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Knee Pain

Knee Pain and Applied Kinesiology

Anterior Cruciate Ligament – ACL – Knee Instability


Applied Kinesiology – AK – is a tool we use – through muscle testing – to discern what’s causing your main complaint and how best to fix it using spinal adjustments, cranial manipulation, acupuncture or nutritional techniques.

This next group of articles explains specific conditions and we approach them in a holistic fashion.  Remember: we don’t treat conditions; we treat patients who are suffering from certain conditions.  Let me explain the difference.

A young man playing basketball can injure the knee due to all the running, jumping and twisting related to this sport.  If this person had no other imbalances and was in perfect health before this injury, we would conclude that the cause of the injury was frank trauma -pure and simple.  However, life isn’t always that simple.

A person may have a tight hamstring muscle, in the back of the thigh, which causes instability in the knee joint.  Then, when he trips and injures his knee, he wonders why such a “small crack in the pavement” caused a tear in the meniscus of his knee, when the instability – not the crack in the pavement – caused him to fall in the first place!

Knee pain can also be caused by imbalances in acupuncture meridians.  In the instance of knee pain, any one of six acupuncture organ meridians which pass over and through the knee may be involved.  For example, pain in the back of the knee, associated with indigestion, may be indicative of gall bladder congestion and not a primary knee condition at all!

Signs or Symptoms of ACL Sprain

Pain in the knee with instability; some explain it as a sense of wobbling of the knee joint.


Injury to this ligament occurs when the person suddenly pivots causing excessive rotational forces on the ligament. Other causes are severe trauma and work injuries. When the injury occurs, the person will usually describe a feeling of the knee giving out, or collapsing. They also say they hear a “pop.”


Severe trauma is the most common cause. It is also seen in sports – skiing, basketball, etc.  However, a non-traumatic cause can be slow stretching of the anterior cruciate ligament due to repetitive stress caused by other mechanical factors.  These include:

  • Mechanical defects in the foot, ankle, knee or pelvis.  The arch doesn’t support the ankle, which doesn’t support the foot, which doesn’t support the knee, resulting in this injury.
  • Muscle imbalances in the foot, knee or pelvis with resultant knee joint instability.
  • Improper ankle and foot bio-mechanics: The muscles “fire” out of their normal sequence, resulting in faulty gait and injury to the ligament.
  • Organ-based problems – like the gall bladder mentioned above – whose acupuncture meridian passes through the knee.
  • Nutritional deficiencies – usually manganese – which can predispose a problem.

Standard Treatment

Rest, bracing and exercises to increase muscle strength. If the tear is great, then surgical repair is done.

Applied Kinesiology Approach

In an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament you will usually find other supporting ligaments, muscles, and skin being damaged. Treatment begins by assessing exactly which structures have been injured and then directing appropriate therapy to those injured structures.

The second phase of therapy is to reestablish normal muscle coordination and strength. Again, there are a number of different techniques that can be used. Testing is used to prepare a specific program for your needs. For example, aside from the knee needing treatment, any imbalance in the pelvis or in the ankle will cause the long bones of the leg to become twisted, severely aggravating the internal structures of the knee.   We would recommend non-force chiropractic manipulation of the pelvis and lower extremities.

The patient should also be evaluated for any nutritional need – especially for a deficiency in the element Manganese.  Manganese allows for increased blood flow to normally avascular (bloodless) tissues – like ligaments and tendons – promoting faster healing.

We hope you found the information in this article to be informative and useful.  Your comments and questions – either by phone or email – are always welcome.   Please check out our website:

Dr. Joseph Vomero, DC
Vomero Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center
7324 E. 6th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ  85251

Learning Disabilities in Children

Important information on ADHD, ADD, Autism and Dyslexia

– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

– Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

– Autism

– Dyslexia

Signs or Symptoms

Inability of a child to concentrating on a topic for a time. Abrupt changes in behavior.


This common condition found in school children, restricts their ability to perform well in school. The child cannot stay on task for any period of time.  Can also affect adults.


The cause is unknown; though AT LEAST ONE of the following is always found when we take the history of a child who has been diagnosed with a learning disability.  If not the cause, they can certainly aggravate the condition.  These include:

  • Too much sugar or refined foods in the diet.
  • Gluten sensitivity.  Gluten is a protein found mainly in grains like barley, rye, oats and wheat.  There is no gluten in oats;  the gluten is picked up by the oats during their milling process with wheat.
  • Chemical sensitivity.   This can include industrial chemicals like formaldehyde, cleaning products, food colorings or even perfumes.
  • History of vaccinations – especially multiple vaccinations given at the same time, such as MMR.
  • Cranial distortion – either from a difficult birth, trauma to the head – like a fall, or poor occlusion of the teeth.  (In this situation, parents usually bring their child to the orthodontist for braces, which can actually lock the cranium up, exacerbating the problem!)
  • An over-stimulated nervous system.

Standard Treatment

Medical treatment is usually aimed at medications that alter the neurotransmitters in the brain. Other progressive medical doctors like Doris Rapp, M.D. believe that environmental factors like artificial colorings and sweeteners play a dramatic role in this condition.

Holistic/Applied Kinesiology Approach

A multi-factored approach to this condition is needed. A combination of nutritional changes including dietary changes and supplementation coupled with cranial therapy has shown promising results. The end results of this combination of therapies are to normalize circulation to the brain, supply the brain with adequate nutrition, and reduce brain allergic reactions. Testing is done to find any offending substances, and to determine the proper nutritional program for the patient. In the end, a very individualized program is needed to stabilize this condition.

We hope you found the information in this article to be informative and useful.  Your comments and questions – either by phone or email – are always welcome.   Please check out our website:  And if you find this information beneficial, please share it with your friends and family.  Thank you.

Dr. Joseph Vomero, DC
Vomero Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center
7324 E. 6th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ  85251

Bell’s Palsy

Facial Nerve Paralysis

Bell’s Palsy

What causes Bell’s palsy or facial paralysis?

Bell’s palsy is a weakness, or paralysis, of the muscles that control expression on one side of your face.  This results from damage to a facial nerve, one of which runs beneath each ear, near your jaw joint, to the muscles on the same side of your face.

A lot of times a definitive cause is hard to find.  Viral infections such as herpes simplex virus (HSV) have been associated with Bell’s palsy.  Other causes include:

  1. Birth trauma.
  2. Temporal bone fracture.
  3. Facial trauma.
  4. Diabetes.
  5. Pregnancy.
  6. Acute or chronic otitis media (middle ear infection).
  7. Other infections such as mumps, mononucleosis, Lyme disease, and tuberculosis.
  8. Toxicity from Thalidomide, tetanus, or carbon monoxide.
  9. Tumors such as acoustic neuroma, facial nerve neuroma, fibrous dysplasia, or metastatic tumors from other parts of the body.
  10. Multiple sclerosis, and other causes which are not listed here.

Signs or Symptoms

  • Acute paralysis or weakness on one side of your face Facial droop and difficulty with facial expressions.
  • Facial stiffness.
  • Pain behind or in front of your ear.
  • Headaches.
  • Loss of taste on the front of your tongue.
  • Changes in your production of tears and saliva.

Standard Treatment
The standard treatment is to prescribe a corticosteroid medication like prednisone, and to give time for the nerve to heal.  The downside of using this drug for an extended period is that it produces many side effects, such as osteoporosis, thinning of the skin, suppression of the immune system, adrenal suppression, fluid retention, high blood sugar and eventual diabetes mellitus, to name a few.  Surgical intervention may also be considered.

AK Approach
The nerve that is involved exits the skull near the jaw joint.  Imbalances in the bones of the skull or contractions in the muscles of the jaw can cause excessive pressure on this nerve and lead to this condition.  Testing is done to determine if there are any imbalances in the motion of the cranial bones or in the functioning of the muscles where the nerve exits.  If these are found, very specific corrections are done to remove these stressors, be they in the spine or the skull.

Nutritional testing is also done to ascertain if there are heavy metals or toxic chemicals impeding the healing process of the nerve, as well as any deficiency or excess of blood sugar.  The goal of the nutritional support would be to decrease inflammation, control any swelling and add nutrients known to speed the healing of nerves.

We hope you found the information in this article to be informative and useful. Your comments and questions – either by phone or email or our website – are always welcome.

Dr. Joseph Vomero, DC
7324 E. 6th Avenue Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Shoulder Pain – Biceps Tendonitis

Shoulder Pain

Slipped Bicipital Tendon or Biceps Tendonitis:

Caused by:

  • Constant poor posture with rounded shoulders and forward lean.
  • Sleeping on your shoulder.
  • Sleeping on your side with your arm extended over your head.
  • Overhead serves in tennis.


  • Spasm of the pectoral or chest muscles, pulling the tendon toward midline.
  • Fascial shortening of the pectoral muscles.


  • Stretching the fascia over the pectoral muscles.
  • Resetting the tendon into the bicipital groove.
  • Chiropractic manipulation of the shoulder and spine.
  • Nutritional supplementation to reduce inflammation and support soft tissue.
  • Ice and rest for a week or two before resuming regular activity.

Vomero Chiropractic & Holistic Health Center
Dr. Joseph Vomero, DC
47324 E. 6th Avenue Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Shoulder Pain – A-C Joint

Shoulder Pain

A-C Joint Sprain

The acromio-clavicular – or A-C – joint of the shoulder is situated between the end of the clavicle and the acromion process of the scapula (see image on right).  When the A-C ligament is sprained or torn, there is pain on the tip of the shoulder, right over the joint.  Pain can also be produced in this area by lifting your arm away from your body past 30 degrees.

Sprain of this joint is caused by:

  • Downward trauma to the shoulder.
  • Shoulder shrug exercises.
  • Sleeping on your side.

What can be done:

  • Correction of weak muscles in front of the shoulder and releasing tight muscles in the back.
  • Chiropractic manipulation of the clavicle, neck and upper back.
  • Nutritional support to reduce inflammation and strengthen ligaments.
  • Surgery is rarely indicated.

Vomero Chiropractic & Holistic Health Center
Dr. Joseph Vomero, DC
7324 E. 6th Avenue Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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