Chiropractic Plus Dr. Gunter, D.C.
December 2, 2019
Raise your right knee toward your shoulder. Good. Back down. Once more. Back down. And the left knee. Good. Back down. James: That’s where it hurts a little bit. I want to see the left side again. Good. Back down. James: The pain is just above the thumb. Right side. Good. Back down. Okay. So looks to me I’ve got three out of four movements. But if we come over here, raise your right knee, that’s not moving. It’s your left side that’s hurting, right? James: Right Yes, that’s classic. So, the right side is not moving. In fact, do you feel that lumpy thing I’m running over here? James: yes It’s like gristle already. So this hasn’t been moving for how long? Two weeks, you said? James: Yeah Yeah So this side is not moving and this side is moving too much. And so you’re getting achey on the side that’s moving too much, and the side that’s not moving is starting to glue itself together. So let’s have you rest face down on the table for me, James. So, this is a little higher than the area that’s been bothering you. But this feels like it’s been going on for a while. My guess is this was not real happy even before you strained your back. James: Possibly So there had been something going on for the last several weeks. Maybe it’s a good time you came in. Turn your head to your right. There we go. Good let the legs drop a little bit. Good. Now raise your right shoulder off the table Let it go. Shrug both shoulders toward your ears. Let them go. Very good. Shrug both shoulders up, roll them all the way back, and relax. There we go. Okay. Now push your nose over to your right side of the table. Back to where you were. And turn face down. (click) Turn your head to your right side. Push your nose to the right. That way. Good. Back to where you were. Very good. Now turn face down. Good. Squeeze your right elbow in against your side. Let it go. Squeeze your left elbow in against your side. Let it go. Good. Let’s have you look up. Relax back down. Excellent. Tuck your chin into your chest. Let it go. Turn your head to the left side. Good. Let’s have your turn on your back. There you go. Good. Okay. Let me borrow this left arm, please. Okay Elbow real straight, reach up toward the ceiling. And push back toward me with a straight arm. Good. Stick your tongue out to your left side. Push back. To your right side. Push back. Good. And let that go. Let’s borrow this arm. Good. Elbow’s straight, push back toward me. Good. Stick your tongue out to your left side. Push back. Let that go. Alright. So we’re going to come way underneath here, all the way around. Shoulder’s down. (Crack) Bring this arm up. Good. Push back toward me. Good. Stick your tongue out to the left side. Push back. To the right side. Push back. Good take your right thumb, put it right there. Good. Push backward. Good. Let that go. This goes down. This arm comes up, bend the elbow. Fingers straight. Push up in my hand. Good. This comes all the way up straight. Turn way around to the outside, a little further. Good. Keep this real straight. Push toward this shoulder. Good. This is real straight. Push toward this hip. Good. And reach backward, like the backstroke. Way back. Good. Right there. And don’t let me pull up. You’re going to push backward like you’re reaching for the water. Good. Come all the way down this way to your side. Trap my fingers right there. Roll your arm bent for me. That’s it. Don’t let me pull on out. Very good. This comes up. Push backward. Good. Push backward. Very good. I’m going to touch near the hip bones. And push. Good. And push. Good. Push. And push. Excellent. Arm comes down. Bend both knees for me. Plant them side by side. Good. Feet together, knees together. Good Push your knees apart. Nice and strong. Good. More, more, more. And relax. James: Ahhh… Good. Pull them together. Good. Heels in, toes out. There you go. Knees together. Push them apart. Good. And again Good. One more time. And relax. Pull them together for me, keep the toes pointing outward. Good. Push in. And again. And again. Good. Toes in, heels out. That’s it. Push apart. Good. And again. And again. And pull together. Good. And again. One more time. Excellent. Now I’m going to bring this down a little bit. Plant your feet right here for me, James. All the way down. Good Have you fold your arms across your chest for me. Just like so. Good. I want you to do half a sit-up. Bring this shoulder toward me. Good. Curl up, and meet my hand in here. Don’t make me push you down. Good. Relax all the way back. We will go the opposite direction. You’re gonna to curl your right shoulder up. Bring this up toward me. Good. And meet my hand in there. Don’t let me push you down. Good. Alright. Let me have you sit all the way up on your seat. Good. Legs real straight. Fold your arms across your chest. Bring you about half way back. Good. Don’t let me push you backward. Good. Rotate your body toward me. Don’t let me push you backward. Good. Rotate your body the other direction. Don’t let me push you backward. Good. Come a little back a little further. Right there. And relax all the way back down. How did that feel in the last couple of test. Okay? James: Yeah. It’s just I feel that pain. Is it a little localized? Yeah. Yeah So these muscles are now actively supporting it. So it should become less so. I want to have you have you stand up. And bring this table all the way down. And see if it’s feeling any different. When you stand, I want to check on that standing step test as well. Okay So let’s have you take a walk toward the little table out there and then back. Okay Good Let’s go over here and I’ll have you put your hand on that countertop again like you did earlier facing the window. Gotta turn the hips a little bit. Now let’s have you raise your right knee. There we go. Back down. Left knee. Good. Back down. Good. I’m gonna have you sit in the chair right here. Hands on the arm rest. Bring this knee up for me. Good. Don’t let me push down. Good. This one comes up. Don’t let me push down. Very good. Open the fingers real wide. Don’t let me squeeze in. Don’t let me squeeze in. Open out real wide. Don’t let me squeeze in. Good. This one. That’s a little weak on both of those. Let’s have you come back over to the table, please. Rest on your back. James: Okay So this arm is gonna come down by your side. This arm comes up. Turn this way. Good. Elbow real straight. Push toward this shoulder. Good. Elbow real straight. Push toward this hip.. Good. Keep your arm right there for me for a minute. I’m just going to compress down towards your shoulders. Push toward this. Good. Push toward this. There we go. Alright. So what I want to do is create an opening on both sides of the lower part of the neck. So the first one, I’m going to have you roll over towards your right. And slide to the right. Getting shoulders down. (Crack) Like that. It’s okay? James: Yes Second one, we’re going to roll to the left. and towards the right. A little further. And then, that’s it. Now let your head drop. Good. Bring this arm up. Turn way around like this, even further. Good. Push toward this hip. Good. Keep your arm right there for me. We’re going to compress toward the shoulders. Good. Turn this way. Push toward the hip. Good. Now, let’s take the table down. And I’m going to let you sit on that chair for just a moment. I want to see if we changed what I was finding there. Okay James: Okay Have a seat right there. Open your fingers real wide, don’t let me squeeze in. There we go. Don’t let me squeeze in. Now we’re talking. Okay, now rest your hands on an arm rest. This knee comes in. Push up strong. Good. Now, what I want you to do is slide your head forward, and leave it forward for a moment. Good. Bring this up. Push up strong. Okay that’s going fine. Good. Got it relaxed back to neutral. Of course, we don’t want to spend too much time in this exaggerated, forward posture. But I want to do that just to challenge and see whether or not the spine is willing to accommodate that position. The answer should be yes. Right? But in the same token, if we spend a lot of time out there, we’ll lose that accommodation factor. because the body will adapt, and this will become the new reference point. And it’s not useful. Now the kind of things that get us here are spending a lot of time on a laptop, that’s what I was talking to you about, Right? working on a computer, writing by hand, chopping vegetables, washing dishes. We do a lot of stuff with our head forward. Even driving a car. So if you’re finding that you’re spending extended periods of time doing any of those things, one thing you want to do is give yourself a little activity in the neck that could balance that out. So one way to do it is just simply slide the head forward, and then back as if it’s a drawer. And we do that two or three times, Alright? And then after that hang a forward position for a moment, and what you’ll do is you feel after about, oh, ten or fifteen seconds, somewhere around these, you’ll start noticing almost as if your head is being drawn back. Soon as you get that feeling, follow it all the way back, and then go slightly up toward the ceiling and we’re all done. So what we’re doing is synchronizing the activity of the muscle, with cranial sacrum rhythm. Okay? So that alone just that little activity of sliding forward and back a couple of times, going forward until we feel the body desiring to come back and it follow it back And kind of reinforcing that that, see, there we go, that’s what we want as our balance point. Okay That’ll be a good thing and go a long way in preserving the function of the neck. Does that feel better a little bit? James: It does Okay Now, if it’s been going on for a couples weeks, typically what will happen is, that joint was really not moving at all when we first checked you. It’s moving now, so that joint itself, has to move and act like a pump. To pump the swelling out of the fluid that’s in that the joint tissue. So, before you get in the car, just walk to the length of the parking lot and back. And then as soon as you get out of the car, short walk, arms and legs moving. Preferable, particularly not carrying anything. Like no bags, no briefcases for a moment, because we want the to be as relaxed and natural as possible, that will act like a pump for that joint. If it’s not feeling a whole lot better within 40 minutes or so, you can put an ice pack right over that right side, not the side that’s hurting. put it on the opposite side. James: Really Uh hum. Okay Put it on the opposite side. James: That’s the part that’s stuck, basically. It’s moving now, what I want to do is drive the fluid out of it. Okay Now, what you can do, you can take, a rectangular gel pack and put it right over the sacrum. It’ll catch both sides. Uh hum It’ll affect the side which I’m more interested in, which is the right side. It will also give you some numbing sensation on the left, which is where your discomfort is coming from. Most of the problem is actually on your right.