There are moments in your life that you can easily look back to and know that you were in a powerful moment of transformation, this mission trip was one of those moments. A classmate recommended this particular mission trip to me at school, and I made all the necessary arrangements to travel the following month.
I was unaware of the amazing technique I was introduced to on this trip, sponsored by Dr. Sukhi Muker. When I arrived in San Diego, CA we met and awaited our transportation to Ensenada. We all piled into a mid-sized van and were escorted around Mexico by the operators of the Osha Center in Ensenada. Our small group of 10 were the first guests at the Osha Center that were not there for a meditation retreat.
During our stay in Ensenada, Dr. Sukhi led us in beginning each day on the roof of the Osha Center with full view of the sunrise with yoga, transitioning into squats, then ending with Focus In/Focus Out meditation. I enjoyed the routine so much that I incorporated it into my normal routine.
The techniques that I was introduced to on the trip were tonal techniques, meaning no force into the body or system. Tonal techniques have resonated well with me since the mission trip.
Tonal techniques are gentle interactions with the body that facilitates healing in the body without force. The technique checks spinal cord tension and identifies trapped energy in the body, and opens spinal gateways to assist the body in reorganizational healing.
The stories that I heard and the things that I experienced in Ensenada expanded my world exponentially and gave me the focus that I had been searching for at school. Dr. Muker had given us insight during the trip that it would take us some time to fully process our experiences during the mission trip.
I was a passenger in what I had originally thought was a minor collision in the Atlanta area 2 1/2 years ago. I began experiencing many odd symptoms and changes over the next 7 months, unaware of the internal effects. I was experiencing vertigo, memory loss, nausea, digestive issues, sleeping issues, anxiety, panic attacks, etc.
I knew this symptoms were not typical for me, and knew there must be a cause. In my last gross anatomy class, Head & Neck Gross Anatomy, as we were studying the cranial nerves, I identified with symptoms involving CN XIII, CN X. Typically, an MVC involves CN VIII, IX, and X.
In MOPAL (Motion and Palpation) class, my instructor, an extremities doctor, was testing C1 on me, and alerted me that there was a serious problem. I had been experiencing severe neck/shoulder pain on my left side, and low back pain for many months in addition to the other symptoms.
I had first sought out upper cervical treatment. C1 had gone inferior and rotated to the Right. My cervicals and thoracic were following C1’s lead. I was experiencing nerve compression from my cervicals rotating.
My C1 adjustment held at one point for 4 months, and my cervical lordosis returned. C2 did not return to its correct positioning, and when I experienced a traumatic loss, the cervials all returned to their original post-MVC (motor vehicle collision) state.
I next sought out orthospinology, and had a full set of digital x-rays taken. My orthospinologist notified me that C2 was the cause of my vertigo and memory loss. C1 and C2 were adjusted, and they held for at least 3 weeks before returning to their post-MVC state.
During the next quarter at school, I was being adjusted 3-4 times a week, normally both C1 and C2. The adjustments were not holding.
After Ensenada, I was manually adjusted one more time, and then I decided to cease all further osseous adjustments due to the extreme hardship on my body with all the adjustments.
Within a few weeks of the seminar after my first tonal entrainment, I noticed the vertigo had disappeared. My sympathetic reaction to tall hills and driving has been dissapating over the past few months, the digestive issues have been resolved, and as my body continues to experience reorganizational healing, my clarity and memory continue to strengthen.
Learning how to use tonal techniques has more than inspired me, it has renewed and expanded my passion towards chiropractic, and has been transforming my life as I learn how to transform the lives of others.