Episode 9.5 - "The Chiropractor Reviewed" - Part 4, The Subluxation

D.D. Palmer's,  The Chiropractor

D.D. Palmer's, The Chiropractor

The Subluxation

The displaced bones of any luxated joint may impinge upon a nerve, or by their displacement cause a nerve to be stretched, thereby creating inflammation.  - Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (p. 48).

These conditions may be relieved by adjusting the displaced vertebrae which impinge against the nerves.  Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (p. 62).

A displacement displaces vertebrae, spreads them apart, does not draw them together. - Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (p. 69).

Do you not see that the long, wide gap between the atlas and axis affords no possible chance for nerve compression—no more than there is between the atlas and occiput?  If you think the first or second spinal nerves can be pinched, compressed or squeezed by the approximation of the atlas and the axis or the drawing together of the occiput and the atlas, just try to explain such a condition to your next prospective patient.  - Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (p. 50).

The intervertebral disks are not compressed, made thinner, the nerves are not occluded, pinched or impinged upon.  We, as chiropractors, have no use for such unscientific terms as “The spinal windows are occluded, closed up.” - Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (pp. 89-90).

The importance of bone pressure, nerve impingement, nerve tension, the all important fact that the position of the osseous frame, the neuroskeleton of the human body, has all to do with the amount of nerve tension, normal or abnormal, known as nerve strain, the amount of heat, is never mentioned, in fact, is never thought of by the teachers of medical or chiropractic schools. - Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (p. 107).

Knowing the structure of bones and nerves, the names of each and all their surfaces, the descriptive terms, nomenclature and classification, their location and functions, do not inform us of the importance which chiropractors should attach to the position of bones. - Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (p. 108).

Why remain satisfied with a meager knowledge of the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic?  Why not advance onward and upward toward perfection[…] - Palmer, D.D. (2007-09-03). The Chiropractor (p. 16).

Episode 2: Life Chiropractic College West with Angel Ochoa

Angel Ochoa is a 10th Quarter student at Life Chiropractic College West who transferred from University of Western States. He posted a video almost exactly 1 year ago that has hit nearly 2000 views on YouTube and is still getting responses nearly everyday. In it, Angel describes the feeling of despair while attending a school that didn't match his philosophy of chiropractic, and the renewed excitement and love for the profession he has gained since transferring.

In our discussion, Angel shares how his life and experience at school has changed in the past year, what he loves about his clinic experience, and why the warehouse-turned-chiropractic-school still has bare walls, floors, and no ceiling tiles.

Note: The ideas and opinions offered in this discussion are those of the host and guests and do not reflect the institutions discussed.

Check out Life Chiropractic College West

Life West is located in Hayward, California, just across the bay from San Francisco. The curriculum focuses on correction of the vertebral subluxation and aims to give each student "an appreciation for the innate potential of the human body to heal and adapt to its environment."

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Angel's Story

If you haven't yet, be sure to watch Angel's videos about his experience transferring to Life West, and leave him a comment!