Thoracic Subluxations

Medical Research on the Spine and Nerve Related  Problems Relating to Cervical Subluxations.

Myocardial Ischemia - "Records of numerous cases including myocardial ischemia shoed lesions of the spinal column are perfectly capable of simulating, accentuating, or making a major contribution to (organic) disorders. There can in fact, be no doubt that the state of the spinal column does have a bearing on the functional status of the internal organs." W.Kunert, 1965 Functional Disorders of Internal Organs Due to Vertebral Lesions, CIBA Symposium 13 (3):85-96.

Ulcers - "Studies demonstrated improved remissions of pathology in patients with duodenal ulcers. Manipulation to remove spinal dysfunction no only relieves pain, but has a healing effect significantly better than standard drug therapy. The most frequently affected segments were T-9 through T-12." A.A. Pikalov, MD, PhD. Use of Spinal Manipulative Therapy in the Treatment of Duodenal Ulcer: A Pilot Study.

Heart, Allergies, Asthma and Related Conditions - In "The Spine As The Causative Factor of Disease" German medical clinician Gutzeit indicated the following consequences of changes in the spine: Hypertension, paroxysmal tachycardia, conduction disturbances myocardial damage, heartburn, esophagus erosion, allergic reactions, eczema, dermatitis neuropathica, herpes, bronchial asthma, cyclic allergy symptoms. Freimut Biedermann MD Fundamentals of Chiropractic From the Standpoint of a Medical Doctor Copyright for the English Language 1959.

Abdominal Pain Irritable Bowel Syndrome, /Heartburn - In a Scandinavian study gastroenterologists found 72% of the patients with abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and heartburn had subluxations of the spine in the area that supply nerves tot he abdomen. They postulated a reflex over the nerves which pass through the spine to affect organs. Jorgensen, L.S. and Fossgreen, J. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroentrerology, 1990

Asthma - "In addition to rigidity of the ribs Koberle (1975) found blockage of mainly segments T7-10 in asthmatics." Lewitt MD, SDc, Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System (1985) Butterworth and Company London and Boston.

Ischemic Heart Disease - "The following pattern of disturbances of locomotor system (spinal subluxation) seems characteristic of ischemic heart disease. Blockage affecting the thoracic spine from T3-5 most frequently between T4-5, movement restriction most noticeable to the left, at the cervical thoracic junction, and the third to fifth rib on the left side." Lewitt MD, DSc Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System (1985)

Liver/Gallbladder - "Tilscher found in patients with hepatitis, movement restriction in T8-10 and right hip rotation." Lewitt MD, DSc Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System (1985)

Respiratory Distress and Cardiac Asthma - "...respiratory distress may be the only or major manifestation of dorsal spine radiculitis (mid-back spinal nerve root pain), and sometimes simulate attacks of cardiac asthma." David Davis MD, Boston MA

Ulcers - "Scoliosis of even slight degree involving segments corresponding to the stomach and duodenum i.e. T6-9 seem to play a part in 90% of patients with peptic ulcers." Pathogenic Importance of the Thoracic Portion of the Vertebral Column, H. Kamieth ARCH. ORTHOP. U. Unfall-Chir 49:585-606.

Paroxysmal Tachycardia - "Here the changes found in the spinal column are linked with tachycardia in such a way that when we normalized the function of the spinal column, heart rhythm also became normal and remained so as long as there is no relapse in the spinal column." Lewitt MD, DSc Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System (1985)

Ulcers- Duodenal and Gastric - "In 79 adolescents suffering from duodenal and or gastric ulcers Lewitt and Rychlikova found a characteristic pattern of blockage of the thoracic segments between T4 and T7 with a clear maximum occurance at T5 and T6." Lewitt MD, DSc Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System (1985)

Hearing - "As a result of personal experience there is no doubt in my mind that somatic dysfunction in joints in the upper thoracic spine can affect the function of the inner ear presumably by way of its sympathetic innervation." JF Bourdillon MD , Spinal Manipulation Appleton and Lange 1987 pg. 5.

Heart Rhythm Disorders - "According to studies by Rychlikova, Schwartz and Metz a comparison of EKG's taken before and after manual therapy shows telesystolic changes and normalization, as well as cured heart rhythm disorders." "Manual Therapy in Internal Medicine" E.G. Metz at Bezirksrankerhaus Postdaus

Cardiac and Gastrointestinal Disease - "The selected finding, muscle tension over the tip of transverse process and reduction of costovertebral  (cardiac) motion in the left upper thoracic region, were accurate in indicating the presence of cardiac  or gastrointestinal disease in 76% of cases." Beal; Myron C, FAAO, July 1983, Journal of AOA . Vol 82 (11)

Kidneys- "Metz found in 206 cases of kidney disease movement restriction at T10 through L1." Lewitt MD, DSc Manipulative Therapy in Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System (1985)

Thoracic Sympathetic Hyperactivity - "Muscular skeletal trauma or stress produces segmental sympathetic nervous system hyperactivity. Chronic sympathetic hyperactivity is an often critical factor in such diverse clinical syndromes as neurogenic pulmonary edema, peptic ulcer, arterial sclerosis, cardiac lesions, and osteodystrophies. Effective manipulative therapy improves input so that sympathetic hyperactivity is alleviated." Irvin Korr, Phd, The Spinal Cord as the Organizer of Disease Process: III Hyperactivity of Sympathetic Innervation as a Common Factor in Disease, JAOA 1979.

Difficult Deep Breathing - "With persistent blockage (of thoracic vertebrae) over time, dyspnea (difficulty in breathing) may develop." EG Metz Synopsis Manual Therapy in Internal Medicine Bezirkshrankehaus Potsdam.

Pseudoradicular Pain - "Pseudoradicular pain resembles referred pain from the inner organs of the particular segment and can therefore simulate an organic disease." EG Metz Synopsis Manual Therapy in Internal Medicine Bezirkshrankehaus Potsdam.

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