ABC is different and profoundly effective but a little hard to wrap your brain around at first. When I ask my clients what is the difference between the chiropractic care they have received in the past and ABC a common response is “THIS WORKS”
Lasting results, resolution of chronic pain and dysfunction, Better posture
10 visits-you begin to understand and feel why this ABC is different.
20 visits-lots of chronic pain issues are resolved.
30 visits-the transformation has begun and you want to see how much better it gets.
Advanced BioStructural Correction Technique-fixes bodies if the problem isn’t due to cancer, fracture, infections and the like. Notice I don’t include disk herniations. Disks can come and go. MRI’s have been around long enough that they have followed people over time and noticed that disks can resolve on there own. I also used to work in an office that used to do a lot personal injury cases-everyone got an MRI. And there wasn’t a clear correlation between the MRI images and how the person felt. Meaning someone with a lousy looking MRI would be walking around without pain issues and someone with a beautiful looking MRI would be in a lot of pain. Notice also that I didn’t list “getting older.” Aches and pains and limiting function and activities and blaming it on getting older is not something I am willing to accept for myself and suggest you do the same. More years means more opportunities to acquire more twists and tweaks and compensations- nothing to do inherently with the age of the system. True, you probably haven’t been able to find effective treatment that improves your function-but with ABC it is possible. In fact, that is what happens.
MY OLDER CLIENTELE-this has been a rewarding group to work with. Each week they are getting a little straighter, their neck looks longer, they get a waistline, their shoulders are back, they don’t move like old people. And to my eyes they are looking younger and younger.
BENEFITS I HAVE NOTICED
My feet are straight and not V’d. My hammer head toes are uncurling-on one side only so far (and the toe nails are getting healthier looking), I don’t feel jarred when walking, going downhill, running. (When in alignment the body is a pretty good shock absorber). I don’t scuff my heels any more when walking. I can take big steps and walk fast for long distances, something my old alignment wouldn’t allow for. I can stand straighter with ease while feeling more balanced and relaxed. My jaw doesn’t pop and tracks smoother. I’m not clenching me teeth. I can breathe through my nose easier. My neck doesn’t grind when turning. The ringing in my ears is gone. The about once a month headache I used to get is just a memory. When I am carrying a purse, it doesn’t feel like it is weighting me down-my shoulder stay even and don’t really feel the weight of the purse. My back doesn’t get sore after walking long distances. I can sleep on my right and left side(whereas there was just something irritating about lying on my left side in the past). Chronically tight muscles are not tight any more. The numb feeling in part of my back is slowly coming to life. I have more flexibility and range of motion in my spine and IT JUST FEELS GOOD TO MOVE. And these aren’t even the things I had the expectation of getting better. It was the shoulder pain and the upper back pain and the usual suspects. Any more getting people out of pain is the low ball goal-I expect that. The real gem to me is the overall improvement in function. THE BODY THAT WORKS BETTER THAN YOU CAN REMEMBER IT WORKING! I still have a ways to go and it’s not always fun-my neck bothered me for three months while my hip and leg worked something out. So when you are looking globally at how your whole body is feeling you get willing to put up with some pain for the gains.
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE-After you have been getting ABC treatments and you have done some unwinding, if you do take a spill or get into and accident your risk of injury DECREASES. A tight body falls and breaks. A loose body rolls with the punches. Other ABC clients and other ABC practitioners have been pleasantly surprised when they walk away with not much more than the bruises that the accident caused and they know that in the past that same incident would have laid them out for a while.
ABC was synthesized by Dr. Jesse Jutkowitz, DC. He had a background in engineering, went to chiropractic school, got out in the real world working with clients and starting asking himself why this adjusting stuff doesn’t work anywhere near as good as they told him it would in school. Thus he began his journey to find a way to consistently and predictably fix bodies. He studied lots of techniques and when he couldn’t get them to work in his office, he went to the instructors office-and found out the instructor wasn’t doing the technique as taught or was doing something else.
One of the people he studied was the work of Dr. Alf Breig, a neurosurgeon. Dr. Breig had the theory of cervical cord traction. What he discovered was that when nerves are stretched they start acting up. He began by having people lie(for weeks and months) on strategically placed and sized pillow designed to take the tension off the spinal cord—and he got great results all sorts of neurological conditions-ALS, MS, intractable pain, and although I don’t think the term was used back when Breig started, fibromyalgia. Since he was a neurosurgeon, he developed a surgical technique which involved attaching a cord to the base of the skull, threading it down the neck and attaching it to the upper back, tethering the neck in place to take the tension of the spinal cord. A newer term for this is ‘tethered cord symdrome.’ It is an actual ICD-9 diagnosis code. Dr. Yamada, a neurosurgeon has been researching this—————-put in yomada’s s/sx of tcs————
Being a chiropractor and engineer, Dr. Jutkowitz thought there may be a way to address the menengial tension structurally. He developed a technique that stretches the menegies by putting a stretch between the base of the skull and the first vertebra.
In studying the mechanics of the body Dr. Jutkowitz observed that there are certain bones that can get out of position in a manner in which the body does not have the musculature to pull it back in place. These we call primary biomechanical breakdowns (PBB). These PBB’s are what I am finding and fixing in the office. Basically, in the spine we are talking about when a vertebra goes anterior. When you get a vertebra that has moved forward, it makes your body more unstable and the rest of your body shifts and moves (compensates) to keep you upright. And you keep gathering more and more of these as you go along.
Why I learned this technique:
Naturopathic manipulations are part of ND training and included in the scope of the law in Washington State. However, in class we were instructed in the set up, but weren’t allowed to do the actual adjustment because they didn’t want us to hurt anyone! So I never did adjustments because I didn’t want to hurt anyone. In ABC, you do not do any of the dangerous moves-no rotation of the neck and no p to a adjusting. It is known in the chiropractic community that people who are adjusted by having there vertebra pushed forward in the thoracic (chest) region have an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks.
When I got out of school and into practice, I often asked my self how come the stuff they taught us in school –tested us on-didn't work that well in real life. So I too took lots of continuing education and technique classes and didn't find much of it useful or applicable. I became open minded but highly skeptical. I don’t jump on any bandwagons or fads. I investigate and try out new things and only keep that which proves itself to me.
One day I got something in the mail about this adjusting technique-fixes bodies predictably and consistently…get amazing result…well, I wasn’t about to spend the time and money on something I knew nothing about. So I emailed Dr. Jutkowitz and asked if anyone in my area was using this technique because I wanted to try it out on me first. He sent me a long list on name and I called several of them and asked if I could be treated t this ABC stuff. To summarize the response I got ‘We don’t use the technique and the guy is too full of himself. ‘(Chiropractors saying someone is too full of himself…….). There was one doctor in Lakewood, Dr. Lorie Plaisance, who agreed to see me using just the ABC.
I had been treated by various chiropractors with various techniques over the years and never got to resolution on symptoms-more of the chiropractic merry go round. Gets a little better gets a little worse, gets a little better-and the better was just less annoying, not better function of feeling good.
What I remember about my first ABC session was that I felt guilty about making her work so hard-because she started from the base of my skull went down to my toes and then started over again. That’s just the protocol but I didn't know that-
I can’t remember how many sessions into thing-within a very few-2 to 3, I started noticing that things felt different after an ABC adjustment.
After a while I started, before I knew that they could be messing up the work that ABC was doing, I would get appointments with other DC that I had referred to and been treated by and tell them how good the techniques was. And they tried not to roll there eyes and quickly changed the subject because they have been to too many seminars.
So when Dr. Plaisance decided to move to Silverdale, I knew I would drive out there to get treated, but since getting my clients to go to Lakewood was hard enough I didn’t think any one would go to Silverdale. One day she said I should learn this technique and she would help me. I did my first MR on her…..
So I learned how to fix bodies using ABC. It has been very gratifying to see resolution in people symptoms in a few visits-often huge improvements after just one. Even though many have been to many practitioners.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF ABC
-the body is not totally self correcting. If it was there would be no need for any type of health care and no one would ever die.
In terms of ABC, bones can go out of position in a manner in which there are no muscles to pull them back into place. In the spine, bones can move anterior.
These anteriors, which cannot be realigned with out some outside help are termed primary biomechanical breakdown. In order to stay upright, the body has to make compensations to the PBB’s. So, ABC corrects what the body cannot and leaves the rest for the body to unwind on its own.
Menengial release-the menengies are a connective tissue that attached to the back of the skull, wrap around the brain and the spinal cord and attach to the tail bone. If these are stuck or twisted, adjustments don’t hold and resolution of symptoms is not achieved. This is also an explanation for symptom all down one side of the body, which the neurologist can’t explain—the menegies on that side of the body are being stretched. That’s also why you can get resolution of things like irritable bladder with this technique.
1st rib maneuver-shifts the rib cage backwards, allowing for easier and deeper breathing. This alone can have a dramatic impact on asthma.
Unwinding—more can go on in between visits than during a visit as your body begins to let go of the compensations. With unwinding you’re using your own muscles to move things back into place. Unwinding can be sounding like rice crispies when you move, feeling a little klutzy and awkward, something starts bothering you out of the blue for no apparent reason, you feel extra fatigued for no reason, “old” pains may come back in order to be address by the ABC. Sometimes it can be quite uncomfortable. And while all this is going on parts of your body are working better than they have been.
C7 radiculopathy-Gone! with ABC