Applications for the Head and Neck
Mr. Stephenson said that our body is assembled so that nerve impulses in the brain activate corresponding nerve endings throughout the body to cause their actions. For every movement or function performed, a corresponding nerve must be free to conduct energy. Every nerve fiber for every function must pass unobstructed through the neck. Only proper functioning in the back of the neck insures health elsewhere. It vital to keep this area clear of blockage, yet it is a delicate structure that is deeply affected by changes in temperature, so he recommended the use of hats and scarves to insure normal temperature and care at season changes that we keep ourselves protected to provide a stable temperature. He compared the back of the neck to a telephone exchange board in which thousands of wires and interconnected circuits weave. Proper work on the back of the neck need not know exactly which circuit is disturbed in order to effect positive change because “undifferentiated downward work on the back of the neck can put thousands of things in place and none out of place.” There are only three reasons to treat the neck with upward strokes: for pigeon toes, polio, and shaking palsy, which all have to do with nerve endings in the head itself.
He also believed that fluids from the upper body drained into the stomach. Medical knowledge says circulation of blood is returned to the heart and lymph drains to the solar plexis, just below the center ribs, in homeopathic medicine, we are said to heal from the top down.
In Creative Healing, we only set the healing process within the body free to do its work by relieving obstructions, nature does the healing. You may expect that the process will continue for days before the full effect can be known.
Sinusitis, Sinus Congestion
Mr. Stephenson claimed that the germs causing sinusitis are self-contained, and that certain conditions could bring them to life. He explained that the germ works in shifts, being more active at certain times of day or night for several hours. Sinusitis causes a more severe pain than other sinus headaches.
To treat, have the person sit in front of you so they may comfortably rest their head against your chest without drawing the head backward, keeping the neck in good alignment.
- Create a vacuum by using your index and middle fingers of both hands to stroke upward from the bridge of the nose over the forehead to the hairline, one hand following the other in rapid repetition, called a double vacuum. The double vacuum is used when the material to be moved is thick and difficult to drain. You may rest your thumbs on the side of the patient’s head as you stroke only upward along the center line for 30-60 seconds. This will encourage the upper sinus to drain into the nasal cavity and draws the germs upward to the little hollows that contain the nerve centers under the inside end of each eyebrow.
- Reposition substance in the nerve center. Rest the thumbs on the forehead above the brows. Place the tips of the curled index fingers under the frontal bone, near the nose, just at the beginning of the brow where you will find a small hollow in the bone within ¾ inch. Press quickly and firmly with the bony tip of your index finger while moving slightly side to side to reach into the center of the notch. Direct the pressure upward and slightly back. Release quickly. Put no pressure on the eyeball itself. This pressure is directed to nerve centers that help regulate circulation to heal the mucous lined honeycomb structure of the sinuses that is otherwise difficult to reach. Repeat the above vacuuming and repositioning two more times. Slightly increase pressure in the nerve center each time, but be very sensitive to the patient’s discomfort level, starting with light pressure and getting more intense gradually.
Caution in chronic sinus problems; if there is a bluish tint or line on the forehead, do not use the pressure as this indicates that the boney structures have become very porous and weak.
- Normalize temperature if you find heat in the forehead after completing the first two steps use your well oiled palms from the center of the forehead toward the temples to remove heat. Place one palm lightly on the center of the forehead and the other palm lightly on top of the first hand. Slowly and simultaneously draw the hands to the sides of the forehead, the fingers of each hand finishing the stroke. Switch which hand is against the skin with each repetition to keep your palms cool. Repetition will restore the area to normal temperature. This can be used to reduce fever for any condition, as long as the practitioner is fever free.
This application may take up to 5 minutes of treatment to cool the fever and reduce pain. With chronic conditions, treat once a week for 3 weeks. If still no improvement, it may indicate a deep seated inflammation in the mucus membranes that continue over the brain. Increase frequency of treatment to twice a week and decrease the pressure in the notches by ½.
Hay fever is caused by allergies to flowers, grasses, dust, aromas, etc, but the treatment of that and any sinus congestion is the same as for sinusitis.
When the openings of the nostrils become extended or flattened to such a degree that breathing, especially inhalation, is impaired we can remold the nose to its natural shape.
- Reposition substance by pressing straight inward at the median line.
- Create a vacuum by stroking upward on the sides of the nostrils until they expand.
Remold the nasal cartilage if it is out of position to one side or the other.
- Reposition substance by grasping the nose securely between the thumb and index finger just below the wayward bend, draw downward, then reset it on the center line. Continue to hold with a slight upward pressure to insure its reset.
Nosebleed is treated with the high blood pressure treatment.
Combine adenoid and deviated septum applications.
The adenoids are glands that are involved in the body’s defense system and are located in the nasal pharynx, behind the tonsils. They constantly create a secretion to combat foreign elements that are breathed in through the nose. When the secretion becomes excessive post-nasal drainage, breathing is obstructed. Chronic adenoid congestion will give the nose a flattened, puffed up appearance. We can help the adenoids drain by applying pressure to two spots on each side of the nose, midway between the bridge and the tip of the nose. These spots feel spongier than the surrounding tissue, and are located in small depressions in the cartilage or bony parts of the nose.
The best position to treat is with the patient seated while the Creative Healer stands beside them. Hold their head against your chest with one hand, while the other presses firmly on the adenoid spot only once to break up congestion. You will see a visible depression left from the pressure after holding it firmly for a few moments. Remove the pressure slowly. Then move to their other side and treat the opposite spot on the nose in the same manner. If you hold your hand with the last joint of the index finger against your thumb for support and rest your thumb lightly on the bridge of the nose, this will assist you to maintain the proper depth with the pressure and prevent you from sliding off the spot. Be careful not to apply pressure to high to avoid any pressure on the tear ducts.
For chronic cases, treat once a week for 6-7 weeks or until they are breathing freely and their nose no longer appears puffy.
Hearing and Antrums
Loss of hearing may be caused by the obstruction or collapse of the channels that carry air to the ears. Congestion can be caused by loud noises, excitement, and high fever, swimming or diving.
There are 2 interior channels for air supply; the Eustachian tube from the tonsil area, and from the outside edge of the nostril, beginning above the eyeteeth and passing beneath the cheekbones to the front of the ears.
To clear this passage, we will the depressions under the skin at the outside edge of the nostril (the antrum, meaning cavity) above the eyeteeth. As an added bonus, not only will opening these spots help get air to the ears, but they help drain the maxillary sinus as well.
The best position is with the patient seated and the Creative Healer standing behind.
1. Before you can clear the anything in the head, the neck and the filter areas at the base of the neck must be cleared to receive new drainage, so the general treatment is given first, paying extra attention to breaking up congestion behind the ears.
2. If the patient is wearing dentures, ask that the uppers be removed for the treatment. Ask the patient to breathe through their mouth throughout the duration of the treatment. You may have to remind them periodically to keep their mouth open, and will be able to check with your smallest finger from time to time.
3. While standing behind the patient, have them rest their head on your chest, taking care to prevent their head from hyper-extending. Place the tips of your well oiled index fingers on the antrum spots. Then break up congestion with small circular motions, imagining that you are gathering up the congested substance then pressing it through a hole at the end of the motion. Repeat this 6-8 times.
4. Create a vacuum from the antrums to the ears, staying underneath the cheekbones. Start with your middle finger of each hand on each side of the nose, in the antrum spot. Gently draw the full length of the fingers through the deepest channel under the cheekbones to the hollow in front of the ear. Visualize creating the vacuum necessary to draw air through this passage. This will also help draw out congestion discharged post nasally. Use your whole finger, not just the tip to strengthen the vacuum. Repeat 6-8 times.
5. If the tissues close to the ears have become congested, use a gentle breaking up congestion massage around the front, back and below the ears. You may need to augment with creating a vacuum under the lower jaw to the front of the ears just as done under the cheekbones.
6. Create a Vacuum to clear the ears. This will equalize the pressure on both sides of the eardrum. If the vacuum does not develop after a few tries, or there is pain, stop this part of the treatment as the patient’s eardrum has become too porous. Again, the patient must breathe through their mouth, and their hair must not be in the way over the ears, as it will break the vacuum you want to create.
Using well oiled hands, place your palms a bit below the center of the patient’s ears, with your fingers pointing forward. Rotate palms firmly upward until they are centered over the ear openings, and press in slightly to create a good seal. Your fingers will now be pointing slightly downward. Pull your palms off the ears quickly, straight out from the ears. This usually will create a suction sound. Begin gently and gradually increase the intensity of the movement as you repeat the vacuum 6-8 times. This part of the treatment can also be helpful for dizziness, loss of equilibrium, and for relieving the pressure of flying on the ears.
This treatment can be repeated once a week until the condition is relieved.
- 1. Create Vacuum for drainage from the tonsil treatment. Break up congestion along a taut cord if it is found. Normalize temperature.
- Sinus and hay fever treatment
- Hearing and antrums treatment
Wax build up and fungus growth in the ear can be helped by putting one drop of warmed olive oil just inside the ear once a week.
Applications for the Throat
To treat the throat according to Mr. Stephenson, we must be aware of the necessity of draining in the correct direct depending on the location of the problem to be treated. Above the Adam’s apple, we will drain upward, and below, downward. The reason for that is that the congestion formed from tonsillitis and strept throat often get caught in folds within the upper throat, so it must be pulled up and out of the folds in order to drain.
Mr. Stephenson taught that a germ cannot grow in the normal temperature of the human body. You will see evidence of this as these treatments endeavor to bring the throat back to normal temperature and the patient begins to feel it almost immediately. There are three types of sore throat which we differentiate by where the heat is located.
Tonsillitis the fever is concentrated at hot spots high on both sides of the throat, just below the jaw. Have the patient sit in front of you while you stand behind.
- Normalize temperature by removing heat with your well-oiled palms. You can support the patient’s head against your chest. Place your palms on the hot spots you have found with your fingers extended along the under side of the jaw. Draw the palms back behind the angle of the jaw and then upward, keeping your fingers together and pointed out to the front of the body, do not cup your hands around the throat. As the palms follow the angle of the jaw, they are lifted form the face and fingers complete the stroke smoothly. Keep your pressure light to remove heat.
- Create a Vacuum with your fingers as they continue the stroke up the side of the cheek to a small hollow space in front of the ear opening. Pause there briefly at the end of each stroke.
In this manner, 3 purposes are served in one movement, as we normalize temperature with our palms and create a vacuum with the length of our fingers, especially the middle finger, which can also gently break-up congestion in the hollow in front of the ear opening. Continue to repeat this stroke until your hands feel that all the heat in the tonsil area is gone. It may take 6-8 strokes or 20 minutes. Trust your hands to tell you when your job is done so he body can continue to heal itself. If heat returns, the treatment should be repeated. Otherwise, do 3 treatments, every other day to be sure the problem is cleared.
Symptoms of strept throat are a very sore throat and difficulty swallowing. There may be white patches seen inside the throat. You will find the hot spots in the middle of the throat. Have the patient sit while you stand behind them.
- Normalize temperature by removing heat with the palms of your hands starting over the hot spots. You will need to be extremely gentle as you begin, maybe even off the skin. Keep your fingers pointing downward as you draw your hands over the hot spots and upward to remove heat. Continue the stroke as in treatment of tonsillitis to the point in front of the ear opening. Continue draining the heat and congestion until the heat is removed. Test to see if the job is done by having the patient sip a small glass of water at room temperature. If they can without discomfort, you are done for today. If there is still pain, have them rest about 20 minutes then treat again until the heat is gone.
Caution: Strept throat must be treated daily for 4 days to ensure it is fully treated. When the patient is free of fever but is congested, repeat the treatment with more firmness to complete the drainage of mucus from the folds inside the throat.
The congestion and heat of laryngitis is found below the voice box. The loss of voice that comes with laryngitis is caused by the fever drying out the vocal cords of the voice box. Since the heat is below the Adam’s apple, we will direct the strokes downward to Create a vacuum to start re-lubricating the vocal cords. Have the patient sit in front of you while you are seated beside them.
- Place one hand on their back, between the shoulder blades to steady them, while your other well-oiled hand is placed over the hot spot just under the Adam’s apple. The thumb and fingers will be on either side of the center. The patient should sit looking forward and resist the temptation to lift their chin to assist you. Normalize temperature and create a vacuum by moving your hand downward with your palm on the center line. Your thumb and fingers will come together below the voice box in a gentle, flowing movement. Continue the stroke downward over the breast bone. Continue repeating the stroke and intention until the heat is removed. This sometimes takes 15-20 minutes because there is so much heat in the bone. Usually one treatment is enough, if not, repeat daily until better.
Loss of Voice when there is no heat or soreness may be caused by shouting, singing, or straining the voice otherwise which causes a ring of cartilage around the voice box to become displaced.
1. Re-position Substance by using your thumb and forefinger of your hand to find the cartilage that is not in line with the others. Hold that ring with gentle pressure on the side protruding to help it slip back in place, sometimes it will make a clicking sound as it re-positions. You may need to center-up with a gentle rocking motion back and forth.