In a Scandinavian study gastroenterologists found 72% of the patients with abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and heartburn had subluxations of the spine in the area that supply nerves to the abdomen. They postulated a reflex over the nerves which pass through the spine to affect organs. -Jorgensen, L.S. and Fossgreen, J, Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 1990
In “The Spine As The Causative Factor of Disease”, German medical clinician Gutzeit indicates the following consequences of changes in the spine: Hypertension, paroxysmal tachycardia, conduction disturbance myocardianal damage, heartburn, esophagus erosion, allergic reactions, eczema, dermatitis neuropathica, herpes, bronchial asthma, cyclic allergy symptoms. -Freimut Biedermann MD, Fundamentals of Chiropractic From the Standpoint of a Medical Doctor Copyright for the English Language 1959, Carl F. Haug Verlag, Germany
“Studies demonstrated improved remissions of pathology in patients with duodenal ulcers manipulation to remove spinal dysfunction not only relieves pain, but has a healing effect significantly better than standard drug therapy. The most frequently affected segments were T-9 through T-12” -A.A. Pikalov, MD, Phd. Vyatcheslav, V.K. (1994)
“Records of numerous cases including myocardial ischemia showed lesions of the spinal column are perfectly capable of simulating, accentuating, or making a major contribution to (organic) disorders. There can in fact, be no doubt that the state of the spinal column does have a bearing on the functional status of the internal organs.” -W. Kunert, 1965 Functional Disorders of Internal Organs Due to Vertebral Lesions, CIBA Symposium 13
“In cervical syndromes, typical pain in the neck and shoulder area are present, and combined with occipital headache and paresthesias (numbness, tingling). (Abnormal) Radiological changes mainly occur at C4-7. In 80% recruitment is present, tinnitus occurs in 30-60% of the patients.” -H. Decher MD, (1976) Archives of Oto-Rhine Laryngology “Meniere’s Disease and Cervical Syndromes.”
Patients with peripheral circulatory hypotension and a tendency for asthenia and postural disorders are grouped under the category of vasomotor headaches. Based on our experience I would say that over half of these patients can be helped instantly and lastingly with the means of manual therapy (spinal adjustments). -“Manual Therapy In Internal Medicine” E.G. Metz @Bezirkskrankenhaus Postdamn, (Formerly East) Germany, 1976
“Manual therapy (spinal adjustments) is often capable of relieving the dizziness and equilibrium disorders associated with Meniere’s Symdrome” -Manual Therapy In Internal Medicine” E.G. Metz @Bezirkskrankenhaus Postdam (Formerly East) Germany 1976
Vertigo (dizziness) can come from dysfunction of the spinal column. There is success from manual therapy (spinal adjustments) in treating vertigo. -Manual Medicine, F Becker, MD 1978
“According to studies by Rychlikova, Schwartz, and Metz, a comparison of EKG’s taken before and after manual therapy shows telesystolic changes as well as cured heart rhythm disorders.” -Manual Therapy In Internal Medicine” E.G. Metz @Bezirkskrankenhaus Postdam (Formerly East) Germany 1976
An example of this:
In this case a 67 year old woman came to the chiropractor after being hospitalized for atrial fibrillation. she had suffered multiple transient ischemic attacks. Additional symptoms from her atrial fibrillation included fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate. A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, thermal scans and postural x-rays. Additionally her cardio functions were monitored and showed her blood pressure at 193/98 mm Hg, her heart rate measured at 98bpm and her respiratory rate was 14 breaths per minute. Subluxations were determined to be present in the upper neck and specific chiropractic adjustments were initiated to correct the nerve interference from the subluxations. Five days after the woman’s initial adjustment a second adjustment was given. The patient’s condition started showing improvement. A week later the woman had improved to the extent that during her visit to her cardiologist it was decided that she would discontinue her medication. In time her hypertension also resolved and was recorded to be down to 124/74 mm Hg. She did not suffer any episodes of arrhythmia.
“Headaches can occur as a delayed symptom after whiplash trauma in the cervical spine. There symptoms may persist for years cause headaches, and lead to depression.” -M Berger MD, F. Gerstanbrand MD, 1981 (Studies on Pain, Headaches)
An example of this:
This 34-year-old male suffered a head injury during an auto accident in which he was rear-ended at 50mph. He described severe pain in his neck and back and headaches that originated at the base of his skull and spread to his left eye. His pain was so severe that it prevented him from sleeping, so he suffered from severe fatigue. To maintain some level of function during the day, he relied on multiple caffeinated beverages. At the time of his initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, he had been suffering with all of the above symptoms for over a year. He had sought help from numerous practitioners including physicians, neurologists, and therapists, to no avail. During his evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered, which had been caused by his auto accident. After the first month of care, he began to notice less pain and a slightly better ability to sleep. By the third month of care, he was reporting a larger reduction in pain levels, which was enabling him to resume exercising. After six months, all pain was absent, normal sleep was resumed, and he was able to participate in all previous activities and sports, as well as going back to work full-time.
Syncopal (fainting) syndromes were linked to the cervical spine following injuries or irritations to the cervical spine. -Unterharnscheidt, F. (1956)
An example of this:
This 34-year-old male was hit hard on the head by his garage door. One month later, he woke up with severe pain in his neck and base of his skull, headaches, dizziness and fainting. He went to the emergency room and multiple tests were performed including MRI’s, X-rays, and a spinal tap. He was told that his tests were normal and he was prescribed heavy doses of pain killers including Vicadin, which did not alleviate his pain. After seeing a neurosurgeon, who told him there was nothing that could be done, he saw another neurologist, who prescribed more pain medications and steroid anti-inflammatories. His pain was rated as a 5 or 6 on the 1-10 scale daily and the pain medications weren’t working. He eventually sought help from a naturopath who referred him for an upper cervical chiropractic evaluation. At the time of his initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, he had suffered from daily neck pain, headaches, and dizziness for six straight weeks. During his evaluation, an injury in his upper neck was discovered, which had likely stemmed from the blow to the head by the garage door. Within a month of care, all of his pain, headaches, and dizziness were absent. Months later, his condition remained stable and no symptoms were reported.