Edgar Cayce often emphasized the importance of nervous system coordination.  In many readings he traced the etiological patterns back to a lack of harmony between two primary nervous system divisions - the cerebrospinal (nerves with cell bodies within the brain or spinal cord) and sympathetic (nerves with cell bodies outside brain and spinal cord).  Some people have roughly translated this distinction as the modern designation of central and autonomic nervous systems.  This interpretation is probably an over-simplication of Cayce's perspective.

    The Cayce readings equate voluntary (conscious) activities with the cerebrospinal system and involuntary (unconscious) activities with the sympathetic system.  In approximately 120 readings, the voluntary and involuntary aspects of nervous system functioning are discussed.  In many of these readings, Cayce noted that a serious form of nervous system incoordination was present in which the voluntary activities had become involuntary and vice versa.  It was as if the two great divisions of the nervous system had gotten their wires crossed.  The result was often an obvious neurological dysfunction in which the individual was impaired in even simple daily activities (e.g., 3118-1 for a woman with multiple sclerosis).

    Manual therapy and electrotherapy were typically recommended in such instances to assist the nervous systems to become coordinated.



    Osteopathic treatment was a common recommendation in readings involving voluntary/involuntary incoordination.  Often, a general treatment was suggested to assist with coordination.  Coordination of certain specific centers (4th lumbar, 9th dorsal, 1-2 dorsal, and 3rd cervical) was emphasized.  An electric vibrator used along the spine was recommended in several readings in which osteopathic treatment was unavailable.

    Massage was also frequently recommended for nervous system incoordination, particularly in cases involving movement disorders.  Spinal massage with attention to the locomotory centers (brachial plexus and lumbar plexus) was common in such instances.


    The wet cell battery and radial appliance were two forms of electrotherapy often recommended in cases of nervous system incoordination.  The wet cell battery was typically used with a solution jar containing one a solutions such as gold chloride, silver nitrate, spirit of camphor, or iodine.  The concept was for the battery to carry the vibrations of the solution into the body to be utilized by the glands and nerves to regenerate the nervous systems and assist with coordination.  The battery was typically attached to the body at the key nerve centers cited above with regard to osteopathic coordination.

    The radial appliance was also frequently recommended to balance the circulation and help coordinate the cerebrospinal and sympathetic nervous systems.


    Options for further assessment include:

  • Nervous System Coordination Assessment
    • Meridian Institute
    • 1189 Old Donation Parkway
    • Virginia Beach, VA   23454
    • (757) 496-6009

Difficulty thinking or remembering; absentminded; slow to react  4149-1, 3631-1, 2952-1, 2014-3, 1526-1, 1173-1, 1026-1, 69-2
Involuntary or uncoordinated movements (tics, twitches, tremors) 4504-1, 3877-1, 3750-1, 3470-1, 2952-1, 2941-1, 1138-1, 1026-1 
Difficulty walking or maintaining balance 5667-1, 5645-1, 5636-1, 5176-1, 5151-1, 4269-1, 3310-1, 3118-1, 2214-1, 2099-1, 1865-1, 946-1, 849-27, 731-1, 494-1, 394-7 
Incontinence or drooling 4602-1, 3631-1 
Sensory system impairment (speech, hearing, taste, smell) 5176-1, 4269-1, 3933-1, 3496-1, 3049-1, 2971-4, 2941-1, 245-1, 154-1, 53-1
Conscious awareness of involuntary process - digestion, bloodflow, etc. 2298-1, 1539-1 

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