Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 11, 2006

Went to the Osteopath today. Gave him my latest updates and discoveries. He started by checking the movement of my cranial plates to see if there was still movement and there was. Over the next ninety minutes, he has me in a variety of unusual positions and spends most of his time moving my internal organs around. He says there is too much pressure in my lower abdominal area and comments on my right hip and how I must have fallen on it. (I’m sure I did that many times when I was playing hockey.)

He showed me restricted movement in my right leg and compared it to the left. He did the same thing with my neck. When I look towards the left, my head is aligned with my shoulder but it’s not even close when I try the right side. Interesting, but what does it mean?

By the end of the session he says there isn’t a whole lot more he can do because I don’t have a specific injury. Everything so far has been preventitive. He says it’s really up to me if I wish to continue the treatment. He recommends I talk to the guy who runs the pharmacy next door. He’s very knowledgeable on nutrition and he has a Ph.D. His shop closes in ten minutes so I rush next door to see if he’ll talk to me.

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August 12, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for July 07, 2006

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Went to the Osteopath today for my second appointment.

He briefly reviewed the case history and explained that the treatment would start with the cranium plates in my skull. He comments on the fact that I’ve done a tremendous amount of research for someone who is not in the health care profession.

He spent most of the hour lightly touching my head in various positions. It didn’t really feel like he was doing anything it was so delicate. He told me that the plates were still very firm and that he could feel no movement. By the time he finished he could now feel movement and was happy with the progress.

He commented on the fact that the left side of my skull suffered some kind of tramua and that it happened a long time ago. He continued by saying that he felt that a part of the temporal lobe was deeper than it should be.  He showed me a book on the human anatomy and explained about the treatment and of course I found it all very interesting.

I told him that I’d done a bit more research since my last visit and I now have the feeling that a magnesium deficiency caused the B vitamin deficiency. So I explain that I’ve discovered a link between magnesium and the Cerebrospinal fluid. In my preliminary exam he told me that mine was weak so I was curious if a magnesium deficiency could cause this. He wasn’t familiar with biochemisty so he couldn’t say for certain.

For the rest of the night I feel slightly light-headed. Very weird but very fascinating at the same time.

July 7, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 26, 2006

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Walked into the Osteopathy clinic, filled out the standard introduction form detailing a brief medical history and waited. While I’m in the waiting area, I spot the Toronto Star talking about how Toronto Hydro will switch on the first phase of its new wireless broadband service.

After a short wait, I meet with the doctor and he asks me what brings me to the clinic. I give my usual story: Internal vibration, Plantar Fasciitis, Stomach bloating and how all of my testing has come up negative. I mention about the suspected EMF exposure, pears, vitamin C, tuna and talk about vitamin deficiencies and Beriberi. He makes a few notes as I go through the history and he comments that it is an interesting story but has never heard of Beriberi. He admits right away that I’ve done a tremendous amount of research and that he may not be able to solve my problems but explained that using Osteopathy, he may be able to find other things that are going on within the body.

He asks if I have ever been in a car accident, any sprained or broken bones and any surgery. I’ve had my appendix removed, a sprained finger on my left hand and surgery to remove a extra bone growth in my leg when I was about twelve.

He then starts by asking me to stand in the upright position and asks me to remove my shirt. He walks back and forth and then asks me to turn around. I assume he does the same thing again and he comments how my left shoulder is higher than it should be. He then asks me to lie down on the table and he twists my legs checking for the range of motion and flexability. He starts pressing around my abdomen and comments on how my left side is firmer than it should be and says he is pressing on my Sigmoid.

SAY WHAT??!!! The Sigmoid? That came up in my self-Iridology exam. I can’t believe it.

He continues by talking about Cranial osteopathy. He lightly touches around my head and keeps talking about a thing called the sacrum. It is the bone that joins your spine to your pelvis. After about five minutes, he comments on how my cranial has no movement and how it can cause other problems when movement is restricted with a possibility that there is a link to the sigmoid. He places his hand around the area of the tailbone and measures the pulse of something called the Cerebrospinal fluid from the brain to the bottom of the spine. Turns out that mine is weaker than it should be.

That was basically the appoinment. Very simple and non-instrusive. I google cranial osteopathy when I get home:

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy has many similarities with the oldest known method of healing, the laying on of hands. The osteopath combines healing intention with a knowledge of anatomy, using the hands to “listen” for restrictions or strains in the body. Although the name implies head manipulation, the techniques are used to treat the whole body. 

Why Call it Cranial

Partly for historical reasons. Dr Sutherland, who was the first teacher of cranial osteopathy, devised a system of correcting cranial bone restrictions using manipulation. He tested many of his early theories on his own head, keeping detailed records of the symptoms that came and went when he created, then removed, a variety of cranial bone restrictions. He experienced symptoms such as depression and severe head and jaw pain that were a direct cause of the restrictions he created.

What About the Rest of the Body

Although originally the focus was on the bones of the skull, it soon became obvious that other parts of the body were involved, in particular the sacrum. The sacrum is the bone that joins your spine to your pelvis. If the pelvis is twisted, tilted or unbalanced it will have an effect through the sacrum and its attachments all the way up the spine and into the base of the cranium.

However, bones are held in position by muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. It is the interplay of all these forces that is important. The osteopath combines healing intention with a knowledge of anatomy, using the hands to “listen” for restrictions or strains within the body’s intrinsic movement patterns.

Wow! That was really amazing but will it solve my problems?

June 26, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 26, 2006

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Woke up vibrating… But today is my appointment with the Osteopath.

Because the Oseopath is down the street from where I live, I am working from home today. I have the company laptop with me so I decide to test it for EMF exposure.

I turn on the laptop and use the meter to take a reading and it’s off the scale. Everyday I see people using laptop computers on their lap and it makes you wonder. These people are easily travelling two hours a day. What about the health effects of long term exposure?

June 26, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 25, 2006

My Osteopath appointment is tomorrow and from what I’ve read, I think everyone should go at least once. I have coverage at work so why not?

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a distinctive and complete system of health care, based on broad principles that “offer a way of thinking and acting in relation to questions of health and disease”.The procedures it uses in diagnosis and treatment promote healthy functioning in a person by correcting mechanical imbalances within and between the structures of the body. By structures we mean the muscles, bones, ligaments, organs, and fascia. The fascia is a very thin layer of tissue that is found under the skin. Correcting the mechanical imbalances in the structures is done by restoring, maintaining, and improving the harmonious working of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.

The name osteopathy comes from the Greek osteon (bone) and pathos (to suffer), so it literally means suffering of the bone. The name has created some confusion, leading people to think that an osteopath treats only conditions of the bones. However, Dr. Still chose the name because he recognized the importance of a properly functioning musculoskeletal system for the total well-being of the individual.

Human Anatomy

The greatest interest of practitioners of osteopathy is the study of human anatomy and physiology. Following in Dr. Still’s footsteps, they know how important it is to have a thorough understanding of the correct position and function of each bone and other structures in the body. This is essential in order to find out about the normal and healthy working of the human body. Those working in osteopathy look at the causes of disease and suffering, originating in the abnormal working relationship that can exist within and between structures.

Dr. Still thought of the musculoskeletal system as the primary machinery of life and saw how disruptions in this delicate machine may lead to illness. For the osteopath, therefore, the physical integrity of the whole body is seen as one of the most important factors in health and disease. Rather than bone specialists, osteopaths are in fact masters in the biomechanics of the human machine.

These are the eight major principles of osteopathy and are widely accepted throughout the osteopathic community.

(1) The body is a unit.

(2) Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.

(3) The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.

(4) The body has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself.

(5) When the normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self maintenance, disease may ensue.

(6) The movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health.

(7) The nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body.

(8) There are somatic components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease, but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the disease state.

These principles are not held by osteopaths to be empirical laws, nor contradictions to orthodox medical principles; they are thought to be the underpinnings of the osteopathic perspective on health and disease.

June 25, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

Entry for May 27, 2006

I mentioned to my wife that Cindy suggested going to a Osteopath but I didn’t know what it was. I checked my health plan and I’m covered!

About Osteopathy

Osteopathy takes advantage of the body’s natural tendency to strive toward a state of health and homeostasis. A much in demand specialty, the Osteopath is trained to palpate (feel) the body’s “living anatomy” (i.e. flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural makeup). They address health problems with a non-invasive system of medicine called, “Osteopathic Manual Medicine” in order to restore normal function in areas impaired by trauma, chronic illness, acute health problems, etc.

This all sounds very interesting and there happens to be an office close by where we live.

May 27, 2006 Posted by | Health | | Leave a comment

   

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