Sunday, January 3, 2010

2 cases that lead to rule of nerves & invention of chirpractice- Oh my GOD!!

Chiropractic was invented by a non-medico named DD palmer of USA. The literal meaning of chiropractic is "by hand". Hence treatment by hand is called chiropractic. treatment We in India never got to know what is chiropractic treatment? Yesterday i was preparing to teach my students "history of manual therapy", i happen to come across the following in classic encyclopedia(1911) & Wikipedia.

Read it & wonder (also feel for simon singh, UK who was sued for defaming chiropractic)

Rule of Nerves by DD Palmer

Palmer hypothesized that vertebral joint misalignments, which he termed vertebral subluxations ( his type of subluxations can not be seen on X-rays or such investigations) interfered with the body's function and its inborn (innate) ability to heal itself.

D.D. Palmer repudiated his earlier theory that vertebral subluxations caused pinched nerves in the intervertebral spaces in favor of subluxations causing altered nerve vibration, either too tense or too slack, affecting the tone (health) of the end organ. D.D. Palmer, using a vitalistic approach, imbued the term subluxation with a metaphysical and philosophical meaning. He qualified this by noting that knowledge of innate intelligence was not essential to the competent practice of chiropractic. This concept was later expanded upon by his son, B.J. Palmer and was instrumental in providing the legal basis of differentiating chiropractic medicine from conventional medicine.

1st case & 2nd case that lead to the theory of nerves & invention of chiropractic treatment

1st case: DD Palmer unknowing slapped Harvey Lillard on the back with the hand holding the heavy book he had been reading. A few days later, Lillard told Palmer that his hearing seemed better who was suffering from a hearing problem. Palmer then decided to explore manipulation as an expansion of his magnetic healing practice.

Controversy about whether a link actually could exist between the spinal adjustment and return of hearing. Critics asserted that a spinal adjustment cannot affect certain areas - like the brain - because the spinal nerves do not extend into the encephalon. Years later, V. Strang, D.C. illustrated several neurological explanations including the recognition that sympathetic nerves arising in the lateral horns of the upper thoracic levels of the spine form the upper cervical ganglion with postganglionic fibers ascending to supply, among other things, blood vessels of the brain, but still with no connection to hearing.

2nd case in DD palmer's words: "I had a case of heart trouble which was not improving. I examined the spine and found a displaced vertebra pressing against the nerves which innervate the heart. I adjusted the vertebra and gave immediate relief — nothing "accidental" or "crude" about this. Then I began to reason if two diseases, so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on nerves, were not other disease due to a similar cause? Thus the science (knowledge) and art (adjusting) of Chiropractic were formed at that time."

i was beathless to read the whole article which was much bigger than what i have presented here. After regaining my breath the first thing that i could utter is OH MY GOD............................



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