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VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION is a chiropractic term used to describe a specific type of spinal injury with a wide range of damaging effects. Chiropractic is the world’s only profession dedicated to the detection and correction of VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION. There are five scientifically demonstrable components of the VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION COMPLEX.
Abnormal spinal motion. (kinesiopathology) When spinal joints are too loose or too stiff, discs between the vertebrae and other important spinal structures begin to decay and wear out too quickly. Many degenerative conditions attributed to age are really due to vertebral subluxation. Stuck spinal segments cause others to become too loose. Overall range of motion or flexibility may seem normal even thought problems are present.
Abnormal Nerve Function. (neuropathophysiology) Gray’s Anatomy tells us that the purpose of the brain and spinal cord is to control and coordinate the functions of the body. Vertebral subluxations distort or disrupt proper communication between the brain and the body. Imagine trying to maintain a healthy garden with a large rock sitting on the garden hose. Spinal nerve roots branch off of the spinal cord between each pair of vertebrae to link the brain to each cell with three to nine individual nerves. As the spine loses self-control, nerves may be pinched, squeezed, stretched, starved, poisoned, or electromagnetically impeded almost immediately. All without any symptoms.
Abnormal Muscle Function. (myopathophysiology) Nerves dictate muscle tone. Vertebral subluxation causes either too much or too little contraction of spinal muscles. This can cause knots or even paralysis. Within two weeks, gristle begins to form in muscles influenced by vertebral subluxations.
Tissue Damage. (histopathophysiology) Spinal bones, joints, muscles and discs begin a chronic state of alarmed confused function. Nerve and blood flows are no longer appropriate to the needs of local living tissues so destruction and unbalanced attempts at repair and remodel result. These dysfunctions can go on for decades before one even knows there is a problem. The weakened structures may not give way until a major trauma such as a car accident or fall takes place. Arthritis may be caused by vertebral subluxation. Tenderness at particular spinal levels may be noticed upon palpation. Histopathology can be described simply as a chronic sprain.
Pathology. (sickness, dysfunction, disease) When brain-body communication is compromised, total harmonious function has been lost. To a degree, cells, tissues, organs and systems are all headed for disaster. The roots of every disease can be traced to the spine. A seemingly small loss of normal function over the course of a lifetime can have catastrophic consequences.
THE OCCIPITAL DROP
A Technique For The Analysis of The Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxation and the State of Subluxation of An Organism
The Occipital Drop is a method of gathering information about an organism by interacting with its organizing field of innate intelligence. A living thing is more than its body. Dead bodies have the same parts and chemistry as live ones but no constructive, adaptive activity. It is the innate intelligence of a body that causes it to adapt to the stressors of its environment. When we are unable to adapt to certain physical, mental/emotional, and chemical events, the energy and information of that stress is stored in the tissues of the body. This can cause damage to accumulate. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to offer the body a second chance to process the stress constructively. The occipital drop technique affords a powerful insight into where the stress has caused subluxation (nerve interference, damage) and how to facilitate the body’s ability to adjust itself.
It has been demonstrated for many decades that certain reflexive behaviors can be used as reliable indicators of normal and aberrant functions. For example, one may probe injured tissue on a prone individual and observe a subtle, transient shortening of a leg. The same stimulus would also cause a subtle lowering of the occipital bone on the left side, indicating a positive finding of unsound tissue. The occipital drop is a reflexive action.
The bioelectric/bioenergetic fields of the subject and the examiner communicate by using this simple binary procedure. With the subject seated, standing or prone, the examiner maneuvers their hands so as to slide the thumbs, pointing towards each other, down to the occipital shelf while posing a yes or no question. Should the thumbs remain level, “no” is indicated. When the left thumb drops lower, this indicates “yes.” As the occiput is dropping on the left side, the bioelectric field is also perturbed, subsequently changing the examiner’s field in such a way as to cause the left thumb to drop as well. No physical movement of the skull is necessary to get a yes or no response.
There are several methods of eliciting and reading the response. To test a body part it may be touched or pushed in a particular direction to identify the direction of misalignment. Or, the name of the body part may be vocalized, held in thought, or visualized. With practice, any of these methods of inquiry may be available to practitioners. The subject may be questioned or challenged through their field or their form (body).
Reading the “yes” or “no” response can be as simple as the hands-on-head sweeping motion allowing the thumbs to come to the rest on the occipital shelf. Because of the nature of non-local field-to-field communication, the examiner may sense response by using their own head as a surrogate or by allowing the left thumb to register a response regardless of the position to the subject or the examiner. Naturally, these more advanced methods prove useful in improving relative speed of inquiry, and accessibility to infants and wriggly children!
This technique may seem bizarre and improbable, however it has withstood the test of time. Reliable information is gathered easily, noninvasively and inexpensively. This elevates the certainty and confidence of the practitioner and ensures high quality effective care.
Still skeptical? Consider this. Can you look at a guitar and see if it’s in tune? Would x-ray or MRI be able to tell? You may see the form, but the function is expressed as vibration, which is driven by the field.
And… “The field is the sole governing agency of the particle.” - Albert Einstein.
Readings to Excite the Mind
1. Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
2. The Field by Lynne McTaggart
3. The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard
4. The Art of Living by Epictetus
5. The Triune of Life by Reggie Gold, D.C.
6. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles
by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D
7. Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a Way to Get There from Here
by Bruce H. Lipton, PhD and Steve Bhaerman
8. The Body Electric by Robert O. Becker, M.D. and Gary Seldon
9. Molecules of Emotion by Candace B. Pert, Ph.D
10. The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot
11. Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
by David R. Hawkins, M.D., PH.D
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