Dynamic Chiropractic – August 12, 1994, Vol. 12, Issue 17

Nerves, neurology, neurophysiology, neuropathology, and chiropractic. Is there a relationship?

Is there a connection? Do you know what it really is, or is the big black shoe on the soft green hose still your best line?

By Keith Innes
On one hand we use all of the current research journals. Up-to-date text books fill the libraries of our colleges.
We build anatomy departments that are second to none. Spinal biomechanics, the dynamic motion concepts, and other marvels of the totally mobile spinal column are taught. Then upon graduation, as if by some bizarre twist of fate, we unlearn all of this material and perpetuate the bone out of place concept.

We are striving for acceptance into the new health care system. Our associations are working hard to see that this happens. A number of years ago the CCE was formed to standardize our colleges; for the most part this has been successful. However, as long as the principles and science of chiropractic cannot be explained in an understandable language, the proponents of chiropractic cannot expect to be welcomed with open arms into the new scheme. Each health care system that bases its success on empirical experience is required to subject itself to scientifically accepted (as we do in our own journals), methodology and standards.

The chiropractic profession is a light year ahead of all other health care providers in that we have taken the time to write some guidelines. Chiropractic has a major lead. Let us work hard to press the advantage and start now to study the science of chiropractic. Chiropractic was a way of life; our founders taught it relative to the era in which they lived. Chiropractic is still a way of life, but we need to teach it as it is in 1994. Do not be afraid, the big picture is the same, it's only the words that have changed -- but you do need the words.

In February of 1994, MPI hosted a "Call to Clinical Excellence" in Hawaii, featuring Dr. Leroy Perry, DC. As usual, Dr. Perry was superb. The doctors in attendance will testify that without exception they were exposed to new and exciting concepts and treatment methods.

March 6-10, 1995, MPI will once again host a "Call to Clinical Excellence" in beautiful Hawaii. The general topic will be neurology and chiropractic. This general topic will be subdivided into a number of categories which at this time, subject to modification, will include:

  1. The pathophysiology of vertebrobasilar ischemic stroke, appropriate tests, and what they mean in your practice. Do you refer all patients who have tested positive or is a positive test actually an indicator for an adjustment?


  2. The pathophysiology of vertigo, both objective and subjective types, will be discussed as to testing methods and their interpretation, as well as how they fit into the chiropractic paradigm.


  3. The third topic is very exciting and one that will benefit each and everyone attending this program. The topic will be how the chiropractor and the medical neurologist can work hand in hand for the benefit of the patient, as well as each other.

The above three topics will be taught by Henry Echiverri, MD. Apart from specializing in the above topics, Dr. Echiverri is a clinical instructor of adult neurology at Loyola University Medical Center. His practice includes a very high number of chiropractic referrals. It is also interesting to note that the referrals go in both directions, and for these reasons Dr. Echiverri has been chosen to speak to our profession.
4. David Seaman, DC, MS, DABCN, will be teaching his 12 hour course, "The Subluxation Complex: Neurological and Nutritional Considerations," with emphasis on:

The chiropractic adjustment -- What does it really do? How does it really work? How is this connected to the basil ganglia and cerebral cortex?, etc.

Subluxation; nociception; inflammation and nutrition; the pro-inflammatory state and specific chemical irritants and their interaction with chiropractic and the dorsal horn will complete this fantastic presentation.

Doctors and students who attend this information-packed week will come away with a neurological model of the chiropractic way of life in the 1990s, a battery of tests for both vertebrobasilar ischemic stroke and vertigo, and the confidence to know when to treat or refer the patient. Dr. Seaman will leave you with a complete model of how the osseous adjustment that you deliver does what it does to the nervous system and provide in excess of 200 references. Had enough ...? Well, there is more to come, however, at this date the third portion of this educational week has not been confirmed. MPI and Dynamic Chiropractic will keep you informed.

Keith Innes, DC
Scarborough, Ontario

Editor's Note: Dr. Innes will be conducting his next Spine 2 (S2) seminar on August 13-14, 1994, in Columbia, South Carolina, and his next Extremities 1 (E1) seminar September 10-11 also in Columbia South Carolina. He will be conducting another E1 seminar September 17-18 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You may call 1-800-359-2289 to register.


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