Dr George Hardas has taken the initiating start of chiropractic and developed it further by completing 10 years of clinical research with the Orthopaedic Research Institute at St George Hospital Clinical School. This was of such high quality it earned him a Master of Medicine. It was also accepted by the prestigious American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and invited by them to present this research at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida, USA in 2016.

 DD Palmer

At the St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium 2015 this research was accepted as a “Clinical Poster Presentation”.

Chiropractic is an art, it is a science, and has its philosophy that adjusting ‘subluxations’ of the spinal column and pelvis corrects ‘dis-ease’.

A ‘subluxation’ is when a vertebrae of the spinal column or pelvic bones have moved slightly out of alignment/mis-alignment, to a lesser degree than a dislocation or a ‘luxation’ causing abnormal function, ‘dis-ease’ not disease’.

This ‘subluxation’ irritates the vertebral / pelvic joints, also irritating spinal nerves that enter and exit from the spinal cord interfering also with their normal function, also (2) activating pain fibres (nociceptors).

It is the irritation of these spinal nerves and the activation of pain fibres that causes ‘dis-ease’, when you the patient feels symptoms it becomes a ‘disease’, for example back pain, sciatica, stomach pains, bowel dysfunction, period pain in women, headaches, sinusitis, and (1) so on.

A ‘subluxation’ is what we as Chiropractors correct, returning your spinal column and pelvis and spinal nerves to normal (1) function.

Furthermore, a ‘subluxation’ can occur anywhere within the three hundred articulations of the body also irritating associated nerves. For example joint misalignment and nerve irritation can occur in the knees, feet, shoulders, hands and so on.

In more detail a ‘subluxation’ (1) involves:

  • Biomechanical manifestations, where the joints in the spine may not move correctly, an example is not being able to move your neck normally.
  • Pathophysiological manifestations, where there may be inflammation, and tissue damage, an example is a disc herniation, where there is localized swelling, causing acute pain, and when healed it heals with scar tissue.
  • Clinical manifestations, where there may be weakness in the area being affected, an example being unable to lift your arm, or a limb reflex which is weak.
  • Radiological manifestations, where degenerative changes may be evident. An example is osteoarthritis.

In summary subluxations of the spine / pelvis and the approximate 300 articulations of the body can only be corrected by a Chiropractic adjustment by a qualified Chiropractor.

An example of this is the very first Chiropractic adjustment of the modern era.

The date, September 18, 1895. On this day (3) Harvey Lillard walked into D.D. Palmer’s office (who was Chiropractic’s founder). Harvey Lillard was deaf. This was a result of an injury he had suffered 17 years earlier, hearing a ‘snap’ noise in his neck. He then stated he noticed immediately a bump, pointing to an area of his neck. Harvey Lillard had been to many doctors without success, telling him he was born with that bump on his neck.

D.D. Palmer asked Harvey Lillard if he would mind if he examined this bump. In D.D.’s mind he saw that if the production of the bump meant the losing of the man’s hearing, the reduction of the bump should restore it. He asked Harvey Lillard to work on him. D.D. Palmer began thrusting on this bump. On the third consecutive day, Harvey Lillard jumped up and exclaimed, “I can hear!, I can hear, Doc!”. He was actually hearing the rumble of the horse drawn trolley cars gliding over the cobble stones four storeys below. From the back of the neck of Harvey Lillard, dates the beginning of the evolution of the art, science, and philosophy of Chiropractic.

A subluxation is the alteration of the normal dynamics, anatomical, or physiological relationships of contiguous structures. It may or may not have biomechanical, patho-physiological, clinical, radiologic and other manifestations. Significance: subluxations are of clinical significance as they are affected by or evoke abnormal physiological responses in neuro-muscular skeletal structures and/ or other body systems.

When you need the best in Chiropractic care, you’ll find George Hardas offer professional treatment and care you are looking for, covering all areas to help with back, neck and shoulder pain as well as recovering from sporting injuries or pain from work.

Chronic Pain Management is one of George’s specialties, delivering not only the right treatment to reduce the pain, but also to provide the right advice to help you manage and prevent any additional pain in the future.

References:

  1. DeGiacomo, F.P. (1978). Chiropractic defined. In F.P. DeGiacomo, MAN’s GREATEST GIFT TO MAN…CHIROPRACTIC. (PP 54-67). LSR Learning Associates: U.S.A
  2. Hardas, G.M. (2003). Graduate Certificate Pain Management. (Syd). Royal North Shore Hospital.
  3. DeGiacomo, F.P. (1978). THE GREATEST DISCOVERY. In F.P. DeGiacomo, MAN’s GREATEST GIFT TO MAN…CHIROPRACTIC. (PP 54-67). LSR Learning Associates: U.S.A