06/10/13

So it has been 4 days since I started wearing OBA and I’ve noticed that 90% of my pain has disappeared. I only slept 2 hours during the night and after receiving treatment in the morning, I managed to sleep for 4 hours in the afternoon. The spasm was still bothering me and I was not sure whether the treatments I receiving at the clinic were effective at all. I still struggled to do any exercise because I felt so tired and there was no strength in my muscles. I also had sweating and high temperature although I was not suffering from flu. However, my moods seemed to have improved a little – I felt less anxious and depressed.

05/10/13

Morning after the horrendous day, I went to the clinic with the help of my parents. During the treatment, I found that every time I tried to reposition my body to correct my posture, I had convulsion and my body would start shaking. Spasm around the jaw was most severe. Dr Lee said after wearing CBA for up to an hour, it was important for me to continue wearing OBA and do the 4 standard exercises (known as full body exercises). He also emphasized the importance of keeping a positive mind because it helps to recover faster. He also told my parents to prepare healthy meals (balanced nutrition with brown rice) and continue with herbal medicine. After 2 sets of treatments that day, I returned to the flat and I tried to do some exercise. However, I had no energy at all and it felt as though my muscles did not have any strength. This made me doubt the treatments and I felt more depressed. During CST my body was shaking for around 2 minutes then afterwards it was fine. I noticed that the more severe the spasm became, the more anxious I got (or the other way round – it was not clear which came first but one thing that was definite was that both affected me together).

04/10/13 Third day at the clinic and worst deflection experienced

I woke up early in the morning but having only slept for a couple of hours I was very tired. During the night I wore OBA which helped to relieve the pains but for some reason it made muscle spasms worse. Quite often, my arms, legs and head were shaking and muscles around the jaw were moving constantly. That morning, I had to go into town to get a CT and Xray done at medical centre specializing in scans and my parents came with me. It seemed that the clinic have been dealing with the medical centre for a while as they knew exactly what to do without me having to explain everything. The Xray were taken on the face, neck and torso, once without OBA and then another with OBA. It was same for CT scans. It did take a while as they took at several angles and as tired and irritated as I was I had to lie down in the waiting area on the chairs. After 20 minutes, they gave us a CD with Xray and Scan photos and told us to give it to the receptionist at FCST clinic.

We arrived back at the clinic around 11 a.m. and I saw some doctors in the treatment room who were participating in FCST professional course run by Dr Lee himself. I was invited into the room and Dr Lee showed me the Xray and CT scans from his computer. He explained that my cervical vertebrae (the top of the spine) was distorted which could be clearly seen, my neck seemed to be tilted to the left compared to the normal spine. The CT scan also showed that the Atlas (the first vertebra) was tilted to the left. It was very useful to see distortion of the spine from different angles.

Then he proceeded with the first treatment of the day but after the first CBA (custom made intraoral appliance) I suddenly had a non epileptic seizure, causing uncontrollable shaking of the whole body which made it impossible to sit down. The nurses helped me to one of the beds where I lied down and continued shaking. The level of anxiety was at peak, probably the highest I have ever felt; it was more like a panic attack. After 10 minutes I stopped shaking but I was still nervous, hyper tensed and exhausted. It was impossible to get further treatments that day. We went to a nearby emergency unit to see if there was anything to reduce the anxiety. The doctor suggested taking sleeping pills to get some sleep but I was afraid that I might never wake up (might sound quite drastic but I’m sure people suffering from anxiety issues will understand how I felt then) so I refused. I had drips put in for nutritional supplement as I was not eating very well that week and after I calmed down my mother managed to convince me to take some sleeping pills. Thanks to the pills I managed to get some sleep during the day and felt a lot better by the evening. Dinner was my first meal of the day (which my mother kindly prepared for me) and after that I had herbal medicine provided by the clinic. It did not taste very nice unfortunately but I followed the instructions from Dr Lee. During the night I tried to sleep again but found it quite difficult because of the persistent muscle movements (not the shaking, just the sensations) and I was still quite panicky.

Deflections explained

All patients who receive FCST, experience something called ‘Deflections’. I decided to upload a post on this because it is a very important part of the treatment process and all patients need to be aware of it.

There are two points to be aware of first:

1) deflection occurs within one hour for majority of patients – it occurs when the optimal balance of TMJ achieved during treatment (CBA fitting) is no longer optimal due to the structural and muscular changes in the rest of the body. When this occurs, patients are asked to take out the CBA and switch to the standard device -TBA or OBA until the next treatment.

2) deflection reaction (also referred to as Myung Hyun reaction) means the physical changes experienced by patients as deflections occur during the treatment process.

Patients should overcome these ‘deflection reactions’ as efficiently as possible for successful treatment. I have also observed this in other patients and myself (including Dystonia and Tourettes sufferers) – those who handle deflections well recover much faster than others who don’t. Sometimes, the extent of deflections are severe and many patients doubt the treatment taking it as signs of getting worse. This situation is called the ‘Healing Crisis’ because it can lead patients to discontinue the treatment altogether.

Here is a detailed explanation of ‘Deflections’ from Dr Lee:

Patients receiving Functional Cerebro Spinal Therapy (FCST) are asked to be aware of various physical changes (‘myung-hyun’ reactions, deflections in English) that occur during the treatment process until their symptoms are completely cured.

The human body responds to medical treatment through what is called the Law of Cure, as explained by Dr. Constantine Hering.
In regards to the intensifying process of diseases, when a chronic disease is being cured, its process goes back, in exactly the reverse order as the symptoms have appeared (or been suppressed). In
other words: “When a human body changes from a ‘state of disease’ to a ‘state of health’ through treatment, the chronic disease disappears and the body regains its normality. In this process, new
symptoms occur, and the body experiences a ‘rewinding process’, which replays the same process that the disease had gone through while intensifying, but now backwards.” Hering explains this as
the ‘Law of Cure’ enticed by the ‘Law of Rewinding’.

When a disease is being cured, the human body finds a way to let the disease out. This process occurs from the top part and downwards to the bottom part of the body and is the exact reverse of how the disease had manifested itself.

Dr. Lee also states that the Law of Cure applies to most cases of chronic diseases being naturally cured. He calls it a type of physical change, or myung-hyun reaction, and that it is a positive sign that
the body’s immune system is being normalized.

However, whereas the myung-hyun response could often be refreshing and comfortable, it could also be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful. In the former case, most patients accept it easily because they think it is a visible result of their current treatment. In the latter case, patients start to question the doctor’s treatment and
sometimes even start to lose faith in the doctor. Dr. Hering defines this as ‘healing crisis’, and observes that in this crisis patients may feel the urge to stop their treatment.

Depending on the progress and intensity of the original disease, the severity of the physical reaction (myung-hyun or deflection) is proportionate to or even greater than that of the disease itself .
Therefore, if patients experience uncomfortable and painful physical response during the treatment process, they should recognize this as a ‘healing crisis’. Talk to your doctor about this, and keep up
the treatment.

As temporarily refreshing and comfortable physical reactions must occur as part of the healing process, so must temporarily uncomfortable and painful reactions. If you are going through FCST and have read this, I believe that you now understand the concept of ‘healing process’. Especially if your disease is a chronic, painful, major, or hard-to-cure one, our body will experience a rapid increase in energy, accompanied with major physical changes.
Moreover, as Dr. Hering stated that the healing crisis is a natural phenomenon that occurs as the immune system is being normalized and the spirit and morale of the body fiercely fight back against the
disease.

In the same sense of Dr. Hering’s explanation, during the FCST treatment process invented by Dr. Lee, patients experience a healing process with ‘deflections’.
As harmful stimuli accumulate in the body over a long time, the structures of the cranial, spinal, and nervous system gradually collapse. At the same time, painful diseases and symptoms form. This
makes it impossible for the body to recover completely after only a few sessions of simple treatment.

Therefore, to normalize the physical structure and system, scores of, or even hundreds of gradual treatment sessions are essential, depending on the types of symptoms and the intensity of the
disease. In FCST, thus, a deflection is defined as ‘every one step toward healing’, and the ‘correction of the deflection’ as ‘treatment’ or ‘healing’. In Cerebro Functional Medicine (CFM) and its treatment FCST, Dr. Hering’s ‘healing crisis’ is explained as ‘the great deflection’, when symptoms flare up more intensely than with just a simple deflection.

In short, in cases of chronic and hard-to-cure diseases patients must experience the ‘great deflection’ during treatment every time the energy level of the body increases. The painful symptoms that
accompany the great deflection are positive signs that the disease is being cured. Therefore, for every great deflection, both the patient and the doctor should keep faith in the treatment so that the
treatment process progresses successfully.

I hope that you now understand the idea of deflections, or myung-hyun reactions, and the great deflections. The more severe your deflections are, the greater your physical changes. However
painful, they are only temporary and part of the healing process. Healing crises, or the great deflections, are to be grateful for; take them as an opportunity to have more hope in a healthier you.
For all of you who are reading this, if you want fast healing, please keep a positive attitude for everyone around you. Be thankful, love, and forgive.

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.