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Why is a healthy spine important?

The function of the spine is:

  1. movement
  2. support
  3. protection
  4. coordination, and
  5. control

Movement is one of the primary signs of life and any change in the structure or function of the spine may adversely affect human movement.

Support for the head is paramount because the neck is involved in quick coordinating movements for survival and protection and in general daily activities. The shoulder and pelvic girdles are also attached and supported. All these structures are related to the spine.

Protection of the central nervous system allows it to function optimally via the spinal cord, housed within the spine, which controls the function of every single cell, tissue and organ in the body.

Therefore a healthy spine, coupled with a healthy nervous system, is crucial in terms of maintaining whole body health. Any alteration of spinal structure or function may cause irritation of the central nervous system or the outer spinal nerves that are protected as they travel to organs or muscles. This alteration is known to chiropractors as “vertebral subluxation”.

The cause of vertebral subluxation can be summed up as fatigue. Fatigue occurs when a system or structure undergoes loading or stress that alters its structure and function, and this injury overcomes the body’s ability to heal itself. This causes illness because it affects the nervous system’s ability to function normally.

Fatigue can occur via repeated physical stresses or instantly in a physical accident, but often it is brought on by too much psychological stress or lifestyle factors like inadequate nutrition or exercise.

Eventually effects may be varied – from tight or weak muscle groups, degeneration of spinal discs and general neck and back aches and pains – to common ailments such as headaches, jaw pain, rib (chest) pain, poor concentration, sleep disorders and even knee and foot problems.

 

source: http://www.chiropractorsnsw.asn.au/why-is-a-healthy-spine-important

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“Quackery”

The American Medical Association (AMA), the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and its Political Action Committees, have a twisted concept of healthcare and if allowed to continue on their present course, will hinder and eliminate the availability of ALL patients, to see their chiropractor whenever they want. Let me explain.

Back in 1963, the AMA formed a Committee on Quackery as a way to try to destroy the profession of Chiropractic. The AMA boldly stated in an “internal memoranda” that its goal was to first contain and then eliminate, the profession of chiropractic. Several years later, in a land mark decision, “Wilk et al v AMA et al”, the AMA was found to have engaged in a “lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott” of members of the chiropractic profession. But apparently they didn’t learn their lesson. Now, the TMA’s PAC has been spreading lies again about a Dr. VanDeWalle, DC, who was running in a run-off election for the TX House. He lost that election, partly, I believe, because of the “quackery ads” that were ran by the TMA PAC just before the run-off took place. But why would the AMA do these things? Simple – MONEY, INFLUENCE and POWER!

Evidence from many trials and many research projects clearly demonstrate the superiority of chiropractic services in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions; going back as far as 1972 to present. Chiropractic care in the past, as well as today, is safe and much more cost effective than traditional medical doctors can provide. But Chiropractors aren’t the only ones being subjected to these tactics. The AMA has ongoing issues with nurse practitioners and physician assistants who would be able to deliver primary care, but like Chiropractors, are considered by the AMA as competitors in healthcare – Competitors for patients and the healthcare dollars they spend with their healthcare providers.

Why do I bring this to your attention? Simply because if the AMA wins in their attempt to label Chiropractors and other providers as “quacks” or in their efforts to control Chiropractors and other professionals, ALL citizens of Texas will lose their right to affordable and safe musculoskeletal care. Cost-effectiveness, patient satisfaction, evidence based and outcomes, are clearly evident and not contested. All citizens HAVE THE RIGHT, to utilize whatever healthcare delivery system they choose. But to continue to have the choice to receive Chiropractic care, might come down to the will of the people to speak up and be heard and tell the AMA that Chiropractic care is what they want and demand.

 

Dr. Bobbie Stowe, DC

Some information provided by George McAndrews, Esq.

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