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The Secret to Building the Practice of Your Dreams

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Could you sum up all the secrets to success in practice and perhaps even life in two words? I think I can… And I am going to tell you on this page, without the need for you to subscribe to my free e-report, or register to a cheap tele-seminar, or commit to twelve months of direct debited coaching: Instead you are going to receive 100% free, unconditional wisdom!

Here is the first word – but before I tell you I’d like to introduce you to my life changing program: Just kidding – The word is “Relationships”. Everything you do in life and the outcomes of your thoughts, beliefs and behaviours comes down to this one complex biochemistry term.

Invest time and energy into healthy relationships in any domain of life and you will achieve success in that area. Ignore, abuse or neglect this facet of life and I guarantee that any success will be short-lived, hollow and most likely lonely.

Now I am not just talking about human relationships here – this principle can be applied to EVERYTHING!

Let’s break this down first – to a microscopic level. Would your DNA, RNA and enzymes function if the relationships between the C, N, O & H are incoherent? You could have a soup of the individual atoms, or even nucleotides, but unless the relationships between the components are aligned then organic chaos will prevail.

On a human level health and wellbeing depends upon healthy relationships between every single cell. To understand this in technical terms one should spend time researching the topics of Tensegrity (see tensegrity-and-chiropractic/) and Neural Holography (see holographic-brain-model-and-chiropractic/) . As chiropractors we have simplified this down to the model that the central nervous system controls and regulates every cell in every body. To claim this requires greater understanding beyond action potentials and perhaps our pioneers were closest to the truth when coining the term “mental impulse”.

Now I know some vocal contemporary chiropractic academics dismiss the mental impulse as nonsense, but these same authors fail to supply a modus operandi for chiropractic beyond pain transmission and a shallow hypothesis that stimulating proprioceptors inhibits C fibres, and that’s that. This may be an accurate small picture, but as always there is a bigger picture – and an even bigger idea.

Within a family, relationship is pivotal –when relationships break down, families decay. And we could continue to illustrate the vitality of relationships within groups, organisations, cultures and populations. Let’s face it crime and war are the most pathological manifestations of relationship breakdown.

Which brings us to the second foundational word for success in all things = “Communication”. Relationships only work when communication flows. Relationships are like the structure and communication the function. Why would RNA be so important to human existence? Because it communicates the message stored in DNA. Why do we dare to claim that the nervous system is the most important system of the body? Because it is the means of communication in the human body – afferent and efferent. Relationships within a family are only sustained by communication. Why do entertainers get paid such ridiculous wages? Because they are perceived to be the masters of communication…

Now let’s bring this into the realms of chiropractic practice.

At our most prehistoric level we propose the importance of the relationship between adjacent vertebrae, and how the disruption of these relationships leads to at least pain and perhaps also bodily dysfunction. And the relationship between adjacent vertebrae hinges upon communication – Biofeedback between neighbours that enables coordinated alignment and movement.

Many use Xrays to analyse and demonstrate these relationships between neighbouring bones, but a more instantaneous and non-invasive assessment tool is postural analysis. The downside of postural analysis is that if you lack technology to measure and record postural relationships your assessment will be too subjective to mean much: But when in ownership of technology that objectively illustrates the breakdown in postural relationships a chiropractor possesses a tool that can be meaningful to his clinical decision making, a practice member’s comprehension of need for care and progress under care, and has the added bonus of being able to demonstrate clinical necessity and efficacy to a third party (see Posture-Pro-Software.htm) .

Posture is the most global expression of relationship and communication in a person – why would someone carry their head which weighs as much as a bowling ball more than two inches in front of their shoulders when this uses more energy and creates more stress on all the supporting structures? Because of breakdown in relationship between the head and the torso, and an obvious disconnect in communication about where that person’s head is located in space. Why would someone carry their head too far forwards – because they don’t know it is there!

Healthy relationships between human cells, tissues and organs depend on this same dance between relationship and communication. And chiropractic knows better than every other healing profession that this all flows up and down via the central nervous system. Jay holder describes chiropractic as “communication through touch”. When we are analysing someone’s spinal and neural state we are asking the person’s body pertinent questions – “where do you want to be adjusted and how?” That is if you have ownership of a technique that teaches you these questions – if not then you must be imposing some external recipe of when and how to adjust.

And then your adjustment needs to be healing communication – “a correctional vector with intent” – are you adjusting each person in the way that their body is giving permission to be adjusted, or are you imposing your will on the baddest, stiffest, crookedest bone or joints? (See Torque-Release-Discount.htm) I hope that you possess the technical skills that give you clear communication from a person’s spinal column about where the vertebral relationships have become disconnected and the best approach to communicate the need for adjustment to that person’s nervous system.

Now look at the person from a wider view and if you can comprehend the definition of Subluxation as a “separation from wholeness” – then you will start to see how breakdown in the relationships within the Cranio-Spinal-Meningeal-Functional-Unit results in interference with communication within the central nervous system which will include disorders in pain, emotion, coordination and regulation. And suddenly the intent of each adjustment you deliver takes on wider and deeper implications for the individual and the community that surrounds them.

Then the other side of the formula are the human relationships and communication that either build or shrink your practice numbers. The only problem that I have with scripts in practice management is that they are usually uni-directional and that reeks of relationship deficiency and communication minimisation: The only scripts I endorse are questions – relationship builders and communication initiators. Take a look at your own scripts and see if there is some way that you can rephrase them as questions.

I can sense some of you cringing at this point – “if I ask my practice member’s a question I don’t have time to stand around waiting to hear the answer.” Here is my advice to you – be very good at hiring great team members – team members who will compensate for your own inability to build deeper relationships, and nurture meaningful communication! Sounds harsh but could be the best advice I could ever give to you?

Now what are the symptoms in your practice that you need some adjustments to your relationships and communication?

1) Insufficient new patients – The Universe will supply you as many new patients as you have the capacity to develop relationships and communication pathways with. If you want more new patients, before you invest huge amounts of money into a marketing campaign, investigate how you can increase your capacity to initiate a relationship and effectively communicate with a larger patient base.

2) Poor patient retention – If people are dropping out of care prematurely then it is time to investigate your ability to maintain ongoing relationships and to keep communication pathways open. As soon as a practice member smells any degree of disinterest or misunderstanding between you, they will leave. The skills of developing a lasting clinical relationship are not the same as those needed to maintain a long lasting romantic relationship so don’t make the mistake of thinking that I am suggesting you have to become everybody’s best friend.

3) Poor team morale or high staff turnover – If your staff aren’t especially happy to be at work, or they leave for something better not long after you have finished training them then you may need to work to build better relationships and communication within your team.

I understand that this piece may be sounding hypothetical or at least metaphorical but I hope that you can contemplate the applicability and simplicity of these two concepts – Relationship and Communication. And if you are willing to invest some time to brainstorm this in your own life circles I believe you will find a holistic way of prioritising your energies. For example – your technique – take a look and review of your “treatment” system is improving relationships and communication in your practice members’ bodies? And do you have the means to determine that you are achieving this? And are your team members aligned in their procedures to maximise relationship and communication within your office? And when you finally leave your office are you investing adequate time and energy into all the other key relationships in your own body and community?

Here are some concepts to explore…

  • So what is the role of an initial consultation = to build a relationship.
  • What is the role of an initial examination = to determine the relationship and communication status in that individual’s biology.
  • What is the role of the report of findings = to communicate your perception of the state of their body’s relationships and communication, and express how you believe you can help them improve these.
  • What is the role of your care = to improve the person’s spinal relationships and communication via their central nervous system.
  • What is the role of an office CA = to support and enhance the human relationship and communication within the office and to facilitate the practice member’s compliance with the agreed program of care.
  • What is the role of a technical CA = to support and enhance the human and clinical relationship and communication within the treatment room/s and to facilitate the practice member’s participation with the agreed program of care.
  • What is the role of a progress exam = to review the level of success of the agreed plan, to celebrate positive progress and in the case of null or negative progress to amend the understanding of the relationships and communication.
  • What is the role of an office educational process = to maximise communication, deepen relationships and to encourage and facilitate the best possible program of care.
  • What is the role of an office procedural manual = to clearly communicate the methods utilised to perfect the development of win-win relationships between team members and towards practice members.

When I teach a Torque Release Technique Program one of my intents is to improve each clinician’s ability and intuition to perceive the state of relationship and communication within each practice member’s nervous system –I like to think of it a conscious intuition… Find out more about the next TRT program at


Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The key question when contemplating the clinical usefulness of Auriculotherapy is does it change internal physiology and chemistry? The model of Auriculotherapy is of a microsystem – that reflex points on the ear correspond with anatomical or functional parts of the body, and that stimulating particular points will result in predictable internal changes. Below is a summary based on a PubMed search using only the term Auriculotherapy and including only studies from 2009 and 2010. You can read the abstracts for yourself but let’s first summarise the physiological changes documented:

  • Reduction in enuresis quickly and long term – stimulating ear points changing what is manifesting all the way down in the bladder: Suspected causes of enuresis are ADH imbalances and neurological dysfunction.
  • Rapid relief of lumbar disc herniation pain – Analgesia is primarily seen to result from central nervous system inhibition of pain transmission or via interfering with the prostaglandin pathways so.
  • Improvement in learning and memory and brain chemistry in rats suffering with Alzheimer’s – This paper proposes that the Auriculotherapy tapped into neurotransmitter function and/or nerve cell proliferation.
  • Reduction of Tinnitus short and long term – Tinnitus can have multifactorial causes all being centred in the inner ear structures.
  • Reduction of endometriosis related PMS symptoms and improvement in Prostaglandin and Prostacyclin levels – Prostaglandin and Prostacyclin imbalance is seen as one of the most likely factors in endometriosis and PMS.
  • Reduction of lower back and pelvic pain of pregnancy and improved functional status – Lower back pain is sometimes seen as a mechanical problem, sometimes as an inflammatory condition, and other times as a neurological disorder – depends on who you are talking to… However in the case of Auriculotherapy we can narrow down the influences to inflammatory or neurological since it has no mechanical effect.
  • Significant increase in ghrelin level and decrease in leptin level in obese women – Ghrelin and Leptin are seen as obesity-related hormone peptides.
  • Improvement of Traditional Chinese Medicine syndrome, elevation of breast feeding milking volume, decrease of the supplementary feeding and increase of Prolactin level in nursing mothers with insufficient milk supply after cesarian birth.
  • Reduction of Substance P levels and rapid recovery from Migraine – Substance P is a neuropeptide implicated in the onset of Migraines.
  • Reduction of vasomotor symptoms associated with luteinizing-hormone releasing hormone agonist treatment for prostate cancer – Auriculotherapy being used effectively to reduce the side effects of hormonal treatment for Prostate Cancer.

So we can see that there is growing evidence that Auriculotherapy has the capacity to normalise chemical, hormonal, neuropeptide, neurological, vascular and pain processes. Sounds like some good reasons to check out Auriculotherapy training to me… Go to to find out more…

1) Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) combined with auricular acupoint sticking (AAS) for treatment of primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE)

Chen YJ, Zhou GY, Jin JH. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010 May;30(5):371-4.

METHODS: 250 cases of PNE patients were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, 125 cases in each group. The control group was treated with oral administration of Desmopressin Acetate (DA) and Meclofenoxate. RESULTS: The total effective rate of 96.8% (121/125) in observation group was superior to that of 90.4% (113/125) in control group (P < 0.05), the observation group was superior to control group in reducing the times of nocturia and enuresis, onset time and duration of effect (all P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: TEAS combined with AAS can reduce the times of nocturia and enuresis of PNE children, with significant therapeutic effect, taking quick effect and keeping long effect duration.

2) Study on the effects of the auricular acupuncture with different manipulations for rapid analgesia on the patients with lumbar disc hernia

Liu EJ, Jia CS, Li XF, Ma XS, Shi J. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010 Jan;30(1):35-9.

METHODS: Ninety two patients were paired according to the three factors as sex, age and degree of pain, and then randomly divided into the point-to-point needling group and perpendicular needling group. All patients accorded with the demands of McGill pain questionnaire (MPQ), before treatment, 5 and 30 min after treatment, the accumulated score of pain was recorded respectively for observing the difference of the effects in both groups. RESULTS: After 5 min treatment, the effect of analgesia on the male patients in the point-to-point needling group was better than that of in the perpendicular needling group (P<0.05), but there was no difference on the female patients in both groups (P>0.05). After 30 min treatment, the effect of analgesia in the point-to-point needling group was better than that of the perpendicular needling group (P<0.05). Besides the patients with light degree pain, there was no significant difference between the two groups after 5 min treatment as score of pain (P>0.05), paired t-test showed that the effects of analgesia on the patients with lumbar disc hernia in the point-to-point needling group was better than that of perpendicular needling group (P<0.05). CONCLUSION: The point-to-point needling method can rapidly relieve patients’ lumbar disc hernia of pain, which is better than the perpendicular needling method.

3) Effects of auricular acupuncture on the memory and the expression of ChAT and GFAP in model rats with Alzheimer’s disease

Miao T, Jiang TS, Dong YH, Jiang NC. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 Oct;29(10):827-32.

OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of auricular acupuncture on the learning and memory abilities of model rats with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and investigate its mechanism. METHODS: Thirty SD rats were randomly divided into a control group, a model group and an auricular acupuncture group, 10 rats in each group. The learning and memory capabilities of the rats were assessed with Morris Water Maze behavioral test, and the expressions of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) were examined by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Comparing with the model group, the treated AD rats with auricular acupuncture was showed that the average escape latency was obviously shortened in the place navigation test (P<0.01), the movement time in plateform quadrant was obviously prolonged in the spatial probe test (P<0.05), and the number of traversing platform obviously increased (P<0.01) after the platform was taken away. The expression of ChAT increased in the hippocampus and cortex (P<0.01, P<0.05), but the expression of GFAP obviously decreased in the CA1 region of hippocampus (P<0.01). CONCLUSION: Auricular acupuncture can improve the learning and memory capability of the model rats with AD. Its mechanism might be related with decreasing cholinergic neuron damage and reducing the abnormal activation and hyperplasia of astrocyte.

4) The effect of a new treatment based on somatosensory stimulation in a group of patients with somatically related tinnitus.

Latifpour DH, Grenner J, Sjödahl C. Int Tinnitus J. 2009;15(1):94-9.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a new treatment consisting of stretching, posture training, and auricular acupuncture immediately and at a 3-month follow-up. This method has not been tested previously. From an original pool of 41 potential subjects, we recruited 24 (12 men, 12 women; ages 18-70 years) into this study and divided them from a waiting list into either a treatment group or a control group. We measured mobility of neck and posture; measured severity of tinnitus by the Klockhoff test and the visual analog scale (VAS); and measured grade of anxiety and depression with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. We also used the Mann-Whitney U-test to determine statistical significance. The statistical analysis demonstrated a significant decrease of tinnitus in the treatment group as compared with the control group, according to the VAS before and after treatment (p < .001) and at follow-up after 3 months (p < .01). We also observed a significant decrease of tinnitus according to the Klockhoff test before and after treatment (p < .001) and at follow-up after 3 months (p < .01). Our study indicates that this method, based on somatosensory stimulation, may be a useful and alternative treatment of somatic tinnitus.

5) Randomized controlled study on ear-electroacupuncture treatment of endometriosis-induced dysmenorrhea in patients

Jin YB, Sun ZL, Jin HF. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2009 Jun;34(3):188-92.

METHODS: A total of 80 endometriosis patients were randomly and equally divided into ear-EA group and body-EA group. Dysmenorrhea severity score (DSS) was assessed and plasma prostaglandin (PGE2) and 6-Keto-PGF1alpha levels detected by radioimmunoassay. RESULTS: Compared with pre-treatment, DSS lowered significantly during the 1st and 2nd menstrual cycle in body-EA group, and during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd menstruation in ear-EA group; and the DSS of ear-EA group during the 3rd menstruation was evidently lower than that of body-EA group (P < 0.05). During the 3rd menstrual onset after the treatment, plasma PGE2 contents in both groups decreased obviously (P < 0.01), and plasma 6-Keto-PGF1alpha, levels increased considerably in comparison with pre-treatment (P < 0.01). Comparison between two groups during the 3rd menstruation showed that plasma PGE2 level of ear-EA group was markedly lower than that of body-EA group, and 6-Keto-PGF1alpha, level of ear-EA group was significantly higher than that of body-EA group (P < 0.05). No significant difference was found between two groups in clinical therapeutic effect (P > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Both ear-EA and body-EA can effectively relieve endometriosis-induced dysmenorrhea, and the former is superior to the later in reducing pain severity, which may be closely related to their effects in reducing plasma PGE2 and raising 6-Keto-PGF1alpha level.

6) Auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnant women who have low back and posterior pelvic pain: a pilot study.

Wang SM, Dezinno P, Lin EC, Lin H, Yue JJ, Berman MR, Braveman F, Kain ZN. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Sep;201(3):271.e1-9. Epub 2009 Jun 26.

OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to examine whether 1 week of continuous auricular acupuncture could reduce low back and posterior pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial was conducted on pregnant women who have lower back and posterior pelvic pain. These women were randomly assigned into an acupuncture group, a sham acupuncture group, or a waiting list control group. All participants were monitored for 2 weeks. RESULTS: Baseline and day 7 showed significant group differences in pain (F = 15; P < .0001) and in the disability rating index score (F = 7; P < .0001). The participants in the acupuncture group reported a significant reduction of pain and improvement of functional status as compared with those in the sham acupuncture and control groups. CONCLUSION: One week of continuous auricular acupuncture decreases the pain and disability experienced by women with pregnancy-related low back and posterior pelvic pain.

7) The effect of auricular acupuncture in obese women: a randomized controlled trial.

Hsu CH, Wang CJ, Hwang KC, Lee TY, Chou P, Chang HH. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2009 Jun;18(6):813-8.

BACKGROUND: The aims of this randomized study are to examine the effect of auricular acupuncture on obese women and to explore the relationship between the effect of auricular acupuncture and obesity-related hormone peptides. METHODS: Forty-five of 60 obese women aged between 16 and 65 years with body mass index (BMI) >27 kg/m2 and who had not received any other weight control maneuvers within the last 3 months completed this study. The subjects were blinded and randomly divided into groups A and B. Group A (n = 23) received auricular acupuncture, and group B (n = 22) received sham auricular acupuncture using placebo needles, twice each week for 6 weeks. The subjects’ body weight (BW), BMI, waist circumference (WC), and obesity-related hormone peptides were measured at the beginning of the study and after 6 weeks of treatment. The data were compared and expressed as percent reductions. RESULTS: This study found no statistical difference in percent reduction in BW, BMI, and WC between the group receiving 6 weeks of auricular acupuncture treatment and the control group. After treatment, group A revealed a significant increase in ghrelin level and decrease in leptin level. On the other hand, group B, who received sham auricular acupuncture, showed no significant difference in ghrelin and leptin levels. CONCLUSIONS: This study found no statistical difference in percent reduction in BW, BMI, and WC between the two groups. No adverse effects of short-term auricular acupuncture treatment were seen in the study. Auricular acupuncture may have potential benefit on obesity-related hormone peptides.

8) Clinical observation on the treatment of post-cesarean hypogalactia by auricular points sticking-pressing.

Zhou HY, Li L, Li D, Li X, Meng HJ, Gao XM, Jiang HJ, Cao LR, Zhu YL. Chin J Integr Med. 2009 Apr;15(2):117-20.

METHODS: A randomized, controlled, single-blinded clinical trial on 116 patients with PCH was carried out. They were equally assigned to the treatment group and the control group. The treatment group received APSP, with the pellets pressed for 4 times daily, while the control group was only asked to do lactation to meet infant demand. The therapeutic efficacy and the changes in scores of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) syndrome, volume of milk secretion, supplementary feeding and serum level of prolactin (PRL) in the two groups were estimated and compared after the patients had been treated for 5 days. RESULTS: The cured and markedly effective rate in the treatment group was 89.7%, which was significantly higher than that in the control group (27.6%, P<0.05), 95% CI (0.1543, 0.2527). The improvement of TCM syndrome, elevation of milking volume, decrease of the supplementary feeding and increase of PRL level revealed in the treatment group were all superior to those in the control group, showing statistical significance (P<0.01). CONCLUSION: APSP shows an apparent efficacy in treating PCH and is worthy of application in clinical practice.

9) Effect of ear point combined therapy on plasma substance P in patients of no-aura migraine at different stages

Yang DH. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2009 Mar;29(3):189-91.

METHODS: Thirty cases of no-aura migraine at different stages were treated with ear point combined therapy, including blood-letting at the ear back, injection of auto-blood into Fengchi (GB 20), Yanglingquan (GB 34), and pricking at ear points Nie (AT2), Yidan (CO11), Shenmen (TF4), etc. Their clinical therapeutic effects were evaluated at the end of one therapeutic course, and substance P (SP) contents were detected before and after treatment. RESULTS: The clinical effective rate was 86.7%, and the effective rate was 87.5% at the attack stage and 86.4% at the remission stage with no significant difference between the attack stage and the remission stage (P>0.05); after treatment, SP content had significant change as compared with that before treatment (P<0.05, P<0.01), and there was very significant difference in SP content between the attack stage before treatment and the remission stage (P<0.01). CONCLUSION: The ear point combined therapy can relieve pain possibly through decreasing plasma SP content, and the SP content possibly is one of main factors inducing migraine attack.

10) Auricular acupuncture: a novel treatment for vasomotor symptoms associated with luteinizing-hormone releasing hormone agonist treatment for prostate cancer.

Harding C, Harris A, Chadwick D. BJU Int. 2009 Jan;103(2):186-90. Epub 2008 Aug 14.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the role of auricular acupuncture (AA) in men receiving luteinizing-hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) analogues for carcinoma of the prostate, as vasomotor symptoms can affect the quality of life in such men, and similar symptoms in postmenopausal women have been successfully treated with AA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In all, 60 consecutive patients with prostate cancer and on LHRH agonist treatment (median age 74 years, range 58-83) consented to weekly AA for 10 weeks. The validated ‘Measure Yourself Concerns and Well-Being’ questionnaire (a six-point scale to assess symptom severity) was used to assess concerns and well-being before and after treatment. RESULTS: All men completed the treatment with no adverse events recorded, apart from transient exacerbation of symptoms in two men; 95% of patients reported a decrease in the severity of symptoms, from a mean 5.0 to 2.1 (Student’s t-test, P < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The symptomatic improvement was at levels comparable with that from pharmacotherapy, and cost analysis showed AA to be a viable alternative. Larger randomized studies are needed to fully evaluate AA against more conventional treatments, and these are planned.

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Monday, December 15th, 2008

The researchers sought to demonstrate that upper cervical specific adjustments would have a positive effect on the physiology, serology and immunology of HIV positive individuals.

Tests were performed on the patients by an independent medical center. The CD4 counts in the regular group were dramatically increased over the counts of the control group. A 48% increase in CD4 cells was demonstrated over the six month duration of the study for the adjusted group.

This paper analyses the efficacy of upper cervical chiropractic care for HIV positive patients.

A small randomised, controlled clinical trial was carried out on two patient groups, each with 5 patients. The regular adjusted group was given upper cervical adjustments to the atlas using the Laney instrument, and for the control group a placebo adjustment was carried out by placing the stylus on the patients’ mastoid process with the instrument emitting no force.

The results are quite remarkable. In summary, the control group experienced a 7.96% decrease in CD4 cell levels and the adjusted group experienced a 48% increase in CD4 cell levels. It would be desirable to carry out follow up studies with far larger groups in an attempt to establish both a link between the nervous system, immune system and upper cervical region.

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Super Healthy Tip…

I have seen a diverse number of research papers and case studies over the years which consistently illustrate improvements in immune function when chiropractic adjustments are received. My fairly black and white brain looks at it this way – chiropractic adjustments kick start the immune system. In my own practice if someone rings to cancel their appointment because they’ve “got the flu” – we try to insist that they keep their appointment – and repeatedly we have seen much quicker recoveries in the people who keep their appointments, than the ones who we are still ringing two weeks later to see if they are up to an appointment yet.

But how can this be – someone adjusting your spinal column – improving your immunity?

Consider the following:

  1. Your spinal column houses your central nervous system
  2. Direct nerve connections to immune system tissues have now been isolated
  3. Many of the chemicals of communication found in rich deposits in the spinal cord, have receptor sites on many of the types of white blood cells – so even without direct nerve connections there must be a chemical communication process between the two systems
  4. The key to a healthy immune response is dependent on the recognition and reaction to invading microbes – not only do the white blood cells that encounter a microbe need to know about it – they need to tell all the other white blood cells too – this needs a fully functional communication network – we know this as the nervous system
  5. Malfunction in the spinal column could interfere with this communication network, and correction of this malfunction would therefore restore the network


Monday, December 15th, 2008

Below is a selection of excerpts from research documenting improvements in hearing following Chiropractic Care…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Hearing loss is more than just a pain in the neck; it’s a brain thing too.

If you can’t turn up the volume on your television without waking the neighbors, consider a visit to your local chiropractor. Research suggests that mild to moderate hearing loss can be improved or restored by a single chiropractic visit. According to a study published in the journal Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 15 patients who had been diagnosed with significant hearing loss volunteered for a routine spinal adjustment. Of the 15, 6 had their hearing restored completely, 7 showed improvement, and 2 did not change.

According to Joseph Di Duro, a researcher and chiropractic neurologist at Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, Iowa, the biggest improvements occurred where patients needed it most – in the quieter decibel levels in everyday conversations. A year later, the researchers followed up on 3 of the study participants – all showed their hearing had remained improved and intact…

Regular visitors to the chiropractic table might be surprised to learn that the first adjustment given in 1895 wasn’t for back pain at all. It instead cured the patient’s deafness on the spot.

In another more recent case, a 36-year-old soccer player, who slammed the ball with his head and suffering severe hearing loss, had his hearing restored after a few adjustments to his spine and neck. Di Duro has been studying this intricate relationship between the nervous system, the brain, and the body…

Di Duro’s theory is based on findings from chiropractic neurology. Experts speculate that spinal manipulations spark a response back to a muscle, a joint, or the periphery, and into the central nervous system where it affects a wide range of neurological problems, including hearing deficits. Chiropractic neurology patients have reported relief from vertigo, learning disorders, pain, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, and other problems…

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Hearing Loss, Otalgia and Neck Pain: A Case Report on Long-Term Chiropractic Care That Helped to Improve Quality of Life

Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2002 (Dec); 32 (4): 119-130

Observation over an extended period assists in understanding the progression of chronic disorders. This patient experienced substantially reduced symptoms with chiropractic care during the 7-year observation period. Of note is the repeated exacerbation of neck pain that often precedes exacerbation in ear symptoms, along with the relief of both following adjustment and an association between improved hearing and improved cervical alignment.

Vertebrogenic Hearing Deficit, the Spine, and Spinal Manipulation Therapy (SMT): A Search to Validate the D.D. Palmer/Harvey Lillard Experience

The claim that hearing can be improved following SMT has been scoffed at as physiologically impossible, but a review of the medical and chiropractic literature suggests that hearing deficits may be associated with spinal joint motion restriction, spondyloarthrosis, irritation of the sympathetic nervous system, decreased cervico-cerebral circulation and/or decrease in tinnitus.

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Chiropractic Care of a Patient with Temporomandibular Disorder and Atlas Subluxation

A 41-year-old woman had bilateral ear pain, tinnitus, vertigo, altered or decreased hearing acuity, and headaches. She had a history of ear infections, which had been treated with prescription antibiotics. Her complaints were attributed to a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint syndrome and had been treated unsuccessfully by a medical doctor and dentist. High-velocity, low-amplitude adjustments were applied to findings of atlas subluxation. The patient’s symptoms improved and eventually resolved after 9 visits.

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Vertigo, Tinnitus, and Hearing Loss in the Geriatric Patient

A 75-year-old woman with a longstanding history of vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss experienced an intensified progression of these symptoms 5 weeks before seeking chiropractic care. The patient received upper cervical-specific chiropractic care. Through the course of care, the patient’s symptoms were alleviated, structural and functional improvements were evident through radiographic examination, and audiologic function improved. The clinical progress documented in this report suggests that upper cervical manipulation may benefit patients who have tinnitus and hearing loss.

Cervicogenic Hearing Loss

Findings in 62 patients suffering from vertebragenic hearing disorders are reported before and after chiropractic management. Results indicate that these hearing disorders are reversible, as demonstrated by audiometry and OAE. The therapy of choice is chiropractic manipulation of the upper cervical spine. The commoness of vertebragenic hearing disorders emphasizes their clinical and forensic importance.

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Hearing Improved With Chiropractic - Case Series

The study is significant as it looked for a scientific basis for the story behind the first chiropractic adjustment. In 1895, in Davenport Iowa, Dr. DD Palmer, a self taught healer, encountered a janitor, Harvey Lillard who was working in the building that housed the office of Dr. Palmer.  As history records, Harvey had lost most of his hearing 17 years earlier while working and bending.

Although accounts vary, it is accepted that Dr. Palmer examined Harvey and determined that a bone in his spine was out of place. He concluded that this spinal misalignment was the cause of the hearing loss that Harvey was experiencing. Dr. Palmer then proceeded to give Harvey the first intentional and purposeful chiropractic adjustment. The result was that Harvey’s hearing was restored.

In this series case study, fifteen people with various degrees of hearing loss were tested for certain frequencies to establish their degree of hearing loss. These subjects were then given only a single chiropractic adjustment and subsequently re-tested for any changes in hearing.

After just one adjustment most of the participants experienced significant hearing improvement at various tone levels. Using a standardized testing process known as the Ventry & Weinstein criteria, improvement was shown at various levels of hearing. At 40dB,  6 subjects had hearing restored, 7 subjects improved and 2 had no change. At 25dB using the Speech-frequency criteria, none of the subjects were totally restored, however, 11 had showed improvement, while 4 had no change and 3 missed a tone.

The results of this limited study add further credibility to the story of the first chiropractic adjustment. The researchers concluded, “The observations documented in this case series provide limited support to previous works indicating that, when hearing is tested immediately after a single chiropractic adjusting visit, hearing may be improved in both ears.”

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Saturday, April 12th, 2008

The first chiropractic adjustment given in 1895 was reported to have cured deafness. A new research study examined the effects of a single, initial chiropractic visit on the central nervous system by documenting clinical changes of audiometry in patients after chiropractic care.

Fifteen patients were thoroughly assessed with audiometry, before and immediately after the first chiropractic intervention. Several criteria were used to determine hearing impairment. All patients were classified as hearing impaired though greater on the right.

At 40 dB six had hearing restored, seven improved and only two had no change. At 25 dB using the Speech-frequency criteria, none were restored, eleven improved, four had no change and three missed a tone.

A significant percentage of patients presenting to the chiropractor have a mild to moderate hearing loss, most notably in the right ear. The clinical progress documented in this report suggests that manipulation delivered to the neuromusculoskeletal system may create central plastic changes in the auditory system leading to improvement in their hearing.

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