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Why Do I Have Digestive Problems?

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist Your digestive problems probably relate to a one-way valve located between your large and small intestine called your ileocecal valve (ICV). It is a sphincter valve that is designed to allow the contents of the small intestine to pass into your large intestine but to stop its […]

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Got Back Pain? Think Neck! Some specific information your doctor probably does not know

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by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD Functional Neurologist Of all the conditions I have treated in my almost five decades of practice, lower back pain is probably the most common complaint. In fact, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Thirty-one million Americans […]

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Galant Reflex: The Postural Response to Stroking the Lumbar Flank

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The Galant reflex (or Galant’s infantile reflex, named after the Russian neurologist Johann Susman Galant) is commonly observed in newborns and is said to fade between the ages of four and six months. It helps rule out brain damage at birth. Elicit Galant’s reflex by holding the newborn in a face down posture or laying them […]

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The Importance of Reciprocity to Human Performance

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The Crossed Extensor Reflex (CER; also known as the crossed cord reflex) is a protective response that apparently begins at about the 28th week of gestation and is functionally integrated one to two month after delivery. It is functionally significant in back-and-forth (or reciprocal) muscle actions. Its dysfunction can interfere with activities like running and […]

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Physiological Significance of the Protective Response

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The Idea: Human physiological reflexes have a predictable display. Either they work according to their original design or they are pathological. There are no other choices. If a reflex displays itself in ways other than according to its preprogrammed format, it must be considered to be pathological, and it increases the risk of injury. Reflex […]

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Functional Display of the Deep Tendon Reflex

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Striking a tendon has an almost instant display. A quick stretch to the patellar tendon, for xample, should register with an involuntary jerk of the knee; the foot kicks. This “knee jerk” deep tendon reflex (DTR) test is a common part of even the most basic neurological exam. It assesses the functional integrity of the […]

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Taking Up The Fencing Posture

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The neck receptors give rise to a primitive reflex—the Tonic Neck Reflex (TNR)—found in newborn humans. Books say that the TNR normally vanishes by the child’s first birthday, but that appears to be functionally and demonstrably untrue. The TNR persists throughout life and is a fundamental tool for neurological examination. The TNR is fundamental to […]

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