Ed’s Leg Pain and Other Tales of Hope

Ed had a leg. He actually had two legs, but one of them Ed wished would go away. It had broken in a bad fall at work two years ago, and ever since, that leg was not happy at all. It was screaming in pain. It hurt so badly that, well, check out the list of medications Ed took: Gabapentin, Neurontin, Noracol, Oxycontin….

Did these medications help with the pain? No.

But they reduced his awareness enough to make him feel like he was on a separate planet from the pain. Of course, he also wound up relating to the rest of his family, friends, and community as though he was on a separate planet.

Was there hope?

That’s the question his wife posed to me one day. I told her I didn’t know, but that if I could examine Ed, I’d have a better idea. After worrying about it for a week, this very stressed couple came in to my office.

Have you ever looked at a big project and found your legs grow weak under you? Climbing a very large mountain, or paddling some very high water?

When Ed tottered in, I felt that way. All 400+ pounds of Ed leaned uncomfortably in my office chair, a grand flying buttress of a cane keeping him up. My job was to find the underlying problem, and if it was in my scope of practice, to correct it.

It was obvious through the exam that the broken fibula had been displaced laterally (I’ve never seen that before), and that the screaming, hypersensitive nerve endings in that leg were the main issue for Ed. A more detailed look showed a twisted pelvis, back muscles in spasm and nerve pressure where the head and neck meet.

What’s the key to all these apparently unrelated facts? Can I wave my hands and make the nerve pain go away, the pelvis un-twist, and the muscle spasms vanish? Is that going to be one incantation or three?

Mikki’s Headaches

Mikki had a nasty headache. It started right after the car accident. It would not go away. Even though the car accident had finished three months before, the headache stuck around. It was one of those headaches that made you sick to your stomach. It was one of those headaches that threaten your career. MRI studies showed nothing amiss.

Brain to body connectionWas there hope?

Rebecca’s Son
Rebecca loved her son deeply. She loved her son enough to ignore the doctor’s advice to abort the child due to genetic problems. She loved her son enough that when he was born with hemi-megaloencephaly, a cleft palate, blind in one eye, and was told he would never walk without the help of surgery, she cuddled and fed and played with him, expecting the best.

At two years of age, he had spent two weeks of every month sick in the hospital.

Was there hope?

What do they have in common?

As diverse as these cases are, the underlying problem was the same. The neurologic tests, orthopedic tests, and chiropractic tests showed different aspects of the underlying problem – loss of brain-to-body communication.

Within the chiropractic profession, specifically NUCCA, this problem is called the Atlas Subluxation Complex. The atlas (C1) is the first bone in the neck, a small, two-ounce ring of bone which supports the head.

When NUCCA chiropractors use the phrase, “Atlas Subluxation Complex,” it means more than just the atlas. It tells us that we have to look at the relationship between the head and the atlas, the atlas and C2 (the axis), and all of that in relation to the neck below. It is a “complex” of structures that enable the body to work right when they are right, and interfere with the body when they are wrong.

Did anyone else know about this before?

If you didn’t flunk out of high school biology, you may recall some lessons in the nerve system. That’s the system that runs everything in the body. It controls and coordinates the growth and development of all the other systems in the body. It began doing that in the third week of the developing embryo. It’s in our nature.

So if the nerve system controls everything, doesn’t it make sense to monitor it and make sure it’s running without interference?

NUCCA and the Atlas Subluxation Complex

The NUCCA procedure (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) was developed 60 years ago to accurately identify and correct the Atlas Subluxation Complex.

This light-handed procedure is responsible for hundreds of thousands of people regaining health. The goal in using the NUCCA procedure is to restore the body’s natural communication system which has broken down. When this broken link has been re-established, the body can begin healing itself.

Rebecca’s Son

Rebecca’s son stopped getting sick after his first, and only, head-neck correction. He also began walking shortly after that. Four years later, he is still holding his adjustment, his back is strong, his legs support him and he shows that he can see out of both eyes.

Mikki’s Headaches

Mikki’s headaches vanished within days of her first gentle head-neck correction. The only time they return is when she hurts herself and loses her adjustment.

Ed’s Leg Pain

Ed’s leg pain began diminishing within days. Interestingly enough, the lateral fibula went back in line immediately after the first head-neck correction and hasn’t slipped out since. Within four weeks he lost his dependence on his “flying buttress” cane and began sitting up straight, supporting his magnificent girth by his own strong back. At six weeks his dependence on drugs diminished to the point where he is feeling present again.

The importance of the nerve system

Does everyone who gets this type of correction get relief? In my opinion, yes, but results vary depending on many other factors in a person’s life and condition. Some people take longer to heal. Some people have deep chemical or emotional imbalances that require either more time or other types of concurrent care. Despite the variations in response times and variations in amounts of relief, one fact is clear from clinical experience; correction of the brain-to-body communication system is first in restoring natural healing processes.

When considering the question of hope, do you think that starting with the nerve system, where nature starts, is a good plan?

Provided by Dr. Philip Schalow in Rockford, Illinois.

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