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Neurontogenic terminology -

Definitions of terms as they are applied to neurontogenic theory:

Adaptation- An adaptation is a change in function in response to the needs of the internal or external environment.

Compensation- adaptation and compensation are the same process.  The difference between them is what they are responding to.  While adaptation is a response to a particular need, compensation is the attempt to make up for a real or perceived shortcoming or problem, or an avoidance strategy employed by the body or mind.

Maladaptation- An adaptation or compensation that remains active, having been learned, past the time that it is needed, causing and least inefficient function, or unpleasant symptoms or even pathology. In practice, maladaptation is often a multilayered mix of adaptation and compensation.

Layering- The interaction between successive maladaptations and compensations. Neurontogenic theory holds that maladaptation and compensation, to the extent that they have become locked into learning, will present themselves in a more or less layered fashion.  

An example of how layering might present itself on the muscular/postural level: A patient comes in with a problem in the right knee. A single inhibited muscle in that right knee receives appropriate NeurOntogenics® treatment. Following that all tested muscles in the right knee all test strong, but there is still pain in the knee.  Several muscles of the left knee however, are found to be inhibited upon testing.  This is a not uncommon compensation pattern.  Appropriate treatment immediately strengthens the muscles of the left knee, and the same muscles in the right knee will now test weak. Appropriate treatment again restores strength to all the muscles in the right knee, but now the pain in the knee has diminished. We see several things from this example:

Here we see layers of adaptation and compensation. The original presentation was of a single inhibited muscle in the knee.  That was layered over a compensation (and we cannot always tell the difference between compensation and adaptation), and under that there was an adaptation.

On a muscular level, the body can only present one pattern at a time.  The muscles are either inhibited or not.  The pattern that is found may represent a single pattern of adaptation or pieces of various adaptations or compensations.

There is no certain way to know that a display of all muscles being strong automatically means that there is no maladaptation or compensation.  A reduction in pain, however it's a good indication that there is a reduction in maladaptation or compensation.

Neurontogenesis - a movement towards a more fundamental (generally healthier) function that occurs when a layer of memory is erased.

Inhibited muscle - a muscle which assumedly has been purposefully ‘switched off’ by the brain. The difference between using the terms ‘inhibited’ and ‘weak’ is based on several factors. They are:

How the muscle is tested – To test a muscle for the purposes of determining the presence of maladaptation it is best to use what is known as an isometric test.  In an isometric test this subject holds the tested limb steady to a constant pressure.  If the muscle gives way to the initial pressure, it is deemed to be inhibited though others would call it weak at this point. This gives us a binary test, the muscle is either switched on - able to hold firm to the initial pressure, or switched off - not able to hold to the initial pressure.  The isometric muscle test is differentiated from what we may call a relative muscle test, which allows one to differentiate the amount of force able to be applied by the muscle. The relative muscle test is more likely to be affected by interfering factors such as how hard the individual is trying or whether they are having some amount of pain associated with the contraction of the muscle.  These things do not seem to be factors with isometric testing.

The assumption in neurontogenic theory is that the body is intelligent.  If a muscle is switched off - unable to hold to that initial isometric pressure - that it is a purposefully chosen inhibition. Therefore it is more precise to call a muscle inhibited rather than weak.  

‘Strong' will be taken to mean the same thing as the opposite of inhibited.  Any use of the word ‘weak’ within this site is likely to be a mistake by the thusly habituated, maladapted author.

Over-facilitated muscle - If a strong muscle is stretched at either the belly of the muscle or the tendon of the muscle, a reflex called the reverse myotatic reflex will cause an immediate inhibition (weakness) of them muscle.  If this fails to happen  the muscle is over-facilitated. This may be considered a proprioceptive problem.

Proprioception - the monitoring of internal changes in the body by sensory nerve endings brought about by movement and muscular activity, the sense of joint position, muscular and ligament stretch. The change in proprioceptive settings brought about by the brain in response to temporary needs of the body to deal with stress or trauma may be the primary level of the neuro-behavioral injury.

Interference Fields- Originally elucidated in a study called Neural Therapy (Dr. Weissfeld holds a certification in Neural Therapy), an interference field is an area on the body (small or large) that, as a result of individual or multiple factors, such as scars, trauma, infection, chemical or metal toxicity, creates  electromagnetic disturbance, altering the normal electromagnetic qualities at a secondary site on the body. The best way to trace these disturbances is with kinesiology.

Interference fields can be found almost anywhere in the body and are often far from the part of the body experiencing symptoms. For example, an old appendix scar might cause migraine headaches or a wisdom tooth extraction scar might cause chronic low back pain.

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