Human anatomy and physiology is comprised of a complex system of automatic self regulation. It is complex and diverse where each system coordinates with the next. The human body is organized through an intimate relationship of biochemistry and biomechanics. The body is chemical, and complex chemical reactions are constantly being processed. Energy, hormonal balance, immunity, cell development and organ function are just a few products of extreme chemical reactions.
As in any system, malfunctions can occur. Chemical imbalance, chemical stress and incomplete chemical reactions produce unhealthy organs and systems. Traditional medicine tends to suppress unwanted results in the body’s chemistry. This translates to management of the problem, not correction of the problem.
While some disease is genetic, most often it can best be described as malfunction. Let’s use IBS as an example. Patients with IBS are treated with medication to suppress the symptoms, giving the illusion that all is well. As long as medications are taken, symptoms will be suppressed. This is not optimal health.
What about the other system…biomechanics? Structural health can play a role in decreasing IBS. The human body is mechanical, a complex machine made up of mechanical parts that allow the body to move. All mechanical things, including the human body, are subject to the laws of physics. Specifically, the second law of thermo dynamics. This law in part is defined by a mechanical engineering term…entropy. Entropy is something that occurs as all mechanical things tend towards disorder, which means that everything we see, touch, hear and smell is degenerating. Entropy can be accelerated, and decelerated, but most importantly it can be managed.
The most mechanical entity in the human body is the spinal column. It is an engineering marvel made up of joints, discs and soft tissues, and allows the body to move freely. The spinal column is constantly stressed, and the laws of entropy are persistently acting upon it. When entropy challenges the spines’ biomechanics, misalignment gradually occurs. This is known as micro-trauma. It is a slow, consistent process that causes mechanically positioned vertebrae to move out of alignment. It is exactly the same as the front end of an automobile tending towards misalignment. Realign the front end of a car and sooner or later, it will be out of alignment.
The spinal column is no different, except the consequences are disastrous when they occur in the spine. When a vertebra misaligns, in most cases, it will move backwards. In radiology, this is known as retrolisthesis. When a bone misaligns backwards, it narrows the openings that house the spinal cord and peripheral nerve roots. This produces nerve compression, which inhibits electrical impulses traveling to its destination called an organ. In fact, this is where organ physiology is controlled…by the nerves exiting the mechanical spinal column. It’s like a flowing river being choked by a narrowing of the stream, it doesn’t flow well.
Electrical impulses produced in the brain, travel down the spinal cord then spinal nerves to the large intestine. These impulses cause a rhythmic contraction of the muscular walls that make up the large intestine. This is known as peristalsis. When misalignment occurs in the spinal joint that contains the nerves that innervate the large intestine, nerve pressure occurs and produces an abnormal peristalsis. The result is dysfunction aka disease. Bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and gas are just a few symptoms the occur when a lower lumbar vertebrae is misaligned. It is a mechanical problem, not a chemistry problem. It requires a mechanical resolution to decompress the nerve and realign the vertebrae and restore normal function to the large intestine.
Gently moving the vertebrae in a forward manner will restore normal function to a malfunctioning large intestine. The nervous system controls all organ physiology in the human body. It must be free of compression in order to properly control organ physiology. Therefore, the human body must be mechanically maintained. Entropy in engineering physics is the aging process in anatomy and physiology. If you have IBS, Crohns, Diverticulitis or symptoms of a malfunctioning large intestine…get your spine checked for nerve compression.
Dr Robb is a Chiropractic Physician trained in the science of joint biomechanics and the Gonstead technique. Dr Robb was formally trained at the world-renowned Gonstead Clinic, where he studied one of the most challenging forms of Chiropractic Bio-Mechanics. With clinical experience in joint biomechanics spanning 17 years, Dr Robb has owned five clinics and served as Clinical Director. Prior to his Chiropractic career, Dr Robb worked for the U.S. Department of Energy in the field of Nuclear Engineering, where he was involved in the nation’s nuclear weapons production program.