The Art of Chiropractic - Art 4

Just got my hands on an absolute Chiropractic Gem - The Art of Chiropractic by RW Stephenson, published 1927, and reprinted 1995. Not many Chiropractors will know about this textbook - commissioned by BJ Palmer - to codify the Palmer art of adjusting. This is not the Chiropractic Textbook with the 33 Principles that many have read (I Hope) - this is the technique manual - 88 pages of cool stuff.

Let’s explore some of the wisdom that is held inside this masterpiece: As BJ says in the foreward - “If I could desire one wish, it would be that every chiropractor secure a copy of this work, study it intimately, sincerely and conscientiously, apply its teachings and, if he would, Chiropractic results would become more manifest and take another step forward increasing its percentage of successes.”

ART 4. SUBLUXATIONS.

“A subluxation is the condition of a vertebra that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above or the one below or both; to an extent less than a luxation (dislocation); which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses. All the factors of this definition must be given to make it complete and to make it Chiropractic, for unless it is the cause of disease it is not a subluxation according to Chiropractic…”

I love that definition in that it makes it clear that a subluxation is more than just a mechanical state - it must include neurological compromise and hence interference to the body’s innate healing mechanisms. The clinical challenge is to refine our skills to the point where we can differentially diagnose the vertebra that fulfills this definition, so that we can deliver the best possible adjustment.

TRT has modified this definition to be somewhat more correct by today’s biomechanical standards:

“A condition of one or more spinal segments that have lost their ability to move freely or completely throughout their range of motion and that physically interfere with the spinal cord and or spinal nerves and their function.”

A more eclectic definition is that a Subluxation is “a separation from wholeness”.

  • How do you define the Subluxations that you choose to adjust on each and every visit your practice members make to your office?
  • How do you diagnose the Subluxations that you choose to adjust on each and every visit your practice members make to your office?
  • How do you adjust the Subluxations that you choose to adjust on each and every visit your practice members make to your office?

Now let’s take a look into the future and Chiropractic’s potential: Maybe a Subluxation is first and foremost a neurological entity, and secondarily a movement and mechanical manifestation. Maybe the definition should become “A condition of altered spinal cord and or spinal nerve function which results in one or more spinal segments losing their ability to move freely or completely throughout their range of motion.” Might change a lot of things?

Your thoughts would be most welcome.

Torque Release Technique training covers each of these key ingredients and assists you to become the Chiropractor that BJ Palmer dreamed of…

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One Response to “The Art of Chiropractic - Art 4”

  1. Byron R. Howell Says:

    ‘Subluxation: Wherever it should be, and the degree to which it is not.’

    Byron R. Howell

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