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Chris Organ
02-12-2002, 06:54 AM

The definition of "subluxation" rests upon the premise that "normal"
vertebral elements are always precisely aligned. Anyone one who has
performed dissections on real animals knows the high degree in
variability that occurs naturally. The hypothesis that "subluxations"
exist has, to my knowledge, always been pursued by searching for
confirming evidence, instead of falsifying evidence. Furthermore, even
if "subluxations" were shown to exist, they are assumed, a priori, to
bear a casual relationship with lower back.

For these reasons alone (definitional and methodological problems),
chiropractic medicine is best grouped with other pseudoscience
practices, such as homeopathy, qi kung, etc.

Best, Chris Organ

Chris Organ
Center for Computational Biology, CBN
Department of Paleontology, MOR
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

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[mailto:BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf Of Mosley, Geoffrey D.
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: [BIOMCH-L] Subluxation Paradox:

The following is merely my own hypothesis:
I think it's possible to argue that many "subluxations" you see that
lead to the chronic pain conditions commonly seen are more easily
understood as problems of compression vs. distraction. The pin point
forces imposed on tissue during compression can b

Only in very severe cases do I believe one might see signs of mechanical
failure of the connective tissues surrounding a joint (especially the
spine which is extremely well protected).

The arthrokinematics of every joint allows for a certain amount of play.
When muscle contraction (or external forces) moves the joint to the end
point of available range and holds it there for a prolonged period, the
compressive forces of the joint surf
especially chronic low back pain.

The same conditions and chronic damage may also occur with overuse-type
injuries, where two tissues are approximated repeatedly with forces
greater than can be handled effectively by them.

Chronic positioning over time may also lead to relatively permanent
changes in tissue properties. Supportive structures become adaptively
lengthened or shortened, and the joint maintains its malalignment even
after the original forces involved subside.

Perhaps this is why manipulation techniques rarely show permanent
changes in alignment. When tissues as strong as the ones surrounding
the joints of the vertebrae have become contracted, it would probably
take much more than a quickly applied force to s

This, of course, is my humble opinion. Please take my argument with a
modicum of good judgment.

Warm regards,
Geoff Mosley

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