Question 17. What is a sick pattern?
Answer 17. Every vertebral subluxation has a chiropractic basic direction, location, degree, with its sequential constructions, interferences, and conditions. This is more or less fixed, does not vary, except within certain ranges. It is what we call a “floating movement”, but always within fixed limits. Consequently, when NCM is correctly used and interpreted, it will always follow a definite pattern, subject to floating variations which follow a pattern within certain ranges. This is the “sick pattern.” It will not change until an adjustment is given; then it begins to reconstruct back to a “health pattern.”
Question 14. If patient has been free of nerve pressure in upper cervical region for a number of months, and exhibits no symptoms of dis-ease, why do extreme tenderness, and taut muscles persist in middle dorsal region?
Answer 14. A person may be sick WITHOUT vertebral subluxation. Another person may be well WITH one. How? At 12:00 noon, a man who is hypothetically well, has an accident. Subluxation exists. He is NOT yet sick. Time is necessary to grow sickness which will result from THAT subluxation. Another man has been sick for years, caused by chronic subluxation. At 12:00 noon, he gets an adjustment. No subluxation now exists, yet he is still sick and is liable to be “for a number of months”, for it takes TIME for sickness to ungrow: ” — extreme tenderness and taut muscles persist” in any part of body till such time as Innate has entirely ungrown dis-ease and regrown health. Simple, isn’t it?
Question 5. Do you believe that axis can be subluxated without atlas being subluxated (I don’t); therefore, how can axis ever be considered the major?
Answer 5. Anything is possible. Such as you state is not probable. Atlas is primary. Axis may be, and frequently is, secondary. Axis can be considered major only in event Chiropractor thinks he can’t adjust atlas, therefore must take axis as second best.
(See SPECIFIC SUBLUXATIONS — CONSTANTS AND VARIABLES in Vol. XXIII Palmer, 1950.)
See No. 156.