Email from Dr Ryan Kennedy

Interesting follow up on his treatment for Antonietta’s TN. 

Sympathetic Dominance

Antonietta asked me to send you an email to better explain her treatment and why it is working for her. I saw her today and she is now 3 weeks pain free!

When I spoke to your group, we talked about the implications subluxation (lack of spinal joint movement) has on afferent and efferent nerve transmission. Essentially, does the brain receive the correct or incorrect information allowing it to construct the most appropriate physiological response for the body. Since speaking with you, I have done further training in this area specifically functional neurology and Sympathetic Dominance.

The autonomic nervous system is the part of the nervous systems that controls everything that happens in our body without conscious thought. It is broken into two parts: sympathetic and parasympathetic. These two parts exist in a see-saw balance. However, if we encounter too much emotional or undergo to much physical or chemical stress the sympathetic part of our autonomic nervous system will be more dominant. This is a normal response that is designed to last for a few minutes; the problem is that because of our high stress lives, we can get stuck in it (fight or flight response).

Our physiology works very differently in a long term sympathetic state, symptoms such as: insomnia, headaches, hair loss, light sensitivity, postural distortions , thyroid imbalance, high blood pressure, uterine fibroids, weight gain, IBS, thyroid dysfunction…. can all be linked to sympathetic dominance.

The sympathetic response is driven by specific part of our brain and the nuclei that are housed in this area. Each of the five nuclei has a different stimulant: light, sound, posture and so forth. By identifying what areas of the brain are under too much stress and then taking steps to allow these areas to rest, as well as making gentle adjustments to the spine to improve joint function and restore normal afferent and efferent nerve flow, Antonietta has been able to regain control of her trigeminal neuralgia.

It is important to note that this is not a cure, there is no cure. I have simply reduced the stress that different parts of Antonietta’s brain and nervous system was under. Thereby, allowing it to receive normal afferent and efferent nerve flow and no longer create an the abnormal somato-sensory response of pain.

I am more than happy to speak further with you on this topic and your group as well. I think a lot of your members would benefit from hearing about this new research. It is important to note that to my knowledge there is no direct research which links sympathetic dominance with trigeminal neuralgia. I simply took what I knew and applied it to the situation in front of me.

Kind regards,

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