Healthy Spine, Healthy Body

by Dr. Goeddeke on January 30, 2012

in Introduction

As  chiropractors, Dr. Powell and I are constantly talking about the relationship between the health of the spine and the function of the body. But, where does this idea come from? Well, first of all, it comes from an in depth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, and how the nervous system relates to our other body systems (such as our immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system). But this idea has also been proven scientifically. An interesting experiment was conducted in 1921 by Henry Winsor, M.D. This study was one of the first of many studies that began to demonstrate what chiropractors have been saying since 1895.

 

scoliosis

Abnormal curvature of the spine

Henry Winsor and his research team dissected 139 human cadavers. They observed the bodies for scoliosis or abnormal curvature of the spine, and compared these areas to the organs that were diseased. Comparing the paths of the nerves that supplied these organs, they found a nearly 100% neurological correlation! Here is a partial list of diseases they discovered in the organs:

  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Enlarged, fatty thymus
  • Pleural adhesion
  • Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Bronchitis
  • Degeneration of heart muscle
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Stomach ulcer and tumors
  • Cystic kidneys
  • Appendicitis

The body needs 100% nerve flow to function at its best. The curves they found in the spines of the cadavers were mostly minor, too small to even call scoliosis. Even the minor curvatures of the cadavers in this study put enough stress on the nerves to decrease the function and cause disease in the organs. So, when we say, “Healthy Spine, Healthy Body”, we really mean it!

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