My Chiropractic Perspective

 By Troy Bruesewitz, DC

 

In 18 years of practice I have groomed and fine-tuned the chiropractic principles I was taught in chiropractic school.   What follows is what I believe…it is my personal, professional philosophy.  People often ask me why Chiropractic is so helpful for their aches and pains; People sometimes wonder why they need numerous adjustments…this letter is my response.  The only resource I intend to provide is my 18 years of experience and 4 years post-graduate education.

 

I received my first chiropractic adjustment when I was 10 years old.  I knew I wanted to be a Chiropractor by age 15.  I raced motocross in my teens and early twenties.  I’ve had countless injuries over the years.  Had I let those minor traumas to my body (especially my spine) remain uncorrected, I would likely be run down and arthritic by now. When I felt a kink in my spine I would promptly get adjusted and always felt much better shortly thereafter.  After 47 years of abuse I still feel quite youthful.  The degenerative process begins within a few weeks following any injury that subluxates our spine.  I feel fortunate that my mother took me to the chiropractor during those early years.  “Subluxation” is the misalignment or dysfunction of any joint within our body…most often this term is used to describe kinks in the spine.  This subluxation then causes our normal joint movements to be altered from what is anatomically correct.  This altered motion, or lack of motion, is exactly what causes osteoarthritis.  This is especially true in the spine.  If we have subluxations in our spine that are limiting or altering joint motion, then we will likely develop a degenerative condition in our spine called Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), and/or Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).  If we correct this subluxation/misalignment/fixation in a timely manner, we will be able to avoid this form of arthritis.  Spinal osteoarthritis is caused by lack of motion or abnormal motion, leading to inflammation and ultimately degeneration of the joints within our spine.  Chiropractic is the practice of adjusting the joints (especially vertebrae) that are subluxated (out of alignment, fixated or both).  Just as the tires on your car will have excessive wear-and-tear if they are subluxated, so will the joints in your body. 

 

Rather than vertebrae being out of alignment, the most common subluxation I treat here at my office is when any joint in  the spine are “fixated”.  I believe this is just as detrimental, if not more-so, than a vertebra being ‘out of alignment’.  You see, cartilage has no blood supply; there are no blood vessels going in or out of the cartilage in your body.  The way in which cartilage gets its nutrients is through motion.  Your joints have fluid in them called synovial fluid.  The way in which this fluid keeps the joints healthy is by supplying fresh nutrients to the cartilage as the joints move.  This process is termed “imbibition” (a sponge-like action of absorption).  I use an analogy of a sponge between two bricks.  If you submerse the sponge and bricks under water, you will not have sufficient nutrient transfer except at the edge of the sponge.  Now take the two bricks, twist and turn them and flex them in ways that a spinal joint should move, and you’d have fluid exchange into and out of the sponge.  As the joints move, the fluid is absorbed or “imbibed”, therefore hydrating and supplying nutrition to the cartilage.  If that motion is lost, the cartilage immediately begins its journey toward degeneration and arthritis.  I restore motion to fixated joints every day on nearly every patient.  Through chiropractic techniques, I find the joints that are fixated or subluxated and give them a Chiropractic Adjustment.  That adjustment frees up the fixation and gets the joint moving again.  It’s that simple!  Degenerative arthritis of the spine could be significantly reduced, if not completely prevented, if your joints were able to avoid prolonged fixation.  Having your spine free of subluxation also reduces stress on your entire nervous system.  If your spine is healthy, then it will not degenerate.  Degeneration causes bone spurs and bulging discs that irritate, inflame and impinge the delicate tissues of the central nervous system housed within the spinal column. 

 

Is arthritis the only problem that can result from subluxation?  Of course not!  In addition to losing the integrity of our joints, there’s an even more malicious process that often occurs.  Nerve irritation!  You see, arthritis (joint inflammation) causes pain…pain is GOOD!  It is the messenger.  Without pain, we would not be aware that anything was wrong.  Our subluxations would then go un-noticed…why is this bad?  Because when we have a subluxated joint in our spine it often causes irritation to our spinal nerves (in addition to causing degeneration to our cartilage).  A spinal nerve initially gets excited when it’s irritated, but after a few weeks to months it gets fatigued, and begins to under-function which leads to  atrophy (shrivels up). There’s one problem…most subluxations do not cause pain.  Most of the nerves in our bodies are not sensory (pain) nerves.  They are “function” nerves.  They send and receive messages of instruction…not pain.  Therefore, we do not know there’s a problem until we begin to experience symptoms of disease.  (This is a whole topic in itself.)  Think about what happens to the tissues that are supplied by that nerve.  Understand that EVERY tissue and EVERY CELL (except fluid cells like blood and lymph) in your body has its very own nerve fiber controlling its every function…billions of them!  What if the nerve that’s being affected goes to your heart, or your liver spleen or pancreas…maybe your intestines, kidneys, thyroid, prostate, uterus or ovaries…?  I think you get the picture.  Research proves that nerve dysfunction leads to malfunction and ultimately disease of the tissues it supplies.  More than 2,500 people die every day from Heart Disease!  Does Chiropractic prevent heart Disease?  Hmmm…  Chiropractic prevents interference from overwhelming and impinging your nervous system…the system that helps control EVERY function in your body.  Keep your nervous system free from interference and your body will function optimally for your entire life.

 

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