Energy Call Back- Coming Home to Yourself after Trauma

Science is now embracing what healers, shamans, mystics, and other spiritually-minded folks have known for lifetimes:  that the universe, all matter, the world around us, and our bodies are all made up of energy.

Quantum physics says that as you go deeper and deeper into the workings of the atom, you see that there is nothing there – just energy waves. It says an atom is actually an invisible force field, a kind of miniature tornado, which emits waves of electrical energy.  Those energy waves can be measured and their effects seen, but they are not a material reality, they have no substance because they are… well, just electricity. So science now embraces the idea that the universe is made of energy.”

Because we are made of energy, its important to know that this energy can be lost, called back, given, received, healed, altered, and raised to a higher vibration.  Parts of your energy can be lost during an emotional, physical, mental or spiritual trauma, such as a car accident, a death of someone you love, a loss of a pet, a divorce, a move to another state or country, abuse of any kind, sexual molestation, rape, or living in a dysfunctional family or work situation.

Also, someone can unconsciously “take” some of your energy and we can also give a piece of our energy to another. People with a lot of lost personal energy may unconsciously take a piece of someone else to help make them feel more whole. People who have lost energy commonly report some of the following symptoms:

  • Not feeling “whole” or feeling weak-  saying things like “I feel like I’m missing something” or “I don’t have it all together”
  • Feeling or being ungrounded, disconnected, spacey
  • Blocks of memory loss at any time in life, but particularly from childhood
  • Unable to release some emotional trauma from the past such as a death, divorce, or other loss of some kind
  • A sense of no direction, no focus, a wandering around aimlessly, no sense of self
  • Addictions of any kind, such as alcohol, drugs, food, binging, anorexia,  gambling, love, codependency
  • Loss of emotional feeling, being unable to cry, feeling numb
  • Depression of any kind
  • Shame caused (usually) in childhood

As a part of our therapeutic process at Denver Pain and Performance Solutions, we can teach you how to call back your own energy from others as well as send back any energy that you may have picked up to whomever or wherever it came from.  We all need our own energy to come back to us so that we can do our own healing. Its a very simple process, and once we’ve taught you how to do it, you can do it on your own as often as you like.  This kind of self care is extremely important to overall health, emotional well-being, and resiliency.  If you suspect that this may be a factor that is holding back your healing in some way, please feel free to contact any of us at DPPS and we will be happy to help you learn this self-care tool.

Case Study of the Day: Developmental Delay Corrected With P-DTR®

by Dr. Victoria L. Welch, D.C.

A mother entered into my office for a routine chiropractic adjustment. She had brought her 13 month old daughter along with her and she was very well behaved during the appointment. I had performed a chiropractic check-up on her daughter a few weeks after birth because the birth process can be physically stressful on an infant. At that time, she had some inward turning of her feet, but nothing concerning. I addressed the feet with some gentle stretching that day, and she had not been treated since.

When I inquired how the daughter had been since that initial visit, her mother informed me that she had shown absolutely no interest in standing. She was strong in crawling and had hit all other developmental markers for her age. An infant should be able to stand with support between 6.5 and 9 months and should be able to pull themselves to a standing position by 8-10 months (1). Although all children develop at different rates, I asked the mother if she would like me to assess her daughter’s feet using P-DTR® techniques. She readily agreed.

Using her mother as a surrogate and P-DTR® muscle testing and assessment techniques, it was determined that the daughter had a dysfunction in the crude touch receptors in the bottom of her feet. These receptors travel to the brain along a pain, or nociceptive, pathway. The brain is wired to avoid movements that are perceived as painful. Additionally, there were dysfunctional receptors in the muscles of the feet and calf which would allow the ankle to relax enough to stand flat footed. Within a few minutes, corrections were made and the mother left the office with very few expectations, but grateful for the help.

Within one hour I received a video message from the mother of her daughter. She was standing! She was not assisted, and did not have to pull herself up; she was transitioning from the ground to a standing position. This movement is a precursor to walking and is almost exactly where she should have been developmentally (1). Needless to say her mother was very happy and the daughter seemed pleased to start keeping up with her 3 year old sister.

P-DTR® corrections within infant, toddler, and child populations are very powerful. The neurologic system is very forgiving at this age because it is undergoing so much rapid development. P-DTR® corrections are also very quick to take hold and do not typically revert unless there is trauma or outside triggers. At DPPS, it is our pleasure to help kids grow, develop, and achieve the highest level of physical and emotional wellness possible.

1. The Denver Developmental Assessment (Denver II)


Migraine Treatment from a Cranial and Chiropractic Approach

Migraines, which come in many forms and are sometimes referred to as a “migraine headache,” vary in intensity and are often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light. Vision can also be affected where some people experience tunnel vision, or even blind spots. The Mayo Clinic states this condition affects millions of Americans every year.

Many of these migraines are debilitating, removing people from activity and the lives they wish to lead. Sometimes, they are suffering from so much pain that medical drugs can’t even reduce the anguish. This can be taxing on many levels of the human body and psyche, affecting many aspects of life from work to family.

As there are many forms of migraines, there are also many forms of treatment. Traditional medical intervention and drugs sometimes work, and sometimes are necessary to help relieve serious migraines. However, these often just leaves migraine sufferers addressing symptoms, but never getting to the heart of the issue.

From a cranial perspective, we often find that old traumas to the head are a big player in the migraines. An example of this was a recent client who is Army veteran and had been strangled in combat. On a weekly basis he would have to utilize pain killers for flares of a migraine right behind his eye. We found a bone that could not move freely in his hard palate, helped him release this, and then added integration in the form of movement for his entire body. He has not had a single migraine since then!

Migraines around or behind the eye are often associated with the sphenoid bone, and the stress it applies to the vision-oriented cranial nerves. However, the stress portion of life and emotions cannot be understated, and the therapists at Denver Pain & Performance Solutions will be able to help localize and identify these triggers. We have many tools to offer, but for helping release these emotional triggers we use a combination of P-DTR® and Cellular Release Therapy®. Cranial work, massage, breath work, and relaxation can all be powerful additions, but getting to the root of the stress, trauma, and emotional responses is especially powerful using CRT®.

– written by Jordan Shane Terry

Migraines are also often related to trigger points in the musculature of the neck. Several muscles that attach to and move the head and neck can have trigger points that refer pain into the head. A trigger point is a tight area of muscle that has begun to create a pain signal larger than itself, and in more areas than just itself. I like to think of this as your body’s way of speaking louder to ask you to change a movement, or do something to change the pain. Repetitive motions, sustained positioning, and reduced motion in the joints of the neck can all contribute to trigger points.

Trigger point release, or Neuromuscular Therapy, are massage techniques that could help reduce symptoms caused by trigger points. Chiropractic assessment could reveal joints that have reduced range of motion and are causing muscle to stay contracted within the neck and upper back. The movement specialists at DPPS can assess your range of motion and daily activities to help create modifications that could reduce your migraine symptoms.

It could be discovered that the activities of your day are not causing migraine as much as the food you may be eating. According to the Mayo Clinic foods that can cause migraine triggers include: aged cheeses, salty food, processed foods with additives such as aspartame (sweetener) or monosodium glutamate-MSG (preservative and flavor enhancer), red wine, and highly caffeinated beverages. Removing these foods from your diet could also help alleviate migraine headaches. As the chiropractor at DPPS, I have had years of experience assisting with relieving the muscular, spinal, and nutritional causes of migraines.

– written by Dr. Victoria Welch

An Integrated Approach to Treating Concussions

“We have all been hit in the head,” said Jamie Francis to me, when hearing me talk about my Integrated Cranials course ages ago. It was simple, sweet, and extremely eye opening. At some point in time, unless we go around wearing a helmet, all of us have taken a good knock to the cranium.

In classes and in clinic, I always ask if anyone has had a concussion. “Not that I remember,” tends to be the most common response that I receive. Of course, in our formative years, we may not even remember hitting our head, and in sports, for instance, we may have had our head hit so many times that we don’t even consider these hits as “big events” worth investigating.

Either way, the human cranium is home to the most important piece of processing tissue that we have: our brain! The cranium is even referred to as the “Cranial Vault,” as it protects our brain, and it is living breathing tissue that deserves to be honored, worked with, and treated for optimal human health, movement and happiness.

I recently had the honor to co-treat with Noah Drucker, and we worked with a young parkour instructor. He had been having hard times paying attention in school and focusing in general, as well as some lingering headaches after a compressive concussion. With a quick assessment of the cranial nerves that control the eyes, we were able to determine that his nerves were not firing properly. In this case, when we shined a light in his eye, it did not constrict. The pupils are supposed to constrict to protect the retina from too much stimulus from light, and this normal response to light is called miosis.  If the pupils do not respond normally to light and absence of light, headaches and other symptoms can occur. With the brilliant assessment and treatment tool of Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR), we were able to correct this issue in moments. The results were mind blowing, and both Noah and I wished we had video recorded the experience.

I then palpated the skull, and listening to his stories and seeing a video of the trauma, was able to find a dysfunction of the sphenobasilar junction (SBJ). I find that with almost any head trauma, this junction, sometimes referred to as a symphysis, becomes dysfunctional. As this is the pump for the cerebrospinal fluid that washes and nourishes our brain, and the fulcrum about which our cranium gently folds with inhalation and exhalation, it is extremely important in our recovery, breathing, and healing.  After treating this dysfunction, we had moved onto the rest of his body looking at older patterns. At the end of the session, his vision was better, headache gone, brain fogginess resolved, and his mind absolutely blown by the work.

In another case, a trainer had come in with a variety of aches and pains, and Noah and I found out that he had several concussions during his youth. Even non-painful dysfunctions live in our system and can cause all sorts of havoc throughout the entire body over time.

Craniosacral therapy teaches that the cranium mirrors the pelvis; in other words, dysfunction in the head will be connected to dysfunctions in the pelvis.  I was able to assess his frontal bone concussion sites in relationship to the rest of his body. I quickly determined that his concussions were resulting in lower abdominal weakness. As I demonstrated and explained this to him, a conspicuous light bulb went off over his head.

Years after his concussions, he had had two separate inguinal hernias on both sides of his abdomen.  Despite being an incredibly fit trainer, the effects of his concussions lived in his body and created a weakness in his lower abdomen manifesting fertile ground for the hernias.

We worked the frontal bone, the scar, and the remaining neurological effects, and upon standing, his pelvis was living in a new balanced location, and he perceived the change in his own abdominal movements and contractions. I then added in education on what he could do on his own for self care to help maintain this newly found connection to both his frontal bone and abdomen.

Whether new or old, acute or chronic, head injuries can be assessed and greatly improved at DPPS. And whether there is pain presenting now or the pain was in the past, the current function of the whole body can be improved, and the detective work we do can help connect the dots between all areas of injury and pain.

– authored by Jordan Shane Terry

TMJ Dysfunction

The collective symptom pattern often referred to as “TMJ,” (also known or seen as TMJD, TMD, or TMJ syndrome) is a very common and widely diagnosed issue affecting three million Americans a year according to the Mayo Clinic. Presumably, there are many more undiagnosed cases as well. TMJ stands for “Temporal Mandibular Joint,” and is simply the name of the joint itself, not they symptom pattern. If you have pain in your TMJ (we all have two TMJ’s), then it is most accurate to say you have “TMJ syndrome.”

The TMJ is a modified hinge joint (“Ginglymoarthrodical” to be technical) that attaches the jaw bone to the cranium and, more specifically, the temporal bone. It is the first joint that we as humans really learn to control and utilize. We were able to suckle, cry, gurgle and so on before most other joints of the body were fully operational. As such, it is a primal area of the body that can house many old patterns and emotions.

Structurally, if the joint tightens and moves less or inappropriately, the effects can be seen reaching throughout the entire body. Closest in proximity is the neck, and clients often suffer from neck pain that is a down stream effect from the TMJ not functioning properly. There are direct correlations and connections from the TMJ to the neck extensor and flexor muscles, as well as a cranial-dental theory that the mandible can literally knock the upper cervical vertebra out of place

Because the cranium and pelvis mirror each other in gait and balance, the TMJ can be seen affecting the hips and pelvis, altering movement patterns and affecting entire lines of fascia like the “spiral” and “lateral lines” as coined by Thomas Myers.

There are also structural issues elsewhere, for example the the feet, knees, hips, and shoulders, that can affect TMJ function and anyone’s comfort. The temporalis muscle, a large flat muscle partly responsible for TMJ movement, is top of the movement chain as we sit and stand in gravity. Therefore, this muscle, and thus the joint itself, may suffer when attempting to re-balance the body to keep the eyes and ears level for equilibrium.

It has been estimated that the strongest muscle in the human body, per weight or square inch, is the masseter muscle, a thick little muscle attached to the mandible. The masseter is a huge contributor to TMJ movement and closing of the mouth. It is this strength and connection to the deep front line of fascia (deep core) that enables us to help strengthen other parts of our bodies by simply clenching the jaw. If we are continually using this pattern over and over again, creating a habit, it is more than likely that we will manifest some sort of dysfunction in the jaw. Pain is often the main complaint, and pain is a sign that something needs to change.

Emotionally speaking, the TMJ is an epicenter for stress. It is surmised that the psoas is the first muscle to contract and tighten in a fight or flight response. This pelvic and low back muscle has direct fascial connections to the TMJ. It is highly likely that both the psoas and jaw share responsibility in emotional-tension lockdowns, but it is often the jaw that clamps down over and over with stress and upper chest breathing, altering full body locomotion and mechanics. Denver Pain & Performance Solutions uses several techniques (most notably Cellular Release Therapy®) for helping clients resolve emotional issues, thereby helping clients get to the heart of these stressors which in turn allows them to relax their jaws.

Chronic issues with the TMJ can even impact the cranial bones, their positioning, and therefore facial symmetry. The temporalis muscle can literally pull the parietal bone down into a suture (cranial joint), causing jamming and other far reaching effects in the nervous system. Fortunately, the good news is that these issues can be resolved with specific types of work, and all of it is offered at DPPS!

Through gentle Cranial work, we can work with the bones of the cranium to open and create new space where there was none before, as well as release adhesions. This is a “hardware” approach: making changes to actual structures such as muscle, bone and tissue so that new blood flow, oxygen, innervation, relaxation, and general healing may have a place to occur.

There is also a “software” approach to looking at how the brain and body communicate together. This is done utilizing the advanced functional neurology tool of Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex® (P-DTR®) to help rewire the communication lines to and from the TMJ, allowing the brain and body to be on the same page. This neurological tool gently works with nerves and specific stimuli so that the client is not tortured with deep manual work into muscles of the mouth or cranium.

Lastly, movement integration, education and self care can be critical to helping those TMJ sufferers live a happy and full life pain free. This type of work is regularly folded into our work with clients at DPPS.

If you have any questions about TMJ syndrome, your own specific symptoms, or whether you’re a candidate for our work, please contact us.