Upper Cervical Therapy
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Upper Cervical Therapy of Scoliosis

Middle-aged woman with a left-convex lumbar and right-convex thoracic scoliosis. One could recognize that, at the level of the 12th thoracic and first lumbar vertebrae, the musculus iliocostalis lumborum pulls more strongly on the right side than on the left side, which co-causes the strong curvature of the lumbar spine to the right. In addition, the increased right-sided tension also causes the outward rotation of the transverse processes of the thoracic spine, which leads to the right-sided rib hump. On the left side, the transverse processes turned inwards lead to a protrusion of the front left chest.
Written statement of the scoliotic patient one week after therapy
Angle measurements of head rotation before and after upper cervical therapy, as well as after vibratory retuning (lines 1-3). In the last two lines, measurements on the second date (lines 4 +5). Below the respective dates, patient‘s spontaneous comment: "Beautiful!"

The scoliosis which every person has subliminally, is probably due to upper cervical asymmetry. In extreme cases, this leads to severe deformities of the spine and chest. With regard to pain, scoliosis usually remains inapparent during childhood and adolescence, but can cause very severe pain in adults.

Upper cervical asymmetry, in combination with female cycle-related reductions of muscle tonus, is conceived to be the very cause of scoliosis in adults (see chapter about juvenile scoliosis). Scoliosis usually begins in adolescence or sometimes even during childhood in that much more muscle tonus is building up on the right than on the left iliac crest; the right musculus iliocostalis lumborum has a very unforgiving hypertonus, which determines the morphological development of scoliosis.

The  patient (* 1971) whose therapy took place on 09/05/10, promulgated the following immediately after digastric muscle rearrangement:
So, there was a little knack, but only on the right side. Yes, that is, to be honest, at the moment ... It tingles a bit ... (Bursts out laughing, tries twice the horizontal rotation to the right and left), it crunches a bit, ... yes, it's easy ... yes, definitely (means the head movement).

The final, oral comment after upper cervical therapy was:
I feel totally good, I feel relaxed, no pain, it shrugs nowhere ... I feel somehow released.

On 15/05/10, she recapped the first week orally in the following way:

The treatment has taken place a week ago, I'm feeling extremely well, I am almost pain free, I sleep at night, I need an alarm clock in the morning, to wake up, I can move, it's just great ...

On May 15th, 2010, she did comment as follows (see figure):

  • A feeling of asymmetry was strongly present during two days. The right leg seemed longer.
  • I can sleep much better. Need an alarm clock in the morning. I won‘t awake due to pain.
  • A tennis elbow established before treatment is almost healed.
  • Pain in the right hip is no longer present. Before treatment, sometimes, I hardly could bear the pressure of the belt due to pain.
  • I am much more mobile.

On that day, the physical therapist who treated her for many years, did the following remarks:

In prone position, scoliosis is kind of opened up, the muscles appear to be softer than before upper cervical therapy. Something has changed profoundly in that respect. I treated the patient during seven years with combined massage and physical therapy. This has helped a bit, but definitely not concerning the pain. The patient has had some very difficult years in that respect. There is a scoliosis angle of 36.5 degrees. I am now looking forward to the next angle measurement, then we‘ll have an official value. I'm really keen to get to know that (see film documentary).

The organism has performed an adjustment to the symmetrization of the axial skeleton on a neurological level. The better perfusion of the sleep center through the vertebral arteries and the spinal relaxation led to improved sleep and increased mobility.

Regarding the position of the atlas, an above-average misalignment of the axis prevailing before therapy (with respect to the mastoid processes: on the left, positioned anterior and parietal, on the right positioned dorsal and caudal) has changed to a central position. Before treatment, the axis was very pressure-sensitive and hardly movable, after therapy, the axis was no more pressure-sensitive and highly movable.

Across both dates, the angular measurements were as follows:

  • The restriction of horizontal rotation,
  • the restriction of the left lateral bending, and
  • the limitation of flexion and extension

are permanently abolished in favour of a 

  • symmetric and extended horizontal rotation and lateral bending, and
  • a significantly enhanced flexion and extension.

On 6/18/10, the patient reported publicly that she had refrained from any pain medication since a month and that she is perfectly well.

Eight months later, after another radiography had been done, any scoliosis-specific therapeutic measures were suspended.

Ex iuvantibus, upper cervical therapy should be considered to be causally symptom-reductive, because the scoliosis-specific pain symptoms had ceased from the time of treatment.