I thought to share this email exchange with a student from the east coast as it contains tips on handling abnormal conditions that clients can’t find solutions for in the medical world….
Hi Jocelyn-
I had a quick and sort of random question. I have a client who has hyperacusis in her left ear which is basically a super sensitivity to sound. She’s had it ever since she got in a big car accident in her twenties (she’s in her seventies now). She really has never found any solutions for it and it interferes with her ability to do everyday things.
I was wondering if you know anything about it and if neuromuscular work could be any benefit? She has told me she’s had trouble with that entire side since the accident.
Just curious if you’ve ever encountered anything like that!   A

 
Hi A
As far as the whole left side being ‘different since the accident’, that sounds like shock/trauma shutting down communications between the hemispheres. Don’t underestimate the power of Brain Buttons. Sometimes I use them for a good 10 minutes of the session along with a lengthy teaching about how stress turns off communication between the hemispheres and has some VERY predictable shifts that it does in our metabolism.
 
One word of warning: People who have had a condition for a long time may argue with your assessment and resist the work and so, often they get to keep the condition, because they find the therapist wrong or simply stop seeing them. I worked with a woman just like that at a Triathlon. Because I am so sure of what needs to happen I am able to command attention to what I am saying instead of allowing the recycling back through trauma experiences and remembered pain over and over again. She retold parts of the story to me repeatedly during a 1/2 hour tune up. Remembered tension recreates the tension.  Putting one’s attention on the space around you is another way to get away from being trapped in the trouble. 
 
I’ve never encountered anything like hyperacusis after an accident, but I encounter things I’ve never encountered most days these days. Trust your instincts. I listen carefully and imagine how the body shuts itself down and stores information as pattern recognition in what Milton Erickson would call ‘Compelling Personal Reference Experiences’.  These are the imprints the body/mind takes at moments of great danger to our survival.
 
Since she’s had this condition a long time and is now fairly old, my solution for the hyperacusis would be to wear a good sound modulator earplug such as drummers use. They are fitted to your ear. If I were her, I would wear it whenever I was in an environment with noise or even while watching TV.
 
Be well, stay happy, Jocelyn
For a FREE NEUROMUSCULAR ASSESSMENT to see if NeuroMuscular Reprogramming would be useful to you, call 415 388 9945.

Commonly called an ‘autoimmune disease’ as if your body is attacking itself, arthritis only shows up in specific joints.  Explanations for this fact, even in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, are lacking.

There is no doubt that arthritis has direct connections to our body’s ability to digest certain foods.  There are many books written on the subject of what foods to avoid that are very helpful in managing arthritis symptoms.  Avoiding certain categories of food reduces the general inflammatory effect in the body.

I’d like to address WHY arthritis shows up in some joints and not others.

In my experience (44 years of clinical practice and teaching), Arthritis is Body Intelligence at work. The joints that are affected by arthritis are weak.   They’ve been stressed or damaged in the past and lack full muscular support and function. So the body attempts to stabilize the joint by depositing bone when it cannot rebuild soft tissue integrity.  The bone is sore because it is in a state of active bone growth to stabilize the joint.  We avoid using a joint that hurts and this contributes further to its weakness and its decline.

Lack of balanced muscle support creates collapse and impingement in joint spaces

It is commonly known that injuries sustained in high school sports will show up as arthritic degeneration in an adult’s 40s.  This is because even though tissue heals after an injury, the neuromuscular coordination programs that govern function of that joint are never corrected, not even through exercise.  You cannot correct motor coordination dysfunction through exercise alone. 

Manual Muscle Testing reveals that one side of an affected joint is inhibited or weak, ie., it is unable to respond when needed.   Once the source of the inhibition is removed and the joint is at least responsive, the muscles are capable of being conditioned; of building strength. The soreness in the bones and soft tissue is dramatically and quickly reduced because the inflammation of bone growth is no longer needed as muscle support wakes up.   These results can be immediate.

NeuroMuscular Reprogramming NMR® allows us to assess and correct the source of the inhibitions that contribute to arthritic degeneration and other range of motion restrictions resulting from the body’s adaptation to weakness. NMR usually brings about a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in strength and function even within one session.

If you have arthritis, or other muscular weakness, you can call the Healus Neuro Rehab Center clinic today to arrange a FREE ½ hour NeuroMuscular Assessment, to find out which of your muscles are not providing you with full support and why….Why wait?  You have nothing to lose and much to learn…!

From Suki Munsell…

“Russell and I recently resumed evening walks and love the benefits. We suggested to Simone and Thorsten Kopitzki, students and Harbor Point neighbors, that they try it.  ‘Walking every night is a good way to balance my stressful office work,’ Simone said. ‘I’ve improved my balance and my fitness. I’m less short on breath than I was before. Being overweight, walking is not stressful on my body, and I’ve lost weight.’

“Boosting your metabolism is one of the many benefits of walking after dinner.Gastric emptying of the meal is accelerated leading to better digestion and better sleep. Even a 15-minute walk lowers blood levels of fat and enhances blood circulation. Blood sugar, which can spike after a meal, gets used up through activity. Bowels move better helping you eliminate more frequently and regularly. Plan the length of your walk accordingly!

“Walking morning, noon or night yields great resultsAdding a second exercise session in the evening, especially Dynamic Walking, rebalances your bodymind and erases stress from he day. Add 3 minutes of barre stretches when you return, the best dessert for a good night’s sleep.

“Early evening is a magical time to walk. Follow the sun as it dips over the horizon. Watch the clouds shimmer in luminous light. Listen to the hush spread as it mutes the day. . Smell the night blooming planets call their insect lovers. Watch the stars and planets wink on and the silvery moon gain in brilliance. Walking in the evening is like a meditation, a time for peace and contentment.

“The hardest part of the evening walking is getting off the cozy couch or turning off the TV or computer (whose blue light decreases the melatonin production you need for falling asleep). Set your intention and prepare. A partner or a dog helps (even a neighbors’s dog), and so does reminding yourself how much better you will feel and sleep. So Just Do It – give yourself the luxury of winding down, of intimate time, alone or with another, and with nature. Wait to walk at least 45 minutes after dinner. Then drink some water, dress for comfort, be safe, and delight in the night.”

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“Dynamic Walking is the ambulatory equivalent of flossing.”
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Want an easy and effective solution for back pain that you can do at home? Try Tuballz, a handy tool that will help you reprogram your hips and lower back.

Getting out of pain demands a new level of functionality, not just loosening up. Tuballz will help you do that…

The Common Story of Back Pain
Weakness in the back muscles causes the hips to tighten up to support upper body activities. Tight hips can cause sciatic pain and a twisted pelvis and knee pain, even shoulder pain. Dysfunctional back muscles cause hip, knee, ankle, foot, and even shoulder pain.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t working right. Muscles that are too tight are achey and painful. Muscles that are weak are sore, another kind of painful. Joints that don’t move correctly are painful. Correcting the motor patterns governing coordinated movement causes pain to diminish or disappear.

Exercise and conditioning alone will not strengthen a muscle that is inhibited or weak. Inhibited muscles do not receive neurological messages when they are sent. Exercising them develops good compensation patterns. It will help but not correct the problem.

“We keep Tuballz on our bedside table to use to loosen up before getting out of bed.  We had to buy 2 because we both use them – and travel with them.” – Dr. Suki and Russell Munsell

Ready to start? You can purchase Tuballz on our website, which includes a comprehensive how-to video you can use in the comfort of your home!

NeuroMuscular Reprogramming® and the use of Tuballz will correct the movement coordination dysfunctions causing most low back and hip pain. Take your BodyWork knowledge to the next level and learn with Jocelyn Olivier in her upcoming NMR Module 1 classes starting this September in Mill Valley, Dallas TX, and East Brunswick NJ. Information on each class can be found here.

The Healus Neuro Rehab Center, located in Mill Valley, CA, is dedicated to working with you on your body’s neuromuscular and neurological dysfunctions. Not quite sure if our clinic is right for you? Come on in for a FREE 1/2 hour NeuroMuscular Assessment with director Jocelyn Olivier, CMT MBW. To schedule an appointment, fill out our intake form (healus.com/intake-form) or give us a call at (415) 388 9945

It’s frustrating to try different paths to conception and not be successful.

It can be confusing to read so much conflicting research and still not have the answers you’re looking for.

It can be overwhelming to make all the decisions yourself, without the right team in your corner.

Here is THE most common mistake that leads to infertility:  Unknown Fertility Functionality 

Lacking optimal physical alignment and circulation for reproductive health can be a significant inhibition to fertility.

Some women feel healthy in general, but may not know they have structural inhibitions that are limiting circulation to their reproductive organs and the surrounding tissues. These circulatory issues can prevent conception and carrying to term. Mercier Therapy has helped many women get pregnant.

40% of women have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. If you compile this with miscarriage, secondary infertility, known structural or pelvic pain concerns, it becomes pertinent to address a woman’s body holistically.

Before taking aggressive prescriptions like Clomid or invasive measures like IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), consider the body’s natural ability to align and heal, when given therapeutic support.  Most reproductive health offices do not offer gyno-visceral therapies that can significantly address underlying factors of unexplained infertility. WE DO.

What are clients saying about Mercier Therapy?

I did Mercier Therapy with Bee for 6 sessions. It’s a deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation to help restore movement and blood flow to the reproductive organs to improve fertility. During the first session, it was clear I needed help – every area felt really uncomfortable and tender. I could feel it getting better every single session. Then at the last session, everything she did that used to feel painful and uncomfortable actually felt good!! It was hard to believe. I’ve never experienced my body in this way. In addition to being strong and very skilled at what she does, Bee is a kind, loving spirit who obviously loves what she does. She brings such warmth, care and compassion to each session.  She’s been a big source of support and I’m so glad I found her. I highly recommend her. – Alison N.

There’s more to learn about fertility. To learn more about how to optimize fertility through biomechanical tissue manipulation interventions call Bee Uytiepo, Certified Mercier Therapist at the Healus Neuro Rehab Center (415) 388-9945 for a consultation or email info@healus.com.