SOTO | T5 – Gastric Syndrome

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Jacquie Strudwick –June 2010

For those who are joining this series of articles for a first time read: We have been looking at the Bloodless Surgery techniques, which later became CMRT – Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique.

DeJarnette developed organ reflex procedure as his discovery of the occipital fibres and their significance was realised from his years of clinical observation in the 1930’s and onwards. We have been looking at the writings of Dr. DeJarnette’s close friend and colleague, Dr. Mel Rees who developed DeJarnette’s 1975 research pilot on the temporal sphenoidal reflex.

Dr. Rees’ work appeared in the S.O.R.S.I. Despatcher issues from 1972 to 1974 and serve as a valuable source of information – in addition to what you – the student of SOT and CMRT will have attained from your basic seminar series and your reading of the CMRT, 1966 notes. Here now is TS T5 bloodless surgery procedures.

T5 – Gastric Syndrome

Abnormal stomach function – When your temporal sphenoidal palpatory painful area shows at TS T5A or TS T5B, then you are alerted that your patient has abnormal stomach function somewhere from the ante‐chamber as it passes through and just under the diaphragm to the pyloric valve just before the small intestine is reached.

The utilisation of TS and CMRT procedure provides these hurting patients with a great measure of relief and immediate recall towards relatively healthy gastric function that is only limited by the prior destruction to the stomach lining and the scar tissue formed.

Oesophagitis – Your reflex oesophagitis (‘pseudo hiatal hernia’ – PHH) patients will swear you are a miracle worker. Your gastritis patient will tell the world of their relief, and send you everybody with a stomach ache. Stomach motility is the answer. A stomach that is not tied down by adhesions can stay healthy.

T5 procedures – These are directed toward correcting this normal stomach mobility. Those delicious substances that our tasters love so much, is many times quite revolting and most uninviting to the hard‐working stomach which must churn up these unpleasant, disagreeable foods and convert them into something usable for the small intestine to process. To do this, the stomach must be able to dodge harmful substances that attack its mucous coat as it churns away.

Vagus nerve impingement in the cervicals, or it may be a T5 dural port problem – Therefore to remain normal it must have complete mobility. When TS T5A is active you are warned that ‘the life force – that keeps the stomach walls highly agile and sufficiently protected by mucosa – is lacking’. This may be a vagus nerve impingement in the cervicals, or it may be a T5 dural port problem. When a subluxation of either of these sources of stomach health power occurs, then immediately, the ‘turned off’ stomach is unable to dodge the obnoxious, harmful to the mucosa, substances that we eat.

Put simply, the stomach no longer has the motility to dodge substances which are deleterious to its health. Under these subluxated circumstances, the stomach’s normal dodging ability is reduced to fixation.

Check the upper cervical area – Check in particular, the occiput and atlas! An area that receives attention in the CMRT seminar for gastric syndrome is the occipital compression and side‐slip (for those who have been following these articles for some time, this was the category eight work from 1970, which we wrote about in a previous ‘Expression’).

Note to the current stubdents of CMRT: This finding – occipital side slip – produces three fibre bands which will be contracted on the side of the long leg. (These being below the level of the three occipital fibre lines.)

DeJarnette said of the occipitoatlantal side slip compression problem that if you should be restricted to one upper cervical technique, this is the one you would chose after seeing its accomplishments, the adjustment being the one described in the 1970 notes.

The T5 subluxation presents in various ways

  • The T5 dorsal port problem to the stomach has occurred when a buttock sign indicator points to the upper thoracics. When you have an anterior T5 then the entire stomach is involved in the subluxation complex.
  • When the left transverse of T5 is involved in the occipital line 2, area 3 subluxation complex, then the doctor is alerted to a greater curvature of the stomach abnormality where the symptoms of gastritis occur immediately upon eating and following a meal. When the right transverse of T5 in the occipital three line two subluxation complex, then the doctor is alerted to a lesser curvature of the stomach abnormality or a pyloric valve abnormality.

(The Greek word ‘pylorus’ – means the ‘gate‐keeper’ which is a good description of this region.)

  • A right transverse is the one you hope you don’t see too often, because most of these patients – when you get to them – have already eaten through the mucous protection and have a raw ulcer in the lesser curvature or pyloric valve that you have to contend with; or they have been the route of an ulcer diet plus drugs and stomach‐coating digestant stopping substances, things that make matters worse until the stomach’s ‘life force’ is turned back on.
  • If the stomach problem has regressed to a trapezius major and a right pedicle is hot, then you have a real problem on your hands with the greater curvature of the stomach walls deteriorated to a mass of scar tissue and resultant lack of secreting cells.
    These are your pernicious anaemia patients. You hope this patient has not gone to the point of no return and a life of blood transfusions. If the stomach problem has regressed to a trapezius major and a left pedicle is hot, then you must start thinking in terms of malignancy of the stomach. (Check for line three.)
  • The other TS T5B, thus 5A and 5B – they are next to each other (and remember, in modern SOT – you can verify the finding with joint lock phenomenon via an arm fossa test or mind language). TS T5B is concerned with the diaphragm and its effect on the ‘gastric antrum’ producing reflux. Drug companies have recently given this the new name of GORD (Gastro‐Oesophageal Reflux Disorder [GERD]) – so you can ‘see your doctor’ and get a new prescription, along with your others.

Note: Since the 1970s, in SOT, we have termed this a pseudo hiatal hernia and mark it on our patient files as PHH, and work on this area would have already commenced if your patient presented as a Category II.

Next is our procedure for checking indicators followed by the step‐by-step corrective technique. A good suggestion for you, our ‘Expression” reader, is to have your copy of the CMRT seminar notes and your copy of CMRT, 1966 open at the T5-gastric pages.

Gastric Syndrome Indicators

  1. The basic gastric reflex is a box extending horizontally across the mid gastric area and is intensely painful when an ulcer is present. Mark this area with a skin pencil.
  2. The rim of the left shoulder is painful in gastritis hyperacidity. Mark this with a skin pencil.
  3. The T5 to T9 areas, posteriorly, will be tender to palpation in the gastric patient. The posterior reflex for ulcers lies left of the T5 and T6. Mark this with a skin pencil.
  4. Another gastritis reflex lies on the left lateral margin of the 9th rib – and may actually simulate a kidney stone attack. Mark this area with a skin pencil, if present.
  5. The previously mentioned anterior T4, T 5, T6 will cause whole stomach nerve interference.
  6. Steps 6 and 7 have been discussed in a previous ‘Expression’ article – The Category VIII. DeJarnette observed an occipital compression and other side sideslip (thus, for example the left side occiput compression, with the right side, side slipped). Step 6 is the compression which will be on the side of the short leg in a supine leg check.
  7. As mentioned in the previous ‘Category VIII article’ from DeJarnette’s 1970 SOT notes, occipital side slip is pretty important territory. Three muscle bundles will be found to be taut and tender. These are to be found below the three occipital fibre lines.
  8. In our SOTO Australasia CMRT seminar notes, points 5, 6 and 7 above are grouped with this one C3, C4 and C5 under the heading “The following subluxations can be involved and must be corrected if present”. Here is our chance to discuss with you, in some more detail, the cervical spine, at least from an SOT perspective.
    For simplicity in description there are three motor units:
    1) Occ – C1 – C2;
    2) motor unit is C3 – C4 – C5 and
    3) motor unit is C6 – C7 – T1.

    The correction process for these areas, as related to the T5 syndrome is a simple muscle adjustment. Meaning, you have utilized
    1) cervical step procedure,
    2) figure eight,
    3) occipital compression,
    4) side slip and/or
    5)  R plus C depending on your categorisation and now have arrived at this point in time in your Category I, occipital line 2 area 3 assessment. You are seated at the head of the supine patient for this technique. When the muscles in the 1st motor unit are painful to palpation one side, then the cervicals on that side are posterior. You lift them towards the ceiling on that side – the pain intensity will ease. The 2nd motor unit which is really the area of concern we are addressing here has an opposing listing. When the muscles of the second motor unit are painful on one side, then the cervicals in that area are anterior and you lift the opposite side muscles toward the ceiling and the pain vanishes. When the 3rd motor unit muscles are tender on one side then the cervicals on that side are posterior, thus you would lift the same side muscles.
  9. The left thumb – index finger web will be painful in a stomach syndrome. Mark this with your skin pencil.
  10. The space between 5th and 6th ribs on the left anterior rib cage is a gastric reflex. Palpate for this starting from the sternum and working laterally. Mark the tender area. Medial means a cardiac orifice problem, lateral means a pyloric valve lesion.
  11. Pectoralis reflex at the sternal portion of the 5th and 6th rib interspace moving up to the left shoulder. Mark it with a skin pencil, if present. Pain along the pectoralis muscle is an indicator of diaphragmtic fixation. Now, that we have our regions mapped we can proceed with the step-by-step technique for a thoracic five major.

CMRT (Bloodless surgery)

“These patients need 1st, the post‐ganglionic reflex technique to calm their nerves” was DeJarnette’s statement from the June 1966 CMRT Bulletin. Of course, the pattern you have seen working in the Rees procedure is to commence with a touch and hold TS pain control so that post ganglionic and the following procedures could be more readily acceptable to the patient’s sensory nerve system.

Step 1 –  Anaesthesia. Patient is turned from prone to supine. Apply the TS pain control so that the patient can more readily receive the post‐ganglionic vibratory technique. Doctors left hand holds light contact over the most painful TS T5 area as the right flat hand holds light contact over the receptor block area above the umbilicus for two minutes.

Step 2Post-ganglionics. Maintain your TS T5 contact with the left hand and move your right finger tips so as to create a vibratory action to this area for one minute. This tends to normalise the stomach post‐ganglionics, which are governors of visceral sensation and sensation demand factors which have gone wild in this tied down stomach situation. With this step made, your sensory problem is cleared. Now you can use your anatomical reflexes.

Step 3 Anaesthesia. Pass your left hand under patient and contact the painful left or right transverse area. With your right hand, you work the stomach. As you work this area for a minute, you will feel the soft tissue loosen up.

Step 4 – The left thumb web reflex and the mid gastric reflex area. You hold the abdominal reflex area, left hand and you contact the left thumb web. You can work the thumb web, but a good alternative is to have the patient open and close their hand ten times. This brings circulation up to near normal in the stomach area by arterial dilation. Now nutrition and elimination is accomplished.

Step 5 – Free the cervical muscle pulls. Described in point 8 above.

Step 6 – Turn your attention to gastric reflux. Various methods for the PHH have been discussed in a previous ‘Expression’ article.

Step 7 – Turn your attention to the occipital side slip. For those of you who like the history and development of DeJarnette technique this one goes way back to the early 1930’s in the DeJarnette catalogue.

Note: A good description is given on pages 40 – 44 of the 1961 SOT Convention notes and of course, the 1970 SOT notes have the Category Eight, as we have previously noted. (Contact Dr. David Roseboom at the Rose Ertler Memorial library Dr. Roseboom is a keen DeJarnette historian and has made the library available to SOTO Australasia members!)

Step 8Pre-ganglionic. If all marked painful areas are now neutralised, restart your reflex arcs with the pre‐ganglionic technique.

Final word

Well, there you have some information to look at over summer. CMRT work helps you to help more people you see. The TS work offers some variations from Dr. Rees. We also find his notes contained some good explanations of reflexes and physiological actions that may not receive a mention elsewhere.


1. T1 – CORONARY SYNDROME 1 – … teach it to others (including me).” From the start of Dan being a teacher, those students changed it. D1 reflex work: part 1 (background information ). …

2T1 – CORONARY SYNDROME 2 – … spring 2009 d1 reflex pt 2 1,4,5,6,7 dr. rees‘ ts and bloodless surgery papers were published in the 1972-74 editions of the d1 reflex work:.

3. T2 – MYOCARDIUM SYNDROME – … $165.00. free classified advertising for members! thoracic two procedure. 1,4,5. president’s report 2. 2010 calendar. 2. the editors pen.

4T3 – RESPIRATORY SYNDROME – … WINTER 2010 this series is to expand and strengthen the usage of the CMRT work in our Now, it is a maxim of the CMRT work that you adjust according.

5. T4 – GALL BLADDER SYNDROME – … free. classified advertising for members! d4 reflexgall bladder. 1,4,5. president’s report 2. the editors pen. 3. 2010 events calendar 3.

6. T5 – GASTRIC SYNDROME – … 1 jan. 2011 – SUMMER 2010 ries and your reading of the CMRT, 1966 notes. in the CMRT seminar for gastric syndrome is the occipital compression.

7. T6 – PANCREATIC SYNDROME – … patients with acute pancreatitis will sit with their legs drawn up rather than lie marked T6 and T6B (Reminder: the CMRT charts from Marc Pick Creations are …

8T7 – SPLENIC SYNDROME – … T7 – SPLENIC SYNDROME. Welcome to this winter season’s Expression arcle. We have been working our way through the Thoracics which appear as majors in 

9. T8 – LIVER SYNDROME – … Welcome to the Spring ‘Expression’ article on the bloodless surgery, CMRT and temporal sphenoidal work for the liver. For those just joining us in this series of articles, we have been working through the work …

10. T9 – ADRENAL SYNDROME – … capable of producing life-like wall charts. Of course, we are talking about the Occipital – Trapezius, CMRT and Temporal Sphenoidal Reflex chart produced by Dr. Marc Pick’s company, Marc Pick Creations. You need …

11. T10 INTESTINAL SYNDROME … We have been progressing through the Bloodless Surgery and CMRT work from the viewpoint of Dr. M. L. Rees, a good friend of Major’s and a keen student of SOT, from his (Rees’) college days in the 1950s and his …

12. T11 AND 12 – KIDNEY SYNDROME – … Welcome to our final four articles on the CMRT and Bloodless Surgery work. For those who have been following this series, you will know we did the Gastro-Intestinal syndromes (T10, L1, L2 and L4) in 2012. This year …

13. L1 – LEOCAECAL SYNDROME – … Welcome to our winter edition write-up of the Bloodless Surgery, CMRT and TS line work. As stated in our last issue, we are doing the digestive in 2012 and are thus going T10, L1, L2 and L4. We have suggested that you …

14. L2 – CAECAL SYNDROME – … with periodic diarrhoea in which the stools are frothy and fatty. This indicates faulty absorption of fats and carbohydrates. Note the problem is not digestion but absorption. These people need the TS and the CMRT …

15. L4 – COLON REFLEX –  … as well. Fortunately, the colon is a mechanical structure that responds quickly to the CMRT and Bloodless Surgery work. When the colon coils are too tight, setting up a spastic colon, you simply stretch the mesenteric …

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