by Dennis Denlinger
For decades I'd been suffering from headaches. In the end they got so painful that I couldn't even get up to go to work. Then a chiropractor started adjusting the top vertebra in my neck. This made a kind of sense. The vertebra was twisting out of place, acting like a scissor on the big spinal cord nerve just before it enters the skull.
These adjustments had been going on for months on a weekly (or more) basis. Often as I was driving away from the chiropractor's office I could feel that top vertebra, which had just been adjusted into place, slide out of place.
One day the chiropractor's showed me a drawing of the muscles and bones of the neck. Immediately I spotted the neck spring muscles and recognized that mine were not working at all. Over the next several weeks I got my neck spring to working and felt a bit better.
What serendipity made it possible for me to discover the neck spring muscle? I had studied engineering as part of earning an Architectural Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. All I did to make this and other discoveries was apply my knowledge of engineering basics to the human body. I call this "Denlinger's Discovery" and it is trade marked as such. At Carnegie-Mellon I also learned how to do research.
Back to the headaches. My next step was to buy a cheap reprint of an old out-of-copyright edition of the doctor's bible, "Gray's Anatomy," to research the location of other muscles and bones in the human body. I was willing to accept an old book because the human's muscles and bones most likely (joke) haven't changed much in the past hundred years.
The first bone I looked for was the top vertebra in the neck, right below the skull which is called the "atlas." Then I looked for the voluntary muscles which control the top vertebra. Now, you might ask, "What if there were no such muscles?" That question never even entered my mind - (maybe it should have). It just made sense that there must be voluntary muscles to control the position of bones in relation to other bones.
Then, to quote Archimedes, "EUREKA!" Eureka in Greek means, "I found it." Well, I found more than one muscle controlling the position of the top vertebra in relation to the skull. I found eight (8) short muscles between the top vertebra, the atlas, and the skull. One of these muscles was exactly located to pull my top vertebra back into place, the way the chiropractor was always adjusting it. So, I sat up, traced my finger over that muscle a couple times to identify which one I should contract; placed my finger under the part of my skull just behind my right ear, contracted that muscle and, "Eureka!" the top vertebra twisted right into place!
It stayed there for a minute or two and then twisted right our of place again. What a let down! I considered this a while and decided that the problem was that the muscle was extremely weak and without endurance due to decades of no use. The medical term to apply to that weak muscle is "atrophy." The experience of the next several months proved my rationale correct. it took me about three months to strengthen that little muscle to be able to hold my top vertebra in place for ten (10) hours each and every day. During those months, due to the pain of the headaches, I had to ba lying down whenever that little muscle was too exhausted to work.
Getting that little muscle at the top of the spine between the top vertebra and the skull, working correctly to position the top vertebra correctly reduced the pain of the headaches by about half. Next I researched other muscles in the neck. I found over fifteen muscles which weren't working when they should or were working when they shouldn't or were paralyzed. I got them all to working somewhat correctly (due to decades of previous incorrect use I now have difficulty getting perfect control of the correct muscles) and the pain of the headaches disappeared.
I then traced back events in my life and it seems that this problem originated with an accidental hit to the back of my head with a baseball bat when I was in the sixth grade. That paralyzed one major and important muscle. Then, to keep the head level, other muscles started doing things they shouldn't and others stopped doing things they should with one becoming severely atrophied due to lack of use.
While I was laying around waiting for that short muscle at the top of my neck to repair and strengthen itself between bouts of exercise, I did more research in "Gray's Anatomy" and made more advances in Denlinger's Discovery™. I found many more situations where muscles hold bones in place. In some situations a muscle has only the job of holding a particular bone in a certain place, and/or returning it to that place after a body movement. In other situations a group of muscles has the jobs of holding bones tight in joint as well as moving particular bones in certain ways. Details are in "Muscle N' Bone" and other discoveries since it was written will be in other future publications.
Then I found that spring muscle in the upper back is similar to the neck, but reversed. But, when I looked for a similar spring muscle in the lower back, It Wasn't There! Where Was It?!?? Several months of research and failed research and trial and error passed before I discovered how the lower back spring works. The lower back spring is like a suspension bridge - you know, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay - turned on end.
Already, before this, I had discovered how the shoulder spring and the foot springs work. By the way, fixing the foot spring also handles planter fasciitis and flat feet. So, I started writing my first book, "Muscle N' Bone," which is available at my web site along with more information about Denlinger's Discovery™.
Oh, yes. The question at the beginning of this article: "Why Don't Chiropractic Adjustments Hold?" The answer is that sometimes the correct voluntary muscles are not working they should and sometimes incorrect voluntary muscles are working when they shouldn't and sometimes both and sometimes accidents have moved bones so far out of position that the correct muscles are no longer in position to do their jobs correctly. Sometimes (often) nothing more is needed than spotting the muscle which isn't working and deciding to make it work and Zoom - it is done. Sometimes other things need to be done such as repairing cut nerves or torn muscles or lacking nutrition or specialized training or repairing improperly set broken bones. However, it is surprising how much can be done simply by reading and applying the simple information in my books, "Muscle N' Bone" and "A New Foot Health Solution" which are written simply for the average person who doesn't know anything about "Gray's Anatomy" or engineering basics.
--- 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