D. D. Palmer
NEURITIS, ARTERITIS AND RHEUMATISM
Diseases are classified (nosology) by pathologists
according to the standpoint from which they are viewed. Hereditary,
congenital and acquired. Infantile, adult and senile. Conformable
to their origin, zymotic (malaria, small pox and typhoid), infectious (transmission
without contact) and specific (s. remedy, s. medicine, s. disease, having
a specific cause, as syphilis and the eruptive fevers). Agreeable
to their manner of occurrence, sporadic (cholera and cretinism), endemic
(belonging to a special part of the country), pandemic (affecting all persons
of a city or a country). Toxic (poison). Compatible to their
lesions (organic, structural change and functional). Local, general
and constitutional (hereditary, in consequence of inherent or acquired
Neuritis, an inflammation of the fibers of the nerve.
Arteritis, an inflammation of the nerves of blood vessels. While
arteritis is known as inflammation of an artery, the inflammation is really
confined to the nervi vasorum, the network of nerves which surrounds a
blood vessel. Rheumatism, an inflammation of the nerves of a joint.
Medical authors class rheumatism among the self-limited affections, for
which they give many probable causes.
Spinal nerves, see The Adjuster, page 515.
Neuritis and neuralgia, as conditions, are closely
related. The former refers to the inflammatory condition, and the
latter to the pain.
The walls of arteries and veins are composed of a
fibrilated sheath and three coats. The vasa vasorum, blood vessels
of the blood vessels, enter the external coats, from which branches enter
the middle coat, but not the internal. The blood is returned from
the walls of the vessels by small veins, venae vasorum. The blood
vessel walls are covered and permeates with a plexus, a network of nerves,
the nervi vasorum. See Gray’s Anatomy, page 577.
Arteritis is an inflammation of an artery, really
an inflammation of the nervi vasorum. The inflammation may be in
any one or more of the coats which form the vascular walls of arteries
and veins. Arteritis obliterans, the closure or obliteration of the
lumen of a blood vessel. Arteritis deformans, changes in the walls
of blood vessels due to inflammation. Softening, calcification, fatty
degeneration, abscesses, ruptures, hemorrhages, ulceration, infiltration
between the coats of the artery, are because of inflammation of the nervi
Inflammation (excessive heat) causes the vascular
wall to become necrosed, softer than usual. Arterio-sclerosis may
be pathological or physiological, as determined by age.
High tension and rapid pulse may be physiological
Inflammation modifies physiological processes.
Physiological functions pathologically performed are exaggerated or perverted
capacities of the structure involved. Hemorrhage of blood vessels,
excessive exudation of fluid through their walls is but a physiological
process, the emigration of corpuscles, exaggerated.
Rheumatism may be acute or chronic, the former is
characterized by inflammation, fever perspiration, pain and swelling of
the joints. The latter is slow in progress, the fibrous structure
of the joints are thickened and contracted. The fibers of the body
affected may be that of nerves, muscles or tendons. Rheumatism is
attended with loss of motion and often more or less deformity.
Gout is a form of rheumatism, more especially of
Gonorrheal rheumatism is the result of gonorrheal
poison contracting nerves, drawing the second lumbar vertebra out of alignment.
This displaced vertebra impinges upon nerves, causing nerve tension, continues
the eurethral and rheumatic inflammation. Gonorrhea is often complicated
with prostitis, inflammation of the prostate gland, cystitis, i. of the
bladder, ephidymitis, i. of the upper part of the testicles, salpingitis,
i. of the fallopian tube and other pelvic diseases. These accompanying
ailments are because of displacements of lumber vertebrae brought about
by reflex action, an involuntary nerve contraction, the result of neuritis
(inflammation of a nerve). Nerve and muscle contraction draw vertebrae
out of alignment. Adjust the first, second or third lumbar vertebra.
Acute rheumatism should be relieved by one adjustment.
In such cases, how about uric acid and bacteria as causes? Gorby.
Inflammation may be known by redness, enlargement,
excessive heat and sensitiveness to pressure. An inflamed nerve may
be recognized, when subcutaneous, by its hardened condition, its sensitiveness
to pressure and its enlarged diameter. It is contracted lengthwise
and enlarged diametrically. Knowing these conditions we are able
to trace the pathway of subcutaneous nerves by palpation.
Neurology is the science which treats of nerves and
their disorder. Nerves which are abnormal in their structure create
abnormally performed functions, possess a greater or a lesser amount of
heat than normal, their carrying capacity of impulses is above or below
normal because of increased or decreased vibration.
A neurologist is one versed in the anatomy of nerves,
their physiological and pathological functions--normal and abnormal action.
Read last paragraph, page 147 of The Adjuster.
Neuralgia has many prefixes, such as mammary n.,,
intercostal n., degenerative n., sciatic n., idiopathic n. and stump n.
Sometimes after an operation or an amputation, the stump of the subcutaneous
portion covered by the scar and the portion amputated become the seat of
neuralgic pains, which may render life miserable. The wearing of
an artificial limb is sometimes impossible, as light pressure against the
stump will produce severe pain, owing to the sensitive condition of nerves.
These conditions may be relieved by adjusting the displaced vertebrae which
impinge against the nerves. The same pressure which caused the pain
before amputation is yet pressing upon the same nerves, therefore a true
neuritis continues. The severed ends of the nerves may become bulbous,
neuromata. This diseased condition is known as amputation neuroma.
As the nerve is composed of many fibers there may be multiple neuromata.
Amputation neuromata are composed of proliferated nerve-fibers turned upon
themselves and imbedded in a dense fibrous growth.
Read pages 472 and 473 of The Adjuster.
The walls of an artery consist of a sheath and three
coats. The inflammation may be confined to any one or more of these
coverings which are known as the external, middle and internal coats.
The walls of the blood vessels are permeated with a plexus of nerves.
The vaso-motor nerves are of two kinds, constrictor and dilator, contracting
and expanding. In health these have normal temperature, normal tension.
In disease, there is either too much or a lack of tightness. Arteritis
is the result of two much tension. Anemia is the result of not enough
Rheumatism is recognized by an inflamed, painful,
swelled condition of one or more joints, i.e., the surrounding tissue of
a joint. Rheumatism is neuritis of the joint nerves.
In neuritis, inflammation of nerves, the heat may
be so intense, as to cause degeneration (softening) of nerve tissue, necrosis;
the nerve tissue may even disappear entirely.
A temperature above ninety-nine is known as fever,
its origin being a local inflammation -- heat diffused through the nervous
When rheumatism is general look to c.p., when of one or
both arms look to the dorsal. If of the lower limbs or lumbar region, the displaced
vertebrae will be found in the lumbar, the lower the affection in the limbs,
the lower the cause in the lumbar.