Low Level Laser Therapy, Chiropractic, and Denial
Low level laser therapy.
What is it? Well, there are many books on the subject, and a remarkable amount of agreement exists among them.
Now, when we speak of dosages, there is often a wide array of treatment protocols and parameters. These are based on the cold laser’s wavelength, power, and also any modulation to the output. When we add the amount of knowledge that we don’t know yet, it is easy to see why we have such a wide range of recommended dosages.
The fact is that LLLT is not going to go away, as some will soon wish it would. It has been very jading to me – to see the denial in the realm of some research. I can’t imagine doing research on, say, rheumatoid arthritis, and having it come out negative, or inconclusive. I must say that I have come to the opinion that the negative studies had an agenda.
I am sorry to sound like a conservative zealot, but I just can’t think of any other reason for negative studies, unless the treatment parameters were something outrageously far from what I would recommend.
The same goes for chiropractic, and I am sick of it. How can someone ignore the thousands of research papers which document the efficacy of chiropractic treatment? How is it, that just the other day, I visited a website where someone pronounced that there is not a single double-blind study that proves that chiropractic is effective.
What planet do these people come from? There are plenty of double-blind studies of chiropractic which demonstrate the value of this drugless health care approach.
I happen to be somewhat of a chiropractic heretic. I believe that there is only a small percentage of people who really, really need a chiropractor. I believe that percentage to be between ten and twenty percent of the population. Probably closer to ten percent.
Why do I believe this? Well, lets look at my words above: “really, really need a chiropractor”. What does that mean?
To me, it means that a person has a spinal problem that won’t go away. Not with time. Not with drugs. Not with exercise. Not with physical therapy. Not with surgery.
If this person has spine-related problems, and has been on the “medical merry-go-round”, for months or years, and nothing has been found that helped, at a cost of tens of thousands of insurance dollars, it is likely that this person really, really needs to try a chiropractor for a week or two, and see.
And if they need a chiropractor, nothing else will work.
Will the chiropractor “cure” them? Not likely. A chiropractor doesn’t “cure” anything. The body cures itself. If you are religious, you can say that it happens with God.
The only thing that a chiropractor does is to “undo”.
What does he/she undo?
He or she undoes the layers of millions of muscular memories fixated on a past injury or compensation, imbedded in the sensors and neuroreceptors found primarily in the tendons, and in the cerebellum. These are the many memories , recordings, whatever you would like to call it – that tell a particular muscle fiber just how long, short, tight, or loose to be. This information is in your standard medical physiology books, and has been there for generations.
The chiropractor allows the spine to relax again, when it has become tied up in knots because of compensations to old spinal injuries, and often compensations further up the spine, defending and re-balancing against the “over-compensation” below.
Remember when I mentioned a “small percentage”? I am talking about those who, on x-ray, demonstrate “wedging” of at least one vertebra. This is an unbalanced “block” in the stack of “blocks” that we call the spine. It became malformed because of injury or compensation when the person was a child of under eleven years of age.
How do I know that? There is something called “Wolfe’s Law”. It says that bone can be misshapen due to unequal forces over time, when a child is roughly eleven years of age or younger.
I find these wedged vertebrae on the majority of my patients and I believe that they make up at least ten percent of the population in general.
Also, the more wedged vertebrae I find, the more problems that patient usually has. The effects of spinal defensiveness against compensations to these resulting imbalances simply leads to more compensation as the person grows older. Sometimes simply growing bigger helps, but the imbalances remain.
The spinal joints get either stuck, or hyper-mobile as a compensation to the stuck vertebrae. Things wear out in certain areas and levels of the spine. When such dysfunctional spinal joints affect the delicate neural networks running through and near it, we can call that a classic chiropractic subluxation.
The effects can indirectly cause shoulder, elbow, or wrist problems, and sometimes cause overt organic or systemic problems as well.
These are the people who sing praises of their chiropractors.
These are the people who confound those who don’t want to hear.
These are the “ten percent” of the population that has always gone to chiropractors, if they were lucky enough to try.