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What is the difference between Chiropractors and Advanced Bio-Structural Correction?

05/31/2019 by Zahid Zaman

This is a question we get asked in the office every single week. Often, most of our clients have previously been to a chiropractor at some stage, if not people have heard stories from friends or family members who have been to chiropractors. This question usually arises once they realise the experience at Pain & Mobility Clinic, Birmingham is very different to what they previously experienced or thought they would experience.

Advanced BioStructural Correction was developed by Dr Jesse Jutkowitz in the late 80’s early 90’s and spread around the world in around the early 2000’s. Compare this to traditional chiropractors which was developed around 1895. Before we understand the difference between traditional chiropractic and ABC, we must first understand traditional chiropractors, its philosophy and methodology.

Traditional Chiropractors

Traditional chiropractors, in the forms of gonstead or diversified, focuses on the analysis of misalignments in the spine known as subluxations. The analysis is designed to determine which bones of the spine are stuck or not moving correctly. Once these stuck bones have been identified the adjustment is a quick, short thrust into the spinal segment, which is designed to get it moving correctly again.

Traditional chiropractors are very split, it either has some fantastic results and changes for people, or it doesn’t. Most people have heard stories of both sides of the coin, people who see improvement and people who don’t. The goals of chiropractors are to increase range of motion of the spine, reduce muscular spasm and to reduce pain. These are very useful goals and can show great results.

The founder of ABC, Dr Jesse Jutkowitz, asked “Why do some people get better and others do not, some even get worse with traditional chiropractic?”. He was determined to find out the answer to this question. He spent many years looking for the answer, conducted many cadaver studies and many studies using x-ray analysis. What he found was the five axioms of ABC. The five principles of ABC will give you a great understanding of how ABC differs from chiropractors.

Principle 1

The body is not a TOTALLY self-correcting thing or machine but can self-correct many of its mechanical and other Pathologies.

This is very self evident, there are many things that the body can correct itself. Take a cut on your finger for example, your body has the innate ability to correct and heal this cut. If the body could fix everything however, there would be no need for doctors or specialists as no one would ever get sick or injured. If you look at society today, you will see this is not the case. There are many people out there struggling with health conditions. The body can fix some things, but not everything.

Principle 2

Health of a body is defined as a body working optimally on a mechanical basis – even the chemistry comes down to the mechanics if you look at it from a small enough viewpoint – shapes of molecules and atoms fitting together (self-evident by observation).

Another thing that seems obvious, but some have difficulty with it. As stated above, we are not bodies, but we do use bodies. In Advanced BioStructural Correction™ we are only concerned with correcting the mechanics of bodies so they work well and are thus physically healthy. Spiritual health, etc. is another discussion for some time and place. Given that bodies are a chemical and mechanical machine, the above axiom is readily observable. That is why there are records of people recovering from just about everything when a body’s mechanics are corrected. And, this is not just in massage, chiropractors or osteopathy. These records go back to ancient times and structural treatments.

Principle 3

To keep bodies healthy or get bodies healthy one must make sure that the things the body cannot self-correct are corrected by some outside agency. (By definition – if bodies cannot self-correct something else must correct them.)

If the body cannot self-correct something that means someone else needs to correct that. This is where ABC starts to differ from chiropractors. Immediately evident is that any method of structurally correcting the human body that tries to get the body to self-correct by strengthening muscles, reshaping ligaments or the like, can immediately be dismissed. Strengthening muscles will help human bodies COMPENSATE more and better, but muscles will not CORRECT the body or what is wrong with it because bones can go out of place in directions the body does not have muscles oriented to pull them back into alignment.

Principle 4

Regarding what the body cannot self-correct: On the grossest scale, what the body cannot self-correct are bones out of optimal mechanical position in a direction the body has no muscle or combination of muscles that can pull in the direction needed to retrieve and replace the bone into its position of optimal mechanical advantage for the body.

Here is where things get interesting. The human body has somewhat of a design flaw. If you feel your spine you will notice that at the back it is all just bone, either side you have muscles. So, if a bone gets knocked from behind in the forward direction, there are no muscles or combination of muscles in this location to correct a bone that is misaligned FORWARD. This is something that can go wrong with your body and that your body has no ability to correct its self. These types of misalignments are the focus of ABC.

Principle 5

Regarding treatment of a body: Healthcare professionals should only correct things that the body cannot self correct.

This is the main difference between ABC and traditional chiropractic methods. With ABC we only correct bones that have been misaligned in a FORWARD direction (the direction the body has no ability to correct). With chiropractors, many of the bones that are ‘stuck’ or not moving well are a part of the bodies compensation pattern. To put simply, they are bones that are out of place in a direction the body CAN self-correct. However, they are out of place for a reason, to compensate for other misalignments the body cannot correct.

Understanding the UNWINDING Process

Over the course of your lifetime, if you have lived a physically active lifestyle you have had the ability to misalign bones out of place in the direction your body cannot self-correct. Each time this happens the body needs to formulate some form of mechanical compensation for this problem. After many of these misalignments and compensations, eventually your body has many layers or mechanical twist or compensation. This results in your body becoming very twisted, bound, tight and rigid.

At Pain & Mobility Clinic, Birmingham we focus on only correcting the bones that are out of place, in a direction the body cannot correct itself. Thereby, enabling the body to correct things on its own. Once you begin to correct bones that are out of place in a direction the body has no ability to self-correct, it frees the body up to be able to begin to correct the things it can. This releases the compensations that were developed over time because of certain bones that were out of place in a direction it was unable to correct.

Our focus is not to simply relieve pain, increase range of motion and decrease muscular spasm which are the goals of chiropractors. Our focus is to take our clients through the process of ‘unwinding’ to progressively correct the bones out of place, that the body cannot self-correct and allow the body to release layers of twist. This not only helps people to move and feel better, but it allows the body to become less twisted and rigid which results in far greater function of the human body and an overall improvement in quality of life.

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