On the Path to Body
Wholeness and Harmony
by Dr. Richard L. Richman, D.C.
The Body has the knowledge to cure us of our ills. We can learn how to "talk" to it.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could talk to your body about its various symptoms, biochemical imbalances, and toxic accumulations and have it immediately respond by telling you what to do about them? Or even about symptoms you don't have yet? Most of us are trained to deal with our symptoms by handing over our personal power to a doctor, who is usually trained to treat only the symptoms at hand. A lot of us suspect that there's more there than meets the eye, but often we don't know how to go more deeply.
True health care is a much more personal process than simply responding to symptoms. When I talk to a patient's body, it often tells me things that even the patient didn't consciously know. Not only will it tell me about the person's physical condition, but it also reports accurately about any nutritional imbalances, emotional distress, acupuncture meridian imbalances, homeopathic deficiencies, one or more of the three types of biochemical imbalances (viral, bacterial, fungal) and how these elements interrelate.
For example, Brad came into my office complaining of pain because he had sprained his ankle while jogging on his usual morning run.
"Doc, I've tried everything, but my ankle still hurts - right here," he said, pointing to the lateral anterior junction of the foot and the leg. "My medical doctor just wrapped it, gave me Motrin, and sent me to physical therapy. But it's just not helping. I've never been to a holistic doctor like you, but I feel I'm at my wit's end. I'm ready to try anything so I can start running again. Running is an important part of my life. It keeps me in shape."
I proceeded to take Brad's history and the usual medical information. "In order for you to really heal," I said, "we're going to focus on all the ways your body is expressing its distress, rather than on just the symptom of the sprained ankle. True health care means focusing on the whole person rather than on the symptoms only." His expression told me that he was having a hard time relating to this concept. "The body is not a collection of separate working parts," I told him as I began to examine his ankle. "More than just your ankle is involved in your pain."
In tracing Brad's primary physical cause, first I found that his leg muscle was weak, which led me to the established physiological link between the leg and the organ of the stomach. Pushing the stomach up, I found an immediate corresponding weakness in a strong muscle, which revealed a hiatal hernia. The weak diaphragmatic reflex point revealed why this was happening. One of the two major nerves controlling the diaphragm is the vagus, which extends from the diaphragm all the way to the base of the brain. A common interference/pressure point of the vagus nerve is at the top cervical vertebra in the neck. By touching that point, I saw that a strong muscle had gone weak as well. There are only three common areas of the head and neck that can cause the effect of weakness in the neck muscles, allowing the vertebral bone to come out of place: 1. the eye, 2. the jaw joint, and 3. the thyroid. Process of elimination (i.e., a strong muscle going weak) revealed a weakness in the thyroid. What governs the thyroid (as with other endocrine organs) is the master organ, the pituitary, in the base of the brain. Pushing the top of the skull together with my hands revealed the next weakness: a cranial fault (misaligned cranial bones).
Putting this information together with what Brad had told me about his head recently, I realized that this was probably the initial physical cause. After I aligned his cranial bones, all the prior pathways of weakness disappeared immediately. Now, once I put the ankle in place, the alignment would hold. Showing Brad these pathways of imbalances and the immediate effects of muscle strengthening left him spellbound and relieved.
How did I know all of this? Was I Sherlock Holmes, alive and reincarnated? Was I psychic? In fact, Brad's body itself was my informant, and the way I got it to "speak" to me was through the elegant technique known as specialized kinesiology (aka muscle testing). Our Creator has blessed us with a built in "biocomputer" that knows everything about us on all levels. All we have to do is know how to ask the right questions and then how to apply the right answers.