What is CINK and how can it help patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?
What is CINK?
CINK or Corrective Integrated Neuro-Kinetics is a revolutionary approach to movement training and treatment of chronic pain by focusing on changing dysfunctional nerve impulses that create insufficient support and poor alignment.
All day long our nerves fire impulses to our muscles causing contractions that create movement. Most of these movements happen with such regularity that the movements are achieved with little cognitive awareness. We call these “movements”, reflexes. We recognize these reflexes in sports. An athlete will reflect on a great performance by saying his body was "in the zone" and he let his training work for him. By saying this he meant his coaches trained his body to perform these movements with correct physics and his training was intense enough that these movements became reflexes that were performed in the game with little conscious thought. The reflex creating a particular swing of a bat is noticeable but our bodies have much more subtle reflexes effecting how we breathe, sit, stand, and walk. In these daily activities our nerves fire in a set sequence and direction. CINK calls these patterns, energy lines.
Not all energy lines are good. Prolonged performance of unnatural activities like working at a computer, driving a car, and talking on the phone take us away from our natural instincts and create artificial movement patterns. These patterns create dysfunctional energy lines that provide improper support by straining particular points of the body and underutilizing others. Overtime these strained points and weak points create muscle tears, compression in the joints and vertebrae, chronic pain, and more. Because these energy lines function when we are not thinking about it, the reflexes are difficult to break. Much in the same was as it is difficult for a person to eliminate interjections such as "um" or "like" from their daily speech, these energy lines become a part of us. However, just as proper reflexes can be instilled in an athlete to improve their sport, proper energy lines can be trained.
The CINK method works at a deep level of awareness to eliminate dysfunctional energy lines and instill Ideal energy lines. These Ideal energy lines create proper physics of movement that balance the body. The balanced body prevents points of strain, allowing the area to heal, while supporting weak areas and relieving compression.
How does CINK help patients with EDS?
But how does this help a patient with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? Many of you are aware that EDS Type 3 patients (or Hypermobility Type) suffer from a laxity in the tissues. This laxity creates an excessive range of motion in the joints that can even cause dislocations, as well as poor muscle tone, general weakness, and lack of support creating compression in the spine. This laxity extends deeper into the body with poor balance and position sense, easy fatigability, neurally mediated hypotension, and axonal polyneuropathy. These symptoms point to a condition in the nerves beyond a condition in the tissues. On the other hand, other common EDS Type 3 symptoms point to heightened nerve impulse: temporomandibular dysfunction ("TMJ syndrome"), headaches, migraines, cervical muscle tension, myofascial spasms, and palpable spasms with tender points consistent with fibromyalgia. Further symptoms point to fluctuations between these extremes with adrenaline surges as a response to extreme fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and fluctuations in heart rate and blood pressure. These symptoms all point to a nerve impulse system out of balance.
CINK's unique method of balancing nerve impulse firing is directly suited to managing much of EDS Type 3 patients' negative symptoms. By channeling points of laxity and gripping into Ideal energy lines, CINK can balance these highs and lows and return the body the healthy function. Case studies have shown profound improvement in: muscle tone, balance, compression, hypotension, TMJ, headaches, migraines, cervical muscle tension, myofascial spasms, and even IBS.
About the Study
CINK will now undergo a medical study to rigorously evaluate CINK's efficacy in the relief of EDS Type 3 symptoms. The investigator if the study will be Dr. Claire Francomano. Dr. Francomano is board-certified in internal medicine, clinical genetics and clinical molecular genetics. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Human Genetics and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, and currently heads the Harvey Institute for Human Genetics at Greater Baltimore Medical center. In 2008, and every year since, Dr. Francomano has been named among "Baltimore's Best Medical Geneticists" by Baltimore Magazine. Her clinical and research interests include the hereditary disorders of connective tissue and skeletal dysplasias. She received the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation's Shining Star award in 2012 for her dedication to people with EDS. Francomano is not affiliated with CINK and her involvement as the sole and principal investigator in this medical study will both assure the highest level of medical standards and prevent any biases towards CINK.
The medical study will assess the frequency and severity of joint instability in the pelvis (including joint subluxations and dislocations), muscle hypotonia, general weakness, compression in the spinal vertebrae, as well as muscle tension, myofascial spasms, and chronic pain in the neck, back, and hips in EDS Type 3 patients while undergoing 6 months of CINK treatment sessions. Patients in the medical study will also undergo testing of prolonged sitting and standing to assess the ability of CINK to improve daily physical activities in EDS Type 3 patients. Evaluations will be taken before beginning treatment, 3 months and 6 months into CINK treatments, and 3 months following treatments. Depending on the results of this study, EDNF may support future medical studies assessing CINK efficacy in the treatment of: hypotension; migraines; IBS; shoulder, knee, and ankle instability and chronic pain; as well as comparing CINK treatment to pharmaceutical, surgical, and physical therapy approaches to EDS conditions.
For more information on CINK and to request CINK treatment sessions contact Linda Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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