Can An Unhealthy Spine Affect Your Internal Organs

This is a great question. We have many patients coming into our office with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. But they often present with other conditions that are not “typical” chiropractic conditions. Although we can not say that we can cure disease or treat these conditions, we still pay attention to the nerves and the spinal level that may relate to that condition.To help you understand the relationship of the spine to the internal organs it would be helpful for you to look at an “Autonomic Nervous System Chart” or you can go to our web site and see a Merck Chart that shows the relationship of the spine, the nerve system and the organs. Please go to: http://www.tucsonchiropractors.com/interactive-nervous-system/
Many of our patients who have these “non-typical” conditions do see their conditions improve or clear up while under care for more typical pain issues. Look at what David Fenton, M.D., PhD. of University of Rochester School of Medicine had to say about the nervous system and the immune system. “Nerve fibers go into virtually every organ of the immune system. We found that if you took the nerves away from the spleen or lymph nodes, you virtually stopped immune responses in their tracks.”
Henry Windsor, M.D. questioned chiropractic. “Chiropractors claim that by ‘adjusting’ vertebrae they can relieve stomach troubles, ulcers, menstrual cramps, thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease, lung and other diseases-but how?” He performed an experiment: he dissected human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae and nerves that went to the organs.
In a series of three studies through the University of Pennsylvania, he dissected a total of 75 human and 72 cat cadavers and found 221 structures other than the spine were diseased. He found a nearly 100% correlation between “minor curvatures” of the vertebrae and disease of the internal organs. Some of the disease categories were:
HEART DISEASE- All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae misaligned(T1-T5).
LUNG DISEASE- All 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic area(Upper Back).
STOMACH DISEASE- All 9 cases of stomach conditions had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).
LIVER DISEASE- All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).
GALL BLADDER – All 5 cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic area (T5-T9).
PANCREAS- All 3 cases with pancreatic disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic area (T5-T9).
SPLEEN- All 11 cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic area (T5-T9).
KIDNEY- All 17 cases with kidney disease had misalignments in the lower thoracic area (T10-T12)
PROSTATE AND BLADDER DISEASE- All 8 cases with prostate and bladder disease had lumbar vertebrae misaligned(L1-L3).
UTERUS- the 2 cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.

Dr. Windsor’s results were published in “The Medical Times” (1921, 49 pp267-271). Other researchers have confirmed his discovery. Today medical literature contains many experiments proving chiropractic’s theory and effectiveness and the relationship between the spine, the nerves and overall health. Although it’s great to see someone’s back pain clear up, it’s even better when in some cases, we can see other conditions like asthma, heartburn, bedwetting, ear infections clear up as well.

If you are getting nowhere with you current treatments and would like to see if chiropractic can help? Just click the Make an Appointment and schedule to speak with our doctor. You will be glad that you did.

Shoulder Pain? Feel like you have a Broken Wing?

We see a lot of patients with rotator cuff injuries. Many of these injuries are chronic in nature and often prevent people from living a normal active life.

The rotator cuff consists of muscles designed to basically hold the shoulder joint together. They are Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres minor, Teres major and the Subscapularis (SITS). The SITS muscles are small muscles that are present on your scapulae (“angel wing”). A healthy rotator cuff allows us to play golf, bowl, throw a ball, swim, play tennis, sleep comfortably and even comb your hair. An injured rotator cuff compromises all the muscles in the shoulder region.

The rotator cuff helps to pull the humorus (arm bone) down into the joint when the arm is raised to the side. This prevents the arm bone from banging into the scapulae. It also works in decelerating the shoulder joint when throwing a ball and swinging a club. This is often when many injuries occur. The Pectoralis and Latissimus muscles are much larger than the SITS muscles and to overcome the acceleration the larger muscles create results in injury of the SITS muscles.

Another way that the shoulder is injured is during weight lifting. Many weight lifters have or have had a shoulder injury. Many popular lifting techniques actually cause damage to the rotator cuff. One exercise that should be eliminated is the upright rows. Upright rows accelerate rotator cuff degeneration. This is due to the fact that the exercise causes the tendons of the SITS muscles to bang into the acromion process. Usually pain starts often hours after the exercise. This makes it difficult to determine what caused the injury. Bench pressing with a straight bar also causes the shoulder to slip into a bad position due to the little work required of the SITS muscle to hold the joint together. It is better to use dumb-bells which force the rotator cuff muscle to hold the shoulder together. Dumbell pullovers should also be avoided. This places great stress on the shoulder joint and also puts the shoulder in a position in which it be easily dislocated.

There are many injuries that can occur to the rotator cuff including: tears, tendonitis triggerpoints, and impingement to name a few. With most injuries there is often bruising or bleeding in the injured areas. This will set in scar tissue and if not treated correctly can result in frozen shoulder.

When the rotator cuff is injured, pain is most often felt over the deltoid muscle. Often there will be a referral type pain down the arm and to the hand. To help support and prevent further injury many people start to put their hand in their pocket. This starts to set up adhesions between the muscles, nerves, tendons and fascia. Think of them as tiny little hairs that prevent the muscle from sliding on each other. One way to help the scar tissue lay down in such a way that it creates as little adhesions as possible is to passively stretch the shoulder (this when you use the other arm to move the injured shoulder in its normal range of motion). This allows the scar tissue to lay down in the direction of the muscle. Thus, allowing the muscle to keep a somewhat normal range of motion.
So what do you do if you hurt your shoulder? First, do not keep trying to work through the pain. Second, get some professional help so that you can rehab the shoulder as quick as possible. Third use ice not heat and only for 15 minutes at a time and no more.

If you would like to avoid surgery and finally get some sleep from this nagging shoulder. The call and make an appointment we will try to get you in today or tomorrow so you can get some relief.

We hope you stay healthy and fly through life without a broken wing.