Dr. Gerald H. Smith
The dental-chiropractic-osteopathic connection is known only to a small percentage of healthcare practitioners. The reason is simple. It is not taught in the dental or chiropractic or osteopathic schools because they are not aware of the interrelationships. Also few practitioners have taken the road less traveled to learn how to piece the puzzle together.
The first interconnection is derived from the dural membrane system. This fibrous tube surrounds the brain, exits the base of the skull, attaches to the upper three cervical vertebrae and then extends all the way down the spine to attach to the sacrum (bone between the two pelvic bones). This system is commonly referred to as the craniosacral system. It works like a “slinky.” Any distortion at either end or in the middle will affect the entire structure.
The second connection comes from a muscle interlink system that was discovered by two chiropractic pioneers, Drs. Herbert Anderson and Carl Ferrari. They uncovered a direct relationship between the chewing muscles and the muscles that balance the pelvis. A malocclusion (bad bite) has the direct effect of distorting the spine, pelvis, sacrum, muscles, ligaments and fascia. Reciprocally, an imbalance of the pelvis has the potential of manifesting as a jaw problem.
A third interconnection comes from a reciprocal relationship, Lovett Brother. This relationship links the cranial bones, spine, and pelvic complex. Specifically, it relates the occipital bone (back of your skull) with the sacrum. The Lovett Brother also relates to the upper cervical and lower lumbar vertebrae.Traumas to the head, orthodontic treatment that distorts the skull, and whiplash injuries can cause the sacrum, lumbar, and pelvis to distort. Attached to the sacrum is the piriformis muscle, which lies directly on the sciatic nerve causing entrapment and pain. Furthermore, a distortion of the sacrum can cause an imbalance of the pelvis, associated muscles and ligaments and appear as low back pain.
Treatment involves a multifactorial approach.
- First, the structural distortions must be corrected via chiropractic, osteopathic, cranial manipulation, dental orthopedics (appliances to straighten the cranial bones), and orthodontics (to straighten the teeth).
- Second, the inflammatory process must be reduced with food-based anti-inflammatories and systemic enzymes.
- Third, nutrients must be supplied to help repair the cells, muscles, ligaments, and fascia and support the adrenal glands.
The chronic fatigue connection appears with chronicity of the pain problem as well as other overlaying factors. In 1936, the international pioneer, researcher in stress and distress, Hans Selye, M.D., discovered that the adrenal glands react the same way whether the distress comes from a structural, chemical, or psychological source. In addition, toxicity from glyphosate (Monsanto’s Round-Up: pesticide), heavy metals from vaccines (aluminum and mercury), chemicals from chemtrails, food additives, and public water (chlorine), viruses and bacteria from dental infections serve to pollute the body. When the small mitochondria (power houses within the cells) become polluted, and the system becomes too acidic (low oxygen levels) energy production diminishes. The end result is fatigue.
About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Of the 80 percent, approximately 5% to 10% have sciatic pain. Unraveling the pain puzzle is not always successful. Unfortunately, healthcare practitioners primarily treat symptoms; and they do not have an extensive database of knowledge nor the time to spend with their patients to make an accurate diagnosis. Having the knowledge enables you to make a more informed decision regarding your health. The next time your physician wants to write a pain prescription stop and ponder your options.