Chiropractic therapy may raise the questions as to what is it exactly and just how safe is the treatment?
The premise is roughly as follow; chiropractic treatment centres around the maintenance of full, normal movement of the spinal joints, and of course in the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders too, and optimizing biomechanics throughout the body. That would include the TMJ too.
The parts of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex are as follows.
Chiropractic therapy asks just what is the philosophy behind the manipulative treatment of joint pain?
So, what does that mean in English?
For one reason or another, a joint becomes fixated. It's less mobile, or HYPOmobile. That could be due to sitting too long, sleeping on your stomach, a leg length inequality, an injury; we could go on.
And on ...
Take this lady's foot for example. She fell down the stairs and subluxated in the cuboid bone in her right foot. Compare it with the left - can you see the difference:
It has been fully established now that a short leg causes increased risk of hip and knee arthritis, curvature of the spine and degenerative lumbar spine changes.
That examination should include an examination of the erect pelvis; are there obvious postural changes?
Case management protocol includes…..
The purpose of chiropractic therapy (the "adjustment") is…
"... to restore normal movement and resolve the resultant biomechanical, physiological and neurological effects of segmental hypomobility."
Other adverse neurological effects
Other strange and not easily explained things happen after
chiropractic adjustments of the spine. A patient with six months
diarrhoea after taking anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days after a
fall is suddenly cured, women who are for years infertile fall pregnant,
blood pressure drops, menstrual cramps and abnormal bleeding
normalises, babies with infantile colic... Chiropractic researchers are
only now beginning to investigate these less easily explained adverse
neurological effects of subluxations. Read for example this Rib Pain
Treatment CaseFile ...
RIB PAIN TREATMENT CaseFile ...
Notice the tracts from proprioceptors (bottom left) within the joint capsule - those that feed into the Ventral Horn, and thence via tracts within the cord to the Dorsal Horn. These tracts have an INHIBITORY effect on the Dorsal Horn.
Double wammy: Increased noxious input into the dorsal horn + Decreased inhibition from Proprioceptors.Nett result:
Greatly increased input into the Spinal Thalamic Tract >>> Thalamus >>> Parietal brain where pain is perceived.
Biomechanical Effects of Hypomobility
"Loss of normal motion within a joint results in changes in every structural component of the joint; subchondral bone to the synovium, from meninges to the ligamentum flavum."
Current orthopedic literature recognizes that changes in the pattern of forces transmitted through joints, which occurs during the immobilization process, is universally recognized as contributing to connective tissue degeneration and local changes in the chemical composition of that tissue…
We also know that mechanical failure of ligaments, discs, capsules and other connective tissue can result from local variations in chemical composition.
"Measurable changes within the joint complex occur within one week of the onset of hypomobility."
The nucleus pulposus is the the area of the disc most susceptible to dessication. It is dependent on movement for nutrition and survival...
Lack of appropriate intersegmental spinal movement can significantly reduce the dynamic pressure gradient between the intradiscal tissues and the subchondral areas of spongiosa in the vertebral bodies...
This sacrifices the key mechanism by which nutrients and water replenish the disc and by which metabolic waste leaves the disc...
Putting it together...
ANTI INFLAMMATORY DRUGS and CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY
Chiropractors in general are not against the sensible use of drugs, but they are so abused, and cause soooooo many deathsssss and serious distressesssss that we seriously question the way Medicine dishes out bucketfuls of pills.
Research done on 37 000 people who suffered from a stroke found a 20%- 250% increase in the incidence of stroke if they had taken anti-inflammatory drugs (depending on the drug) in the previous 30 days.
Chiropractors are often a breed apart.
It takes a special kind of person to go into a profession where you know
you'll may be labelled as a quack by many in the medical fraternity,
where there still remains a great deal of suspicion about the safety and
effectiveness of your therapy. Such is Dr Bernard Preston. Read about
his experiences as a chiropractor in the land of the windmills.
STONES IN MY CLOG ...
Making a solid start is important for any new graduate. Here a few thoughts in response to a letter.
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In grateful acknowledgement
Dr. Lisa K. Bloom, D.C.
Diplomate of the International Board of Chiropractic Neurology
Diplomate in Applied Chiropractic Sciences
Associate Professor, Diagnosis and Practice Department of New York Chiropractic College.
APPLICATION OF CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY
The beauty of being a
chiropractor is that days are filled with challenging cases. Many have
been treated medically for years without success. Research shows most can be helped
with chiropractic, some not. Few are "cured" whatever the therapy, hence the need for Chiropractic Maintenance care ...
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Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.
It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.
In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.
Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?
The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.
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