NZer1 wrote:I have had two adjustments on my Atlas using a drop table, all of the other visits have been NSA. In my opinion it is a case of the blind leading the blind. At some level our bodies must be doing the best they can to accommodate the effects of injury and wear and tear, and there must also be a point where the body cannot correct any better than it has. To try getting a structure to 're-align' to a anatomically correct position is going to be a trial and error situation. It may not be achievable.
This is absolutely true. You can't realign spondylosis. Nor has anyone found a magical adjustment to make scoliosis go away and you can't align away stenosis of the spinal canal. That said you can realign the upper cervical spine. That has been shown many times and NUCCA has been able to demostrate significant changes in the curvatures of the spine especially the upper cervical spine.
I believe that Graham has done well with realigning my Atlas, which is really only going to be proveable by xray?
I personally think that muscle testing is a little risky to only go by and in the same breath that xray will not tell all the story.
As I mentioned previously, I do not agree with NSA and it is not specific upper cervical. Muscle testing is major in orthopedics and neurology and can certainly give you solid evidence of effective treatment. For example, if you can walk after venoplasty it is a good sign the treatment was effective. Some chiropractors use esoteric muscle tests I don't agree with. It's also true that you can show correction on x-ray and not have improvement in patient signs and symptoms. The same is true for blood and CSF flow. Some people have permanent damage to the brain and cord and no matter what intervention is used they won't improve.
At this point in time I am going to research having Upright MRI, it looks like I will need to travel to Australia. I am hoping that my GP's latest request for a Neuro assessment will be successful, if not the local MP is our MS Society Patron and has offered help to 'motivate' the Neuro to see me and my objective is for an MRI to see what if any changes since my last MRI about 2 years ago. That will also give me a comparison if I get an Upright MRI done.
The reality is that my 'MS' symptoms have progressed during the whole time (11+ months) since having the first adjustments and there are too many other possibilities for cause for me to only focus on alignment.
I have a close friend who has just traveled to Dr. Sclafani to have PTA after having two PTA's done in NZ that were under inflations, so the jury is still out on what in my mind is the best next step.
Just like chiropractic. There is a great deal of difference in surgical procedures and surgeons.
My sister and her Husband are going to the States next April and have offered to be support for me if I want to go to Sal for PTA treatment. So my mind is over running a little at the moment especially with symptoms progressing and my mobility is at the stage of hindering my ability to walk, a major concern as I have always been so active, and my self image is about being the active, out doors type person. My vision and mental fog is of as much concern although it is easier to pass off as it must be age!
It sounds like you have some options and plenty of time to explore them. Good luck.
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