Explanation of Chart No. 13
FIGURE 2 represents a muscle release of the positive and negative poles of the breathing mechanism. The shoulder muscles and the brachial plexus form the positive pole and the hip muscles constitute the negative pole of this function. The muscles around the great trochanter [greater trochanter] are related to the muscles of the shoulder joint and to the back of the neck. Pelvic muscles support the respiratory action. The crura of the diaphragm and their lumbar relation to the psoas and iliacus muscles are another connection here by their insertion into the lesser trochanter of the femur.
Ropy muscles around the hip joint and around the shoulder joint are factors in inhibited respiration. The fascia lata on the outside of the thighs are digestive reflex areas and have their upper pole in the posterior and lateral neck muscles.
These two simple contacts can balance both polarity fields and release structural inhibition to the respiratory mechanism. Excellent results are also obtained by the cross-over polarity currents. The left hand contacts the opposite shoulder and holds firmly, or gently manipulates the trapezius and other shoulder muscles and contractions. The hip contact remains the same. If the glutei muscles are too hard and ropy in corpulent patients, the elbow contact can be used over the tensest fibers, in connection with either shoulder contact.
These polarity releases constitute valuable therapy in respiratory and digestive conditions.
FIGURE 1 shows a bilateral contact of the left hand over the lower portion of the neck, with a rhythmically timed hand motion up and down, and a squeeze of the fingers and thumb, synchronized with the patient's inhalations and exhalations.
This stimulates the diaphragm because the contacts are over the brachial plexus and the phrenic nerves. The object of the rhythmic motion is to tone the impulses of respiration with this center and the heart action. The contacts are gentle and light.
The right hand is placed lightly over the mid dorsal [thoracic] region - with the thumb and its cushion resting on the spinous process of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh dorsal [thoracic] vertebrae [T4, T5, T6, T7], which are usually tender in acute conditions. This is a polarity contact and it is held steady, as the mere weight of the hand, by taking the slack out of the skin in a headward direction as the contact is taken, simply rests there in that position. Being a positive contact, it polarizes with the negative active one above.
In this manner a balance is established between the respiratory rhythm and hypersensitive cerebrospinal fluid action of the pattern energy of the mind which operates here and sends directive impulses all over the body.
Respiration cycles and the cerebrospinal fluid have a peculiar hidden sequence, which had not yet been brought to light and reason in therapeutic applications. In illness, the heart beat may be out of all proportion to the respiration, and out of balance as tone in the blood vessels, revealed by the blood pressure.
The mystery of this triune relationship in health and disease is a great physiological problem. In order to understand the sequences of relationships involved here, a psycho-physiological viewpoint and explanation are necessary, reiterated and summarized as follows: