In 1921 a doctor in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Henry Winsor, asked a pertinent question that validates the significance of chiropractic care:
“Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others, conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve—but how?”
After his graduation from medical school, Dr. Winsor, encouraged by literature he read in the fields of chiropractic and osteopathy, resolved to find an answer. His plan was to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ and the vertebra associated with the nerves that went to the organ. His studies were to determine “whether any connection existed between curvatures of the spine, and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other.”
Dr. Winsor was given permission by the University of Pennsylvania to carry out his experiments. He performed a series of three studies in which he dissected a total of 75 human and 22 cat cadavers. His results were as follows:
“221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were from the same sympathetic (nerve) segments as the vertebrae in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from the vertebrae out of line.”
Dr. Winsor calculated that the nine diseased organs which did not seem to correlate to a spinal curvature could be explained by the fact that “an organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments, and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic (nerve) filaments from the same spinal segments. In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.”
These studies were published in The Medical Times and are found in any medical library. Since Dr. Winsor has done his work, other researchers have performed similar studies which have confirmed Dr. Winsor’s conclusion that degenerated and misaligned spines have a high correlation with disease processes.
Reference: All quotes are from Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances – II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, or visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times, November 1921, pp./ 267-271.