The Relationship of the Spine and Direct Effects On the Organs and SkeletonBy: Dr. Michael Badanek DC, BS, CNS, DACBN, DCBCN, MRGS./CHEV.
So just what is a Viscerosomatic Reflexive Complaint? Basically, it is an organ or organ system which has a health challenge that is sending back messages to the spinal, resulting in spinal pain and dysfunction. A well known example is pain in the left chest, neck, and arm referred pain triggered by the inflamed nerves of the heart from an impending myocardial infarction (heart attack). If there is liver and gallbladder dysfunction the referral generates right neck and right shoulder pain. If there is chronic pain in the middle to lower middle back (thoracic spine) you must consider an upper gastrointestinal issue with the stomach, pancreas and small intestine. We could elaborate on this topic with many more proven examples, however suffice it to say that Viscerosomatic Complaints are real and many times over looked by physicians.