Vertebral Misalignment and the Corresponding Organ's Degeneration

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Chiropractic care is not just for pain in your back or neck. Regular chiropractic treatment ensures that any minor misalignments in one's vertebrae are quickly corrected so that the nerves which pass through them to various organs do not have any pressure on them. Pressure on a nerve curtails the signals being transmitted from the brain to that organ, and that in turn causes the organ to degenerate.

Subluxations: Chiropractors call these minor misalignments in your vertebrae “subluxations.” You say, "But I don’t have any pain there." Well, the reason is because many of these nerves are not designed to register pain or transmit a pain message to the brain but are to control functions of the body. Even slight pressure on the nerve as it passes out from the spinal column will reduce the signal going from the brain to that organ, and result, if not corrected, in organ damage and even possibly death.

96% Correlation Between Subluxations and Organ Degeneration: Dr. Henry Winsor did autopsies to determine if there was any connection between minor distortions of the vertebra and diseased organs, or whether the two were entirely independent of each other. The studies were performed at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Winsor carefully examined any diseased organs, the nerves that supplied that organ, and the vertebra that protected that nerve.

He discovered that 221 structures, other than the spine, were diseased. Of these structures, 212 were observed to belong to the same sympathetic [nerve] segments as the vertebrae in the distortion. This is a 96% correlation. 96% of the nerves that supplied the diseased organ came from the damaged vertebral level. Accounting for the 9 organs that were not directly related, Dr Winsor stated, "The nerves entering and leaving the cord traveled up or down the cord for a few segments, accounting for all the apparent discrepancies." He indicated that there was nearly a 100% correlation between 'minor curvatures' of the spine and diseases of the internal organs, realizing that the connection between the spine and the organ is through the sympathetic nerves. 

Winsor H. Sympathetic Segmental Disturbances—II.  The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease.

The Story: Way back in 1921, Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in Haverford, Pennsylvania asked the question: "Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve - but how?" Dr. Winsor decided to investigate this new science and art of healing - chiropractic.

Inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature, he planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to that organ.

Dissections: "The object of these necropsies was to determine whether any connection existed between curvatures of the spine, and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other."

University Permission: The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five human and twenty-two cat cadavers. His summary is below, but before sharing it, I am providing you a "Spinal Nerve Function chart" so you understand how amazing his summary is.

In the diagram below note where nerves leave the spine and go to various organs. The abbreviations are: C = Cervical; T = Thoracic;  L = Lumbar

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The following are Dr. Winsor's results:

  • Stomach DiseasesAll nine cases of spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) had stomach disease.
  • Lung DiseaseAll 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic spine (T1-5).
  • Liver Disease: All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid thoracic (T5-T9)
  • GallstonesAll five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic (T3-7).
  • PancreasAll three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics (T3-7).
  • SpleenAll 11 cases with spleen diseases had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics (T3-7).
  • KidneyAll 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracics (T 5-9).
  • Prostate and Bladder DiseaseAll eight cases with kidney, prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar (L2-L3) vertebrae misaligned
  • Uterus: The two cases with the uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
  • Heart DiseaseAll 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae (T1-T5) misaligned.

In Conclusion: Dr. Winsor's results are published in The Medical Times and are found in any medical library. Winsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies by other researchers have confirmed Dr. Winsor's conclusion that degenerated and misaligned spines have a high correlation with disease processes.

Reference: All quotes from: Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances - II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times , November 1921, pp./ 267-271.


"Maximized Living" Is One Outstanding Group of Chiropractors

I have received chiropractic care ever since I fell 20 feet down a hayshoot as a youngster and landed on a concrete floor. I am thankful to my mom for insuring I had good chiropractic care then. Over the last 45 years I have been to many chiropractors, and it seems to me they keep getting better all the time. I am currently going to a "Maximized Living Certified Chiropractor." Insert your zip code here to find the closest Maximized Living Chiropractor to you.

I like the fact that when we arrive, before each adjustment, they have us do activities to prepare the spine for the adjustment, and after the adjustment we do activities to help “set” the correction, so it is not lost immediately as we walk out the door. 

The thing I love the most about their approach is that after taking x-rays on the client's spine, they assign each client a specific, personalized Homecare plan, which is practiced daily, morning and evening. The client is sent home with a spinal Homecare booklet which comes with rolls, wedges, a wobble cushion, cervical traction unit and head weighting gear. Short videos, demonstrating these home activities can be viewed here. I have been assigned to do 10 of them, twice a day (about 15 minutes each time) and of course I can double up and do my morning and evening meditations during this same 15 minutes.

Follow up x-rays show spinal curvature improvement that is taking place. Awesome!

We also use their MaxT3 12 minute daily exercise program, which I discuss in this blog

Click here to download: Chiropractic Research on Subluxation and Health.

GreenMedInfo compiled research on Chiropractic and health is here.

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