03/10/13 First treatment

03/10/13 (First treatment)

The morning after, deprived of sleep, I was feeling very exhausted and anxious about the treatment that I was about to receive. I had worn OBA throughout the night and the pain seemed to have decreased significantly. However, the strange movements of the muscles around the jaw (spasms were mostly around the jaw area with similar sensations in my limbs too) were still tormenting me. The clinic was right next to the flat but I still could not manage going to the clinic without my parents’ help.

I arrived at the clinic and the staff seemed very busy and occupied with their work. At first, I thought they were not very attentive but later I realised that it was because I was one of the patients with milder symptoms. They were used to having patients who struggle with walking, have shaking in different parts of the body, have seizures and make strange sounds.

The staff at the front desk kindly introduced the treatment procedure and available treatment package options. My situation was so desperate that we had not even given financial matter a priority. In all honesty, it was not small amounts of money but my parents decided it was worth paying considering the length of time already wasted on other treatments. I chose the 3 month package which consisted of 30 treatments (* we did not realise until later that it meant 30 treatments to be used within 3 months; I used all the 30 treatments in 20 days as I was staying near by the clinic and was able to receive several treatments in a day). That day, we also bought a CST pillow so I could use it in the flat too.

After choosing the package, I was asked to fill out a form for personal details and medical history. Before the signature at the end of the form it also stated that I permit the clinic to use my data for clinical data collection (this is an option but the price of the treatment is higher if one chooses not to). Then, they measured my pulse and blood pressure. During this time, the muscles around the jaw were still moving uncontrollably and I had to control my mind as I was becoming slightly impatient. Afterwards, a member of staff later led me to a room with a computer and politely asked me to tick all the symptoms that related to me (by this point I was probably looking quite irritated… but I couldn’t help it). I had to score each of the 200 or so symptoms from 0 – 10, 0 being none and 10 being the most severe. I had 63 symptoms and for many of them I gave 10s. The list of symptoms was printed out and was given to Dr Lee. This list was also used for monitoring my progress – I was asked to to give each of them a score everyday (by the time I had last treatment most of them were down to either 0 or 1). It was also useful to discuss with the doctor about certain symptoms which effected me on particular days.

Treatment process

There were more patients than expected who arrived at similar times and waited in the waiting area. Then we were called by the nurse and we all entered the room at the same time. It was quite strange for me but other patients seemed to be used to it. It made me quite nervous but I sat down and watched other patients receiving the treatments.

The age of patients varied from as young as 5 to elderly in the 70s and they all suffered from chronic disorders. There were quite a lot of kids with Tourette’s (also known as Tic disorder) and ADHD. I also saw a guy in his 20s suffering from schizophrenia. I did not understand at first why all of us went in the treatment room at the same time but it soon became clear; although the symptoms were different, the treatment method was the same. Dr Lee asks each patient what has improved and how the patient has been feeling since the last treatment. One patient in the same room was suffering from Parkinson’s and when she was asked, she said she now walks without falling over. She still had mild shaking on her hands but she said a month ago she had shaking on her legs too which prevented her from walking. Dr Lee asked her to walk to the back of the room and she did so like a normal person.

The first part of treatment consisted of balancing the TMJ at ‘zero point’ (which means at precision; Dr Lee aims to balance TMJ as precise as possible going down to the 0.05mm range – This method is unique to the clinic and will explain in detail in upcoming articles in the blog). He does this by putting in very thin pieces of paper which the patient bites on both left and right side. As soon as the TMJ is balanced at ‘zero point’ I noticed that immediately, the pain disappeared and muscle spasms stopped. Subsequently, I lied down on the treatment table to proceed with alignment of upper cervical vertebrae.

Before he proceeded with alignment he checked again to see whether the TMJ was at zero point with restricted cervical rotation test. He rotated the neck left and right but on the right side the turning was limited which meant that TMJ was not quite at zero point. He then put another sheet of paper (0.05mm thick) on the right side and when he tested again the rotation both to the left and right became smooth (meaning the TMJ is balanced at zero point). Next, he went ahead with alignment of C1 and C2. With the pile of papers at both sides still he went ahead with creating CBA (Cervical Balancing Appliance) using putty material which clearly needed to be handled by an experienced practitioner. After that, Dr Lee told me that the procedure he had just gone through was FCST which was developed by him. Then, I was told to follow the nurses for 7 other therapies (too long to explain in detail here but the rest are described in the Treatment dropdown menu).

Although I now understand what he was trying to explain, at the time I was so preoccupied with the symptoms that I was experiencing, I was still sceptic and doubtful as I did not comprehend fully. After the first day of treatment, pain decreased but the right side of my jaw was still moving quite intensely and spent the night awake again. Anxiety was still at its peak and I could not help thinking that maybe the treatment would not work on me.

View on FCST from a non-physician & patient perspective

In different sections of this blog I have uploaded a number of posts with medical resources and articles which relate to FCST but I anticipate that some readers may be left feeling confused and possibly sceptical. When I first started the treatment I was also doubtful whether people with ‘incurable’ diseases could be fully cured by this simple process. Perhaps many of us are subdued by the existing medical system which convinces us to think that many diseases are far too complex to comprehend and therefore treatments must also be difficult. As a former patient who has been through the treatment process first hand, here is my view on FCST.

A proper body posture allows normal function of the brain, nerves, hormones, organs, blood circulation, etc which in turn maintains a healthy state. If for whatever reason, there is a distortion or imbalance in the structure, it affects our body one way or another and we generally refer to it as a ‘disease’ or an ‘illness’. Unfortunately, despite thousands of years of history of medicine, many physicians today tend to focus on treating the diseases/illnesses without necessarily knowing the root cause. We typically call the ones that are difficult to treat or have not found a cure for ‘intractable’ or ‘incurable’ disease.

At FCST clinic, they distinguish approximately 200 symptoms that may arise from distorted body structure and many of those symptoms relate to certain ‘diseases’. Ultimately, what this means is when we have a structural problem it can cause upto 200 symptoms, some of which we have given different names to as ‘diseases’ e.g. Dystonia. When I was asked to identify symptoms that were affecting me, I ticked as many as 68. By the time I had my last treatment, the majority had disappeared and only a few remain which do not have an impact on normal life.

As an illustration, I would describe this method of treatment as a ‘T’ balancing arrangement. Whilst the TMJ is perfectly balanced (being the horizontal line of the letter T) the C1 and C2 can be properly realigned allowing the rest of the spine to find its correct place (being the vertical line of the letter T). Therefore, the main aim and technique of FCST consists of the ‘T’ balancing I referred to and it is combined with other sub therapies to help the body find the correct posture, improve physical health by exercising, train the mind to think positively, all of which eventually lead to a proper regulation of our body systems.

Our body is assembled by many bones which are arranged in a structure and they support and work in harmony with other organs. It can be said that the most important ones are temporal and mandible bones as well as the upper cervical vertebrae because they are located very near our ‘control tower’ i.e. the brain. There is no doubt then, that problems with the position of those bones can influence the function of the brain leading to brain and/or nerve related disorders. Not only the brain function and nervous system are affected but also hormonal regulation becomes unstable which in turn can lead to further problems.

We all know that our bones cannot solely work to support the body. Muscles and nerves innervate allowing the body to control movements and function of internal organs. In other words, everything that our body is made up of is connected. Therefore, it is logical to think that if there is an imbalance in position of our bones, it also means our muscles and nerves are directly affected. Not only that, nerves, spine and other organs are all intricately related meaning that a problem in one can influence another and eventually the problem is recognized as symptoms of a disease. In short, what may appear to be a small distortion in the structure can lead to a variety of symptoms and gradually develop as diseases. Therefore, Dr Lee, the founder of FCST, refers to this situation a ‘butterfly effect’ in his book.

Based on this theory (which forms the core principle of CFM), FCST is a simple method of treatment which  can be applied to many patients suffering from different diseases. Consequently, FCST can be viewed as a new paradigm of treatment, hinged upon the basic mechanism of our body which effectively cures different kinds of, what we call, ‘diseases’.

First thing you notice when you enter the treatment room is the half a dozen chairs lined up where patients are expected to sit in military position while wearing a TMJ balancing device and wait for their turn to receive Dr Lee’s therapy. It is probably a scene like no other and might even look ridiculous for first timers (experienced this myself). However, if you consider the flip side of the coin; you are not in a room with lancets (surgical knives), masked surgeons and nurses or in a place where the smell of medical substances dominates. Instead, you are in a cosy room with few other patients who are experiencing similar symptoms to you but who also have different and interesting life stories to share.

For me, it is truly amazing that our complex body can be so simple to understand. Throughout history, humans have been guilty of convoluting uncomplicated facts often leading the majority to be oblivious to the obvious. Perhaps, this is the case for modern medicine. Some may criticize and say there is lack of scientific (visible?) evidence as the saying goes “seeing is believing”. However, I believe that hearing patient experiences and seeing the changes that they go through are more powerful and significant proof.

02/10/13 First day at the clinic

You have probably already sussed out that I am not a very good writer (I am very well aware of it). In fact, I have never written anything longer or more interesting than my dissertation which was 7000 words on the topic of accounting frauds. However, I still wanted to share my experience (despite the embarrassment!) to other Dystonia patients in as much detail as possible so it can be of help, perhaps not to all but to at least some. From this post onwards I will write about my daily struggles during the treatment. I must say it was not an easy process; the battle with myself was possibly the most difficult part to overcome but after I went over enough hurdles it became easier and easier. I spoke to many other patients and they go through exactly the same, the only difference being the time it takes to overcome the obstacles. So here it goes – my diary from the first day at the clinic.

02/10/13 (First consultation)

I probably felt a little uneasy at the clinic at first as anxiety made it difficult to cope with an unfamiliar environment. Dr Lee and the staff at the clinic had kindly waited for us which I feel grateful for when thinking back although my mind was elsewhere at the time. He spent 20 minutes on explaining the importance of TMJ, how TMD is caused and how TMJ is connected to Dystonia and other disorders in a way that was easy to understand with diagrams and illustrations. He then went through various tests to identify whether I had TMJ imbalance and distortion of the first and second vertebrae. It was clear that I did in fact have both which was apparently causing Dystonia. After the tests, he gave me one of the intraoral balancing appliances called OBA (Occlusion Balancing Appliance) as I had Class 2 malocclusion. Immediately after wearing the appliance I was 70% free from pain and I also felt less anxious. I became excited that there was finally a ray of light.

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   OBA (Occlusion Balancing Appliance) – a standard TMJ balancing device made of elastic (silicon) material.







Dr Lee told us that he had arranged a studio flat next to the clinic for us to stay and to come back the next day to decide on treatment plan and proceed with the treatment. The flat was quite small but modern and fully equipped with air conditioning, washing machine, fridge and kitchenware. The time difference between the UK was 8 hours and I struggled to fall asleep. I did dose off for little while but most of the night was spent on regretting the past and blaming myself for being so arrogant. I also worried whether this treatment could lead to recovery or if I might have to face the possibility of living with Dystonia forever. During this time, worrying made the spasms worse and I spent the rest of the night wide awake.