CHIROPRACTIC EXPLAINED

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  • 1. Chiropractic Explained Your Orientation to Chiropractic Care
  • 2.
    • The sole purpose of this presentation is to empower you with knowledge of the importance and benefits of receiving Chiropractic care.
    Welcome
  • 3.
    • Chiropractic represents a distinct natural, holistic, vitalistic, conservative and rational health care paradigm that is both philosophically logical and scientifically valid.
    • It is a hands on health profession free from drugs, surgery, and other invasive “non-traditional” medical interventions .
    What is Chiropractic?
  • 4. What is Chiropractic?
    • “Chiropractic is based on the now scientifically proven hypothesis that proper structure of the spine is required for proper function of the nervous system as it relates to the control and regulation of global physiology and health”.
          • Dr. James Chestnut, “The Science of Human Wellness”
  • 5. What is Medicine?
    • “ Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of Nature’s protest and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time.”
          • Dr. Daniel Kress M.D.
  • 6. What is Medicine?
    • Medicine, or allopathy, itself is valid only in terms of symptom relief and crisis intervention and not health restoration.
    • Drugs DO lower cholesterol. But, at what cost to long term health, quality of life and the body’s chemistry/physiology?
  • 7. What is Medicine?
    • Journal of American Medical Association
      • In 1998 an estimated 220,00 deaths attributed to properly prescribed drugs.
      • Estimates 28% of all hospital admissions were caused by physiologically incompatible prescription drugs.
  • 8. What is Medicine?
    • Who do you want to build your house?
          • A fireman?
          • A general contractor?
  • 9.
    • The main objective of a Doctor of Chiropractic is to locate and correct the vertebral subluxation complex or VSC.
    • Chiropractors address a variety complaints varying from aches and pains to ear infections and high blood pressure. But their main concern is always finding, removing and preventing the SUBLUXATION to enable the body to function at it’s maximum potential.
  • 10.
    • A Doctor of Chiropractic corrects subluxations by delivering a controlled and highly specific corrective thrust to the subluxated area. This is known as a chiropractic adjustment.
  • 11. An adjustment can be delivered with the hands, or with the aid of an instrument.
  • 12.
    • A SUBLUXATION occurs when areas of the spine lose their normal position or motion.
    • This loss of normal position or motion affects the nervous system, resulting in abnormal function and less than optimal health.
    The Subluxation or VSC
  • 13. Subluxation Loss of Health Nerve Interference Abnormal Function
  • 14. The Subluxation A subluxation or VSC occurs when a bone of the spine or other area of the body loses its normal position.
  • 15. This loss of normal position affects the nervous system resulting in abnormal function. The Subluxation
  • 16.
    • Let’s begin by looking at some basic anatomy which is necessary for your complete understanding.
    • The human spine consists of 24 separate moveable bones called: Vertebrae
    The Subluxation
  • 17.
    • There are 7 vertebrae in your neck , which is known as your Cervical Spine
    • The next 12 vertebrae compose your mid-back region, or Thoracic Spine .
    • Finally, 5 vertebrae make up your low back , or Lumbar spine .
    • Your skull sits at the top of your spine, while your sacrum and pelvis make up what might be considered the “base” of your spine.
  • 18. 3.
  • 19.
    • Each bone in your spine articulates and interacts with the other bones above, below and around it.
    • In addition, muscles and ligaments connect and intertwine the bones of your spine to form one continuous chain.
    • A problem in one area of the spine can thus affect areas above and below as well.
  • 20. 4.
  • 21.
    • The bones of your spine surround and protect your spinal cord, which is part of your Central Nervous System.
    • Your brain transmits messages down your spinal cord TO the muscles, organs, tissues and cells of your body.
    • Your brain also receives information FROM your body through your spinal cord.
  • 22.
    • Your spinal cord runs through the middle of your spine via large holes in the center of each vertebrae.
    5.
  • 23. Spinal nerves branch off the spinal cord & exit between vertebrae, via spaces known as intervertebral foramen. These nerves go on to supply all of the various organs, muscles, and tissues of your body.
  • 24.
    • I know…it’s a lot of fancy terms. Just remember the basics.
    • 1. Your spinal cord runs through, and is protected by, your spine.
    • 2. Nerves exit between bones of your spine.
    • 3. Bones of your spine are closely interrelated and connected together.
  • 25.
    • Now consider one more fact:
    • According to Gray’s Anatomy:
    • “ The nervous system is the master system in the body and controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune and so forth.” 2.
  • 26. The Nervous System
    • The Nervous System is made of:
          • The Brain
          • Spinal Cord (continuation of the brain to the body)
          • Nerves
          • All tissue, organs and cells that nerves feed into.
  • 27. The Nervous System
    • One of the first entities to develop during fetal formation.
    • WHY?
      • It controls the development of everything else!
  • 28. The Nervous System
    • The Nervous System is SO important that:
      • The brain is covered by a thick, protective layer of bone.
      • The spinal cord is protected by thick, movable vertebral bones.
      • What would happen if your spine was a solid, immoveable tube of bone?
  • 29.
    • 1. The Nervous system controls and coordinates all activity in the body.
    • 2. The spine surrounds and protects the spinal cord.
    • Do you see how a problem with the spine can influence other areas of your body and ultimately your overall health?
    The Big Idea
  • 30. Consider this example:
    • Suppose a nerve in your mid back is irritated by a subluxation.
    • This happens to be near the location where a nerve supplying the lungs exits the spinal column.
  • 31.
    • The body’s response to the subluxated vertebra may be muscle spasms, pain and inflammation.
    • The inflammation in the area increases pressure on the nerve, while inflammatory chemicals released by the body irritate & chemically stress the nerves supplying respiratory organs.
  • 32.
    • Remember your nervous system controls, regulates and coordinates your respiratory system.
    • It is easy to understand how a subluxation might adversely affect the respiratory system and health of an otherwise healthy person.
  • 33.
    • Now imagine how much more profound and dramatic these effects would be in a person who already HAS respiratory problems: such as an Asthma patient or someone with COPD!
  • 34.
    • Do you understand how a subluxation in the lower back might cause or be associated with constipation or urinary problems?
    • Can you see how a spinal subluxation near nerves supplying the stomach might be associated with digestive problems?
    • Is it such a stretch of the imagination to believe a subluxation in the neck might be associated with headaches?
  • 35.
    • Would you agree it is logical to assume a problem in the spine can lead to a variety of conditions and ultimately less than optimal health?
  • 36. SUPERMAN
    • Who remembers what happened to Christopher Reeves?
      • Quadrapalegic
      • Inability to use lungs
  • 37. SUPERMAN
    • How can a broken neck vertebrae affect the use of his legs or lung function?
    • Inability of the nerves to communicate with his brain and his brain’s inability to communicate with the rest of his body OR
    • Interrupted nervous system function.
  • 38. SUPERMAN
    • Do you think this can happen in a less severe manner or presentation then paraplegia or quadraplegia?
  • 39.
    • That’s EXACTLY what occurs when a subluxation is present!
  • 40. SUPERMAN
    • What did Christopher Reeves finally succumb to?
  • 41. SUPERMAN
    • Pneumonia
    • How did pneumonia kill Superman?
  • 42. SUPERMAN
    • The nervous system runs everything!
    • Including the immune system!
    • A poor functioning nervous system equates to a poor functioning immune system!
  • 43. SUPERMAN
    • Do you think that regular chiropractic adjustments may positively effect your overall health and ability to fight off illness?
  • 44. Subluxation Loss of Health Nerve Interference Abnormal Function
  • 45.
    • It’s not really as simple as “a bone pinching a nerve”.
    • In reality, a subluxation sets off a variety of simultaneous changes within your body that end up causing abnormal function.
  • 46.
    • Chiropractors believe there are 5 main components to the vertebral subluxation complex:
    • Neuropathology: Abnormal Nerve function
    • Kinesiopathology: Abnormal Motion
    • Myopathology: Abnormal Muscle Function
    • Histopathology: Tissue Abnormalities
    • Pathophysiology: Pathoanatomical changes due to uncorrected subluxations.
  • 47.
    • 1. Neuropathology: Abnormal Nerve function
    • Compressed or facilitated nerve tissue may result in hyperactive reflexes, hypoactive reflexes etc.
    • 2. Kinesiopathology: Abnormal Motion
    • Joints in the area show loss of normal position and may result in increased or decreased ranges of motion.
    • 3. Myopathology: Abnormal Muscle Function
    • Muscle spasms, muscle weakness, muscle atrophy etc.
    • 4. Histopathology: Tissue Abnormalities
    • Swelling, edema & inflammatory changes to the area.
  • 48.
    • 5. Pathophysiology
    • (Abnormal anatomical changes due to the prolonged and combined effects of components 1-4.)
    • When a subluxation is left uncorrected the cumulative effects of components 1 through 4 cause damage to the body such as:
    • degeneration, fibrosis, and loss of overall health and homeostasis in the body.
  • 49.
    • There are believed to be 3 main causes of the subluxation.
    • Physical trauma
    • Chemical Stress
    • Emotional Stress or Autosuggestion
    What Causes a Subluxation?
  • 50.
    • These three causes are often referred to as, and easily remembered as:
    • “ The 3 T’s”.
    • Thoughts
    • Traumas
    • Toxins
    The 3 T’s
  • 51. 1. Trauma
    • A trauma causing a subluxation can be major or minor.
    • Major Trauma: Birth trauma, a car collision, a fall from a ladder or a collision in an athletic event.
    • Minor Trauma: Sleeping in an awkward position, chronic poor posture, stepping off of the curb, a sedentary lifestyle, incorrectly, picking up your child, exercise, yard work, overuse injuries, etc.
  • 52. Trauma
    • Traumas lead to tissue injury and result in scar tissue deposition in muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules and on the bone itself.
  • 53. Trauma
    • Neurological changes also occur:
      • Reflex muscle spasm
      • Vasoconstriction
      • Decreased sensation or over sensation
      • Lowered pain tolerance
      • Further sensation of irritation
      • All the above mentioned may lead to further mechanical function.
  • 54. Trauma
    • What happens at the cellular level?
      • Chronic nervous system stress such as traumas lead to a chronic “fight or flight response.
      • Decreased mitochondrial function
        • Mitochondria are the energy source of your cells!
  • 55. Trauma
    • What happens at the cellular level?
      • Chronic nervous system stressors such as traumas lead to a chronic “fight or flight” response.
        • Increased cortisol (it breaks down tissue)
        • Muscle breakdown
        • Loss of REM sleep
        • Decreased immune cell function
        • Decreased bone cell production
        • Decreased arterial diameter
  • 56. 2. Chemical Stress or Toxins
    • We are literally BOMBARDED with chemical stresses each and every day of our lives.
    • Think about the wide variety of unnatural substances we are voluntarily and involuntarily exposed to each day.
  • 57.  
  • 58.
    • Artificial Dyes, Chemicals & Preservatives in our Foods & Beverages
    • Caffeine, Nicotine, Prescription Drugs
    • Chemicals in Cleaning & Hygiene products
    • Smog, Smoke, Car Exhaust, Chemical Pollution
    • The list goes on . . .
  • 59. Chemical Stress or Toxins
    • How can chemicals affect the spine and nervous system?
    • These irritants have a “whole body” effect and can lead to the “fight or flight” response discussed earlier.
  • 60. 3. Emotional Stress or Autosuggestion
    • Emotional and mental stress cause physical and chemical changes in the body.
    • When you are stressed and experiencing anxiety your muscles tense, tighten, and pull on the structures they are attached to. (Including bones of your spine.)
  • 61. Emotional Stress or Autosuggestion
    • Also!!!!!!
      • Increased cortisol levels
      • The constant “fight or flight” response
      • Decreased Immune system function
      • Decreased Nervous system function
  • 62. Emotional Stress or Autosuggestion
    • Stress can cause a VSC (subluxation).
    • A VSC also represents stress to the body!
  • 63.
    • We all know from experience that stress can be a real “pain in the neck”
    • (or various other parts of our anatomy!)
  • 64.
    • Odds are . . .YOU DO.
    • Just think about your day at work, your day at home, or your recreational activities on the weekend.
    How do I know I Have a Subluxation?
  • 65.
    • Do you ever experience stress at work or home?
    • Do you smoke, consume ANY artificial chemicals in your food or drink, or breathe ANY polluted air?
    • Do you ever suffer any falls, slips, stumbles, trips, or bumps?
    Now Ask Yourself:
  • 66. It Can be Hard to Tell!
    • Subluxations can manifest themselves with a variety of conditions and symptoms, or with no symptoms at all.
    • Unfortunately you cannot tell if you are subluxated based on whether or not you have symptoms.
    • Remember . . . only a Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to identify and correct subluxations.
  • 67.
    • As you may have figured out, most of the world is probably subluxated.
    • Obviously you’re not going to drop dead from a subluxation.
    • So what’s all of the fuss about?
    What’s the Big Deal?
  • 68.
    • One subluxation is a small thing and may not be a “big deal” at first.
    • You must realize a subluxation is part of a degenerative process; and each and every one has an ill effect on your health!
    • One subluxation which is detected and corrected quickly will have much less impact on your health than 4 or 5 subluxations which never get corrected.
  • 69.
    • Just as some people “catch a cold” more easily than others, some people subluxate easier than others.
    • Each person has a different susceptibility to subluxations.
  • 70.
    • Each and every subluxation has a negative impact on your health.
    • The idea is to minimize BOTH the number of subluxations and the amount of time you live with them.
  • 71.
    • Obviously we can never eliminate all of the causes of subluxation. Instead, we must strive to minimize the causes by living as healthy and as much of a stress free life as we are capable of living!
    • This involves making diet and lifestyle modifications if you are devoted to your health and wellness!
  • 72.
    • To live to the full potential of your health you should be checked for subluxations and adjusted on a regular basis, even if you “feel fine”.
    • Remember subluxations are often present with no symptoms.
    Get Adjusted!
  • 73.
    • Have you ever been to the dentist and discovered you had a cavity, even though you felt no pain?
    • What would happen if the dental cavity were to go unrecognized and untreated for months or years?
  • 74.
    • Undetected and chronic subluxations can silently have an ill effect on your health in much the same way.
    • Symptoms may not appear for months or years. . . if they appear at all.
    • While symptoms may not be present, fixation and the resulting degeneration ARE!
  • 75.
    • Remember. . . ONLY a Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxations.
  • 76.
    • Each and every subluxation negatively impacts the health of you and your loved ones!
  • 77. To protect the health and wellness of your family. . . Make an appointment today!
  • 78. Works Cited
    • http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chiropractic/
    • http://www.princetonreview.com/medical/research/articles/decide/chiropractic.asp
    • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Spinal_column_curvature.png
    • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/Images/1200_pixels/laskowski_t07.jpg
    • Gray, Henry. Anatomy of the Human Body. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1918; Bartleby.com, 2000. www.bartleby.com/107/. [04/18/2008].
  • 79. Thank you for your time and attention.
    • Dorn Chiropractic
    • Brady Dorn, D.C.
    • Rob Dorn, D.C.
    • dornchiropractic.com
    • (262) 567-9600
  • 80. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ or send a letter to: Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. © 2008 James R. Brown