So Where Did the “Garden Hose Go”?
In the following brief excerpts, I will relate my attempt to provide insight to our chiropractic colleagues abroad who have had only a thimble full of chiropractic philosophy as part of their education—doing anything without a framework of context as to why leads only to pointless pursuits.
So the original "garden hose" idea of moving a bone to remove nerve pressure, thereby restoring proper nerve flow to the tissues and organs, with the result being the absence of dis-ease, is pretty much gone.
It has been replaced with an idea of facilitation. Facilitation is a straightforward way to look at the chiropractic subluxation and explain it to patients before going into the subluxation complex, which I'll introduce shortly.
With facilitation, it is not the nerve being compressed, and nervous energy is not reaching the tissues and organs RATHER the opposite. The nerve is hyper-irritated (in other words, facilitated). A biomechanical lesion (the chiropractic subluxation) has created a situation whereby the nerve has been stimulated (increased action potential) to such an extent that it will take minimal additional outside stimuli to cause it to fire. So much so that everyday activity which should not cause it to fire WILL cause it to fire and send incorrect or too much information to the distal tissues and organs, causing dis-ease symptoms. The majority of headaches and back pain cases are the bread and butter for most chiropractors.
For the more adventurous chiropractor, their observed cases of heart palpitation, gastrointestinal unrest, amenorrhea (I like this one as one of my first clinical experiences was a 28-year-old female that had never had chiropractic care had not had a period in three years. Her gynecologist told her she was infertile, started her period, got pregnant, and blamed me) that go away. Not with treating the condition or symptom but rather by "clearing" the subluxation and returning proper nerve flow (now you know the why behind medical conditions going away with chiropractic care). You also have a purpose—eliminating dis-ease through chiropractic subluxation correction. A profession is born.
- Dennis Ostrowski