Address Sleep Posture to Optimize Cervical Spine and Health

In this interview, Dr. Peter Martone, a Boston-based chiropractor and physiologist, shares some incredibly important techniques that can help you achieve proper cervical posture while sleeping, as well as other strategies to help prevent degenerative disc disease.

About 10 years ago, when we first met at an event, Martone pointed out I had problems in my cervical spine. I ended up going to see him for a proper diagnosis. Digital X-rays revealed degeneration in the fifth and sixth vertebrae. Martone prescribed a set of home treatments that I’ve been doing ever since. He describes what motivated him to, in part, reinvent how he looks at chiropractic:

“I was … invited to Harvard Medical School to give continuing education credits for their M.D.s. I was young in practice … I knew a lot about chiropractic at that time. I knew about the structure. I just didn’t know how to communicate it well. So … I got tore apart. It was a great learning experience for me.

From that point on, I said, ‘You know what? I need to dive in … I need to find anchors where you can’t argue. It’s almost like gravity. If you drop something, it’s going to fall, that’s a law. So, I started thinking about laws. How does the body work?

The righting reflex: Your body follows where your eyes go. Wolff’s law: If you don’t use it, you lose it. Davis’s law: If you don’t stress the tissue, you lose the tissue. Thinking in these ways, I started seeing contradiction in all my studies.

So, exercise physiology would contradict the law of saying that muscles are the problem. Then it would contradict a chiropractic [law] saying you just need to mobilize. I started to put this philosophy, this understanding, together … and I started seeing patterns.

The more I started opening up my eyes to new patterns, the more I started understanding them, and I’ve been in practice now for 20 years and done over 750,000 adjustments, and I really believe in the [strategies] I share.”

What Causes Degeneration?

“Use it or lose it” is one of the adages that apply to your physical body, both muscles and bones. If you don’t use a joint for a long time, degeneration sets in. As noted by Martone, “your body adapts to the consistent stresses placed on it over a long period of time.”

How then do you regenerate that degeneration? It stands to reason that if lack of motion has caused degeneration of a joint, restoring motion causes regeneration. By looking at a person’s X-rays, Martone is able to pinpoint how long the damage has been accruing, which will then give him an idea of how to “backtrack” and undo the damage based on the various laws governing physiology.

“The way I explain it is, the more scar tissue you have in your spine, your spine becomes like hardened clay. What chiropractic adjustment does, it basically takes your clay and it dumps it in water.

Now that clay can become more moldable, but if you expose your clay to the same molds or the same lifestyle patterns, you’re just going to reinforce the same old patterns.

That is why you need to couple chiropractic care with some [other] therapy … and then you need to change the pattern that caused the problem to begin with. I believe most patterns can be changed at night while you sleep. You can actually improve your posture while you sleep,” Martone says.

How Cervical Curvature Is Damaged

Martone has developed a hybrid approach involving exercise and chiropractic adjustments to regain ideal cervical curvature, improve disc height and help resolve degeneration over time. Martone struggled with chronic back pain for about 15 years, then herniated L5 about five years ago in a mountain biking injury. His own recovery led him to understand how your sleeping position can influence your recovery and regeneration.

After reviewing 2,000 X-rays, he discovered a pattern previously unmentioned in the literature. He concluded that his own longstanding back problems were not due to extreme sports; rather, the problem originated in his neck.

“My back problem didn’t come from my lower back. My back problem came from my neck, and then because of forward head posture, I picked up a curve in my lower back due to … the psoas major muscle. 

It basically happens like this: If you lose the curve in your cervical spine … [you get] scoliosis in the lower back. [It’s] compensatory, with the psoas major muscle [going into] spasm … The only muscle in the human body that attaches directly to a disc is the psoas major muscle.

So, the body innervates that psoas major muscle, curving that spine to take pressure off the atlas because of forward head posture. The atlas is the first cervical vertebra.

I was sleeping on my back, but I wasn’t using the pillow in the right way. I had forward head posture, and I had that lower back rotation due to that psoas compensation, that psoas major muscle spasm.”

In summary, when your head comes forward, your body compensates. Your psoas major muscle goes into spasm, which rotates your pelvis. The psoas major is made up of a series of overlapping fascicles or bundles of fibers that connect bilaterally to your lumbar intervertebral discs.

The spasms weaken the particular disc the psoas major is attached to, thereby allowing it to herniate. Also, because your head is in a forward position, your body loses proprioception — balance and awareness in space — which causes your spine to curve.

Your head weighs about 15 pounds, and when your head is forward, with your chin jutting out, it places enormous stress on your neck, which then contributes to arthritic changes. It also decreases cerebrospinal fluid flow.

What’s the Solution?

Part of Martone’s solution was to figure out how to properly support his cervical spine while sleeping. Initially, he came up with a novel way to do that using a down pillow to support his neck, not his head. Chiropractic adjustments are also important, as this will encourage your body to replenish the water in the degenerated disc, thereby increasing the space between the vertebra. Martone explains:

“When you start adjusting, the body says, ‘Holy mackerel. You’re going to start using this joint again?’ So, it pulls water back into the joint. What ends up happening is like taking a raisin and dropping it in water. The raisin is going to swell. It’s not going to come back to a grape, but you still can get space back.

So, through regular chiropractic adjustments you … create an unstable environment and then the body responds by creating stability. It will rebuild the joint space over a period of time. In about six months you can see a visible change on the X-ray.”

A third strategy that is really important is working on restoring your balance. As mentioned, when your head is in forward position, you lose proprioception, which in turn ends up atrophying a portion of your brain called the vermis.

“One of the functions of your vermis is to build the prefrontal cortex, which is all your thoughts, your focus, your executive functioning,” Martone explains. “I’ve worked with many kids with ADD and ADHD. I have it myself. One of the things I worked on to be able to focus was to improve my balance.

By improving balance, you are actually able to focus, you will forget less, and your brain will have more acuity. You’ll have a sharper brain. When your head starts to come forward and you restrict that proprioceptive sense into the brain, you start to degenerate your vermis and you start to lose focus.

So, we find with our patients, when we start to restore that curve and put them on what’s called a wobble board, we can improve their balance. It’s critically important to being able to restore cognitive functioning and restore functionality in the spine by improving your balance. One of the single most important exercises I believe somebody can do is work on their balance.”

Weight Distribution

Your bilateral weight distribution also plays a role in your spinal curvature and health. Martone uses two scales during his initial evaluation to ascertain whether the patient is distributing their weight more onto the right or left foot.

Your body follows where your eyes go. So, if you lean your head to one side, you’re going to put more weight on that side. If you have damage in your neck, cervical spine or any part of the atlas, scar tissue may be holding your head to one side or the other, causing you to lean and have uneven weight distribution. This too will cause your spine to curve in order to keep your head straight.

“Let’s say you weigh 100 pounds. When you put one foot on one scale and one foot on the other, you should have 50 pounds of weight on one side, 50 pounds of weight on the other side.

I see people 20 pounds off, 30 pounds off, 40 pounds off to one side. It makes a huge difference in knee pain, in ankle pain, in plantar fasciitis. It’s mind-blowing when I see that imbalance. I can just look at people now and see that imbalance.”

The Rationale for Sleeping on Your Back

Martone believes it is critically important to sleep on your back in a neutral sleeping position. However, there are a large number of people whose airway will close during the night. This can easily be prevented by applying paper tape over your lips before you go to sleep. I have been doing this for a few years now and is part of my night time ritual. He explains:

“If you have pain, you’re going to toss and turn all night long … because your body weight needs to be distributed over the greatest surface area. So, what I tell my patients is ‘You have to fall asleep with the end in mind.’ If you want better sleep, more restful sleep, wake up well rested and in no pain, you have to begin with the end in mind.

You give me a side sleep, I’m going to give you a shoulder problem … a hip problem, because you’re starting twisted, and I don’t care how much support you have, I don’t care how much your hips fall into the bed. We are creating these beds to put us in these horrible positions and it’s making our spines so much worse.

We want to be able to reverse the damaging effect of our modern-day lifestyle. If we’re going to be on a computer all day with forward head posture, and then we’re going to be texting all day, we have to do that at some point in time. So, to compensate for that, I suggest falling asleep … on your back.

When you fall asleep on your back, you’re naturally going to have an arch in your lower back, so you do not have to support that. But your neck — you want to put a support under your neck so you can arch your neck back …

The only way to bring the head back is to stretch it back, and you do that at night using … a soft support … not hard, not firm, because you’re only supporting 3 inches from your bed to the base of your neck. So, you put something under your neck, you arch your neck back, you keep your arms down by your side, and then you lie in that flat position.”

The Neck Nest

You know you’re in the correct position when your eyes are looking straight up toward the ceiling and your chin is pointed up to the ceiling as well. Martone eventually developed Neck Nest1 — a special pillow designed to provide ideal support for the cervical spine. When used in conjunction with other treatment strategies, it’s been shown to restore the natural 45-degree angle in the neck.

“The lifestyle habit is this: You put a pillow underneath your neck, and you fall asleep like that, whether it’s 45 minutes, an hour, two hours, just start with whatever you can do.

Do that every single night because one night it might be an hour, the second night might be an hour and 10 minutes, but eventually you get to three hours, and that’s three hours of your neck in traction. You’re going to get a little stiff, but your neck is stretching back. You have to understand that when the structure of your spine is changing, it’s not always comfortable.

So, when you start to adopt the back-sleeping position, don’t get frustrated saying, ‘I only did it for 15 minutes last night. I couldn’t fall asleep like that.’ We have so many different techniques to be able to help you fall asleep on your back and stay on your back for at least an hour or two a night at the beginning …

Many [support pillows] are hard substances and they support your head too much. Your head is 15 pounds. You want to use that as a weight and use the pillow as a fulcrum to be able to get that neck support and that actual change in the cervical curve … The spinal biomechanics in maintaining a healthy spine is critically important in maintaining overall health and well-being …

The Neck Nest has been out for over a year. I took a bunch of X-rays on patients when they first started [using the pillow] and then I have six-month follow-up X-rays, a year follow-up X-rays. We’re getting so much improvement in the cervical spine by using a Neck Nest. They’re sleeping better, they’re sleeping deeper.

I have people that are monitoring their sleep. Their sleep scores are getting better, and their sleep scores are getting better because they’re getting more restful sleep. The reason we toss and turn in the middle of the night is because our body typically is uncomfortable, or in a way shut down.

To get a more restful sleep, you start with the end in mind and you put your body in a neutral sleeping position. You support the cervical curve in the neck, you lie flat.”

Cervical Traction Units and Weighted Headbands

Martone also likes to integrate the use of cervical traction units that you can put over your door. I’ve been using such a device for a few years now, and it seems to have a powerful synergy with the nighttime passive traction. Martone explains the purpose for active cervical traction:

“It’s like a jelly doughnut analogy. If you take a doughnut and squeeze it, the jelly comes out. If you pull it apart, it will pull the jelly back inside by creating a negative pressure in the disc …

If you have degeneration and your major focus is to rehydrate the disc, your body will only rehydrate the disc based on a certain tension threshold, and when you pull the cervical spine apart … you can cross that barrier and get more hydration to the disc.”

Another device that is widely recommended is the use of a weighted headband that you wear. As you lean your head to one side, you stimulate and strengthen the muscles on the opposite side. I’ve been doing this for a few years as well, and my X-rays show a fairly significant improvement.

It’s important to note that I was never symptomatic. I had no neuropathies, no nerve tingling or pain, but it’s key to address any abnormality as early as possible. The earlier you address it, ideally before you have symptoms, the more likely you are to resolve it at a deep fundamental level.

Again, ideally, you’d want to hit it from several angles, getting regular chiropractic adjustments, sleeping on your back with proper cervical support, and using a cervical traction device. As explained by Martone:

“All of it together is good. What the adjustment can do, and what’s critical, is it can take your spine, your hardened clay, and it can dump it in water. Now it becomes more moldable. You’re going to get the most amount of distraction and you’re going to get the most amount of improvement when you get the adjustment.

You can do it without the adjustment. You just won’t get as much improvement and you won’t get improvement in the disc space. You’ll get improvement in the curve, but you won’t open up the space. You need to restore the motion intrasegmentally.”

More Information

In our interview, we also review a number of ways you can improve your sleep more generally, aside from sleeping on your back, so for more details, be sure to listen to it in its entirety.

If you’re committed to improving your sleep and cervical spine, consider getting Martone’s Neck Nest pillow. For a special deal, see necknest.com/Mercola. For the price of the Neck Nest pillow, you also get a custom pillow cover and Martone’s 30 Day Sleep Quest program for free. I don’t earn any affiliate commissions on this product, I just use it myself personally and believe that it would help many achieve a good night sleep and improve spinal health.

On his site, you’ll also find X-ray images of patients before and after using the Neck Nest pillow, showing visible improvement in their cervical spine curvature. Again, early diagnosis is important, since it gives you much more time to counteract the damage taking place. Had Martone not diagnosed my problem, which I had no idea I had, it would have continued to degenerate, causing problems in my later years.

As noted by Martone, you cannot degenerate and regenerate at the same time. You’re going one way or the other. Had I not taken action to regenerate my cervical spine, it eventually would have fused, Martone says. Fusion, in turn, results in lack of motion, nerve compression and atrophy of the central nervous system.

And, since each nerve goes somewhere, a range of effects can take place. Perhaps it affects your thyroid gland or throat. Tingling in the fingers can occur, or weakness in your arm. Once you have bone-on-bone fusion, there’s very little you can do to restore your function. So, truly, prevention is the name of the game here. It’s so key, which is why I’m excited to share Martone’s knowledge with you.

One more sign we may be “in for something happening”… “Amazon Web Services gives Parler 24-hour notice that it will suspend services to the company”

This is a TechCrunch article, posted on Clouthub by Praying Medic. “They” are likely very scared of major unveilings going on… soon.

This article does appear to contain quite a bit of msm-type BS and implications that “Patriots will commit violence”, but to me it is a sign that the deep state is “scared s–tless” and is writhing about out of fear.

Amazon Web Services gives Parler 24-hour notice that it will suspend services to the company

Simon Parkes 1-9-20 URGENT message… “Urgent – US Citizens Stand By For EBS”

[Kp update 2223 CST: some are replying to this post saying it may be a “hoax”. So let’s all just use Higher Discernment about this one.]

This has to be important. Someone sent to me, and as I trust Simon Parkes’ messages, I’m paying attention to this.

Those who’ve not yet done so, perhaps it’s time to get a few extra supplies and/or water. Also, if you have a portable radio, that may be helpful in areas with low cell service.

Hold the Light, baby… this is “All of Humanity’s” time.

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Urgent – US Citizens Stand By For EBS…

Urgent – US citizens stand by for Emergency Broadcast System on your cell.
Get onto Twitter Secretary Pompeii EBS (Emergency Broadcast System)
Stay in doors.
Do not go out onto street.
Be prepared for power outages in Some cities…

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The Method and the Madness

 By Anna Von Reitz

What if the world that you assumed to exist since babyhood, isn’t the real world?
What if things are very different than what you were led to believe?
Then, you would see things differently.  You would make different assumptions.  And those assumptions would be wrong, but of course, you wouldn’t find that out until you stubbed your toe on a rock that appeared to be a flower.
Many American patriots have had exactly this experience when they entered into a “District” Court.
The Grand Illusion was shattered when the Judge bellowed, “If you say one more word about the Constitution, I am holding you in contempt of court!  The Constitution doesn’t apply in this court!” 
And the helpless victims were carted off to years in “federal” prison, not understanding what “federal” means, not having a clue why the Constitution wouldn’t apply.
It will take effort on your part to come to grips with reality and it won’t be pleasant at first, but at the end of the trail lies a glorious truth and others, worthy companions, waiting for you to wake up and find it.
So let’s begin at the beginning….
When you were a baby, you were misidentified as a British Territorial Citizen and a False Registration was established claiming that you were.
This was done on purpose.
Next, all your earthly “estate” was rolled over into a Foreign Situs Trust.  In legal terms, you had, via this False Registration, been trafficked into British Territorial jurisdiction, and unlawfully converted into a British Territorial U.S. Citizen—-just like someone born in Puerto Rico.
This new U.S. Citizen is a  Foreign Situs Trust  and it was given your name—- and it appears just as your Proper Name appears, in Upper and Lower Case.
There is no visual or auditory difference between, for example, “George Philip Stone”, an American, and “George Philip Stone”, a British Territorial U.S. Citizen.
So, of course, neither you nor your Mother knew that any change had been made.
You were just a baby in your cradle, totally unaware of the larger world, and she had been deliberately duped by what are called “similar names deceits” into signing you over as a Ward to the British Territorial State of State organization that had — also without public knowledge — been operating in your State as if it were an American-run State of State organization, since just after the Civil War.
By this means, you were “unlawfully converted” from being a living American owed all the guarantees of the Federal Constitutions,  to being identified as a British Territorial Foreign Situs Trust—- a Ward of the State— owned by a foreign State of State organization that shouldn’t have even been operating in your State of the Union.
Now, I know this is a lot to take in and you are probably shaking your head in consternation thinking — I never agreed to any of this.  I’m not a Territorial U.S. Citizen like somebody from Puerto Rico.  This is just nothing but BS!
And so it is, but it stands until you object to it—-and how will you object, if you don’t know that anything has happened?
You were maybe a week old when this was done, and your Mother did this “for” you without the benefit of full disclosure, and nothing appeared to change.  So….. you have been bound by a totally unconscionable contract.
That is a contract that you are unaware of.  You don’t know it exists, so you can’t object to it.
Next, the British Territorial Government that had “latched” onto you– illegally and immorally— trafficked their brand new Foreign Situs Trust into yet another foreign jurisdiction and entered into an estate trust agreement with the Holy Roman Empire, which was still running the Municipal United States Government.
These criminals agreed to split the take, by splitting the “title” to the trust they created “for” you.
This is where all these “titles” come into view— personal titles like “Mister” and “Misses” and “Doctor” are all foreign, and so are land “titles”.
The British Territorial organization operating “as” the State of Minnesota (for example) would keep the equitable title to the “George Philip Stone” Trust they created out of hot air, and give the legal title to the Municipal United States to administer.
The Municipal United States Government operating as an international city-state in Washington, DC, then created another kind of trust, a Cestui Que Vie Trust doing business under your name in All Capital Letters— like this: “GEORGE PHILIP STONE”, and they began selling all sorts of contracts for “him” to fulfill.
These contracts included child labor contracts and mortgages on his estate and all sorts of other things that he would — if they were lucky — never learn about in his lifetime.  And the profit from all these peonage and chattel contracts would simply go into a giant Slush Fund that the Pope and the Queen and their vassals would administer “for” little George Philip Stone asleep on the hay.
That’s what your Public Employees did “for” you before you were a month old, and all without you or your parents knowing anything about it.
There’s just one problem for them.  All of this is nothing but fraud and impersonation exercised via long-outlawed contracting processes that can’t stand the light of day.
So when the Great Fraud and its mechanisms were discovered, the criminals had to begin making tracks, which they have.  And now they are fighting among themselves about it.
The members of the Municipal Government — including Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and others — are determined to try to brazen it out and somehow continue “business as usual”.
The members of the Territorial Government — including Donald Trump and the entire crime fighting apparatus of the world at large — realizes that they have to do something to stop this or be accomplices to the crimes against Americans.
And where are you, Americans?
If you have a brain in your heads, you are already making tracks to establish your correct political status as Americans, and you are happily refuting any Registration as a British Territorial U.S. Citizen.
And you are joining and supporting your State Assembly, which has been called into Session to deal with this mess.
Go to: www.TheAmericanStatesAssembly.net and get started today.  All Americans including Federal Employees are eligible to participate.  
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Santa Surfing 1-9-21 (2) VIDEOs… “Twitter is scared! NG in WA / DC! Gen McInereny BOOM statement” & “General McInerney – Special Forces took Pelosi Laptop – Hi Treason!”

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One reason I post these, is that she usually covers many items, in one place, which I have come across during my day/evening. This is no exception.

Lt. Gen. McInerney confirms what many have posted, that US Congress computers were removed during the ACI (Antifa Capitol Invasion). The deep state is going down, and, yes, they are panicked.

Her Twitter account has been suspended, but she does have a PARLER (@santasurfing) and GAB account.

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Public Service Announcement

 By Anna Von Reitz

In the hellacious confusion that has been fostered by the misadministration of our Federal Subcontractors, there is ample cause to be confused. And angry.
So let me pour some oil for you.
All Federal Subcontractors, except Donald Trump, are working without a contract tonight. The corporations they worked for, both Municipal and Territorial, are defunct. And no new assumption of contract by any incorporated entity has been allowed.
So, Joe Biden may be “President of the United States” in whatever form or name the Municipal Board of Directors may choose for a new governmental services corporation, but neither he nor they have a contract with the actual American Government, and they are not allowed to act as Agents for us.
The members of the US CONGRESS can “represent” the Municipal United States all they want to, but the Municipal United States is reduced to functioning entirely within the District of Columbia as an independent international city-state, bound by the limitations of The Constitution of the United States as it existed in 1860.
All the Municipal Corporations formed under conditions of usurpation, fraud, and deceit are forfeit. All the Municipal citizenship obligations contractually conferred upon us without our knowledge and consent are null and void. All the patents issued “for” us by the Municipal Government, are ours to uphold or dispose of.
We are returning to the realm of Public Law and Public Courts.
One note for the military— Municipal citizens of the United States have no constitutional guarantees and are, strictly speaking, not part of our population.
If Municipal citizens are caught promoting any crime seeking to undermine these United States, they may be arrested and tried for treason as well as any other crimes they have committed.
No Oath of Office or other explicit contract is necessary to bring Municipal citizens of the United States under Territorial (Military) jurisdiction, as the Municipal Government only exists within the Territorial District of Columbia.
Your position with respect to the Municipal United States and its citizenry is exactly analogous to the position of the Italian Government with respect to Vatican City.
If the Municipal citizenry gets out of hand and causes trouble, you have every right to arrest them and try them under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and are required to do so as part of your obligation to protect this country against all Enemies both Foreign and Domestic (that is, within the District of Columbia).

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