Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

What is the Ileocecal Valve?

The Ileocecal Valve is located between the ileum (last portion of your small intestine) and the cecum (first portion of your large intestine). Its function is to allow digested food materials to pass from the small intestine into your large intestine. The ileocecal valve also blocks these waste materials from backing back up into your small intestine. It is intended to be a one-way valve, only opening up to allow processed foods to pass through.

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

When the ileocecal valve is stuck open waste products can back up into the small intestine (much like a backed up kitchen sink drain) disturbing your digestion and also creating unhealthy toxins that are absorbed into the body. Also, if the ileocecal valve is stuck closed waste products are prevented or constricted from passing into the large intestine.

Unfortunately, this disorder is often overlooked by the medical profession. A dysfunctional ileocecal valve can result in a combination of symptoms.

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome Symptoms

• Right shoulder pain

• Right side pelvic pain

• Low back pain

• Pain surrounding heart

• Flu symptoms

• Tinnitus

• Nausea

• Syncope / Near syncope

• Headache

• Bad breath

• Face pallor

• Dark circles under eyes

• Dizziness

• Bowel disturbances (diarrhea / constipation)

Causes of Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

• Dehydration

• Emotional upsets

• How you eat (overeating, eating too frequently, eating too quickly, eating foods you are sensitive to, under-chewing your food)

• Foods you eat (carbonated drinks, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, raw foods, hot spicy foods)

If you think you may be suffering from please Ileocecal Valve Syndrome please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Sinus Pain Relief:

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Sinus headaches often cause sinus pain and congestion and can make you feel tired and achy as well. Sinus headaches are often due to a misalignment of the second cervical. If the second cervical is out of alignment on the left, a sinus headache will appear on the left side of the forehead or frontal bone. If the second cervical goes out of alignment on the right side, it can cause the headache to appear on the right. Adjusting the second cervical often gives amazing, instantaneous relief. Your headache goes away, you have more energy and you can breathe fully and  more easily.

Sinus headaches can also be due to a cranial misalignment. If it occurs in the frontal bone, the headache will appear on the forehead. If the misalignment is in maxillary bone, it will cause a sinus headache in the  area of the cheeks. Other causes sinus headaches are diet and food and airborne allergies. If you get chronic sinus congestion it’s best to avoid wheat and dairy products. They’re the biggest culprits. Airborne allergies are often due to emotional armoring in the lungs, the thymus gland or the brain. the CARE Technique or chakra armor release of emotions,  often provides  immediate relief and can help to treat the underlying cause of  airborne allergies.

The third cause of sinus headaches is a sinus infection. The best natural treatment I know for sinus infection is to use a neti pot and add tincture of Echinacea to the saline solution. The use of a neti pot comes from Ayurvedic medicine. The neti pot proceedure irrigates the nasal passages with a saline solution. If your sinuses are congested, after a few minutes of using the neti pot, the sinuses will often be crystal clear. You’ll breathe like you’re up in the mountains.

If you are suffering from sinus pain, please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Shoulder Pain:

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Shoulder pain can put a crimp in your lifestyle and can be very annoying. You might have trouble sleeping on one side or lifting heavy objects at work.

Often patients who see me with a complaint of shoulder pain have bicipital tendinitis. The biceps tendon can easily move out of its normal position after a sudden jerking motion like walking a dog on a leash, lifting something too heavy or sleeping in a bad position on one shoulder for eight hours. Bicipital tendinitis is a triad symptoms. When the bicieps tendon slips out of place, there’s also involvement of the radioulnar ligament of the elbow and the bones of the wrist as well. Correcting bicipital tendinitis  usually takes only one or two visits. It involves three very gentle adjustments of the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist. Bicipital tendinitis is often misdiagnosed as a rotator cuff syndrome.

The other shoulder problems have to do with a slight separation of the joints next to the clavicle or collarbone. The first is the acromioclavicular or AC joint, next to the shoulder. The other is the sternoclavicular joint, next to the sternum. I usually adjust these with an activator. The last problem related to the shoulder is an anterior humeral head. This is when the top of the shoulder goes forward. An anterior humeral head can cause round shoulders and affect your posture and breathing as well.

If you are suffering from shoulder pain, please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Pain between the shoulder blades or thoracic pain is often caused by a reaction to stress. When stress occurs, we learned as children to hold our breath, so it didn’t have to hurt so much. This can cause several reactions in the body. In order to slow down breathing we tighten our diaphragm muscle and as a reaction to stress, the stomach then goes up into the esophagus or food tube. This then causes the second, fifth and/or eight thoracic vertebrae to lock up and go into hyperextension. This causes your body to slump forward as a way to protect yourself from feeling emotional pain. Unfortunately the pain is locked into the nervous system until a hyperextension chiropractic adjustment is given. Hyperextension adjustments can be done by an activator or by using a drop table. To complete the process the diaphragm should be loosened and the stomach pulled down out of the esophagus to it’s natural resting place.

After eating fried foods, pain can be referred from the gallbladder to the fourth thoracic vertebra (between the shoulder blades) and the right arm. The pain can be relieved by adjusting the fourth thoracic vertebra and by releasing the tension in the gallbladder. Gallbladder tension can be released by using CMRT (Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique) or BRT (Body Restoration Technique). Another cause for pain between the shoulder blades is a misalignment of the shoulder blades or scapula. The scapulae can rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise. After a scapula adjustment patients often experience instant pain relief and a relaxation of the muscles on that side of the body. Pain between the shoulder blades can also be caused by ribs going out of alignment and irritation to the thoracic disc. If you have a pain between his shoulder blades, just show me where you’re hurting. If a rib is out of alignment, I’ll adjust it. I will also check for an irritation to the thoracic disc. If the disk is irritated I’ll give you a Vickery adjustment and show you the yoga exercise to relieve the pain. To do the exercise, stand in front of a wall with your fingers tense and clawlike. Arch your back and neck and pull down on the wall, without sliding. Start with your hands just below the clavicle (collarbone) and gradually move downward until you find the area that affects your pain. You can move your hands higher or lower, closer together or wider apart until you find the position that helps you get a release.

If you are suffering from pain between the shoulder blades, please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Neck Pain: Common Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Neck pain can be, well, a pain in the neck. Have you ever woken up in the morning after a rough night’s sleep and noticed the tightness and pain in your upper neck? The most common cause of neck pain is the pillow you’re using and bad sleep posture. If your pillow supports your head but not your neck you could have neck pain in the morning. When lying on your side, with proper sleep posture, you should be able to draw a straight line from the glabella (the space between your eyebrows), the indentation (frenulum) of the upper lip and the sternal notch (the dip on top of the breastbone). That means your head is level and will prevent neck pain during sleep. On the other hand, If you have too many or too few pillows, your neck won’t be straight which will cause 8 hours of stress on your upper neck.

Another common cause of neck pain is poor posture when sitting at the computer. If the center of your ear is 2-3 inches forward of the center of your shoulder, you’re adding 20-30 pounds of extra weight to your upper neck. You should be able to draw a straight line from the center of your ear down the center of your shoulder. Proper seated posture is to have an arch in your neck and lower back. The same rules apply to driving a car. In addition, when driving, it helps to relax your shoulders as well.

Car accidents cause very serious neck problems even when going as slow as 5 m.p.h. In a car accident the neck is whipped forward and back at very high speeds. In response to a whiplash accident, a liquid protein called collagen gets released into the ligaments of the neck. Ligaments are the soft tissue that connects one bone of the spine to the next. The collagen then forms a stiff scar. This causes a lack of movent in a segment of the neck.To compensate the area next to it has too much motion. This can cause the discs of the neck to wear out faster than normal and extra bone growth to form. This is known as osteoarthritis.

The best method for neck pain relief is chiropractic. With chiropractic, first we check your posture. If we see your head tilted low on one side, there’s often a bone out of alignment on that side. Next, I check the motion of each segment of the neck to see where it’s restricted. Then I muscle test to see which spinal segment his causing pressure on the nerve. Once the exact segment is located and the direction of restriction is determined only then will I give a neck adjustment.

Your neck can be adjusted very gently by hand or with instruments so there’s no risk of injury. The use of adjusting instruments helps to restore the normal curve in the neck as as well as normal range of motion. I also do menigeal adjustments. The meninges is the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Therefore a meningeal adjustment is a much deeper release than a regular neck adjustment. It not only adjusts the neck but loosens up the lower spine as well.

After the neck is adjusted I will always recheck your posture to see that your head, shoulders and hips are level and all segments of your spine are moving freely. Adjusting the neck is often not enough to restore normal range of motion (flexibility). Often the ligaments are too stiff. To help return your range of motion to normal, I often give my patients ligament exercises and tractioning to do at home. The traction unit also helps to relieve neck pain and increase the space between the discs. Healing from a car accident is not complete until you have normal range of motion, normal curves in the neck and you’re completely pain free. It usually takes 3 months of regular visits to restore normal range of motion and to restore the normal curve but it can take up to a year depending on how badly you were hurt from the accident.

If you are suffering from neck pain, please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Lower Back Pain and Sciatica: The Real Cause and Effective Treatment

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

You feel like an old man or old woman, way before your time. The sharp pain running down your leg makes it hard to walk, sit in a chair or move. It feels scary because you don’t know if the pain will ever go away. Most people think that when your back goes out that it’s due to a recent incident. You bent over to tie your shoes or lift up a package and that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The truth is, the cause of most lower back pain begins years before the onset of the pain. It’s due to the spine being unstable. The foundation for the spine is the sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint is a weight bearing joint. It bears the weight of everything above it. When the sacroiliac joint is unstable, your spine becomes unstable, your nervous system becomes unstable and your emotions become unstable. Over time, the 4th lumbar disc may start to bulge due to the instability. Because of the instability any heavy lifting, bending or twisting can potentially throw your back out and cause the debitating pain of sciatica.

Sciatica is a mild to intense pain running down the buttock or leg. It’s caused by pressure on the nerves in the lower back. Sciatica can be caused by a bulging disc, a tight piriformis (buttock) muscle, a narrowing of the opening through which the nerve exits, trauma such as car accidents or sports injuries, spondylolisthesis the forward slippage of a lumbar (lower back) vertebra and occasionally due to spinal tumors.

Common symptoms of sciatica include:

• Pain in the buttocks or leg that’s worse when sitting

• Burning or tingling down the leg

• Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot

• A constant pain on one side of the buttocks

• A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up

Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower back and leg. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way down the back of the thigh and down the back of the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.

So, what’s the actual cause of the spine being unstable? The first major cause is lifestyle: wearing high heeled shoes, crossing one leg over the other, flat feet, obesity, lack of exercise and stress. Wearing high heeled shoes causes the navicular bone, on the inside of the foot to go out of alignment. This then causes the knee, the lower back and upper neck to go out. Crossing the left knee over the right causes the the left femur head (the long bone of the upper leg) to externally rotate. The spine sits on the pelvis and the pelvis sits on the legs. When the legs are unstable, the spine becomes unstable. This can occur when sitting in a chair, sitting in a cross legged yoga posture or when putting your shoes on.

Another way of describing flat feet is a lack of curve (arch) in the foot. This in turn causes a lack of curve in the lower back and neck. When the neck and lower back lack a normal curve, the vertebrae can degenerate around three times faster than normal. This leads to increased neck and lower back pain and a decrease in energy. Flat feet can often be corrected by doing FAST or Fascial Alignment Strectch Technique on the arch of the foot. This stretches the fascia which gives the arch of the foot it’s shape. If that isn’t sufficient, then you can be fitted for flexible arch supports.

Being overweight and lack of exercise go hand in hand. If you’re suffering from lower back pain you might not feel like exercising. Excess weight can cause an increase in pressure and pain in the lower back. If your lower back is unstable it makes it even worse. Fortunately I work with a highly effective eight week weight loss program that helps you get healthy and lose weight at the same time. We determine through blood and saliva tests which endocrine gland is failing causing the weight gain and cleanse the liver to help you produce the 6 fat burning hormones. To find out more about my program go to www.totalweightlosscenter.com

Emotional stress causes energy imbalances which cause the lower back to become unstable. There are three common energy imbalances in the lower back. The 1st is a second chakra imbalance in the back of the body. The 2nd one is emotional armoring at the 3rd lumbar. This is a muscle spasm due to unexpressed emotions. The 3rd is a polarity energy imbalance of the water element in the pelvis. I check for all three of these imbalances on the first visit. I also check for misalignment of the feet, knees and muscle weaknesses which cause the spine to be unstable. It usually takes only 2-3 visits to correct all of these and then your lower back will be strong and stable.

If you are suffering from lower back pain please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Insomnia: Treat It Naturally

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Do you toss and turn at night? Do you wake up each morning feeling more tired than you were the night before? If you don’t feel refreshed in the morning, then you are likely not getting enough sleep at night and should consider why.

What is Insomnia?

Although it’s common to have the occasional sleepless night, insomnia is the lack of sleep on a regular basis. Chronic insomnia can itself be a symptom of another condition, such as depression, heart disease, sleep apnea, lung disease, hot flashes, or diabetes, so it’s important to see a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping.

Natural Treatments for Insomnia:

1. Supplements: You may have tried various sleep remedies. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. You may have tried sleeping pills. Unfortunately, they don’t take you to a deeper state of restful sleep that’s needed in order to repair your body. They also don’t heal the underlying cause of the sleep disorder. The truth about natural sleep remedies is that you have to experiment with different ones and see which ones work  best for you. The ones I’ve found to be most effective are Myocalm p.m., a calcium-magnesium-herbal combination from Metagenics; Tranquinol which is a mixture of magnesium and herbal extracts and melatonin nanoplex  which is a liquid concentrate. The last two are from Premier Research Labs. Melatonin is a naturally ocurring hormone in the bran. The pineal gland in the brain makes serotonin which is later converted to melatonin at night. Melatonin works best if taken 30 minutes before bed. Melatonin should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women and people suffering from autoimmune diseases, depression or schizophrenia.

2. Diet: Reducing the amounts of alcohol, caffeine,  sugar and carbs before bedtime can help. caffeine can be found in coffee tea soft drinks and chocolate. High carb meals late at night can interfere with sleep. Eating magnesium rich foods such as almond  butter and tahini can  be helpful as late-night snack  to help you sleep.

3. Chiropractic: In addition to diet and nutritional supplements chiropractic adjustments can be crucial in overcoming insomnia. When you have a bad night sleep your upper neck will go out of alignment which will then cause another bad night’s sleep. So it’s important to get adjusted soon as possible after having a bad night sleep in order to  put a stop to chronic insomnia.

4. Lifestyle: Lifestyle is also very important. It  can be helpful to turn off the computer and television after 10 PM take a hot bath and a calcium/magnesium tablet and go to sleep. Exercising  earlier in the day and taking a sauna at night can also very helpful.

5. Emotional Stress: Another cause of insomnia is anxiety, stress and old unresolved conflicts that are locked in the body. Fortunately, it is possible to heal these with CARE-.Chakra Armor Release of Emotions. We just muscle test and find out if the cause of the insomnia is emotional and where it’s located in the body. Then I use the CARE treatment  to release the emotional blockage.

6. Adrenal Exhaustion: Chronic insomnia may also be due to an adrenal gland imbalance. If you’re burning the candle from both ends, your adrenal glands might be exhausted and that could be the cause of your insomnia. If you often feel tired between three and five p.m. it can also indicate a  problem with the adrenals. Adrenal exhaustion decreases the levels of DHEA in your body. This controls your ability to fall asleep. During the initial exam I take your blood pressure lying down and then standing up in order to evaluate the adrenal glands. If it doesn’t go up 10-12 points or if it goes down it’s an indication for taking the Adrenal Stress Index saliva test.  After we get the results back I can suggest a variety of supplements that have been proven to help strengthen the adrenal glands.

7. Perimenopausal Causes: Insomnia is a condition that many women will experience during their perimenopause. In most cases, it’s due to an imbalance  of female hormones. These can be tested with a saliva tests as well. If you’re low in progesterone, rubbing in progesterone cream before bed can help you to relax and get a deep rest.

8. Menopause and Insomnia: New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral DeficiencytWomen in the pre-menopause and menopause years are more and more finding themselves experiencing symptoms of chronic insomnia which occurs nearly simultaneously whenever the level of estrogen falls.

As menopause approaches, another emerging link between estrogen decline and its symptoms is the aspect of mineral deficiency. Mildred Seeling, M.D. describes this in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. She says “Estrogen enhances magnesium utilization and uptake by soft tissues and bone and may explain the resistance of young women to heart disease and osteoporosis — as well as the increased prevalence of these diseases when estrogen production ceases.”

The pioneering nutritionist Adelle Davis writes of mineral deficiency during menopause in her book Let’s Get Well. Davis says: “Calcium is less well absorbed and the urinary losses are greater when the output of estrogen decreases. Such calcium-deficiency symptoms as nervousness, irritability, insomnia, and headaches are common.”

Sleep in magnesium deficiency is restless, agitated and disturbed by frequent nighttime awakenings. However, all forms of magnesium are not equally effective. In a study of more than 200 patients, Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride as a possible means of combating insomnia. The researcher reported that sleep was induced rapidly, was uninterrupted, and that waking tiredness disappeared in ninety-nine percent of the patients. In addition, anxiety and tension diminished during the day. (W. Davis and F. Ziady, “The Role of Magnesium in Sleep,” Montreal Symposium).

Magnesium chloride crystals are made from seawater.

Another benefit of magnesium chloride crystals is that they instantly dissolve in any temperature of water.  Natural remedies for sleep, such as Sleep Minerals from Nutrition Breakthroughs, have begun to include this highly digestible form of magnesium.

9. Insomnia in the Elderly: Long-term (chronic) insomnia is more common in the elderly. It can be caused by psychiatric disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, depression and anxiety, chronic pain and many medical disorders such as congestive heart failure, hyperthyroidism, rheumatologic diseases, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

10. Yoga: I have written an e-book yoga for deep sleep. It contains a series of asanas or stretches that will help you unwind and get a good night’s sleep. If you would like a copy, please e-mail me @ drrettner@sbcglobal.net

11. Feng Shui

Feng shui, which originates in the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, instructs on how to arrange rooms, furniture, offices, houses, and other arrangements to maximize favorable energy flow throughout living spaces. Here are some recommendations that may help promote relaxing sleep:

• Try not to have the bed in a corner of the room. The corners are where energy tends to be stagnant.

• Avoid putting your bed next to a window. Energy can be drained this way.

• The bed shouldn’t be positioned so that the soles of the feet, when lying face-up in bed, directly face the doorway.

If you think that you may be suffering from insomnia please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Knee Pain

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Chronic Knee pain can be very scary. You want to walk, run or hike and you’re body is telling you it’s not o.k. to do that. You might be suffering from knee stiffness or pain which makes it harder to move around.

One of the main causes of knee pain is stiffness and lack of motion. In order to correct knee problems first I check the flexibility or range of motion of the bones of the knee, then I check the the movement of the patella or kneecap and lastly I check the soft tissue around the knee. The bones of the knee make four different motions-rotation, side bending, flexion and extension.

treatment of knee pain: If any of those motions are restricted I do a chiropractic adjustment to correct them. The kneecap moves inferior to superior, laterally and rotates. In order to improve the motion of the patella, I use a British osteopathic technique called Orthobionomy. For example, if there is a lack of motion inferior to superior and there is greater motion superior to inferior I will push the patella superior to inferior and hold it there for 10-30 seconds until it releases. Then I recheck the motion inferior to superior and it’s usually normal after that.

The feet can frequently cause knee problems. If you wear heels that are greater than 1/2 “ high or use rigid orthotics, you may be suffering from knee pain. Rigid orthotics are usually prescribed by podiatrists. The molds are taken in a seated, non-weight bearing position. Because they are rigid, they don’t allow for the normal movement of the feet. Wearing high heels or using rigid orthotics causes the navicular bone in the arch of the foot to go out of alignment. This then causes the medial menicus of the knee to become swollen and painful. The sacrum (tailbone) and atlas (upper neck) also go out of alignment. To correct this problem I adjust the navicular, the medial meniscus, the sacrum and the atlas (upper neck) very gently with an activator. If you need support for your feet, I can set a cast for flexible orthotics which will help your feet without hurting your knees or back.

There are three types of soft tissue that surround the knee-muscle, fascia and trigger points.  I do sports massage on all soft tissue problems. First I check the motion of the area of the muscle that’s tight. Then I gently thrust the muscle in the direction that’s restricted until it’s freed up. Next, I check the fascia which is the covering of the muscle. The fascia moves in various directions. I stretch the fascia in the direction that’s restricted. Lastly, I check for trigger points. These are knots in the muscle. If you have a pain underneath your kneecap it’s usually due to a trigger point above the kneecap.  I discovered this on my own body after feeling tightness in my upper leg after running. After adjusting the bones of the knee and freeing up the soft tissue, I teach my patients how to stretch the leg muscles  surrounding the knee. This gives them a tool for self-healing. All of this helps to speed up the healing of the knee, so you can walk, run and hike again pain-free.

If you are suffering from knee pain please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Hip Pain

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Hip pain can be frustrating. You want to walk but it hurts just to sit or stand. Severe hip pain can be very debilitating. Patients with chronic hip pain often end up getting hip surgery. The spine sits on the pelvis and the pelvis sits on the legs. The concave area where the pelvis meets the legs is call the acetabulum. The femur or long bone of the upper leg sits in the acetabulum. Pain in the hip is often due to a femur head subluxation.

Lower back and hip pain: If the head of the femur is out of alignment, the sacroiliac will go out of alignment and then the fourth lumbar disc on the right will start to bulge. The second cervical on the right will also go out of alignment. The femur head often goes out of alignment in two different directions: anterior superior and anterior inferior.

Hip pain causes: There are three main causes for the femur are going out of alignment. The first is crossing the left leg over the right and the second is due to emotional armoring at the third lumbar and the third is a second chakra imbalance.  Because a misalignment of the femur is one of the main causes of the spine being unstable it is essential for every chiropractor to check it on every visit. Emotional armoring at the third lumbar and second chakra imbalances can be cleared out using CARE or Chakra Armor Release of Emotions technique. This will stabilize the femur as well as the sacroiliac joint.

Hip pain relief comes in the form of a chiropractic adjustment for the femur head or releasing the emotional armoring at the third lumbar and second chakra imbalances using CARE. If treated in time this often can prevent the need for hip surgery.

If you are suffering from hip pain please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.

Headache Help from the Headache Doctor

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Headache types: Headaches can appear in different areas of the head.  I have found frontal (forehead) headaches to have four causes.

Neck pain headaches-The first and most common cause is a second cervical subluxation. The second cervical on the left will cause a frontal headache on the left and a second cervical subluxation on the right will cause a frontal headache on the right. These also cause sinus headaches and sinus congestion. The second cervical on the left is usually stuck in extension and the second cervical on the right is either lateral or stuck in rotation and compressed superior to inferior. A second cervical adjustment will usually clear up the sinuses in seconds.

Frontal headaches can also be due to a cranial problem in the frontal bone.

The third cause of frontal headaches is a bad night’s sleep. This causes an imbalance of the pineal gland which can be corrected using TBM or Total Body Modification.

The fourth cause is emotional. These are commonly known as stress headaches or tension headaches. This headache can appear on the frontal eminences. They are called the bad mood points which can be corrected using SET, Spinal Encephalo Technique. Once they are released, the bad mood and headache goes away. The frontal lobe of the brain is a common place for emotional armoring as well. Emotional armoring can occur in any lobe of the brain and can be cleared out using CARE or Chakra Armor Release of Emotions.

Occipital headaches (located in the back of the head) can be due to a subluxation of the occiput, a cranial misalignment of the occiput or due to toxicity or indigestion. An ileocecal valve spasm can cause a headache on the right occiput. A Valve of Houston spasm will cause a headache on the left occiput. These points on the occiput and can be used for correction of the ileocecal valve and the Valve of Houston. They are part of the Spinal Encephalo Technique.

Headaches located in the sphenoid area of the temples are usually referred from the cervicals and can be corrected by adjusting the cervicals indirectly or directly by using Vector Point Cranial technique.

Headaches located in the temporal area can be due to a TMJ subluxation or emotional armoring in the squamous portion of the temporal bone or on the mastoid. The most gentle way to clear TMJ subluxations is to treat it with SET, Spinal Encephalo Technique. Just have the patient touch the  reflex point and adjust T2, T4 and T6 with a double activator in three phases of respiration. The armor in the  temporal lobe can be cleared out using the CARE technique.

Parietal headaches (on the top of the head) are often due to a bad night’s sleep or stress. They can be corrected by separating the coronal and sagittal sutures or by doing a parietal lift.

Migraine headaches are often due to stress or diet. Migraine headaches may be caused by an allergy to wheat, dairy, eggs, chocolate, sugar, yeast, citrus, red wine, red meat, tea, coffee or corn.

If you are suffering from headaches and would like some relief without drugs please call me for a free consultation at 510-558-0164 or e-mail me at drrettner@sbcglobal.net I would love a chance to relieve your symptoms and help you to achieve a happier, healthier life style. Thank you.