TRUE CORRECTION vs. TEMPORARY RELIEF
The difference between Principled, Neurologically Based, Corrective Chiropractic Care and temporary relief care is the difference between optimal health and just momentarily feeling good.
Although chiropractic is effective in providing patch-up or pain relief treatment, we have found that correcting the spine offers long-term benefits. This is why our office specializes in neurologically based chiropractic care.
In our office, changes to the spine and nervous system are achieved through a series of specialized, gentle adjustments. If we are able to accept your case, a care plan will be recommended based on the pre-existing levels of degeneration in your spine (as determined by any necessary specific Chiropractic Postural X-rays), your age, levels of activity, and your response to an adjustment. Every spine is different, so we always start with a checkup to evaluate your potential for success in our office.
When a person is accepted as a candidate for chiropractic care, it is essential that the patient and the doctor are both working toward the same goal. Traditionally, the focus of health care is centered around a person's symptoms and the treatment or relief of those symptoms. This is the entire basis for relief care. Today, chiropractic care is very well known for its ability to provide relief care and is often referred to as miraculous in its ability to provide relief where all other forms of health care have failed. However, although many chiropractors specialize in and are extremely successful with providing relief care, this was never the intended purpose for chiropractic. Chiropractic, from its inception over 110 years ago, was designed to be a Principled form of health care. The goal or objective of Chiropractic is to identify the underlying cause of a person's health challenge and to correct it. A condition of the spine known as Vertebral Subluxation interferes with the bodies natural ability to heal itself. Principled Chiropractors locate Vertebral Subluxations, thoroughly analyze all of its components, design a specific program of adjustments and exercises to correct Vertebral Subluxations, and most importantly help you and your family learn how to achieve a state of optimal health and how to maintain a healthy spine into the future.
To fully appreciate and understand this difference and the importance of neurologically based chiropractic care, let’s start by looking at the difference between “symptoms” and “warning signs”. The difference is best understood through a simple comparison. If a person sprains his or her ankle and experiences pain in that ankle, this is a direct relationship. The location of pain and the location of the injury are the same. This is a classic example of a symptom. However, if a person is suffering from heart disease and is experiencing pain into the left arm, there is likely nothing wrong with the left arm! This is a classic warning sign of a problem with the heart. It would seem quite silly – even foolish – to spend a tremendous amount of energy and resources treating someone's arm pain when the cause of this pain is coming from the heart.
Similarly with the spine: if vertebral subluxation is affecting the spine and causes pressure on a nerve going to your leg, over time you may begin to experience leg pain (commonly called sciatica). Now we could examine and treat the leg, but we would be doing so in vain as this was a warning sign indicating a problem in the spine. Depending on which nerves in the spine are being affected, we may experience different warning signs. Fortunately or unfortunately, there is often a significant delay between the onset of subluxation and the first warning signs. This is due to the body's amazing ability to adapt to both its internal and external environment. For example, if you have a pebble in your shoe, you don’t lean on it; you lean away from it. Your body may behave in a similar manner in relation to Vertebral Subluxation.
Very commonly, one of the first Vertebral Subluxations to occur in the spine is in the neck. This is for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles in the neck are the smallest, and the head is disproportionately heavy in comparison to the body (especially in children). Small slips and falls as a child or even the birth process itself can result in the small vertebrae of the neck becoming displaced or subluxated. The body, behaving very intelligently, will change our posture, often shifting the head well in front of the shoulders and leaning the head to one side or the other to reduce the pressure this subluxation places on the spinal cord. As a result of the change in head posture, our rib cage may bend or shift to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves, and the big muscles of the lumbar spine and pelvis will compensate to further reduce the unwanted pressure on the spinal nerves. For the body, this is preferable to suffering the immediate and devastating effects of spinal cord and spinal nerve pressure. However, the tradeoff is that it leaves uneven pressure on the vertebral discs and causes them to begin wearing out at a progressive rate.
Often it is not until the discs of the spine begin to significantly wear and the body begins losing its ability to naturally compensate for Vertebral Subluxations that we start to see the intermittent warning signs related to subluxation. Many times the lumbar spine is the first region of the spine that begins to lose its ability to compensate due to the increased forces of gravity. Ordinarily the lumbar spine is able to carry a significant load; however, with degeneration that occurs over time due to Vertebral Subluxation, the spine becomes weakened. We may start avoiding things we used to do with ease because they now cause us pain. In this situation, we could begin blindly treating this person’s lower back pain. But suppose the pain actually originated with a Vertebral Subluxation in the neck: it would only be a matter of time before that low back pain returned because we had only addressed the warning sign, not the actual cause of the problem.
Principled and neurologically based chiropractors specialize in detecting, analyzing, and correcting Vertebral Subluxation. This is exactly what we specialize in. We provide Specific, Scientific, Chiropractic Adjustments over time and with repetition to correct the cause: the Vertebral Subluxation. We get amazing results. We look forward to serving you!
THE WINSOR AUTOPSIES
Can an Unhealthy Spine Affect Internal Organs?
At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Henry Winsor conducted an experiment based on chiropractors' claim that by adjusting the vertebrae they can relieve stomach troubles, ulcers, menstrual cramps, thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease, lung and other diseases. In this experiment he dissected both human and animal cadavers to see if there was any relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae and nerves that went to the organs. Dr. Winsor dissected 75 human and 72 cat cadavers. He found nearly 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the vertebrae and diseases of the internal organs.
All 20 cases with heart disease and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae misaligned (T1-T5).
All 26 cases of lung disease has spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic area.
All nine cases of stomach disease had spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic (T5-T9) area.
All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).
All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).
All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).
All 11 cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).
All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic area (T10-T12).
Prostate and Bladder Disease
All eight cases with prostate disease had the lumbar vertebrae misaligned.
Two cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
Information taken from: Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances-II. The evidence of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebrae deformities of the same sympathetic segments. Medical Times, Nov. 1921, 49, pp. 267-271