Dynamic Chiropractic - July 19, 1991, Volume 09, Issue 15

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"Sacroiliac Joints"

Presented By -- Leonard J. Faye, D.C.

Videotape -- Approximate running time one hour

See pages xx, Part #V-409 on how to order.

As you might imagine, MPI often gets letters from chiropractors who feel that we are promoting a specific technique, that we have a vested interest in something specific. They're right. MPI is specifically interested in the locating and mobilizing of spinal fixations. We don't, however, endorse any specific method of mobilization. It matters not if you use only one method, be it upper cervical, Gonstead, SOT, or Logan basic. The bottom line is always discerning the area of fixation and then mobilizing it.

It's unfortunate that there are still some out there who hesitate to purchase the Faye tapes on motion palpation and specific correction techniques. Even if the doctor is interested in only the correction of the atlas it would seem propitious to understand the anatomy and biomechanics of the rest of the spine that the HIO procedure is said to influence. By the same token, it would also make sense for those interested in Logan basic procedures to have a thorough understanding of what happens at the other end.

There is no doctor of any kind with the qualifications of the chiropractor. No professional in the healing arts has the same training in biomechanics and it sometimes is a bit sad when some of us become obsessed with only a small section of the spine. Specialization is good and sometimes needed, but never when something else is sacrificed.

This is why the Dr. Faye tapes are so important. Each one examines, in some detail, the anatomy and mechanics of the area under consideration. When all the tapes are purchased, the viewer receives an anatomy lesson on the articulations of the human frame that is at once both classical and informative.

The tape on the sacroiliac joints is no exception. The mechanics of these articulations, I found of particular interest. Dr. Faye, as always, begins his lecture with a discussion on anatomy and biomechanics and on the rationale for the palpatory and adjustive procedures that follow. Of all areas in the spine and associated structures none, to me, is more complex or important than the pelvic girdle. This is a personal observation for it is in this area that the translation of ambulation into the spine takes place. It is the doorway or gate to the structures above it. A mechanical aberration at the sacroiliac joints will translate that aberration cephalad. If this is true, then the integrity of these vital articulations is of great importance.

Many techniques have been based upon the construction and mechanical viability of the sacroiliac area, but nowhere has the anatomy and dynamics of these structures been so clearly demonstrated as in Dr. Faye's tape.

Each tape in this series seems more important than the one preceding it. In truth they are of equal importance, each one a thread in the fabric of understanding the complexities of the structures we work upon. A conceptual conviction can only be enhanced and expanded by exposure to Dr. Faye's consummate understanding of anatomy and function.

The tapes should be in all our schools and in the tape library of every chiropractor or chiropractic physician, for they transcend philosophical boundaries to form a common professional ground.