Learning Disabilities and Difficulties
If there is a main specialty that is part of the basic N.O.T protocol, it is addressing of children and adults with learning disabilities/difficulties. A host of learning disabilities/difficulties can fall under the umbrella of:
- Specific Learning Difficulties
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down's Syndrome
- Suppression of Left Brain Activity
Think of the brain of a child or adult as the receiver and processor of a TV. When the signal (information coming in) is of good quality, the results of the TV picture will be clear and of good quality providing the signal is properly received and processed. When the signal is not properly and optimally received and processed, a problem occurs resulting in a fuzzy picture. N.O.T. will give the practitioner the protocol and procedure to fine-tune the picture on the TV so that the signal not only can be received, but also processed at an optimal level. N.O.T. creates the proper physical environment that exists between the brain, the skull, and the surrounding musculature so the child/adult can receive the incoming signal from the environment.
When addressing learning such disabilities/difficulties, N.O.T. bases its approach on the concept that the bones of the skull are misaligned as well as restricted in their normal respiratory motion.
Some factors that produce learning disabilities are as follows:
- Physical Trauma (blow to the head, birth process, sports injury etc.). This could be categorized as a cranial injury.
- Chemical Trauma (allergies to food, substances, inhalants, drugs utilized during childbirth, vaccines, etc.).
- Heredity Factors
N.O.T.'s theory looks like this. The bones of the skull and body carry electromagnetic lines of force. Contrary to some beliefs, cranial bones do move. They move ever so slightly in a collective, rhythmic and synchronous pattern each time you breathe. There is also an internal bony respiratory mechanism that pumps the cerebrospinal fluid up and down the spinal cord as well as bathing the three outer layers of the brain. If these skull bones are restricted in their normal motion or tilted, parts of the brain are subject to unequal pressure with every respiration. The average person, resting, breathes in and out about 1200 times per hour. Therefore, the vast majority of learning disabilities is caused by the resulting physical manifestations, largely the abnormal movement of cranial bones during normal respiration.
One such cranial bone, specifically the Sphenoid, is considered to be the "driver" of all cranial bone movement. The Sphenoid, a winged-shaped bone as its name implies, making up the internal base of the skull, has the ability to move in multiple directions. Its position within the skull places it in direct contact with all seven other major cranial bones, thus influencing their respiratory motion and subsequent position(s).
When a trauma occurs, muscles of the head, neck, and jaw will naturally tighten going from normal tonicity to hypertonicity causing an alteration in the rhythmic movement of the Sphenoid and its associated skull bones. When these muscles don't disengage from their intended "state of protection/ defense", the skull bones will remain restricted and locked. This "state" causes positional and functional faults within the normal and the primary motion of the Sphenoid resulting in the following:
- An explicit alteration in the electromagnetic fields of the skull
- Abnormal displacement of both hemispheres of the brain
- Increased tension of the outer covering of the brain (Dura Mater)
- Alteration of the brain's processing functions (vestibular spinal tract and other areas of the brain)
The Sphenoid is initially pulled by muscular contraction into a descent pattern that usually results in a tilted fixed position. The descent occurs straight downward and then may favor a tilt to the left side. Remember the Sphenoid is supposed to be level.
All this means that the left side of the brain that pertains to analytical, logical word processing, and the comprehensive functions is being "squeezed" and therefore unable to work optimally. The aberrant movement of the skull bones can also affect the flow of cerebrospinal fluid creating an additional change in the electromagnetic balance of the brain and subsequently will affect the body.
Remember, the brain transmits impulses in an electrochemical fashion. The altered positions and movements of the cranial bones will greatly influence how the brain receives, processes and then ultimately expresses the electrochemical information from area to area in the brain. By adjusting the cranial bones coupled with re-organizing the muscular neurological programs, will reduce and subsequently change the associated muscle tension of the skull, jaw and neck, and upper back musculature. The patient will now receive and process the auditory (hearing) and visual (seeing) information coming at optimal levels.