This post is the final in a six-part series taken from the article by Keith Wassung entitled “Diabetes and Chiropractic”. This series focuses on diabetes as a disease, treatments for diabetes, and the ways chiropractic care can help. The previous post explained how the spinal cord and nerve interference can play a role in metabolic problems like diabetes. This week’s focuses on chiropractic care and diabetes.
Part 6: Chiropractic care and Diabetes
Chiropractic is a health care system that is founded on the premise that a proper functioning nervous system is essential to overall health and function of the human body. Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct vertebral subluxations by physically adjusting the spine. This restores the nervous system to an optimum level of function, which maximizes the body’s inherent healing potential.
Chiropractic adjustments restore normal nerve function; improve spinal biomechanics, range of motion, reflex arcs, and posture, all of which are essential to proper metabolic balance. Doctors of Chiropractic have never claimed that they can “cure” diabetes and other related conditions, and not all cases of diabetes can be attributed to vertebral subluxations, but clinical and case study research has demonstrated that correcting subluxations can lead to an improvement and restoration of metabolic functions.
An investigation was undertaken to study the circumstances of life of 115 families with children aged 0-7 years suffering from asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy. Their contacts with traditional and alternative health care systems were investigated. In addition, 317 families with healthy children were also investigated. One-third of the sick children had received alternative treatment. The majority had consulted chiropractors. 73% of the parents reported that the treatment had been of benefit to their child. 1
National Library of Medicine
“Subluxation alone is a rational reason for Chiropractic care throughout a lifetime from birth”2
Dr. Lee Hadley, Syracuse Memorial Hospital
Case Study: An 80-year-old man with a history of Diabetic Mellitus complained of low back pain along with burning pains in the lower extremities and poor balance. Joint dysfunction was detected in the mortise and intertarsal joints and myofascial trigger points were found in the quadratus plantae muscles. The patient was treated with chiropractic manipulations 18 times over a period of 4 months. The treatments brought about drastic improvements in both symptoms and clinical signs of nerve function.3
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Doctors of Chiropractic are experts in spinal structure and body mechanics.
Chiropractic adjustments are aimed at restoring and maintaining the structural integrity of the body by correcting spinal and postural distortions
Chiropractors emphasize the importance of posture to overall health, a concept that has been often overlooked in traditional methods of health care.
“The beginning of the disease process starts with postural distortions” 4
Dr. Hans Seyle, Nobel Laureate
POSTURE AND HEALTH
Posture and normal physiology are interrelated.
Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production.
Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic and stress related illnesses.
Homeostasis and nervous system function are ultimately connected with posture.
Despite the considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians. 5
American Journal of Pain Management
Training to become a Doctor of Chiropractic requires a minimum of six years of college study and clinic internship. Training includes two years of the basic health sciences and the remaining four years focusing on the correction and prevention of spinal and structural problems that affect the nervous system.
A four-year DC degree course averages 4,485 hours, which is comparable with medical curriculums.
A Chiropractor must pass difficult state and national boards to obtain licensing. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states.
Chiropractic services are covered in most major health insurance programs, Medicare, Medicaid, as well as state and federal workman’s compensation programs.
Doctors of Chiropractic have been correcting vertebral subluxations in patients for over 100 years, resulting in the recovering and improvement of almost every known health problem. In 2014, more than one billion dollars was spent on diabetes research in the United States, none of which was spent on research related to Chiropractic. Given that recent findings in molecular and genetics research clearly shows that molecular signaling breakdown is a critical component of diabetes, Chiropractic must be explored and researched as a way of both preventing and improving Diabetes.
- Vange, B. “Contact between preschool children with chronic diseases and the authorized health services and forms of alternative therapy” Ugeskr Laeger 1989, July; 151(28): 1815-8
- .Hadley “Anatomical & Roentgenographic studies of the spine, Thomas, 1981
- Murphy, D. “Diagnosis and manipulative treatment in Diabetic polyneuropathy and its relation to intertarsaljoint dysfunction.” Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, 1994 Jan;17(1):29-37
- .Seyle, H. “Stress in Health & Disease” Boston 1976
- Lennon, J. “American Journal of Pain Management” Jan, 1994