At Comprehensive Health Care, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Crystal Lake office.
QA-Protocol with "Brain on Fire"- What is it ?? A MUST READ
The Quintessential Applications Clinical Protocol is all about excitation and inhibition of neural pathways. It utilizes the manual muscle testing response (inhibited, facilitated, over-facilitated) as a reflection of the status of the anterior horn motor neuron pool (AMN) for the muscle being tested. Sensory receptor based diagnostic challenges result in muscle testing outcomes (changes in the AMN) that are then used to direct appropriate therapy.
Though strong (facilitated) or weak (inhibited) muscles are utilized in sensory receptor based diagnostic challenges, weak muscles best serve the needs of our initial investigations. Postural analysis and TS Line analysis help to identify muscle weakness. Posture, range of motion, pain, etc. are used to objectively measure the clinical presentation and subsequent treatment response.
Injury recall (IRT) patterns must be addressed first. Correction of injuries with IRT reduces cortical and/or cerebellar asymmetry and restores normal muscle spindle control mechanisms necessary for muscular and postural control. Many neurological signs and autonomic effects are also significantly changed by IRT corrections. Similar responses occur when applying pain relief techniques (NSB, Set Point). Addressing these patterns of aberrant neurological function in the beginning optimizes response to subsequent therapies and helps avoid recidivism.
Fanning out the "Brain on Fire". Our Brains are our most important and complex organ. When fanned by inflammation and excess excitatory activity, brain neurons become overstimulated to the point of exhaustion and even cell death, the so-called "Brain on Fire".
Dr. Matejka has simplified complicated physiology, to properly support whatever has gone wrong weather it's a NEUROTRANSMITTER Issue, a CYTOKINE Issue or something else. We integrate structural, chemical, and emotional/mental procedures that optimize brain and brainstem functions, and put out the "Brain on Fire".
Systemic nutritional factors essential for cellular, neuromuscular and neurological support must be addressed early regardless of presenting symptoms. These factors are vital for proper healing and have a direct impact on nerve, brain and immune function, inflammation, energy production, tissue oxygen supply, cartilage and connective tissue repair. Citric acid cycle (CAC) nutritional factors are addressed later as CAC-inhibiting immune modulators (cytokines - interleukins, TNF) may reveal an apparent need that, oftentimes, subsequently resolves.
Systemic structural factors (K-27 Switching, Cranial, TMJ) result in aberrant postural patterns that must be considered prior to addressing local problems or manipulating the spine. When neurological "switching patterns" are present, immune system dysfunction is most often the underlying cause. Attention to these structural factors has a direct impact on the mesencephalic reticular formation affecting, among other things, pattern generation (flexion, extension, rotation, lateral flexion), TMJ muscle function, and autonomic expression.
CAC & ETC (Electron Transport Chain) function are now assessed assuring adequate ATP production, the production of CO2, synthesis of bicarbonate ion (CSF, HCl and Pancreatic Enzymes), and optimal neuron "firing".
Heart-focused (HF) activity positively influences autonomic, endocrine, and immune function. This self-induced, positive emotion driven therapy is preferentially performed after favorably influencing neuroimmunologic function.
Systemic endocrine factors are now considered, since sources of endocrine disturbance (Injuries, Immune Dysfunction, Histamine Elevation) have already been addressed. First, we must identify the need for increasing or decreasing endocrine function, realizing that excess hormone may be a result of over production or faulty liver detoxification, and faulty liver detoxification may be GI Tract (esp. Large Intestine) related. Hyperinsulinism, present in many endocrine problems, must also be considered.
Sources of autonomic dysfunction (Injuries, Stress) and sources of GI disturbance (Allergens, Bad Fats, Endocrine/Bowel/Liver) previously corrected make further assessment of the GI Tract appropriate at this time. Evaluating for hiatal hernia/GERD is critical prior to examining the ICV as a part of a fully integrated digestive system. Autonomic dysfunction is corrected first clarifying subsequent enteric nervous system evaluations.
Relieving persistent somatic manifestations of emotional stress is now appropriate as biochemical (Nutrients for Neurotransmitters, Adrenal Stress), neurological (Injuries, Pain, HF) and GI (Psychological/Physiological Reversal, Toxicity) factors adversely affecting our ability to cope have been ameliorated.
Presenting symptomatology is often greatly reduced or entirely absent prior to the assessment of "local" problems. However, at this juncture, origin-insertion, Chapman's reflexes, fascial sheath shortening, iliolumbar ligament, pelvis, spine and extremities are definitively more responsive to our focused therapeutic effort as remaining dysfunction is relieved of the interference caused by previously aberrant descending neural pathways.
At or near the end of each treatment session, gait assessment provides essential feedback confirming that necessary mechanical corrections have been effectively made and assuring that no further therapy (e.g. Pancreas Chapman's Reflex Stimulation) is needed prior to releasing the patient to daily activity.
After attending to all of the parameters mentioned above, if pain persists, LQM is most effective, as the general systemic effects on the cortex, cerebellum, structure, viscera and chemistry have been effectively redressed.
Video of QA Protocol being done:
Applied kinesiology is a system of diagnosis that utilizes the manual muscle testing response as a reflection of the status of the anterior horn motor neuron pool of the muscle being tested (i.e. the pool of nerve cells in the spinal cord that respond when the muscle contracts). The fundamental objective of this new system of diagnosis is the evaluation and correction of nervous system irritation through the application of "natural therapies" designed to remove noxious irritants and restore normal neurological expression, thereby aiding in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.
Applied kinesiology finds its roots in observations made in 1964 by Dr. George J. Goodheart, Jr, a chiropractic physician, then practicing in Detroit, Michigan. Goodheart's observations regarding muscle balance, muscle strength and muscle weakness refuted the then held theory that muscle spasm was the primary cause of back pain. According to Goodheart, the primary cause of back pain is muscle weakness. Muscle weakness (as observed by manual testing) was soon to be understood as an inhibition of motor neurons located in the spinal cord's anterior horn motor neuron pool.
Weakness (inhibition) of any muscle, Goodheart observes, causes the contralateral, antagonistic or opposing muscles to contract, thereby causing pain. When a muscle contracts without the normal antagonistic response, it isn't the tight or contracted muscle that needs help, it is the weak (inhibited) muscle that needs to be strengthened (facilitated), thereby restoring muscle balance and relieving secondary muscle spasm. A real case of primary muscle spasm is, in reality, seldom seen. It is, rather, a secondary condition.
Applied kinesiology allows the doctor to diagnose, through the use of the manual muscle testing response, the need for the application of a variety of sensory receptor based therapies that, when appropriately applied, result in improved neurological function. This "new system of diagnosis" confirms that when the need is diagnosed and appropriate therapy is supplied, the results are often remarkable.
If we want to get more complicated, it is a neurological test for evaluating the body’s electromagnetic potentials. When we do Kinesiology, we are working with the nervous system, which is an electrical system and has positive and negative flows. It creates an electromagnetic field around it (very measurable) and it can be shorted out just like our electrical systems in our homes. The Chinese systems of flow of electrical energy are called meridians. In Kinesiology, we make great use of the meridian flow pathways in the body. The eastern medical practitioners have paved the way for us by literally mapping out electrical highways in the body. If electrical energy is not flowing properly to an organ or muscle or joint we can detect this imbalance through testing the nervous system. This system of diagnosis may sound simplistic but it is very profound and valuable.
We provide advanced spinal manipulation utilizing "state of the art" techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer techniques are safer, very comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Glen Matejka has 31 years of training and experience in spinal care.
We teach our patients special "blueprint" exercises to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.
We often find it helpful to "coach" our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.
We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? Glen Matejka can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.
Massage therapy offers a natural conservative treatment approach that relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is tailored to meet the patient's condition and injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aid in recovery and range of motion.
Spinal & Postural Screenings
Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. We provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.