Introduction to K-Practic…
First of all the move that’s essential to restore balance to the spine,
regardless of where the pain is felt : balancing the sacro-iliac.
A spine balanced on a crooked pelvis has huge engineering stresses
built into it, which may manifest as leg pain, lower back pain,
middle back pain, neck pain or arm pain.
When the back is in trouble, it hangs out signs all over the place.
The first sign is the leg length.
To check the leg length, push up towards the head to “take out the
Note which leg is shorter. Then bring the legs up into the horizontal
position and check which way they are balanced when flexed.
Long Short Rule
Most common is the short leg leg.
When the short leg goes shorter, you routinely treat the muscles
over the mammilary processes of the lumbars ON THE OTHER SIDE.
If the short leg goes longer when flexed, it indicates that the problem
is on the SAME SIDE.
Knee involved ?
However, if the short leg goes longer, you need to check the knee.
A misalignment in the sacro-iliac can cause a compensatory shift in the
Stroke down from top to bottom , along the inside of the knee.
If this levels the legs, then do a correction of the inside knee, on that side
with the arthrostim.
You bring it down along the medial side of the joint, pointing downwards.
Also treat the cuboid, in a lateral, posterior direction.
When you’ve done this, probably the legs are now level.
You still must adjust the sacro iliac joint on the short side.
Next you go for the muscles of the pelvis.
The psoas is very important.
It might be a good idea when starting your examination to
get the person lying on their back.
Check the arm length. If one arm is short, the psoas is in
spasm on that side.
First of all, bend up the leg and pull the left leg across the right leg.
If that causes the leg to shorten, there’s a problem in the piriformis
muscle on the same side.
There’s a piriformis problem on the side that causes a shortness
when bent over the other leg.
The piriformis is best treated with the person lying on their
side with the affected side up. Don’t gauge them, sneak up on it
and maintain pressure for 5 minutes, increasing when possible.
Next go for the gluteal muscles.
Use your pisiform bone to push into the concave area
under the iliac crest.
Find the sore spots in the muscles.
Gently probe the sore spots with your elbow. Or treat the
trigger spots with the Arthro-Stim.
Now get the person to extend their arm in a straight line
up over their head.
Whichever side causes a shortness, is the suspect side for a
misalignment around T12.
Put in a stress test, as if you were adjusting.
The direction of thrust that causes the legs to level indicates
how the adjustment should be done.
You can get the person to move shoulders up and down
and breathe in and out. The adjustment works better when
the patient is in motion.
You can hold your thumbs in an unmoving block against
the segment in question while the person moves. This will
adjust the segment back into place.
Or use the Arthrostim.
If you need to specifically adjust between T12 and C7, use
Applied Kinesiology to ascertain the segment in question and
the side in question.
In this basic approach, the main adjustments described here
will be more than sufficient to restore order. Notice the postural
approach shown in the lessons, for the neck and upper thoracics,
using the easy slide bifurcated head on the Arthrostim.
Now the neck:
When you’ve levelled the legs and balanced everything else,
you will be coming up level , both legs.
Get the person to look up in front, in a straight line.
That moves C6,C5,C4 and sometimes C3. Lower cervicals.
Be careful with the assessment.
If looking up causes a short leg, going shorter, the problem is
on the OTHER SIDE of the neck from the short side.
You then adjust the transverse processes of the neck at C6,C5 and C4
very gently. Then check the legs again.
If you’re not sure which side, put in a stress test by pressing on
the segment with your finger and checking the result.
NB. If the person looks up and the short leg goes longer,
you do the same but on the Same Side.
Next, ask the person to look down at their chest. This moves
atlas and axis.
Vagaries of the neck…
Be careful here…
If the short left leg, say, goes shorter, you then adjust the
axis on the OTHER SIDE . You go in on the transverse process
gently, the direction of thrust being towards the other eye.
But on the rare occasion when this atlas axis test produces a
short leg going longer, you only adjust the atlas on the SAME SIDE.
Roll your finger down over the mastoid, then give it a very gentle
few taps with the arthro stim straight lateral.
Check the leg length again.
Now get the person to gently press the occiput into the bench.
if this shortens the leg, you need to adjust the occiput.