INTRODUCTION to KANON
Over the past 45 years, extensive clinical research into the cause of muscle spasm and chronic excessive muscle tone resulted in a new field of study called Therapeutic Neurophysiology. It is a common misconception that normal, healthy muscle is characterized by greater muscle tone. In fact, normal healthy muscle is actually more flexible and has less tone than most people think. (Example, power lifters who need healthy flexible muscles, avoid body builder type exercises so they can maintain healthy, normal muscle tone). From this understanding, the therapeutic technique called KANON was developed. KANON is a non-invasive therapy for the relaxation of muscles. The goal of the therapy is the stimulation of nerve organs called muscle spindles, which cause muscle spasm. These muscle spindles are embedded within muscles, which are used as “stepping stones” in the stimulation of the spindles. Unlike massage, which targets the muscles themselves, KANON targets the muscle spindles by applying a specific physical technique to the muscles that is transmitted to the muscle spindle within.
The body’s ideal level of muscle tone is set in a part of the brain called the cerebellum. Local control of muscle tone is maintained by the muscle spindles located in each muscle. There is a nerve loop between the muscle spindle and the cerebellum that allows for communication and correction of muscle tone. However, irritable muscle spindles cause excessive contraction of the surrounding muscle and abnormally high levels of tone. Therefore, the muscle spindles are the initial target of correcting muscle spasm and excessive muscle tone. KANON is a non-invasive therapy designed for that purpose. As a non-invasive therapy, KANON does not disrupt the tissues of the body to the extent that the body mounts a protective response. This is important because invasive therapies, such as massage, lead to protective responses characterized by further muscle spasm and worsening of the underlying problem. However, KANON uses enough kinetic (active) energy to reach the muscle spindles deep inside the muscle but not so much energy that the therapy becomes invasive. This energy is applied to the muscles, which act as “stepping stones” that transmit the energy to the muscle spindles deep within. A trained practitioner can locate irritable muscle spindles by the feel of the surrounding muscle tone. The tension in the muscle makes it possible to “drum” the muscle into vibrating.
The Biopulser® is a device that was developed with the snap-action percussion movement needed to promote this vibration. It uses 16 small energy percussions per second, which produce kinetic activity surrounding the spindles and reverses the irritability causing the excessive contraction of the muscle.
Asthma is a disease process resulting from the narrowing of airways. Much of this narrowing results from the excessive contraction of muscles that line the airways. There are two reflex centers primarily involved with asthma. The breathing center, located near the vertebra (T10) which supports the lowest ribs of the rib cage, coordinates the contraction of the rib muscles and the muscles wrapped around the bronchioles with the contraction of the diaphragm muscle. Irritability of this center causes loss of coordination which compromises breathing efficiency. Repeated stimulation by resonant frequency vibration from adjacent muscles, reduces the irritability of the center as it is reducing it in the spindle. The breathing center is known to have tissues which are irritated by high levels of histamine. They are referred to as H-cells. This requires that the reflex center to the hypothalamus, which among other things controls histamine levels, needs irritability reduction also.