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date: 09 May 2021

From its inception in 1895, chiropractic has overwhelmingly been a spine-focused discipline. The central connection between chiropractic and gastroenterology is the anatomy and physiology of viscerosomatic and somatovisceral reflexes. The profound anatomical and physiological interconnection of the gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems calls doctors of gastroenterology and chiropractic to understand this potent interface. Gut issues often cause back problems, and vice versa, through viscerosomatic and somatovisceral reflexes. Chiropractors, through spinal manipulation and other modalities, influence both systems. Root-cause gastrointestinal treatments also influence both systems. Recognizing these relationships better positions any health care practitioner to discern causative elements of presenting cases. This chapter explores the intersections between these two systems and two medical disciplines.

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