WHIPLASH These are the first things I start to look into with a patient. What does the structure tell me? I look at the cranium, the bite, the gait, the feet, the ankles and the spine in general – because this will tell me how to proceed with a person, and you do not have to be a chiropractor to do this. The interesting thing in chiropractic, is, they try to monopolize the spine, to build a profession on that – the problem is, they forgot the skull. A few chiropractors out in the field said ‘Wait a minute! We have got a skull too.” They built up a following over the years, like Dr. Major DeJarnette, the father of SOT (Sacral-Occipitial Technique), William Sutherland, who was the teacher of Major DeJarnette, figured out the cranium. It was interesting Dr. DeJarnette, for whom I have great respect, gave away the SOT organizations as he got older, but he kept back the cranial knowledge, because he wanted to keep the nuggets a little longer for himself. He was right – you can read out, in the cranium, just about any condition in the body, by studying cranial movement. It is a very important observation – feeling for cranial movement; studying it; and working with it. As an example, there is a well know phenomenon called whiplash. Whiplash is, as I see it – based on my clinical practice – primarily a cranial condition, secondarily a cervical condition. If you do not deal with the primary condition you are never going to correct the problem. This is one of the reasons why there is such a long treatment protocol for whiplash. Chiropractors claim about nine months; M.D.s from nine months to three years; and usually, if the case does not get better, they send the case to a psychiatrist who, based on his knowledge will usually find something wrong, and then every one is happy, except the patient. Now he has a stamp on him, too. What we found out in the clinic when we started to seriously research whiplash – which was about 20 years ago – the sphendo-basiliar mechanism is intimately connected to the meningeal system, through a series of attachments which affects, not only the brain but also the entire neck, and thereby the rest of the spine.
It is a bit like when you have a fire in the apartment building – you are living on the third floor, and the fire is on the second floor. You call the fire department, and they can reach up to the second floor and hose the whole fire; but there is still some smoldering and burning on the third floor. If you are on the first floor, you feel pretty happy, there is water coming through the ceiling but at least there is no fire. This tends to be the standard care on whiplash. There are many systems out there, and they are good systems, but meanwhile the fire keeps smoldering on the third floor.
The patient comes to a state where he says ‘Doctor, I really do not feel better’, or ‘Doctor, I am getting a little better but I have still got some pain and I still have that tension – I don’t understand.’ The regular physician or the doctor says, ‘Mrs. Jones this will take about six months to go away, so you have just begun your healing.’ From a medical perspective, the MD will diagnose, usually by observation, not by testing. Also by listening to the patient, or observing how he or she behaves in the chair; asking the patient to turn their head up and down, left and right. The MD will come to the conclusion this may be a cervical whiplash so the doctor writes this down and prescribes promptly 20 to 30 physiotherapy treatments. Now the patient goes to the physiotherapist, who is taking the order from somebody else. Now he suggests the patient exercise their arm, neck; this and that, or gives something cold or something hot or something cold and hot! They want to use some electrical therapy and some other therapies without really testing what is going on in the meningeal system – which is the culprit in the first place.
Now – granted sometimes there can be some more serious whiplash cases. You may have a dislocation. You really got hit hard in the auto accident – but this is an emergency medicine case. The average whiplash case, I would say 95% of the cases – number one, you get the shift in the spheno-basiliar mechanism which adversely affects the whole meningeal system. (The spheno-basilir mechanism is the connection between the basiliar process of the occiput and the sphenoid bone. ‘This is one floor higher than the atlanto-axial articulation, which is the first vertebra.’)
I have someone take a specific x-ray for me who takes a three dimensional x-ray at this point in the body, to find out how the stress factors are working in the neck and based on this we make the proper cervical correction. Very often, this is not enough. You have to go one step higher. To get at this you have to do what we call an intra-oral cranial correction.
In a nutshell the correction of whiplash is about reprogramming destructive stress signals imbedded in the brain. This process takes a few days not months. The correction is very specific requiring detailed testing.
I had a wonderful man in from Trondheim, Norway. He is a bus driver, a solid, big, easygoing guy who was in the clinic two weeks ago. His bus had been hit by a train that went about 40mph and pushed him in the bus 200 yards down the street. He was very uncomfortable when he walked out of that bus, especially because of the sheer compression involved – the train was halfway into the bus. He was beaten up pretty badly, and for five years he tried to get healthy in Norway and was not able too. In ten days we changed his condition here in Bellevue, at the Bellevue Wellness Center.