Beginning in the 1970’s, Dr. Chung Ha Suh, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the Biomechanics Department of the University of Colorado began a series of studies showing that just 10mmHG pressure (about the same as the weight of a dime resting on the top of your hand) could cause a 40-60% decrease in electrical transmission down the course of the nerve. Chiropractors had long claimed that minimal pressure on nerves could have a significant physiological impact. This study gave credence to such claims.
Now we have all picked up a dime and put it in our pocket at some point or another. Not even 2 minutes later we have forgotten that that dime was in our pocket. Not because we don’t have the correct concept of the value of the dime, but because the dime weighs hardly anything. It is not the same with our nerves. Our nerves are delicate fibers that with a slight amount of pressure placed on them can lose up to 60% of their functional ability. Would it be acceptable for you to lose 60% of anything that was important? Well, in our bodies, our nervous system is the most important organ. It controls everything, from how you move and feel to how all of your organs function, including your heart.
We know that a 60% loss is a big loss and we wouldn’t want that for ourselves, so let’s look for a compromise. What percent loss would be acceptable for you in your nervous system? 30%, 20%, 5%? What percent loss would be acceptable for your family to live with in their nervous system? Would it be OK for your child to grow up getting only 80% of their nerve function they should be getting? How about just 95%?
The weight of the dime is minute, but the effect is the same as to what happens to your nerves when your spine is out of place. One subluxation in your spine adds pressure to your nerves that reduces the amount of information that your nerves can carry. What part of your body do you want this reduced nerve communication to go to? What should you do to ensure you don’t have a loss of nerve communication? The chiropractor is the only person who is trained specifically to find these problems. Through specific adjustments, they can also correct them. So get checked regularly and give your family the same opportunity to experience a life free of subluxations.