At the risk of doing great injustice to this procedure, I will attempt to explain it in a few paragraphs.

Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (C.M.R.T) is a system of SOT protocols used to diagnose and treat organ function (liver, gallbladder, heart, kidneys, uterus, etc.)via the neurological connections to spinal pathways. Each posterior spinal nerve root innervates specific organs, muscles and special regions of skin. Each of these body areas used shared neural pathways to effectively communicate outgoing (efferent) and ingoing (afferent) messages to and from the central nervous system (brain and cord). This is how the body regulates itself.

I recommend reading the article on 'subluxation', in order to better understand our discussion of C.M.R.T. To recap, spinal subluxations create an imbalance within the autonomic nervous system that controls organ function in the human body. Spinal subluxation can have the effect of causing a consistent increase in sympathetic tone which, in turn, causes an increase in smooth muscle contraction which then limits blood supply to specific organs that share nervous system innervations with those specific spinal level(s). This effect, combined with nutritional stresses in the system, and or physical lesions such as fibrosis, or soft tissue adhesions causes further stress to the organs in question. When an organ gets too distressed, it sends nocioceptive information back to the spine and brain.

Sometimes it comes in the form of pain. But, as we stated, organs don't have their own specific pain pathways. They borrow sympathetic afferents that get shared with skin and muscles. Hence, the expression of symptoms (pain, muscle splinting) rarely relate directly to the offending organ. In short, we get referred pain and dysfunction. Examples of this are well understood by most physicians. A person with acute Gall Bladder disease will feel pain referred to the posterior right shoulder. A person with Pancreatic illness can have pain on the left shoulder. A person with an acute heart condition will complain of pain into the left arm, neck and shoulder.

Intuitively, we know that there is nothing wrong with the neck, arm, or shoulder. CMRT helps differentiate where the dysfunction is originating from, and gives us tools to help break that reflex and re-establish better nerve function that allows the body to process itself more efficiently, and hopefully begin healing itself.

Imagine a scenario whereby a patient complains of mid thoracic, and right posterior shoulder pain. It's more noticeable when sitting for increased periods of time, feels better with rest. Head movement can affect it because of cross over muscle attachments. Medications offer no relief. There is no trauma. Exercise and PT give temporary or partial relief. Traditional Chiropractic adjustments give immediate relief but...IT DOESN'T SEEM TO LAST. What do you do?

An SOT approach would be to use C.M.R.T protocols to see if some, or part of the irritation may be reflexing from an aggravated Gall Bladder. If this is the case, one would expect to find tenderness along specific parts of the dorsal spine where T4 nerves exit, specific muscle splinting (tenderness) of muscle groups that share innervation with these pathways, reflex tenderness on specific skin areas, etc. etc.

Simply put, If we can determine which, if any, organs are involved it make the correction that much easier and dramatic.

This process I describe is far more common than most people would expect. SOT offers a very comprehensive approach through the use of manipulation, CMRT, nutrition to help correct these imbalances and help patients get better, quicker.

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