Blair Upper Cervical Technique Explained

Blair Upper Cervical Technique Explained

 

Blair Upper Cervical Technique Explained

This interview with done by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation.
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Thank You Oliver I was just finishing up
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with chiropractic school and I realized
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that I wanted to do something different
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and we had had an introduction to toggle
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recoil and early on in the curriculum
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and there’s just something that
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resonated with me about the upper
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cervical approach it seemed to be very
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scientific very very systematic in the
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way that it was analyzing and looking at
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what was actually going on I originally
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was practicing the Atlas orthogonal but
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after a few years in practice realized
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that there were a few things that just
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weren’t quite clearing the way that I
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wanted to and had the good opportunity
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to be introduced to Blair at a seminar
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where I learned a few of the different
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premises and realized wow this has got
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some pretty amazing things that you know
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even after a few years of practice I’ve
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never seen or heard this before and
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realized I gotta get into I’ve got to
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get my hands on this and understand this
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more because this is something profound
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excellent can you tell me a little bit
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about the development of play technique
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where it came from that sort of thing
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okay yep the Blair technique was founded
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by Dr. William Blair, I believe
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in 1950s graduate from Palmer College of
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Chiropractic and had his life saved by a
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toggle recoil adjustment. He had a very severe
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automobile accident after he finished his
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schooling he started doing the work
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but had a patient particularly it was
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his mother-in-law Dean who didn’t
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respond very favorably to a certain
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adjustment and you better believe that
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that bothered him
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dr. Blair was a very analytical person
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and so he spent the next 10 to 20 years
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then researching to understand certain
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things about the way that the
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biomechanics of the upper cervical spine
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are and how they aren’t about certain
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things that they thought were true at
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the time actually weren’t and as a
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result he developed some very unique
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ways of analyzing what’s actually
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happening in a person’s neck on a
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person-to-person basis so that you’ve
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got a crystal-clear view of what’s going
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on and he worked to further Devolder
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to further refine the standard
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adjustment procedure that was being done
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back at the time so I’ve had a little
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bit of limited experience in that
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Pacifico toxin they seem to be a very
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precise group of people can you tell me
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how Blair is different from the other
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opposite we’ll take next nerve around
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what sets them apart generally speaking
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we’re more to the point what Blair is
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Blair is the upper cervical specific and
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articular approach and by that what I
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mean is that many of the upper cervical
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methods they identify and say
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okay we’ve got a neutral model that
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ideally we want to see a nice
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up-and-down straight relationship an
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orthogonal relationship between the
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skull between the cervical spine and
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that means that’s going to be the way
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that the body’s going to be functioning
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most appropriately and Blair in his
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research in the way the technique
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developed came to the realization that
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that’s actually not so and so the major
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difference is that we’re looking at a
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person and a custom-tailored level so
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their bone structure is different from
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everybody else and it’s different on the
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left side of the right side so we can’t
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make side-by-side comparisons so what we
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do is we do a very series of precise
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measurements x-ray analysis and what
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we’re able to do is we’re able to see
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what’s going on in the inside of a
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person and equal to identify this is
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exactly what’s going on and therefore
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this would be what the most precise type
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of correction is that we can use with
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the least amount of force that’s
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necessary to be able to do that now for
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my understanding you’ll be on the
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advanced player instructor in Australia
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yes yep so there’s not very many of you
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guys can you tell me why it is that you
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think that there’s not more of bleh in
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Australia counteracting Wymore
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chiropractors I’m practicing this – Matt
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this technique I’d say a couple of
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reasons – that first and foremost is the
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vast majority of people have never heard
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of it I don’t know how many dots in
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Australia would be doing some form of a
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straight talk or recoil but I do know
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that among the seven or eight major
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forms of upper cervical that there’s
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maybe a total of about half a dozen
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people doing that work a cervical
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full-stop as their their go-to method
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and then probably around a dozen or so
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total doing any form of upper cervical
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specific in its entirety I think in
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large part it’s because they’ve never
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heard of it or they have heard of it but
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it’s never
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something on offer even myself as you
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can tell if my accent I’m not originally
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from Australia for me to learn the type
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of work that I love to do I had to
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travel back and forth to the u.s. better
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part of around ten times or so over
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three to four years to get to where I am
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at the moment most people that’s not
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going to be something that they’re gonna
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do and so the fact that we haven’t had
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an accessible mmm makes it a bit of a
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challenge but second to that if I was
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going to say is it we’re gonna take a
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very specific kind of person to be able
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to do this kind of work even in the US
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and North America and Canada and Europe
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it’s only really about one to five
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percent of the entire contracting
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professionally doesn’t and I think it
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requires that person who it’s not just
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enough to say okay yep this is what
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we’re gonna do they want to know the why
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the what the how they want to know all
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of the ins and out details of what’s
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going on and and if this is them to a
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fault
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this is it is best is never good enough
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you know they’re always what is that
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next thing that next level that they’re
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gonna take not just for their own
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knowledge and general understanding but
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so that they can make that best outcome
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for that patient beautiful now there’s
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very specific x-ray approach certainly
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can you tell me a little bit about the
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the
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technique and equipment that you would
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need in order to practice this in order
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to get established as a player dock and
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if you didn’t have access to that
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technology and equipment then how would
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you substitute that and how you sort of
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make UI along okay bare-bones and this
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was the the way that I started it myself
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is having a table makes a really really
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big difference so a proper side posture
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with a drop piece headrest mechanism er
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me in addition to that is having a
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paraspinal thermal scanner because
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that’s what we’re using is the
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predominant way to measure what is the
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neurological activity and the body to
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make the decision does this patient need
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the adjustment or not now beyond that
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then yes the more precise we are in our
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analysis of what’s going on in that
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person in the first place the better
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quicker we’re going to get that outcome
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for them and so if we have access to
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x-ray that’s a massive component because
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really that’s the only way we’re seeing
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what’s happening on the inside now if I
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was starting out the work from scratch
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again I would do it in that order I
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would have my table scanner and then I
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would get into x-ray ya know if I didn’t
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have access to x-ray what I would do is
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I would be done certain that I would be
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referring for what’s called a cone beam
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and CT so what that is if you’ve never
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heard of that before is it’s this
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scanner that was originally used by
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dentist but what you’re seeing is you
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can actually see what’s happening in the
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cervical spine in 3d and it is just
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beautiful resolution
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is the future for all of this kind of
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work and shows just some amazing detail
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I mean this is phenomenal stuff if you
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haven’t had the chance to look at him
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now let’s say that I was doing a field
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trip but I didn’t have access to my
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imaging and I didn’t have image to my
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scanner and I’m just having to rely on
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my hands then I’m going to use backup by
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using simply put what I can cross
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correlating a few things with the
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person’s posture with the person’s
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basically you know doing certain kinds
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of a leg checks posture checks muscle
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tone muscle palpation but definitely
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having the the instruments and to have
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that insight into what’s going on in a
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person goes such a long way excellent
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now in terms of the technique how would
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you describe the model of subluxation
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that that Blair addresses and the how
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you go about ascertaining the components
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of that okay
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generally speaking two parts so number
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one is the the misalignment component so
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we’re looking at the biomechanical
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distortion that’s why we go to all the
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effort to do the images that we do we’re
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looking to see if the body is where
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neutrally articulated as we would expect
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it to be and I pathi size that okay if
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it isn’t that’s a sign that something is
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not right here and that’s where we’re
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going to be focusing our attention but
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what we’re also doing that is we’re
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doing a series of neurological
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assessments be it you know clinically
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we’re looking at a person’s relative leg
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length and changes in muscle tension
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we’re looking at the pair of smile
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patterns and we’re looking to see is
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there evidence of adaptability or not on
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those scans so all of that to determine
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okay is this person’s body in a state of
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physiological districts if the answer is
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yes
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maybe it’s an adjustment that they need
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maybe not but if we can make it change
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the adjusting okay that’s the
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but as I was saying also that if that
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person is based on the results of your
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tests you know you’re doing pretty good
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we’re not going to adjust you so that is
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definitely one of the hallmarks about
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what we’re doing is we’re realizing and
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we’re looking at every single time a
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person comes into our office they’re not
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needing an adjustment so we have to take
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a lot of care to determine what do they
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need on any given day thank you for your
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time
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