The Link Between Back Pain and Disease                     

A Unique Study Shows: “There is nearly a 100 percent correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs"

Ever wonder why chiropractors say that your overall health is affected by the health of your spine?  If you have asked this question, you are not alone. In fact thats what a prominent medical doctor at the University of Pennsylvania asked in the early 1920’s.

Dr. Henry Windsor in a journal article in The Medical Times, November 1921, pp. 267-271 answered this question. 

“Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as kidney disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve - but how?”

Dr. Windsor set out to discover if there was a relationship between diseased organs and the vertebra associated with the nerves that go to those organs, by performing autopsies on cadavers. Dr. Windsor conducted  a series of 3 studies of 75 human and 22 cat cadavers.

His results clearly showed a connection between the spine and the health of specific organs; especially the organs of digestion: 221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these 212 were from the same nerve segments in the curvature of the spine. 9 diseased organs belonged to different segments than the vertebra that was misaligned. His studies showed that there was nearly a 100 percent correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.

A table of his results follows:

Organ System                  Cases                      Spinal Misalingments

Heart Disease                       20                        T1-T5     

Lung Disease                        26                        T1-T4

Stomach Disease                   9                          T5-T9

Liver Disease                        19                         T5-T9

Gallstones                              5                         T5-T9

Pancreas                                3                         T5-T9

Spleen                                   11                        T5-T9

Kidney                                   17                        T10-T12

Prostate/Bladder                     8                         L1-L3

Uterus                                     2                         L2

For more information on why your back pain may be caused by digestion, or stress on digestive organs click here.

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