Chiropractic is based on the relationship between structure and function. The only reason chiropractors address misalignments of spinal joints is to restore proper function. The effects are both local and systemic. The spinal cord is secured to the spine at several levels by small ligaments. When chiropractors apply a force at these foundational levels of the spine, the spinal cord is affected. The overall tension of the spinal cord can change, which impacts the signal-carrying ability of the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the body’s conduit of information between the brain and the muscles and organs. That is why we see systemic changes during chiropractic treatment.
The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research includes case reports on chiropractic patients. The treatments are primarily chiropractic, and are not meshed together with complicated “wellness” programs, which are popular but can not show an effect due to one treatment modality. For example, a patient at a “wellness” clinic may get chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, orthotics, supplements, and physical therapy modalities like ultrasound and cold laser. In this situation, how can doctor or patient comprehend what has helped the patient? This is why AVSR case reports are primarily based on chiropractic care. The Fall 2014 edition of AVSR highlights resolution or improvements of the following secondary conditions:
- Multiple sclerosis symptoms
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic shoulder pain
- Plantar fasciitis
These conditions are primarily neurological in nature. Chiropractic has strong neurological effects, which explains its success with helping people with a wide variety of problems. The foundation of chiropractic is the neurospinal system.