The Occipital Drop (Chiropractic analysis)
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!