The treatment process always starts with a check of joint motion.  Ideally there should be symmetry in the joints; in other words the
right hip should move the same amount in all directions as the left hip.  This is true for all the joints.  Pain/tightness is an indication
that something is wrong and asymmetry in the joints helps locate precisely where to look.  In most clients the asymmetries are
obvious, but sometimes, as with Bobbi, the limitations were almost undetectable.  She had a great deal of mobility, but
inadequate control over it.  Mobility without control creates areas of vulnerability as dysfunctional muscular support in the neck can
result in stiffness/tension in the muscles, skew the communication between the brain and the rest of the body, interfere with blood
flow, cause headaches and contribute to poor balance.  
Imagine a heavy circus tent with a loose guy wire. While the center post
actually holds up the tent, the guy wires distribute the forces evenly around the post to insure its stability. Every time the wind
blows, that loose wire will be useless, compromising the stability of the entire structure.  
In Bobbi’s case, tipping her head back
or turning to the right put increased strain on the large muscles in the back of her neck (which is where she eventually experienced
the pain) but the tiny muscle – the loose guy wire - that wasn’t functioning was located at the front of her neck, in her throat.

Bobbi’s treatment consisted of the evaluation and treatment of the muscles supporting her neck.  As the neck muscles improved
their ability to generate the pull necessary to support and control her neck and head, her symptoms slowly abated.  The treatment
process included exercises designed specifically to incrementally develop strength in the neck and torso.  When Bobbi goes
sailing now, her neck is being supported appropriately, muscular compensation is greatly reduced and the corresponding
neurological symptoms (dizziness, nausea and poor balance) appear to be resolved.  Bobbi’s symptoms rarely return but when
they do they are mild, short in duration and no longer debilitating.  Most importantly, the paralyzing fear brought on by these
episodes has disappeared.
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