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Helping Dr. Norris Golberg of KORU Chiropractic in Louisville, Colorado attain Level One in the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) Certification Program has been one of my greatest honors. The NUCCA technique is known as the most difficult and rigorous chiropractic discipline — as is the NUCCA Certification Program. Doctors and students of NUCCA are a rare breed of perfectionists in pursuit of the easiest, most predictable and consistent reduction/correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex (A.S.C).


Our new patients are most pleased with NUCCA’s precision and its benefits, and then surprised to learn that NUCCA is not a chiropractic standard which is taught and practiced everywhere. That conversation is enormously important, but this article is a celebration of an achievement by an extraordinary doctor of chiropractic. Suffice it to say that competitive, market-driven economics and politics pervade all areas of life.


For me, NUCCA training and practice, and its integration with other advanced chiropractic principles, requires commitment to lifelong personal growth. For me, that growth is in my ability to work with both sides of my brain, and become a scientist and an artist. Firstly, NUCCA practice requires detailed, technical focus upon the highest standards for pre and post- X-ray production, X-ray analysis and mechanisms of the NUCCA treatment procedure — and once that first NUCCA treatment is provided, taking post-X-rays (repeating two of the original 3 upper cervical pre-X-rays) and translating the post-X-ray analysis into verifying the calculations for correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex (A.S.C) , or making any modifications indicated for refining that treatment procedure. Then, paying close attention while taking patient’s case histories, performing their physical examinations, diagnosing and providing them with my report-of-findings, accurate prognosis, effective treatment plans, and managing those plans through the diagnostic, corrective, stabilization, healing and wellness phases of care are different matters altogether. 


Here are Dr. Goldberg’s achievements from meeting the NUCCA Level One Certification Candidate Requirements:

An online examination passing grade of 80% demonstrating knowledge and applicable skills in:

  • Understanding of x-ray alignment procedures
  • Theory about distortion, magnification and collimation
  • Structural identification on x-ray
  • X-ray filtration
  • Proper x-ray technique and exposures, image quality
  • Patient adjusting steps and purpose of the individual steps
  • NUCCA Historical perspective
  • Use of NUCCA equipment for patient care
  • Leg check and Anatometer procedures
  • Neurological mechanisms of the cervical region
  • Patient positioning for cervical x-rays

 X-ray requirements for Candidates in Level One:

  • Four views of alignment films. Format can be found in the NUCCA textbook and past monographs. X-ray equipment must be aligned to NUCCA standards to participate in all three levels of certification.
  • Five pre-unanalyzed, consecutive sets of patient x-rays demonstrating necessary protocols for patient placement in all three views (Lateral, Nasium, Vertex).
  • Two consecutive sets of both pre and post x-rays, demonstrating necessary protocols for patient placement.

Critical points of consideration include proper exposures, the use of the appropriate filters, proper views of structures, (i.e. posterior arch on the nasal view), and minimal distortions (i.e. rotation and location of structure on the x-ray film).

Any submission provided for review, must be a current submission and the films taken must be within 30 days of the submission date.

Previously reviewed x-rays may not be resubmitted.

Once a doctor has completed and passed the online exam, alignment films, five consecutive pre x-rays, two consecutive pre and post films, they are eligible as a candidate for the second level of the NUCCA Board Certification process.


Our first step toward Dr. Golberg’s NUCCA Level One Certification was the alignment of his X-ray equipment — a daunting consideration for new NUCCA doctors. This required forty-hours of our time. Then there were the many hours of planning, design, construction, testing, critique and practice using the lead, NUCCA X-ray attenuating filters we made specifically for Dr. Golberg’s X-ray machine. There were hours-and-hours of studying the NUCCA textbook, coaching and refinement of his patient X-ray positioning and X-ray technique, of coaching and practicing the eight-step NUCCA corrective procedure, and the extensive self-assessment process required for achieving the NUCCA X-ray production and analysis standards. Then, Dr. Golberg submitted and re-submitted his X-ray machine alignment X-rays and his patient X-rays to NUCCA for critique and certification, and passed the NUCCA Level One Certification online examination. All of this was accomplished while Dr. Golberg was providing the best care for his patients, successfully promoting and managing his clinic, serving his community, and being an excellent husband and father.

Congratulations to Dr. Goldberg. And thank you for this opportunity for me to “pay it forward” from my NUCCA mentors and my mentor’s mentors to you.

Our Patient Achieves 300% – 400% Improvement In Meniere’s Disease

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Hello, my name is Kathy and I have Meniere’s Disease.

In 2009, I was doing yoga and was suddenly overcome by dizziness and fell over. It only lasted a few minutes and I had no idea what happened.  Then…nothing for a year and a half.  In 2011, I was at a chiropractor’s office and he did a neck adjustment and wham…I was so dizzy, I could not walk or drive. Someone had to come pick me up and get me and my car home.  An Ear, Nose and Throat doctor said I had benign positional vertigo and gave me some movements to do when I got dizzy. But then, I had an acute episode of vertigo. Luckily, I was at home at the time. I couldn’t walk or sit or lay down or even blink without the world spinning. Then came the cyclical vomiting. My husband had to take me to the emergency room because it wouldn’t stop. Every 20 minutes like clockwork. It was horrible. It was then that I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. It was then that my life changed.

I was put on several medications for when I was having symptoms, and they help but they don’t solve the underlying problem

I was put on a low sodium diet and a diuretic. I have low blood pressure, so I could not tolerate the diuretic. I felt worse than I did before. They wanted to put me on some other medications that had worse side effects than the symptoms.  I said no. I don’t really like to take a bunch of stuff, especially when they didn’t even know if it would help.  I was put on several medications for when I was having symptoms, and they help but they don’t solve the underlying problem, nor the anxiety that goes along with not knowing when an episode will hit.

Meniere’s is a very frustrating disease to have.  No one knows exactly what is happening inside the ear, what causes it, or how to cure it.  They have theories, of course, and treatment is hit or miss. There is no treatment that seems to work for everyone. Currently it has no cure.  Just management.

I prefer a holistic, whole body approach to my healthcare, not just, “here, take this medication and see what happens.”

My doctor was not listening to me. He dismissed many of my questions. He said my case was minor compared to some he had seen and dismissed how this disease was affecting my life. He was convinced I had asymptomatic migraines and wanted to put me on an antidepressant that is used to treat migraines. Some of the more common side effects of that medication are dizziness and tinnitus. Those were some of the very symptoms I was trying to get rid of! Maybe if they could have proved to me that I actually had migraines, that would have helped convince me.  Yes, there is a correlation between people who have migraines and Meniere’s, about 50%.  But that means that there are 50% of Meniere’s sufferers who do NOT have migraines. The logic of “take this medication, for a condition you may or may not have, that may or may not actually help with the Meniere’s symptoms” was not something I could get behind.

I started to do a lot of research.

I wanted to find an underlying cause.  I wanted to treat the underlying cause, not just treat the symptoms. I had immunological testing, and allergy testing. I tried to reduce the stress in my life.  I changed my diet to eliminate things that are known to be inflammatory to the body. Inflammation is a cause of fluid retention. Fluid retention in the body means more fluid in the ears. Made sense to me. I have tried meditation, essential oils, massage. I tracked the occurrence of dizziness and vertigo against sleep patterns, menstrual cycles, stress.  It does appear to me that things that cause stress to the mind and body, aggravate the symptoms. Over the years, I have tried many things with varying degrees of success.

Then I came across some research addressing a possible cause of Meniere’s

by Dr Michael Burcon. Then I came across a book that took that research and went into it further.  The book is called “Say Goodbye to Meniere’s Disease: Here’s How to Make Your World Stop Spinning” by Neil G Bauman, PhD.  I read it.  This was the first thing I had seen giving an explanation of a possible underlying cause of Meniere’s and even better, a possible cure.  It made complete sense to me! And it fit with my personal medical history. I knew I had numerous issues with my back, shoulders, hips and neck that were a result of a pretty bad car accident I had when I was younger. But I didn’t realize that those could be the underlying cause of what was going on now.

But not just any chiropractor

I’m not going to go into detail here, but please get the book yourself, read it and see if it makes sense to you.  In a nutshell, what it came down to, was a misalignment of the cervical vertebrae.  And the treatment involves going to a chiropractor.  But not just any chiropractor – one that has extra certifications in upper cervical treatment.  Specifically, an expert, in adjusting the atlas and axis vertebrae (C1 and C2).

You may recall I mentioned earlier that my first real experience with vertigo was after I had an adjustment in a chiropractic office. I was fairly nervous to try it again.  But, all chiropractors are not created equal.  The previous chiropractor I saw was what I call a “twist and crack” chiropractor.  So, as recommended in the book, I went online and did a search for chiropractors that had this extra training, years of experience and the extra certifications.  There are only a couple in the whole state of Colorado.   Dr Tom Groover at the Boulder Chiropractic Clinic is one of them.

Then he determined exactly how to treat ME.

From my first visit, I realized this was going to be different from chiropractors I had seen before.  He took x-rays and measurements, so the adjustments could be precise and specifically for MY body and MY issues.  He determined exactly what was misaligned, and in exactly what way. Then he determined exactly how to treat ME.

I started seeing Dr. Groover in February 2018.  Besides the upper cervical misalignment, I had several other issues that needed to be corrected and stabilized in order for my body to hold the adjustments permanently. No, I didn’t experience a miraculous cure after one treatment. But I wasn’t expecting that. My body had been misaligned for 33 years. My muscles had been holding my bones in the wrong place for all that time.  I figured it was going to take some time to undo all that and retrain my muscles to hold my bones where they are meant to be.

Is it improved? Dramatically. Do I feel better? Definitely.

And best of all, since I started seeing Dr. Groover, I have not had one acute vertigo episode.  I do still experience dizziness, and there are times when I think it might get worse and I could have an acute episode. But it hasn’t happened. Am I cured? Honestly, I’m not sure yet. I’m cautiously optimistic. What I can tell you for certain, is that I feel better than I did before, and I do believe this path is the correct one for me.

For the first time in years, I have hope.

Read the book, read the research. See if it makes sense to you.  If it does, I recommend you make an appointment. What do you have to lose? It may just turn out to be the answer you’ve been looking for. It may be the turning point where your live begins to feel like it did before you were diagnosed with Meniere’s.  For the first time in years, I have hope. There might just be a light at the end of that tunnel. And I for one am looking forward to reaching it.

Best of luck to you and may you find a path that leads you back to a life of good health and balance!

Did This Happen When You Fell On Your Butt?

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Yes, Did This Happen When You Fell On Your Butt?

“Falling on your butt may cause you serious problems,” says Boulder Chiropractic Clinic’s Dr. Tom Groover. “Such upward jolts to your pelvis frequently injure your sacroiliac joint ligaments. These common percussive forces will miss-align your sacrum (the spine’s triangular base, each side of which joins with your ilia) and your illia (two large hip bones). The junctions between your illia and sacrum are your sacroiliac joints, misalignments of which cause considerable problems.”

“Healthy sacroiliac joints are structurally and functionally symmetrical. Each ilium fits precisely with the sacrum and the ilia align precisely with each other. Subluxations (misalignments less than dislocations) of these sacroiliac joints cause structural distortions and movement asymmetries. Falling-on-your-butt-traumas cause both simple and complex sacroiliac joint subluxations.”

Dr. Groover describes how these injuries will manifest into symptomes. “These sacroiliac joint subluxations irritate your joint tissues, nerves and muscles. The results: acute and chronic sciatica including low back, hip, pelvis and leg pain. Pelvis subluxations really stress your nervous system.” He explains, “Some subluxations are simple and easily diagnosed and treated by most chiropractic and osteopathic doctors. Others are much more difficult.”

The Majority of New Patients Coming to Our Clinic Have Sciatica.

“More than half our new patients have subluxation-induced sciatica — that radiating pain down your butt, hip and leg. Many have non-radiating low back, hip and leg pains. The larger majority of these patient have previously been treated for their conditions. Some have been to many medical doctors, physical therapists, osteopathic doctors and chiropractic doctors. They often complain about spending their time, effort and money for little or no results.

Chiropractic College Was Just the Beginning.

Dr. Groover explains, “Chiropractic college really was the beginning of my chiropractic education. The curriculum there gave me the fundamental language and perspective for life-long learning and professional development. The diagnostic and treatment procedures for pelvis and lumbar spine subluxations I learned were excellent. Surprisingly, those procedures didn’t work for many of my patients. Now these patients enjoy great results from the knowledge, understanding and procedures I have developed refined during my many years of clinic practice.”

Let’s Take Care of that Condition Right Away.

We at Boulder Chiropractic Clinic recognize the critical importance of your pelvis and low back alignments. They provide structural and functional support for your skeletal, muscular and neurological systems.

If you have injured yourself currently or in the past and have acute or chronic sciatica, low back, hip or leg pain; give us a call at 303-442-7772.

Or, email us at info@BoulderChiropracticClinic.com.

Let’s take care of that condition right away.

Systemic Change: Boulder Chiropractic Clinic Profile

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Dr. Tom Groover of Boulder Chiropractic Clinic says, “We are devoted to facilitating the systemic changes needed to correct, stabilize and heal our patient’s conditions for them be well and to develop and live their full potential. For this purpose, our chiropractic is comprehensive in philosophy, diagnosis and treatment.”

Comprehensive Chiropractic

In principle, comprehensive chiropractic is inclusive and extensive. Its scope is multi-dimensional, expansive and at the same time detailed. It is about systems analysis and creating systemic changes as the basis for symptomatic relief, stabilization and healing of conditions.

Our comprehensive chiropractic is founded upon some fundamental core principles.

  • We have structural and functional definitions for what is normal and what is abnormal.
  • We diagnose abnormalities.
  • We restore normality as the basis for healing.
  • Our approach is inside-out, addressing the patient’s primary causes and complications first and remaining conditions according to priorities.
  • Our chiropractic paradigm is: correction, stabilization, healing and wellness.
  • Health is living your full potential: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Systemic change is necessary for such transformation.
  • Normalizing upper cervical joint mechanics and neurology is essential for healthy physical structural integrity and motion and central nervous system function.
  • Normalizing the lumbar-pelvis-hip and neck-thorax-shoulder-rib complexes is essential for healthy physical structural integrity and motion and central nervous system function.
  • Correcting the Global Subluxation Complex is essential for optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual living.
  • Congruence of short and long-term health goals and objectives is necessary for optimal outcomes.

Systemic Chiropractic Approach

The symptomatic approach to chiropractic, in contrast to our systemic approach, usually focuses upon the adjustment of symptomatic regions and may provide short-term, incremental improvements.

We begin with diagnosis and treatment of fundamental structural and functional abnormalities which most influenced the whole person. We group these abnormalities into four fundamental subluxation complexes:

  • Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex.
  • Lumbar-Pelvis-Hip Subluxation Complex.
  • Neck-Shoulder-Rib Cage-Thoracic Spine Subluxation Complex.
  • Global Subluxation Complex.

Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex

The Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex impairs the movement and structural support of the upper cervical spine and the upper cervical spinal nerve roots. It may also impair cranial nerves which control and regulate your smell and vision, the sensation to your face, sinuses, teeth, tongue, throat middle ear, heart, lungs, trachea, bronchi, larynx, pharynx, GI tract and external ear. It may impair your taste, chewing and swallowing, salivary glands, facial muscles, hearing, equilibrium, smell, shrugging of your shoulders and motor control of your heart, lungs, palate, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and GI tract.

The Upper Cervical Spinal Subluxation Complex impairs the motor nerves passing through your upper cervical neural canal which control and regulate your posture muscles. this causes postural distortions and accompanying abnormal structural support and movement throughout the joints of your body.

Lumbar-Pelvis-Hip Subluxation Complex

The Lumbar-Pelvis-Hip Subluxation Complex is usually present whenever our patients complain of low back, hip, leg or pelvic floor pain and/or muscle weakness, deactivation, contraction, and muscle pain of these regions and of your abdominal core muscles. This subluxation complex impairs the ability of your lumbar and sacral plexus to give autonomic, motor, and sensory fibers to the lower extremities and to the body’s gluteal and inguinal (groin) regions.

Neck-Shoulder-Rib Cage-Thoracic Spine Subluxation Complex

Your Neck-Shoulder-Rib Cage-Thoracic Spine Subluxation Complex impairs your cervical and thoracic nerve roots responsible for cutaneous and muscular innervation of the entire upper limb and control of motor and sensory signals mostly for the upper back, chest and abdomen. They are responsible for movement of your shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands, respiration, coughing and sneezing.

Global Subluxation Complex

The Global Subluxation Complex are the physiological and mental impairments from the combined abnormal neurologic feedback from the mechanoreceptors of all spinal and extremity joint subluxations throughout your body.

Experience the Systemic Change

Prospective Patients:

  • Contact us for initial evaluation or consultation.
  • Long-distance patients, contact us for consulting with you and your chiropractor.

Chiropractic Students:

  • Contact us about Field Doctor Extension Faculty Intern Preceptorship Program

Doctors of Chiropractic:

  • Contact us about our chiropractor training in our chiropractic system and about our chiropractor consulting program.

Contact info:

  • Telephone: 303-442-7772
  • Web address: boulderchiropracticclinic.com
  • Email address: info@boulderchiropracticclinic.com

Boulder Chiropractic Clinic Chiropractic Philosophy: Vitalism, Creative Intelligence, Prevention, Self-Healing and Consciousness

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Founders of Chiropractic were vitalistic philosophers who understood that there is order in the universe, life is created, maintained and destroyed according to natural law, and that life is health. In the words of B.J. Palmer is know as the developer of Chiropractic:

Today, BABIES ARE CONCEIVED, developed, given birth, live, and die according to law––natural law, the law that has been here, is coming in will be.

At this junction, what is law?

Law is that which is fixed, stable, everlasting, eternal.

If law is violated itself just once, it would cease to be a law.

If law could violate itself once, it could do so million times.

And, the more violated violated itself, the less law it would be.

Law does not violate itself to please the caprices of man.

Law is too big to change its pattern to please… man.

Scientists TELL US that in “nature” there are two forces contending against each other, and that things are as they are because of action and reaction of these two forces.

These are called the centrifugal (or inside), and the centripetal (or outside), known in physics as attraction and repulsion.

These two forces work on human beings as they work on everything else.

In chiropractic, they are known as innate intelligence (centrifugal) and environment  (centripetal).

Nerves are named accordingly –- efferent and afferent –- which names designate their function of carrying mental impulses from  Innate Intelligence to the periphery, or tissue cell (efferent), and vibrations from the tissue cell (periphery) to Innate Intelligence (afferent).

For thousands of years professionals that minister to the sick disregarded the centrifugal or inside force (Innate Intelligence), and searched the heavens and earth in a vain attempt to externally find the cause of disease.

Even now, we find a vast and learned army engaged in draining swamps, killing mosquitoes, prescribing diets, discovering germs and establishing hygienic conditions under which those in whom the flame of life burns feebly may continue longer upon the earth.

To contend that these investigations have found nothing of value to mankind is to betray ignorance and to show a total disregard for probable facts as to make ourselves ridiculous.

Fire burns, cold freezes, water drowns, alcohol intoxicates, poison kills, etc., and the most perfectly aligned spine in the world, with 100% of Innate Intelligence on the job, with a perfectly normal range of adaptability, will not prevent these excess outside conditions from producing death, discomfort, or loss of ease—at this stage of the development of the race, at least.

When these facts are admitted in environmental conditions, and each is traced to its logical conclusion, there remains the overwhelming mass of conditions of dis-ease that effect mankind, which are not reconciled to the external environmental theory of the cause of dis-ease.

A hundred thousand people drink water from the same stream for a year, and during that year forty become sick with what is diagnosed as typhoid fever.

Give the why of this from the standpoint of the water—or the germs in the water—being the cause.

Reverse the statistics and say that of a hundred thousand who drank the water, only forty remained alive.

Reason and logic point to the conclusion that in both instances there is an unknown factor, and that the unknown factor in the first instance is the cause of forty cases of typhoid fever, and in the second instance is the cause of forty survivors.

Living under the same environmental conditions, one member of the family has heart trouble, another bronchial, a third liver, and a fourth stomach trouble; while a fifth may suffer from nervousness, six from sciatica, etc.

Like causes produce like results. If this be true, if this be natural, how can one who affirms that the cause of disease lives in environment reconcile the facts to that theory?

It is self-evident there is some factor which is not environmental, that accounts for different results.

Chiropractic teaches this unknown factor is found within, and that the resistance, or the susceptibility, of the individual must be measured in terms of centrifugal force, i.e., vitality or mental impulse

While other professions are concerned with changing environment to suit the weakened body, Chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to “suit” the environment.

This is an explanation of the fundamental difference in theory, art, and practice between Chiropractic and the other professions, and an explanation of why chiropractic succeeds were other methods fail.

1955. B.J. Palmer, Chiropractic Philosophy, Science and Art, Volume XXXII, The P.S.C Press, Davenport, Iowa.


Your Inner Guide to Health and Happiness

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 What is your inner guide?

Your inner guide, according to Miwa Mack of the Boulder Psychic Institute helps you evaluate the world and make choices which are good for your health and happiness. She describes the guide as your state of calmness of body and clear energy where you are experiencing your own vibration. It is that clear sentience when you are tuned in to your Self, where your mind is clear and quiet and free from self-deprecating thoughts.

We are designed to succeed.

The main point of the discuss was that for us as human body, we are actually designed to succeed. Our human systems is designed for success. That which is not successful is mostly not your energy and will have you make choices which are going to be unhealthy. By accessing our clear autonomy, our personal space, we are free from social, government and medical conditioning and can see the truth.”We are very much sold that we are controlled by the environment. This victim mentality crushes the humans spirit and self-determination. By maintaining your inner vibration, your inner peace, you will attract to you different experiences to you that might be ore positive or might feel more supportive.”

How to access your inner guide?

“Be in your own body, your own space, your own field. People tend to be 20-30 feet in front of them. This is the person who will fall into the television and become the affect of advertising. A person that has placed the outer world as primary, the senior level of influence, are going to make unhealthy choices.”

“One of the simplest ways to make sure that your inner world is the primary decision making point of reference is to make sure that you, on a conscious level, are in your body. Close your eyes and breathe, and imagine all your energy coming back to you — just being more within and contained within your own body.”


Did This Happen When You Fell On Your Butt?

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Snowboarding season is upon us here in Colorado and I can’t tell you how many times I have treated these athletes for sacroiliac joint butt-landing ligament injuries. These ligament failures accompany sacroiliac joint subluxations (misalignments less than dislocations) with attendant pain, stiffness and weakness. Depending upon the patient’s age and general health, immediate, accurate diagnosis and treatment will re-align the sacroiliac joints and heal the ligaments for uncomplicated recovery.

On the other hand, most people with chronic low back-hip-pelvis-leg pain, stiffness and weakness have, at some time in the more distant past, fallen on their butts and experienced the same injuries. Due to the long-term wear and tear of these injuries, these cases are often complicated by more severe ligament laxities, inflammation, cartilage loss and the pain of degenerative osteoarthritis.

I recommend that you take care of your sacroiliac joint ligament injuries and their attendant joint subluxations quickly and effectively. If you are still symptomatic after undergoing reasonable treatment, seek another opinion from a sacroiliac joint injury expert. Left unattended, these injuries can make your life miserable.


Neuromuscular Education of Your Knee & Joints

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Neuromuscular re-education is an attempt to teach your body to move normally through analysis of your abnormal movement and then learning and practicing the normal movement. Theoretically, your normal movement patterns involve specific nerve signals transmitted through specific nerve tracts between your muscles and your brain. By practicing normal movement repeatedly over time, these nerve tracts become reinforced and these normal muscle movement patterns are learned and remembered. It is thought that normal muscle movement patterns are disrupted when nerves or muscles are injured, and normal movement may be regained through Neuromuscular re-education.

I find it is true that abnormal movement results from nerve and muscle injuries and may be relearned. However, it is my clinical experience that certain conditions must be in place for that to occur. Namely, movement-disrupting injuries are more extensive than those to nerves and muscles, and to restore normal movement, these injuries must be healed.

The traumas which injure muscles and nerves will most likely injure your joints too. In most of my cases, joint injury is the primary injury and the nerve and muscle injuries are secondary to (they are caused by) the joint injury. Joint injuries occur from both acute and repetitive stress traumas. Acute traumas abound in contact sports and motor vehicle collisions, where excessive forces sprain your ligaments, strain your muscles and bruise your nerves, and worse. Accompanying these sprains and strains are displacements of your bones from their healthy, neutral alignments within your joint capsules.

Your joints contain bone, cartilage and synovial fluid encapsulated by ligaments, muscles and membranes. Your joints contain nerve endings (mechanoreceptors) which deliver feedback such as information about the alignment of the bones within your joints, joint capsular pressure, ligament, tendon and muscle tension/tone and the position of your limbs in space. When your joints are injured, and therefore misaligned, feedback from these injured joints to your central nervous system becomes abnormal. You’ve heard the expression “garbage in — garbage out”. The control of the nerves associated with those injured  joints is disrupted or lost and abnormal motion of the joints ensues.

In this case, treating the abnormal muscles and nerves without realigning the joint and healing the ligament and other soft tissue injuries can only go so far. Based upon my clinical experience, I propose that the injured ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves will not effectively heal until their associated joints are realigned and are moving normally in the first place.


Much Larger Hip Muscle Strength Increases Measured 60 Minutes Later, By Dr. Tom Groover

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At Boulder Chiropractic Clinic, we measured a new patient’s hip muscle strengths 60 minutes apart, first before and then after the patient’s first lumbar/pelvis specific chiropractic treatment. The average hip muscle strength increase was 233.8%. There was a 31.98% average decrease in strength disparity between the patient’s right and left sides. The greatest strength improvement occurred with the patient’s left hip adductors, 1215.1% increase, measured with the patient supine while the hips were flexed and knees were simultaneously bent upward.

Manual testing of the patient’s hip muscles was performed earlier during his initial global screening consultation, and his hip adductor musc were noted to be very weak. Hip adductors are core muscles primarily responsible for stabilizing your legs, pelvis and low back,  keeping them aligned within your frontal plane (side-to-side orientation when viewed front-to-back). Weakness of these muscles allows your legs to abduct (spread apart), disturbing the upright alignment of your body and exposing it to injuries. Weakness of the hip adductors while both hips and knees are flexed specifically indicates misalignment (subluxation) of the pubic symphysis, a joint subluxation (misalignment less than a dislocation) which contributes to subluxations of your sacroiliac joints, hip sockets, low back vertebra, knees, ankles and feet, and everywhere else in your body for that matter.

Joint subluxations cause loss of neuromuscular control, meaning your movement will be weaker and less coordinated. The subluxation’s associated mechanical problems cause acute joint injuries and chronic joint wear and tear leading to degenerative arthritis.

The huge increase in hip adductor strength seen in this study demonstrates that the patient’s pubic symphysis was subluxated, but also that this subluxation was severely impairing his latently immense hip adductor muscle strength. The patient is an advanced athlete and reported that jumping up into a standing position upon an exercise ball had been a challenge before he began his joint corrective care.

The second measurement taken 60 minutes after the first, was take after the patient’s pelvis was leveled, upper back aligned with his center-of-gravity and standing body weight balanced between the rights and left sides of his body, and pubic symphysis, sacroiliac joints and low back joints were aligned. On the patient’s next follow-up visit the patient reported that immediately after receiving this corrective care, he began jumping up on the ball and standing there without hesitation or instability, and was able to do his cable resistance training there without stumbling, wavering or losing his balance.