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ATTN: Dr Wade specializes in the care of children. His internship was with Dr Larry Webster, grandfather of chiropractic pediatrics and inventor of the Webster Breach Turning Technique for inverted "breach" babies. So adjustments begin while still in the womb!
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One of the greatest areas of confusion in regards to scoliosis has to do with its cause. Many mothers are burdened with a sense of guilt, feeling that scoliosis was "in their genes," and somehow "passed down" to their son or daughter. Although an article in the scientific journal of Spine (which is considered by many to be the top orthopedic journal in the world, accepting only 13% of submissions) came out just last year stating that no specific gene has even been linked to scoliosis, much of the current resources & energy of the scientific community remain committed to the search. Perhaps they would do well to consider a study published back in 1992, suggesting that perhaps the cause of scoliosis can be traced to an injury to the part of the brain responsible for coordinating motor & sensory input. This condition, referred to as Kinetic Imbalance due to Suboccipital Strain, or "KISS," is well-documented in scientific literature, and is generally found in newborns due to birth trauma such as Caesarean section, multiple births, prolonged labor, or the use of extraction devices.
An excellent link to more information about KISS, as well as its causes & symptoms, can be found at:
In this study, published in the Journal of Manual Medicine and entitled, "Kinetic Imbalance due to Suboccipital Strain in Newborns," over 600 children with evidence of KISS were evaluated. The authors noted that this condition, if left unchecked, could lead to postural problems such as scoliosis, due to the interference on the nerves that are responsible for coordinating the motor input from the body with the sensory input from the eyes. There is also correlating information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and interference with these nerves (read more about this at: http://www.clear-institute.com/docs/SIDS.pdf).
But is chiropractic safe for children? In one study of chiropractic treatment for SIDS, over 20,000 children were treated without a single one experiencing an adverse event. Compare this to the fact that in 2004-2005, more than 1,500 children under age two were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for medical events caused by cough and cold medications, and 3 deaths were reported.
Over 85 years ago, a medical doctor by the name of Henry Winsor performed autopsies upon 50 cadavers at the University of Pennsylvania (see this study at: http://danmurphydc.com/Article_48-03.Winsor.pdf). He was searching for a correlation between diseased organs and fixations in the spinal column. He found 139 incidences of diseased organs. In 129 of these incidences, there was a direct correlation between the presence of disease and fixation at the level of the spinal column where the nerves innervating this organ could be found. In the 10 remaining incidences, fixations were evident either immediately above or below; this can be accounted for by the fact that some nerves exit the spinal column, then travel up or down a few segments before synapsing with the organ.
Our body is in a constant tug-of-war between two halves of the autonomic nervous system (ANS); the sympathetic & parasympathetic division. Our sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the primal, "flight-or-fight" response, and is triggered by stressful events & situations. The parasympathetic division controls our resting functions, stimulates digestion, and in most cases has an opposing effect to the sympathetic division. This is important because there are two receptors in our spinal column which each stimulate either the sympathetic or parasympathetic system.
The sympathetic division is stimulated by nociceptors, which detect pain. Increased nociception (pain) leads to sympathetic dominance, resulting in chronic, prolonged stress upon the body. The parasympathetic division is fueled by mechanoreceptors, which activate with motion & are responsible for communicating the positions & actions of our body to our brain.
Bringing this all together, fixation leads to a loss of motion, which in turn leads to decreased mechanoreception, sympathetic dominance, and, eventually, the manifestation of disease. The information presented by Dr. Winsor, almost an entire century ago, is as true today as it was back then: motion is LIFE - lack of motion, DISEASE & DEATH.
What is the best way to ensure your spine remains mobile, flexible, and healthy? First, perform the Spinal Twist exercise (presented in the August 2006 newsletter) every day. You brush your teeth & comb your hair everyday, yet false teeth and wigs are available for purchase; false spines are not. Next, see a chiropractor regularly. If you change the oil in your car more often than you have your spine checked, you might want to re-think your priorities. The principle is the same - an ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of cure - but it is a scary fact that the majority of the population spends more time, money, & energy on caring for an inanimate object than on their spine, which is the very core of their own health & well-being (Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, once said, "Look well to the spine for the cause of disease"). Chiropractic mobilizes fixated segments, which restores balance to your nervous system. The nervous system, in turn, controls every organ in your body. So, keep moving, keep healthy!