The Occipital Drop (Chiropractic analysis)

by rhodeschiro on February 28, 2012

Today, I want to explain how I use an information gathering method to figure out what adjustments people need. It basically looks like me waving my thumbs around on people’s heads or in the air. This method, part of the  Koren Specific Technique, uses the thumbs to track the occipital drop.

To understand what this is, the first thing you need to know is that the bone on the back of the skull is called the occiput. Second, our marvelous bodies work in a predictable way. For instance, if I have a cut on my arm, and somebody comes along and makes the pain worse by poking at it, my body will move in a certain way. If I were lying down, my right heel might draw up a little bit. As the observer, I would interpret that subtle movement as a “yes” answer to the question of whether this is a problem spot.

The body uses the occiput to give a “yes” answer. If I push on a part of the body that isn’t working quite right and the force of my hand makes it function even worse, the occiput will actually drop down a little bit. If I were scanning my thumbs over the back of the head, the head would literally push my thumb down and I would have a yes answer.

So this is one way we can ask the body yes and no questions. But it gets a little more complicated! Some chiropractors don’t notice the skull dropping down, but they can feel the muscle temporarily bulging in the same spot. This bulge provides the same information as the occipital drop.

It gets even more intriguing! Our bodies are more than the chemicals that compose us; we also have an energy field surrounding us. When we ask yes and no questions, we can actually elicit a change in the body’s electromagnetic field. This change also registers in my electromagnetic field, and I can track that change with the thumbs.

In sum, there are many ways to elicit responses from the body. I can touch the body part in question and notice the occipital drop as mentioned above. Or, I can simply ask if a part of the body is subluxated in a particular direction and the voice command will elicit a yes or no response from the body. I can also get a response by simply thinking about or looking at the body part in question because thoughts have a measurable motive force, which is strong enough to interact with the electromagnetic field.

It is even possible to elicit a response vicariously. Instead of gliding my thumbs over the back of the patient’s head, I can use my own head as a surrogate! For instance, if a child is running around and I can’t get her to sit still, I can track the occipital drop on my head because my electromagnetic field is interacting with hers. Or, I can simply do the air occipital drop. In this method, we imagine that the person’s head is in front of us and we move the thumbs in space with the intention of checking in to the other’s body field.

Now, I know this method sounds bizarre. However, this kind of testing has been around for over 75 years and it’s been done by thousands of people on millions of people. It’s reliable, but it takes time to learn how to do it. I’ve been practicing for over 30 years and what my hands told me with tactile sense gave me a certain amount of information. The books I’ve read and the experiences I’ve had have opened my mind up to understanding that it’s quantum physics, baby!

It’s all just energy and if we know how to play in that energy field, we can access vast amounts of information from the body that other forms of testing can’t do. For example, can you look at a guitar and see if it’s in tune? Well if you do an MRI of the body to figure out what’s going on, you’re looking at physical structures. If you do an occipital drop you’re tapping into the energy that those structures are made of and you get a whole lot more information in a faster and cheaper way. And, we get really great results using this!


What is Subluxation?

by rhodeschiro on May 20, 2011

Imagine a patient walks in to the chiropractor’s office and says to the doctor, “I threw my back out. I don’t know if it’s a bone out of place, a pinched nerve or a muscle strain.”

In the past, I worked as a trash collector in Cherry Hill for nine months and I have seen a lot of things thrown out in the trash. I’ve never seen a backbone thrown out in the trash!  People really don’t throw their backs out; their backs tend to grow out of place.

When a chiropractor does an examination and finds that you are in a state of subluxation, he means that there is dysfunction in the bone, the nerves, and the muscle. So let’s discuss a few different definitions of subluxation.

We’ll start with the medical definition, which is the most limited. In Western medical terminology, subluxation means a partial dislocation of the joint; it’s not totally popped off track, but it’s a little bit out of place. Although Western medicine recognizes that there is a misalignment, it doesn’t seem to address all the consequences of that misalignment.

In chiropractic, historically, we’ve defined subluxation mechanically and physically as a vertebra’s loss of juxtaposition with its neighbor above or below. This loss of alignment means that the hole the spinal nerve comes through is closed off a little bit, so that the nerve is either choked or chafed to the point where it’s not functioning properly and the body starts to break apart.

An updated version of the subluxation model is the vertebral subluxation complex, which is a 5 component model based on science that’s been around for a long time. Over 500 scientific papers are devoted to defining this complex. The five components are:

1. Spinal Kinesiopathology: First, the spine isn’t moving right; it’s either stuck and can’t move the way it’s supposed to or it’s hypermobile and it moves too much.

2. Neuropathology: Second, when the spine isn’t moving properly, it means that the spinal nerve is impinged upon to the point where the brain and body are not communicating properly. In other words, there is a partial disconnect between brain and body.

3. Myopathology: Third, obstructed nerves cause abnormal function in the spinal muscles, so that they are either working too much and are in a state of spasm or hypertonicity or they are working too little and are partially paralyzed. Since their physiology is affected, some permanent scar tissue will appear within the muscle and we have a sick muscle.

4. Histopathology: Sick muscles lead to sick joints because, like the muscles, they are either not moving enough or they are moving too much. Over time, the bones actually start to remodel themselves to fit the misalignment of the spine. What we have now is the body trying to heal itself, but because the bones, nerves and muscles are off-kilter, it goes about it in a destructive way.

5. Pathology: When nerves stop functioning properly and the nerve energy can’t reach organs such as the heart, lung or stomach, then those organs get sick too and we start to see the symptoms of disease. So when a chiropractor adjusts you, the problems in the bones, nerves, muscles and organs will begin to resolve simultaneously.

A more evolved way of looking at subluxation includes the concept of the life energy field.  From this perspective, you are more than just your physical body; there is also the energy field that makes your body go. So technically, subluxation (literally “less light”) is a diminished expression of life energy.

What causes a diminished expression of life energy?  When you encounter stress, which is anything that causes your body to change, you are essentially encountering physical, chemical and emotional energy and information. If your body is overwhelmed and not capable of immediately processing this information and energy, it stores it, first in the nerve tissue and then in the muscles, bones and organs for later retrieval. It’s the body’s way of saying, “I can’t read all this mail right now, but I’m going to hold on to it and I’ll read and process it later.”

Holding on to this unexpressed information over the long term amounts to a biological hazard! What a chiropractic adjustment does, then, is release the energy and information so that the brain can process it and the body can learn from it and heal and grow.

To wrap it up, subluxation is the thing that people go to chiropractors for. Whether they realize it or not, it’s the one thing that chiropractors are trained and licensed to address. It’s something that no other profession is dedicated to addressing, even though everybody has some degree of it and we would all be better off without it.


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