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What is a Spinal Blockage?

What is a spinal blockage and what causes that blockage to create symptoms in other areas of the body far from the spine?

Spinal blockages are easy for trained Spinal Flow Technique practitioners to assess using the 7 gateways of the spine and release by contacting the 33 access points of the spine.

“A spinal blockage happens when our bodies can’t properly process or deal with stress, whether that’s chemical, physical or emotional,” says Dr. Carli Axford.

“Often when there’s too much stress, the body says, ‘Hey, I don’t know what to do, so I’ll put that to the back of my mind.’ The back of our mind is our spine, so that’s right where our stress is stored.”

Our bodies are like sponges for all our experiences – good and bad – and over time the stressors, particularly emotional stress, end up stored in our spine.

Our brains find it too challenging to process, deal with or engage with the stress so it is ‘stored away’, usually in the spine.

The complex nature of our nerves, emotions, spine and brain means our super-smart bodies use the narrow spaces of our spinal column to send us a message.

Our intelligent body uses smart processes like symptoms such as digestive problems, pain or other dis-ease signals to store stress as a blockage in our spine.

Those stress signals – particularly if the body’s fight-flight response is activated – mean the vertebrae becomes hard and inflexible to protect that area.

“The human body has this innate intelligence so stress that cannot be processed is given a place to house it, store it and hold on to it until we can process it later,” Dr. Carli Axford says. “Our bodies want to protect us, so that’s what it does.”

“The vertebrae or joint just becomes more immobile and stuck when there is a spinal blockage. Sometimes the body creates an inflammatory response around it.”


The body’s stress response can create blockages in the spine


Spinal blockages and our nervous system

When there’s a blockage in the vertebrae, there can be less space for the nerves to travel to the place they need to go to and do their job.

For example, if a spinal blockage happens around a nerve that typically supplies the face and the eyes and the ears, then the blockage may cause symptoms in the face or eyes.

“With Spinal Flow Technique, we learn the art of touch to see if a vertebrae has full movement and therefore not blocking the nerve supply,” says Dr. Carli Axford.

“Our practitioners learn to find the cause of our client’s symptoms and trace that back to the nervous system via the spinal column.”

By understanding the 7 gateways of the spine, feeling spinal blockages and seeing how the spine functions, Spinal Flow Technique practitioners make contact with the 33 access points to achieve one of two things:

  1. Expanding the Spinal Wave; and
  2. Releasing the spinal blockage

“The body’s intelligence will choose its own order for healing to happen,” Dr. Carli Axford says. “Our certified practitioners hold the access points to help the client bring awareness to the blockage and release it. The body heals it all by itself.”


The dura mater covers the spinal cord and brain and the 33 access points of Spinal Flow Technique are areas where the vertebrae and dura mater connect.


The amazing dura mater

The spinal cord is delicate and protected by our bony vertebrae which connect directly to our brain and central nervous system, or the master controller.

The dura mater covers some vertebrae, the cranium, sacrum and coccyx – as well as the brain -and this is the key to unlocking spinal blockages by sending a message of ease to the brain through the 33 access points on the spine.


There are access points throughout our body’s nervous system that allow us to release spinal blockages


“If there’s a spinal blockage, it interferes with the body’s own wisdom to heal,” says Dr. Carli Axford.

“By helping our clients find their own blockages to release, it kickstarts their natural ability to heal and let the Spinal Wave do everything it needs. When our clients leave the table after a healing session, they say they feel much clearer, lighter and more connected in their body.”



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