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ILEOCAECAL SYNDROME

Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Welcome to our winter edition write-up of the Bloodless Surgery, CMRT and TS line work.  As stated in our last issue, we are doing the digestive in 2012 and are thus going T10, L1, L2 and L4.  We have suggested that you will need your seminar notes; a reflex chart and preferably DeJarnette’s 1966 CMRT manual (the latter two items are available from Averil; go to the website).  This series of articles on the organ work has, in the main, been a presentation of the writings of Dr. M.L. Rees, that first appeared in the SORSI Despatcher, in the 1970s.



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A warning you will find in your Lumbar 1 ileo-caecal seminar notes is:  An incompetent or over competent I.C. valve may simulate appendicitis.  The thing to do is establish the differences and we turn to Dr. Bennett’s chapter, Ileocaecal spasm v. Appendicitis, from a long-forgotten volume from the 1970s (The same Dr. Bennett of Bennett reflex points that have been preserved by Dr. Goodheart in the Applied Kinesiology notes).

Bennett states:  “If the case is an acute abdomen, and everything is sore, you cannot determine anything.  First you want the white blood cell count.  You check several hours later, or the next day, and it is not too acute.  Then you find that the condition has localised itself in the area of McBurneys point, where there is point tenderness.

Spasms of ileocaecal valves will present the same symptom complex as appendicitis, sometimes; vague chest, abdomen and back pains.  The difference with the ileo-caecal is that there is little or no fever nor will there be an increase in the white cell count.”  DeJarnette’s observations about the signs and symptoms may be of help in that your frozen shoulder will be present with an I.C. valve, not so with L2 syndrome, generally.

Return to Dr. Bennett’s observations, he further states:  “In appendicitis, the point tenderness is at McBurneys point and there is spasm across the entire lower portion of the right rectus muscle.  Where it is splinted, it shortens.  The classic symptom is that the person cannot extend the thigh because when they do it pulls on this sore muscle.  In order to seek relief they flex the thigh.

In the instance of the ileocaecal valve, the splinting is not across the belly of the muscle.  It is the outer margin of the right rectus muscle only.  The middle portion of the muscle is perfectly free.  In ileocaecal conditions you  have a rope like tension of the outer border of the right rectus muscle.  The mechanical pull of the shortening of the outer border would be just as painful if the extend the thigh, so that is no criterion.

As a practising SOT chiropractor you have one thing in your favour with the chronic lumbar one case and that is that you are not going to see one!  These are past the point of no return types who will have already been hospitalised, given up as incurable degenerative disease cases who are ‘made comfortable’ only.  In the last stages these cases are riddled with cancer.  Gruesome.

You are going to come across the acute and the sub chronic aplenty.  If you find an L1 in the early stages, you have a good chance to help them recover.  If you are unfortunate to come up with a sub chronic lumbar one patient, then you have a long haul ‘vale of tears’ in reversing this ‘morbific’ destructive syndrome and can only hope to save a partially destroyed patient, whom you must care for on a maintenance basis for the rest of their lives.

When you look at the T-S reflex points charts, you will see a zone called ‘toxic’.  Often this is active and tender along with the T-S L1 palpatory tender area.  Remember, a patient with an incompetent ileo-caecal valve is a fast ageing patient where all of the vital organs are wearing out fast fighting poisons.

The ileo-caecal patient will complain of a pain like a broken rib on the right anterior rib cage at the tips of the 11th and 12th ribs.  But the one to look out for is that condition that is printed in capital letters in your seminar notes:  FROZEN RIGHT SHOULDER.  Be suspicious of inflammation of the ileo-caecal valve if your patient complains of a right shoulder problem that resembles a rotator cuff tear.

Dr. Rees suggested another condition to observe which was a pseudo-gouty arthritis in both big toes.  In your seminar notes are two diagrams of pain and signs and symptoms of the ileocaecal syndrome.  Of note are the head and neck indicators that we need to bring to your attention.  These are the areas around the side of the head, the cheeks and the ears.

What will occur is that your L1 patient will lie prone on your table and feel an undue pressure from the headpiece.  The other thing that occurs is violent headache spasms coming from subluxation of the atlanto-occipital articulations often with vertebral artery occlusion.  This sets up the tinnitus aurium and vertigo symptoms of the eighth cranial nerve by circulation starvation.  Tinnitus is considered a condition with multiple and sometimes unknown cause.  As SOT, CMRT and Cranial trained practitioners, we have the basic cranial procedures in our armamentarium.  There is no better place to start than with the Basic One and Basic Two procedures.

Before going to procedure, we will list out the clinical picture of the ileo-caecal valve in the stages you are going to see, namely; a) the acute attack and; b) the sub chronic.

A.  Inflammation of the Ileo-caecal Valve (Acute)

1)        These people will have migraine headaches that are sub-occipital starting at the pain reflex line just below the occipital three and extending over the ear on the temporal bone through T-S D4 and D5 with extreme posterior eye pain and upper teeth pain.  They will be nauseated and when they vomit, bile will be present resembling a bilious attack.  Many of these people will have been through the barrage of tests and scans and may even have been hospitalised.  They are coming to see you with headaches for which they are often taking multiple pain killing drugs.

2)         They will have tinnitus aurium as the petrous portion of the temporal bone is pulled into distortion.

3)         They will have higher level low back pain around the level of the first lumbar and check for the palpatory pain at the transverse processes.  This is often the pain that drives them in to see you.

4)         They will have pain resembling broken ribs at the tip of the 11th and 12th ribs on the anterior rib cage.

5)         In these acute cases, the area on your wall chart – the temporal sphenoidal tonic area (slightly medial and anterior to the L1 and actually on the zygomatic) may not yet be painful.

6)           Another observation that didn’t appear in the 1966 CMRT notes is that the metatarsal-phalangeal joints of the big toes will be painful to pressure palpation as inflammatory material is being deposited.

B.  The Incompetent Sub Chronic Ileo-Caecal Valve

1)         They will have painful but hardened tissue at the right anterior humeral head which will be felt in the rotator cuff musculature. This is the frozen shoulder type patient.  Note in your seminar notes, under signs and symptoms that frozen right shoulder is in capital letters.  This is the frozen shoulder that does not have ‘rotator cuff tear’ or ‘supraspinatus problem’ reports from the radiologist.  In advanced cases you will note that the patient cannot raise the right arm and keep the neck straight.  Your true indicators for this type of frozen shoulder is occipital line 2 area 3 is active; TS L1 and the hardened feel of the shoulder.

2)         As previously mentioned, the metatarsal phalangeal joints of the big toes have become like a toxic dumping ground.  The pain will resemble gouty arthritis.  Hallux valgus develops.

3)         The 10th rib costal tip on the right side becomes acutely painful.  A chest x-ray  will show a calcified costo-chondral cartilage.

Background Thoughts and Rees’ Marking

Two factors in correction of the ileo-caecal incompetency are of note.  First, you must think in terms of mesentery correction.  The apron-like folds of the mesocaecum must be lifted back to normal position and all lace adhesions that restrict the freedom of ileo-caecal movement must be broken up.

A second factor is that you must think in terms of the entire digestive tract with ileo-caecal fault.  One common cause of this syndrome is back pressure of colon gas causing the valve to open the wrong way.  Trace it back to the person’s stomach not producing enough stomach acid.  Remember with insufficient acid there is difficulty digesting proteins and iron.

With this background information covered let’s now look at information on the Rees’ marking system and then we will cover the Dr. Rees procedure for correction.  Once again, for those who may be reading this article separately from others in the series, the Rees procedure was developed from his 1950s study of the De Jarnette Bloodless surgery notes combined with the 1965 Temporal Sphenoidal Research.  We have found that reviewing DeJarnette’s early work as presented by Dr. Rees has helped us understand the reasoning behind the 1966 work that is presented yearly in the seminar series along with providing some additional, effective procedure.

Rees’ Marking points


  1. The basic receptor block area for the ileo-caecal syndrome is located 5cm inferior of McBurneys point.  This area is quite tender to pressure palpation.
  2. Find an mark the tender area on the right shoulder.
  3. Find and mark the tender area found at the fifth level interspace (this is an area marked in your seminar notes that you probably wondered about.  It is a tender area that vanishes with L1 CMRT procedure.)
  4. Find and mark the 11th and 12th rib anterior rib cage.  These will be quite painful and are easily located.
  5. Find and mark the tender metatarsal phalangeal joints.
  6. Find and mark the TS lumbar one points and the tonic point.
  7. Now palpate the neck motor unit at cervical 5 and 6 which is your Lovett brother relationship.
  8. Another indicator not included in the 1966 CMRT notes is the temporal sphenoidal meningeal irritation area.  If this area on the interior of the T-S line is palpatorily painful, then you also have a disc problem at lumbar one level which must be corrected with annular ligament technique before the work will be effective.
  9. If sacral one is painful to palpation, then you have a dural port closure at lumbar one and a need for the fibre neutralisation work.

Technique

In modern times (from 1966 on) CMRT lumbar one technique has consisted of a) neutralisation of sacral one and occipital fibre, b) receptor reflex area and shoulder contacts, c) postganglionic.  In going over Dr. Rees’ procedure you can see some inclusions and exclusions of the work of DeJarnette.  This is the case in all of the thoracic and lumbar syndromes and L1 is no different.  Here now is the bloodless surgery technique for a lumbar one major, by the number.

  1. As soon as the patient is turned from prone to supine, you apply the following temporal sphenoidal pain control.  Dr. Rees found the combination of the TS work at the start of the procedure and the use of the preganglionic to ‘switch on the motors’ again to be a successful action in many of the syndromes (not all).  Note, with L1 there is a warning about when and when not to perform preganglionic technique.

The left hand holds light contact over the most painful T.S, L1 area as the right hand finger tips hold light contact over the ileo-caecal receptor block area.  Hold these contacts for two minutes with no motion.  The ileo-caecal patient will have a very alive occipital area 3 and the valve area may just be screamingly tender to the touch.  So, your two minute TS contact is for pain control to first calm down the abnormal pain oscillations in the reflex arc between the hollow viscus and the spinal cord pathways before you can successfully do the deep tissue work.  In two minutes this reflex arc pain oscillation will be neutralised so that you have anaesthetised your patient, locally, or blocked his pain interpretation pathway from the hollow viscus, so now you can go deep into the soft tissue without discomfort.  If you wish to make sure the pain pathways are blocked you can re-palpate your marked areas and you will find them absent or with only a faint remnant of pain.  Be sure and remember this is not a correction.  You have only anaesthetised the warning signs.  This is a regional visceral receptor block anaesthesia that will last about ten minutes.  This gives you sufficient time to painlessly accomplish your bloodless surgery to the involved hollow viscus.

  1. The receptor area and right shoulder work.  Your left hand is over the right humeral head; your right two fingers contact the ileocaecal area.  Your work both areas.  This procedure is continued until you can feel the tension resistance at the ileocaecal release.
  2. Using a double hand reinforced contact just below McBurneys point, you have the patient flex their leg.  The patient moves their flexed leg medial then lateral eight times.
  3. In the same position, with both hands you squeeze an expanse of abdominal tissue into a mound.  You lift this soft tissue ceiling-ward like you were going to raise the patient off the table.  Carry this tissue headwards then away from you then towards you.  Repeat this complete manoeuvre eight times.  This puts normal motion back into the ileocaecal valve.
  4. Now adjust the metatarsal – phalangeal joints of both big toes.  This is done by traction and then a quick thrust.
  5. In subsequent visits when the pain rib areas are not present; when the right shoulder pain, the 5th rib intercostal pain and the other indicators of L1 toxicity do not return, you can be rest assured that you have removed this patient from his tendency towards carcinoma.
  6. If there were 8th cranial nerve indicators, you clear this with your upper cervical work and with Cranial Technique Basic One and Basic Two.  The 2nd or 3rd office visit after the initial L1 is a good time to do this.
  7. You do not do preganglionic technique until you are ready to have this patient on maintenance visits.

As a final word, there is a right / left brain dysfunction as a key problem in many of these patients.  There are often resultant immune related problems such as sinusitis, influenza and colds.  L1 has the associated C5 which is part of the neurological rod of the phrenic nerve to the diaphragm.  These people are very sick and the liver pump and hiatal technique will also be of help.

With the Expression newsletter every three months, we hope that this allows you time to study and incorporate the TS, bloodless surgery and CMRT work.  Remember as SOTO Australasia members you also have access to the Rose Ertler memorial library which has a very large selection of DeJarnette’s works including the 1965 Temporal Sphenoidal research project notes.

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