ART 9. CLEAVAGE.
“Cleavage is the movement of one body between two others splitting action. The friction is greater with slow motion than with fast, which is of course according to the law of friction. The application of the principle of cleavage, in Chiropractic, is the movement of a vertebra between two other vertebra…”
ART 10. CONCUSSION.
“Concussion is a blow as the result of arrested momentum, Momentum is the result of weight (mass) in motion and also of speed. In an adjustic concussion, it depends more upon speed than mass. At any rate it is necessary to get concussion, but without pounding upon the back. There should be a clean transfer through to the vertebra.”
ART 11. SPEED.
“Speed is the velocity of a moving body. The more speed a body has the more momentum it possesses. The more momentum it has, as the result of this speed, the more clean cut concussion it can produce. It is used in Chiropractic to obtain easy cleavage and to arouse Innate recoil.”
These articles are pivottal in understanding the reason why an instrument adjustment may be equal to or perhaps even potentially superior to a manual adjustment. And that statement can summarised in one word - SPEED.
An Integrator fires roughly ten times faster than the most often seen adjusting instrument, which in turn fires faster than the human hands can deliver a thrust. The beauty of this in physics terms is that the mass can be significantly reduced to still result in equal force (concussion) being produced. (Force equals mass times acceleration) And why superior results may be possible is due to the ability of speed to surpass friction resulting in more efficient cleavage.
Bottom line is that the evidence suggests at least equal benefits exist between a manual adjustment and an instrument based adjustment:
- “…either mechanical-force, manually-assisted or high-velocity, low-amplitude chiropractic adjustments were associated with a beneficial effect of a reduction in pain and disability in patients diagnosed with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Neither… were found to be more effective than the other in the treatment of this patient population. (JMPT 2005)
- “…both instrumental (MFMA) manipulation and manual (HVLA) manipulation have beneficial effects associated with reducing pain and disability and improving cervical range of motion… no significant difference being observed between the 2 groups.” (JMPT 2001)
This can be hard to swallow for those who hold on to their superiority complex that comes from hearing nice noises emanating from the spines that we “adjust”. And I can say that because I have been one in that position of judgement: Until I swallowed my pride and put the Integrator to the test in real life practice that is.
DD Palmer himself stated that one day there would be better ways found to adjust - maybe that day has already come? What do you think?
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