Trees, like all other life forms, go through different stages of development. When considering a newly germinated seedling, the first part to develop is called the taproot. From the taproot, the rest of the root system and parts develop: the trunk, branches and twigs. Off the trunk come the branches, and off the branches come the twigs; each a fractional aspects of the one it is derived from. A similar process occurs under the ground within the root system. This is based off a system of mathematics used by nature called fractal geometry. It is the concept of how patterns are repeated but at fractions of the source shape: a structure with repetitive branching within branching. The classic example is the Koch Snowflake. It is the idea that a simple shape such as an equilateral triangle can develop into a complex, intricate and beautiful snowflake. Examples of fractal geometry can be found throughout nature; some of the most notable are seen in clouds, river networks, fault lines, mountain ranges, lightning bolts, coastlines, the pulmonary, vascular and nerve systems and many others.
You have a taproot as well; it is called the brainstem. When the sperm enters the egg and cell production starts, the very first organ tissue that develops at that exact point is the brainstem. From the brainstem, the brain will develop; along with the rest of the spinal cord and other tissues the body is composed of- heart, lung, kidney, etc. The brainstem’s name is truly fitting; the brain “stems” or “originates” from it. This is where all human life starts and where the control center is housed for the trillions of cells humans are composed of. Nature saw fit to develop this important area first because it is the connection area between the brain above and the body below. The same basic branching pattern arises throughout other tissues of the body such as the pulmonary and vascular systems. The taproot of the pulmonary, or lungs, is the trachea; the taproot of the circulatory, or blood vessels, is the aorta. Why is this similar organizational pattern seen throughout nature and life? Well, organization takes intelligence and life is intelligent. Life will use the process that is to be the most efficient and yielding for the space it envelopes.
What does this have to do with Chiropractic? The brainstem houses the greatest concentration of nerve tracts found anywhere in the entire body. Brainstem tissue resides within the two top bones of the neck, the atlas and axis vertebrae. From this area, the nerve tracts will branch out to every other organ, gland and tissue of the body. The intricate branching of the nerves throughout the body are controlled by the brainstem, which is where all the tracts originate.
Let’s go back to the tree for further explanation. You can cut off a twig and alter the function locally; but the tree can still survive. You can cut off a branch, altering the function locally, but the tree can still survive. But if you cut off the trunk at the taproot source, you lose the tree globally. This can be done within your own body as well. You can lose a lobe of a lung and still breath and function at a relative level. You can even puncture your whole right of left lung and still breath and function at a relative level. You get something lodged in the trachea though, shutting off all capability of the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, and you will eventually die from the increasing toxicity in the body. A very similar concept occurs within the nerve system. You can sever the musculocutaneous nerve, a nerve found in the arm, and you lose function to just what that nerve innervates. Sever the L5 nerve root and you lose function to the tissues innervated by that root. Sever the spinal cord at the T5 level and you lose function to the tissues innervated below that level. You sever the brainstem though, and you lose all function. Not some, but all function.
Dale Earnhardt Sr., the NASCAR driver, died instantly when his atlas bone separated from its joints along with fracturing the base of his skull during a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. He sustained no brain trauma. Now, injury to the brainstem doesn't have to be as severe as Dale Earnhardt’s for the disruption of function to occur. Another detrimental injury is a fracture. Christopher Reeve, the actor best know as Superman, became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down, after fracturing the two top bones of his neck from a horse riding accident. He also sustained no brain trauma during the injury. There is a level of injury that can occur to the brainstem that is different from a separation, fracture or dislocation. This is called a vertebral subluxation.
When the two top bones are misaligned by just a couple millimeters, they lose their normal relationship with each other. This can cause added pressure to be put on the spinal cord and brainstem. This added pressure alters the normal function of the brainstem. When brainstem function is altered, it effects the nerve system on a global scale. And since the brainstem and nerve system control every function of the body, an abnormally functioning brainstem will result in an abnormally functioning body as a whole. A vertebral subluxation causes small tears to the tissues that surround and support the brainstem. These tears result in scar tissue which increases pressure around the brainstem. This is similar to how when plaque builds up inside a blood vessel, the increased pressure alters its ability to function properly.
My goal at OHIO Specific Chiropractic is to remove this vertebral subluxation. By removing the subluxation, pressure is removed from the brainstem, thus improving the functional capability of the nerve system. With the brainstem and nerve system functioning properly, the body as a unit can now function at its greatest. Proper function is healthy function. Healthy function is vital for a life experience that will yield positive results.