My name is Stefania Cardinale, I’m 33 years old. In the year 2000, I was in a motorcycle accident. I was on the back seat and a car side-swiped us. The right side of my body was hit, especially my leg. In recent years, I’ve been suffering from various types of
pain, mainly on the right side of my body. Nowadays, I can’t stand for very long,
nor can I wear high-heeled shoes. This provokes pain in my back and leg. The pain is constant. It’s generally mild but it is always there. My right leg is very weak. There is pain over one spot in particular
right on my spinal column. It feels like a constant bruise, even though
I’ve never had a direct blow to this area. I’ve been on birth control pills since 18 years old. I have other symptoms like abdominal bloating and indigestion. I am frequently thirsty, so I drink a lot of water. The following are the highlights of the first examination and
treatment of Stefania by Dr. Robert Morrison. The entire visit of
approximately 45 minutes has been edited for the viewer. There’s a saying that “The body never lies”. This is why we analyze posture. It is the language of the body. By analyzing posture, we can gain a lot of information
about a patient in just a few seconds. By placing my hands on her pelvis, we see an imbalance:
the right side is higher than the left. The left shoulder is higher than the right. The right hand hangs lower than the left. The right ear is higher than the left. Does this hurt your low back? Yes it pulls here. Try the other side. This is much easier right?
– Yes. MANUAL MUSCLE TESTING Now, we want to find out which muscles are
functioning neurologically and which aren’t. More specifically, if individual muscles are neurologically inhibited
they won’t support the bones and joints. This side locks as it should.
But this side doesn’t resist the test pressure. This is very important because if the ankle is not stable,
there will be repercussions throughout her body. Push.
Push harder Stefania. This muscle is inhibited. However, if she touches this muscle
where it attaches to the pelvic bone, Push up and out – the muscle gains strength. This is because when there is a physical trauma,
muscles are injured right where they attach to bone. So as she touches the area of injury – Push – the muscle
regains its strength. Without touching it – Push out and up – the muscle is weak. Very little strength here also. But if she touches the muscle’s attachment
to bone, it becomes stronger. Push… harder…she lacks strength in this muscle also, but if she touches the muscle’s attachment to bone …Push..it regains strength. MANUAL THERAPY What I am doing now isn’t exactly a massage. Rather we are activating neurological reflex
mechanisms within the tendons. When a muscle is injured, these receptors become
short-circuited and stay that way for years. What I am doing is reactivating the neurological pathways. Now we’ve turned this muscle back on. It’s much more solid now. It’s just like the other side. Very strong now. There is still work to be done,
but this is just a brief demonstration of how it all works. For an injury such as this,
we have to be very thorough and cover all areas. KINESIOLOGY TEST DIAGNOSIS Now her hand is on her left sacro-iliac joint. Push – touching it makes her lose force – Push. This tells me that there is a problem
with the left sacro-iliac joint. MANUAL MOBILIZATION THERAPY Does this hurt Stefania?
– Yes. Here is the area that she spoke about. This is the 12th thoracic vertebra. Many believe that when you go to a chiropractor
you get your bones cracked. While it’s true that we perform high-velocity
adjustments for numerous therapeutic benefits, we also utilize low-force methods when indicated. This is what we’ll use on Stefania because she requested this. I am positioning these wedges to mobilize
her left pelvic bone back into alignment. We’ll leave it like this for a couple of minutes
and let gravity do its work. EVALUATING THE RESULTS Now she is aligned. BEFORE AND AFTER Her shoulders are much more even compared to before. Her ears are also more level. How does it feel? You’re bending much better now.
– Yes it seems so. Try the other side. OK more balanced now. Our goal is always to create equilibrium. There is still more work to do for the spinal column and muscles. This was our first visit, an example
of how to assess and treat residue of past physical trauma.