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Nerve Chart




Winsor Autopsies




Nerve Chart




If you have been in a chiropractor’s office, you have undoubtedly seen a nerve chart.  These are nothing new, and simply show the relationship between specific vertebral levels, the nerves associated with each level, and the various organs, glands, and bodily functions that said nerves control.  By the way, the one I like best (what I use in my office) is copyright 1957.  In fact, these charts are essentially the same version of more complex charts found in neurologist’s offices.  If you go online, you will find a plethora of simple charts that are all based on the simple fact that the brain controls every function of the body.

As time went on, these charts became more impressive and technologically advanced.  When I first got into practice, I really wanted a neuropathalator in my office, but was not ready to part with the several thousand bucks that it would have cost me.  These were an electric, automated version of the chart at the top.  If you pressed a button on the right of the chart (for example; L3), everything controlled by the nerve from the Third Lumbar Vertebral nerve level would light up.  I am glad that I did not spend that money.  Now we have INTERACTIVE NERVE CHARTS for computers.  Same principle, newer technology.  The real question, however, is how accurate are these charts?  

This question is simple to answer.  Since the 1800’s, doctors have known which spinal nerves control what organs, glands, and muscles.  In fact, every single medical student, dentist, nurse, and chiropractor learns this information in extreme detail in their very first year of professional school.  So why don’t more doctors look to the nerve system for answers instead of prescribing drugs for everything (HERE)?  After all, you cannot fix a mechanical / electrical problem in your car by using a chemical.  What would make one think that it would work in a human body? 

If you have followed my blog for very long, you realize very quickly that there is BIG MONEY IN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.  It seems like far too many of today’s doctors are acting more like glorified PHARMACEUTICAL REPS than healers.  Interestingly enough, however, it was an early medical doctor who, nearly a century ago, scientifically “proved” one of the foundational principles of chiropractic.  The spine houses the nerve system in bones called vertebrate.  When these vertebrate have poor alignment or motion in relationship to each other, that specific area of the nerve system is adversely affected.  Adversely affect a nerve, and you will adversely affect whatever that nerve controls.  This is what chiropractors have always referred to as “Subluxation”. 


• In 1921, the Medical Profession Validated Chiropractic
Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in Haverford , Pennsylvania asked the question:  “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?”   Dr. Winsor decided to investigate this new science and art of healing — chiropractic.

• Dissections
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Winsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment. He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to the organ. As he wrote: “The object of these necropsies was to determine whether any connection existed between curvatures of the spine, and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other.”

• University Permission
The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five human and twenty-two cat cadavers . The following are Dr. Winsor’s results: “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. These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide…for 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.

• In Conclusion
Dr. Winsor’s results are published in The Medical Times (a medical journal published a century ago) and can be found in any medical library. Winsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies by other researchers have confirmed Dr. Winsor’s conclusion that misaligned and DEGENERATIVE spines (SUBLUXATED SPINES) have a high — almost 100% —- correlation with disease processes.  Do you see why I use the Spinal Nerve charts in my office?

• Reference:
All quotes from: Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances – II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times ,November 1921, pp 267-271

Interestingly enough, I just had a patient who came to me for low back pain, tell me after their third adjustment that their BOWELS WERE WORKING better than they had in years, and their CHRONIC DEPRESSION was lifting.  My first real experience with this phenomenon happened shortly after starting practice 20 years ago.  A woman drove down from Houston to see me for a case of full-blown hemi-paralysis (half her body, including her face, was totally paralyzed).  She had been like this for over two years; and when I asked her why she came to see a brand new graduate when there were 3 chiros in her town, she told me that God had told her to come to me.  I X-rayed the woman, determined the top bone in her spine (Atlas) was way out of alignment, adjusted her, and watched as she got off the table completely normal!

One of the most radical cases of this phenomenon was a 60 year old patient who got his hearing back after just one adjustment.  He had been over 90% deaf for 42 years —- since a car wreck that occurred when he was 18 years old.  He had no neck pain, but had come to see me for his low back.  I found subluxations in his neck, and when I adjusted him —- walla —- his hearing returned!  The thing is, I cannot take one iota of credit.  I did not even know that he was deaf —- he was a lip reader (HERE)! 


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