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Reset Button

August 18, 2016

Reset Button

The reset button is one of the more common things in today’s society. Slapping the monitor on the side only works so much if I have trouble with my computer. Many times when something is not right, I just restart the computer. The same thing goes for other electrical devices throughout the house. Most of the time the reset button is just what is needed. Now let’s talk about nerves. First of all, look at this article I sent out a while back (Vegas). Although this is a cranial nerve, the vagus is involved with sending nerve branches to every internal organ and every part of the body through the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system consists of a sympathetic side and a parasympathetic component. The sympathetic is involved during periods of stress and serves as a built in survival mechanism. Parasympathetic has to do more with subconscious daily functions such as beating of the heart, breathing, as well as digestion. A ganglion represents a crossroad of nerves. The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) located above the cheekbone is such a crossroad and branches from several of the cranial nerves go through here. An injection of local anesthetic into this ganglion can cause a reset of the sympathetic/parasympathetic balance in the entire body. It can be used to break the cycle of severe pain with migraines but can also affect chronic pain in areas remote from the SPG. I know a patient who came back about every two weeks for an injection for her chronic migraines. She told me that after a series of the SPG blocks her PTSD went away. I had a patient with chronic low back pain and he did not like to take narcotics for pain. Surprisingly, pushing the reset button by doing a SPG block can play a part in pain located some distance from the head. It worked here. Remember, the vagus nerve sends branches everywhere. So that leads to the possibility of using this for traumatic brain injury or blast injury in military subjects. With my background and experience in conventional as well as natural medicine, I try to apply things in an overall picture of health. My next thought is that stem cells injected into that area may help give more long-standing results and actual repair and healing as well as relief of pain. As far as the procedure, it is a straightforward injection above the cheekbone. It can be done as an office procedure. And yes, I’ve had this done myself. It is one of my sacrifices for patients. I was dealing with chronic neck pain from an old football injury. The injection was done with lidocaine which lasts about 20 minutes. After the injection, I felt this feeling of calm similar to drinking a glass of wine. The neck pain was better for two or three days after that. I still eventually had to have acupuncture and adjustments to take care of the neck. I get excited about all these things because many are so simple yet can have a very significant effect on overall health. I like to step outside the box. At the age of 65, I finally feel I am pretty good at this stuff. Observation and listening is an important aspect in my approach with patients. I would caution you about the analogy of an SPG injection to a reset button. What really happens in humans? I don’t think that this is an instant process but allows parts of your body to reset and work from a new starting point again. In the computer this takes microseconds—but with humans other modalities may be necessary for optimum effect. Here comes good nutrition, supplements, measures to lower chronic inflammation, psychotherapy, medication,…the “human machine” concept or any analogy to a computer system is obviously limited, but it sure gets us into the ballpark. Look at below and compare the human machine to the infrastructure of NYC.

 

 

 

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