positioned.
The chiropractor presses inward/up and toward the front of the body motion on the left upper leg, hip area.
The upper body, shoulder on the same side is pushed a little in the opposite direction, toward the back of the body. This twists the entire spine a bit, aligning the vertebrae and lower back, hips area. Vertebrae in the entire spine and sometimes the neck move into alignment.
2a and b further align the lower back, hips, sacrum, tailbone area, other areas of the spine.
Both left and right sides are aligned. This equally aligns, balances, centers the lower body, back…
Avoid chiropractors that align only one side: push on ‘only the left or only right side’. This often results in a imbalance, difficulty walking, pinched nerves and need for repeated treatments.
3 – Lie on the back.
Some chiropractors do a ‘bear hug’ with the arms in one position, then again, in the opposite position to further align the upper back vertebrae.
4 – Lie on the back – Chiropractor aligns the vertebrae in the neck (only if absolutely needed). The Doctor must ask first if the person wants the neck treated and provide a warning; It can be dangerous, cause severe injury!.
+Start with head facing forward to the ceiling.
+The neck is turned to the left, a popping sound is heard, (often, two quick pops together) then neck is turned back to the center/forward. +Then, the neck is turned to the right, a popping sound is heard, (often, two quick pops together) then back to the center/forward. A popping sound is heard and the patient can feel the vertebrae move when the head/neck is turned left and right. If no pop is heard/felt or if only a small click occurs, this can mean the joint did not move or move far enough, completely and will not be placed into perfect alignment. If the muscles, vertebrae are very tense, stiff a good chiropractor knows how to relax the muscles, mind before and during that treatment so the neck turns completely and pops on both sides, a balanced alignment. The neck muscles must be relaxed first or injury can occur; neck gets ‘stuck’ on one or both side turns, does not turn, move completely resulting in a mis-alignment, injury, stroke… Avoid chiropractors that turn the neck to only one side; only to the left or only to the right.
The dishonest chiropractors that impaired my hearing, vision, balance… turned my neck to only the left side. Turning the neck to only one side or turning it left and right but only moving/popping the vertebrae to/on one side (in my case/experience) imbalances, misaligns the neck vertebrae, can injure the vertebrae, cartilage and cause stroke, dizziness, impaired vision, hearing and other health impairment. Health problems may not show up for a few days or longer and the patient will not realize the chiropractor caused the injury. Five chiropractors have tried to convince me that the neck does not need to be moved and popped left and right, that the popping is only gas release, and does not need to occur but every time my neck is only turned to one side or is turned left and right but pops on only one side I experience ringing ears, balance, vision impairment. I notice when the neck does not pop on one side that it is always tense, does not move full, all the way when the chiropractor turns it.
A different chiropractor told me that the gas in the neck vertebrae joints builds up in about 20 minutes after popping the neck, so, there is gas in the joint before going to the chiropractor and it is released, pops only when the doctor moves the neck vertebrae far enough, completely, thus allowing the gas to escape. A balanced alignment occurs by turning, popping the neck to both left and right sides. The neck must not be over turned but also not under turned. The full correct amount of movement is needed to pop and align the vertebrae equally, evenly on the spine. Test this yourself – crack a finger knuckle. Then try to crack it again. It will only crack/pop once. The joint gas has been released. The knuckle will pop again only after waiting 20 minutes+ until the gas builds up again. This has been my experience. Others may be different but if you feel the doctor is causing you health problems by moving, popping the neck, back on only one side, try a different doctor with a better, complete, balanced routine. Doctors have confidentially told me that some new and old chiropractic colleges teach one sided partial alignments and other dishonest treatments to keep the patient out of alignment and dependent on continued treatments.
Some chiropractors have figured out how to do this on their own.
For #2a, b and #4 -The Chiropractor may determine which side is adjusted first due to the alignment needed, type of injury/condition… Some cases/injuries may need a different routine, treatment.
1-4 is the basic treatment the author of this book has experienced with beneficial results many times when applied correct by a good chiropractor.
A good chiropractor applies muscle relaxation for the neck and back… before neck, back vertebrae, joint alignment to make the alignment easy, perfect, a full balanced turn/movement of the neck, back and pop on the left and right sides of the body. A balanced spine. See pictures on right.
Heat is applied to all the muscles by placing one large heat pad on the back covering the neck, shoulders, entire back including the sacrum/tailbone. See blue pad in picture. Heat pads are non-electric. Interferential Electric Current muscle relaxation/massage treatment is also used; Small electric massage pads are placed on the tight muscles on the upper back area of the left and right shoulder muscles near the base of the neck and on the lower back muscles on the left and right sides of the spine. The pads are connected by wires to a machine that varies the strength of the small electric current which massages, relaxes the muscles. Pads, current is placed away from the spine, on the muscles, not on the spine/vertebrae to avoid electricity going into the spinal cord... See X's on the pictures.
The Heat pad is placed on top of the electric pads. The patient can lie on the stomach or sit up for this treatment.
Relaxing the shoulder and back muscles causes relaxation to travel into the neck, head, and other body muscles. This helps remove spasms, knots in muscles, helps the chiropractor do a easy, perfect, full, balanced movement, left and right alignment/pop of the neck, back, hips… vertebrae, joints, and reduces the chance for injury. When the muscles are tense the neck, back… get stuck during treatment, the chiropractor cannot move them completely. Injury to cartilage, vertebrae, muscles and unbalanced, misaligned vertebrae/spine, joints can occur. Relaxed muscles help to prevent these conditions and maintain the alignment. Electric pads can be purchased for home use. Constant exposure to electric fields impairs the body’s natural chi and other energy flow. The muscles can become immune to electric muscle stimulation/relaxation. For this reason many chiropractors prefer natural hands on muscle massage and acupressure point activation. Hands on massage is best, produces more muscle relaxation, healing, blood, lymph flow, removes knots… in the muscles and has other benefits. Find a Professional Masseuse – a bad one will be ineffective and/or cause injury. A good chiropractor knows additional methods to keep the neck muscles relaxed before and when turning the neck and is also licensed in Massage and Physical Therapy.
There are some yoga postures, movements along with physical therapy, massage that align all bones, joints, vertebrae in the body. If needed, a chiropractic alignment can be done first, preferably only once, then maintained by these other methods. Relaxation of the mind, body, neck, eyes, physical therapy, massage, exercise, movement, Natural Eyesight Improvement, Correct Vision Habits, improves neck and back vertebrae alignment and clarity of vision. The Long Swing, Rock helps to align the spine, neck.
Chiropractic is not needed by most all Bates Method, Natural Eyesight Improvement students. Only specific, rare cases of blindness, injury with vertebrae mis-alignment as described previously may need chiropractic.
A exercise practiced with the back of a chair; sitting in the chair and moving specific ways to align areas of the lower back. Similar to the Yoga Spine Twist in the Physical Therapy chapter. Laying on the back or against a wall is a variation of the exercise. It can also be done sitting in a chair with a flat, solid back that presses on, pops, aligns the left and right hips, lower back, other areas spine, neck as the body is turned left and right.
See pictures below. Notice this posture, movement is very similar to the back, leg, hip movement of 2a, 2b that the chiropractor does as the upper and lower body, spine are moved in opposite directions and the back, spine pops and bones move into alignment, release build up gas, tension;