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"The Serendipity of
Denlinger's Discovery™"


by Dennis Denlinger
Copyright 2007 by Dennis Denlinger
    Arthur Lydiard, a famous New Zeland runner and athletic coach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Lydiard) who came up with a better way to train for midrange running events by training as though preparing for a long distance marathon. This was initially thought to be against common sense but was later proven true by exercise physiologists.

    I have also come up with something which to doctors is against common sense. I applied engineering basics to the human body and come up with ways to handle various physical problems which some day I expect clinical studies to prove true. At present peer review journals of the medical establishment are not interested in publishing the theory of Denlinger's Discovery™. It is probably due to the fact that doctors do not understand engineering basics because they do not have the time to study engineering along with all the other training they are given. The engineering basics I have applied are used every day in the design of automobiles and tall buildings which have to stand up against gravity. The human body also has to stand up against gravity.

    Medical and chiropractic doctors say that the spine should be curved to absorb shocks. An engineer would say that the spine should be held nearly (not perfectly, but nearly) straight by certain muscles so that it can go into a curve in the process of absorbing a mechanical shock. The reason is that in absorbing a mechanical shock the member has to be able to distort. When the spine is curved it has already distorted. Then, to prepare to absorb the next shock, the member has to return to the original shape so that it can once again distort. Denlinger's Discovery™ has found and worked out how to use the exact muscles which can be used to hold the spine straighter so that it can distort into a curve in the process of absorbing a mechanical shock.

    I spotted the neck spring muscle when a chiropractor showed me a drawing of the muscles and bones of the neck. At that moment I also became aware that mine were not working correctly. Over the next several weeks I got my neck spring to working and slightly reduced the super duper terrible headaches I was experiencing at the time. My next step was to get a copy of the Doctor's Bible, "Gray's Anatomy". I already knew that my top vertebra was a problem because the chiropractor would put it into place and within ten minutes as I was driving away from his office I could feel that bone sliding out of place again. So, I looked and found a short muscle between the top vertebra and the skull. I looked at the drawings of the bones and recognized that when that muscle was not working the top vertebra would go off center and the hole for the big nerve in the top vertebra would no longer line up with the hole in the bottom of the skull. So, when that short muscle was not working, my spinal cord (the big nerve going from the skull out to the body) was being sicsored. No wonder I had headaches!!!

    I tried to get that little muscle to working and found that I could do it - for about two or three minutes a day. After that it was exhausted. Basically, due to lack of use it had atrophied. So, every day I used it and within several weeks I had it operating up to ten minutes a day. At that time the area started to wake up. Have you ever sat with your elbow on a desk and your chin propped up on your bent wrist, forcing the wrist to bend more and kept it that way for an hour? The wrist goes to sleep. Then when you move your chin off the wrist and start to use the wrist, that wrist hurts something awful. Well, that was what was happening to the top of my neck. From then on I could not be vertical without that particular short muscle working. It took three months to get it strong enough to work ten hours a day. That handled about half the headaches.

    Then I found over fifteen other muscles or groups of muscles which were not working, were working when they shouldn't, were paralyzed or had other problems. I got them all working correctly and handled the super duper terrible headaches.

    While I was getting all that handled I ran into another problem. For me it was more intellectual that painful because I didn't have any lower back pain. I had found the neck spring muscle and quickly found the upper back spring muscle. That was no problem. But, when it came to the lower back, there was no spring muscle there. I looked and looked all through "Gray's Anatomy" and experimented with my own body as well. It just wasn't there. It took me three months to discover that the lower back spring works like a suspension bridge (ie, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) turned on end. It took me three weeks to get my lower back spring operating correctly habitually so I could forget about it. That is how I came up with the way Denlinger's Discovery™ applies to the spine and decided to write the book "Muscle N' Bone".

    Before that I came up with how the shoulder spring and the foot spring work, so I also included that in the book. Okay, I'll tell you how I came up with the shoulder and foot part of Denlinger's Discovery™. I had bought a small motorcycle which came in a big crate. Several friends and I carried it in from a truck. After we were done I noticed a terrible pain in the very top of my chest (no, not heart, the very top of the chest) were the collar bone meets the breast bone. I looked and noticed that I was letting the shoulder rest on top of my ribs, stretching those ligaments which were hurting. So, I experimented and found that by using the muscles which raise my shoulders up to my ears I could reduce the pain. From then on I didn't let my shoulders rest on top of my ribs and that pain has never returned. That particular mechanism works something like a crane on a ship. You can see drawings in "Muscle N' Bone".

    The foot spring story was much more serendipitous. I had an ingrown toenail on my big right toe caused by a pointed-toe shoe which pressed against the toenail, causing the edge to curve under, biting into the meat of the toe. That was back in the late 1970s when Earth Shoes were still being made. Earth Shoes had a big toe which would not press against my ingrown toenail. That was a big help - with a big however: those cussed Earth Shoes had a little bump on the inside of the sole just in front of the heel to force a good arch. Everyplace I'd read about the Earth Shoe said that most people loved them, but some hated them. Well, I was one of the one who hated them. But, I had a different viewpoint than most. I rationalized that if some loved those blah-blah-blah Earth Shoes and I hated them, I must be doing something wrong. Well, I had an incentive to keep those Earth Shoes: they sure helped my ingrown toenail. It took me three months of limping around to spot what I was doing wrong.

    Eventually I discovered how the foot arch works. Yes, I had flat feet. At the time I was over 35 years old. I remember getting arch support shoes when I was a teenager. I remember having foot pain when I was a caddy and carrying heavy golf club bags around eighteen holes for rich people. I remember having foot pain when going on ten and twenty-five mile hikes while earning my Boy Scout Hiking Merit Badge. The pain from those Earth Shoes was the same.

    After discovering how the foot arch works and how to use it correctly it took me three months to get the foot arch muscle strong enough to work all day long. Then it took another year to get the pain gone and four years to get the muscle well enough trained so I could forget about it and have it work all the time. Most people do not take that long. I showed one lady how to use her foot arch muscle correctly and she went out on a walk and came back an hour later with it in perfect shape and the pain all gone.

    It took a number of serendipitous situations for me to come up with Denlinger's Discovery™. First, I needed to get hit on the head with a baseball bat with I was in the sixth grade. A friend was taking practice swings and wasn't looking where he was swinging. I was faced the other way And backing up. That hit paralyzed a major muscle in my neck, which I didn't find out until nearly thirty years later when I was handling the super duper terrible headaches. When that major muscle wasn't working, other muscles had to take over to keep my head level, but those other muscles then weren't doing their jobs and my neck bones got all out of shape.

    Then, I decided to study Architecture as a career and went to Carnegie Institute of Technology. I had difficulty studying due to the headaches, although at the time it was just numbness, not headaches. However, I did a good job of learning structural and mechanical engineering which was part of earning the Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. Yes, by the time I graduated Carnegie Tech had merged with the Mellon Institute and Carnegie-Mellon University was founded. Thanks to the serendipity which brought together my engineering training at that marvelous school and all my physical problems and pains which gave the incentive, I came up with Denlinger's Discovery™.

    The book, "Muscle N' Bone: New Discovery Can Help or Prevent Neck Pain, Back Pain, Foot Pain and More" by Dennis Denlinger is available for purchase at www.NeckBackFootPain.com. It is written simply with many drawings and photos so the layman can understand and apply many of the basics. There have been additional discoveries in the area of the shoulders, the hand, the knee, the handling of problems and the refinement of how engineering theory is applied which have been written up as articles or DVD scripts but not yet published. Books, articles and DVDs are forthcoming along with training for health care professionals so they can assist individuals who have difficulty (ie, injuries, lack of muscular control, muscular atrophy, incentive for repetitive practice, etc) applying the theory. Also, I am looking for assistance by third parties, with my input in the handling of various problems which may come up, to perform and publish clinical studies demonstrating the efficacy of Denlinger's Discovery™.

    --- Denlinger studied engineering as part of earning an architectural degree at Carnegie-Mellon University. Later in life he made Denlinger's Discovery™ by using engineering basics to handle otherwise untreatable severe pains in his own body. Web sites for more information: http://www.NeckBackFootPain.com and http://www.FootArch.com



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