This post is the conclusion in a series taken from the article by Keith Wassung entitled “Restoring the Balance – Chiropractic & the Endocrine System”. This series focuses on Restoring the Balance – Chiropractic & the Endocrine System, Hormonal Imbalances & Health Problems, Traditional Approach to Hormonal Health, The Central Nervous System, Hypothalamus and Hormones, and Conclusion: Causes of Vertebral Subluxations & Chiropractic Care. This week’s post looks at the Causes of Vertebral Subluxations & Chiropractic Care.
Vertebral subluxations can be caused by any force or stress to which the body is unable to adapt. Examples of this would include automobile accidents, work related injuries repetitive motions events, sports, and recreational pursuits, poor posture, poor bending, lifting and sleeping habits, and various types of chemical and emotional stress. The body can adapt to the stress as long as the nervous and endocrine systems are capable of responding normally. All types of stress can not only cause vertebral subluxations, but it creates a vicious cycle in which the body can no longer adapt to stress as a result of a compromised nervous system.
VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATIONS AND STRESS
Since the 1950’s the word “stress” has changed from an engineering term to a cultural construct. In 2010, Americans spent over eight billion dollars on stress related products.
More Americans stressed than ever before
The proportion of Americans who say they have felt the threat of a nervous breakdown provoked by stress, depression, and anxiety is on the rise. A recent survey by Prevention magazine found that 73% of Americans report experiencing a great amount of stress on a weekly basis. Recent studies at John Hopkins reveal that the average American experiences more stress in one month than their grandparents did in their lifetime.24
Stress has been defined as a “distress caused by a demand of the body to all non-specific demands” Although stress is generally associated with negative connotations, it is a double-edged sword. The body would not be able to survive without the acute stress response as in the “fight or flight” phenomena. This type of response gears the body up for action. It provides focused energy to either flee from danger or to stand ground and fend off a crisis.
During an emergency, stress hormones are produced and they are utilized. However, the kind of stress we face on a daily basis is of a completely different kind. Emergency physical responses are rarely needed yet the brain perceives stress as such and prepares the body for fight or flight. As the stress is almost continuous, the stress hormones are not utilized; they remain in the body and cause biological damage.
The work of Hans Seyle, who compiled thousands of studies demonstrated that exposure to stress can cause “disease of adaptation”.
The “General Adaptation Syndrome” or GASbegins with an alarm reaction (AR) when the body is first exposed to stress. It then shifts to “stage of resistance” (SR).
At this point, the body can adapt to the stress, known as physiologic adaptation syndrome, or succumb to the stress and allow it to manifest itself into what is known as “disease of adaptation” which can result in hypertension, rheumatic disease, vascular lesions, ulcers, certain types of liver conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, nephritis, as well as a host of problems with the endocrine system and hormonal imbalance.
The body can adapt to stress as long as the nervous system and endocrine systems are capable of responding normally. All types of stress can cause vertebral subluxations, but it creates a vicious cycle in which the body can no longer adapt to stress as a result of a compromised nervous system.
The purpose of chiropractic is the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations which is accomplished by physically adjusting the spine. This restores the nervous system pathways to an optimum level of function, which maximizes homeostasis and the body’s inherent healing ability.
Chiropractic is not a treatment for disease, nor do Doctors of Chiropractic claim to cure disease. Chiropractors simply remove nerve interference from the spine, and with a restored nervous system, the body is able to restore and maintain its own optimum level of balance.
Research studies, as well as tens of thousands of case studies done in Chiropractic clinics, have demonstrated that the correction of vertebral subluxations improves neurological function and health and allows the body to recover from a wide variety of health conditions, including many endocrine disorders.
“Chiropractic is effective as a preventive treatment because it relieves nerve pressure as the spine is properly adjusted. The build-up of this pressure is cumulative in its erosion of the health and integrity of specific body organs or regions. If one vertebra is out of relationship to the ones next to it, a state of disharmony is said to exist. This causes loss of normal nerve energy and upsets both local and systemic homeostasis or balance.25”
-GARY NULL Complete Guide to Healing Your Body
“Eleven women with histories of PMS underwent Chiropractic care and showed improvement of all measured symptoms including variation in sex drive, social impairment, and depression”.26
-Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation
While a routine medical exam to rule out serious pathologies is always a good idea, researchers have suggested that Chiropractic are might be a viable alternative for women suffering from menstrual pain and discomfort.27
“Subluxation alone is a rational reason for Chiropractic care throughout a lifetime from birth” 28
-Dr. Lee Hadley, Syracuse Memorial Hospital
24) CNN, More Americans stressed than ever before, July 2, 2000
25) Null, Gary Complete Guide to Healing Your Body, New York McGraw-Hill p. 194
26) Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation
27) Masarsky C and Vienna A. Neurological Fitness, 1996
28) Hadley, L “Anatomical & Roentgenographic studies of the spine, Thomas, 1981