HOW will I fix the problem?
The treatment modality selected depends upon the practitioner's training and the patient's problems.
Here are descriptions of some of the techniques that we use every day in treating animal (and
human!) patients. Please refer to the references for descriptions of additional techniques.
FUNCTIONAL INDIRECT TECHNIQUES
As previously mentioned, techniques may be divided into direct and indirect methods. With direct
techniques, the segment being treated is positioned against the restrictive barrier. With indirect
techniques, the segment being treated is taken away from the restrictive barrier, towards the
opposite physiological barrier. Between the restrictive barrier and the opposite physiological
barrier is a dynamic balance point (DBP), the point in flexion/extension, side-bending right/left
and rotation right/left of the joint where the surrounding tissues are the MOST relaxed (the
position of ease).
At the DBP, the practitioner adds a slight compression or distraction to start the unwinding process
of the restricted joint, until full range of motion and normal arthro-kinematics are restored. The
technique, which integrates several neuro-physiological systems simultaneously, is pain free, easy
to use, and has a long-lasting impact on resolution of the dysfunctions.
NEURO-CARDIO VASCULAR TECHNIQUES
These techniques, also called vascular normalization techniques (VaNT), use various "reflexes" to reset
vascular flow in restricted, constricted blood vessels in damaged tissues, joints and/or organs. They
are based upon "restoring the vascular blue print" in the body after disturbance of the blood vessel
walls (compression, traction, chemical and/or vasculitis) during an injury and/or other stresses (mental
or physical). Some of these reflexes are located in the tarsal bones (influencing blood stagnation below
the diaphragm) and carpal bones (influencing blood stagnation above the diaphragm), and hyoid/
straight sinus (influencing the intra-cranial blood flow). All of them also help with vascular stagnation
in the entire body.
NEUROLOGICAL GAIT TECHNIQUES
These techniques help restore the neurological regulation of the musculoskeletal system in its function
of moving the body in the gait cycle, the normal gaits of walking, trotting, etc.
Four main "routers" are used to resolve problems in the neurological "timing gear" of joint capsules,
fasica, ligaments, muscles, membranes, and tendons in dysfunctional areas of the body, allowing the
body to gait normally again.
The routers include:
1. Mandible router for release of the cervial spine and cranium
2. Thoracic router for the thoracic spine, ribcage and front leg
3. Visceral router for organs both above and below the diaphragm
4. Pubis router for the lumbar spine, the pelvis and the rear leg
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