Cayce Health Database
The Concept of Coordination
[NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SECTION IS EXCERPTED
FROM PRINCIPLES & TECHNIQUES OF NERVE REGENERATION BY DAVID
Cayce's heavy emphasis on coordinating treatments
that regulate the systems of the body is consistent with the osteopathic
and medical practice of his day. Gregory (1922) went so far as to equate
coordination with health and incoordination with disease:
"It is the existence and continuation of the normal
equilibrium, and of perfect co-ordination and reflex action, which maintain
perfect health, and it is the existence of some variation and loss of
the perfect equilibrium of nerve action which engenders derangement
of function, and the resulting incoordination, and their consequences,
which is disease." (Gregory, 1922, p. 18)
Coordination as a specific goal of treatment is
also stressed in the neuropathic literature:
"The coordination of the various parts of the body
with each other is sufficient to cause re-established harmony therein,
and restore the body its wonted physical condition." (Davis, 1909,
The importance of establishing and maintaining coordination
is one of the most important themes in the Cayce health readings.
Likewise, incoordination in all its myriad forms, was the most frequently
cited source of disease.
Thus, in recommending the use of both corrective and
regulating (coordinating) types of treatment, Edgar Cayce demonstrates
a vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology, of health and pathology, and
of the therapeutic resources that were available at that time.
The concept of coordination is so crucial to our
discussion of nervous system regeneration, I will provide several important
examples from the Cayce readings. The first excerpt emphasizes
the reasoning for using both corrective and coordinating treatments:
Q. Is Dr. Morrison giving the osteopathic treatments correctly?
A. About one time in three they are correct! ...
Q. How should the osteopathic treatments be given?
A. In the manner as has been outlined for the body. As has
been see, the coordination of the conditions with this body are as those
active forces in the glands as direct the nerve energy between the sympathetic
and cerebrospinal system, as they enter the brain, the defective coordinations
coming from the genitive system. In the manipulations, when there
is too severe treatments given in the upper cervical and not a proper
coordinating treatment given in the lumbar and lower dorsal, we must
have then a reverse reaction, very much in the same manner as we have
from an electric vibration when there is short circuit, or voltage is
in contact with that which raises the vibration, see? So when
the manipulations are given, give them with the idea, and with the active
forces as producing the same coordination in all centers from which
sympathetic and cerebrospinal radiate; so that their active forces to
the brain will be in coordination. Do that.
This excerpt describes the problem of only providing
corrective treatments, particularly when the correction are "too severe"
in one portion of the spine (in this case the upper cervicals).
Not only is the spinal lesion being corrected, but the centers associated
with this area of the spine are being overstimulated in relation to the
other centers along the spine.
Keep in mind that the these centers assist in regulating
the vital processes of the body (including the organs and glands).
So, in this case, the organs in the upper part of the body were being
overstimulated in relation to the organs of the lower portion. This
was producing an imbalance (incoordination) in the system as a whole.
Cayce suggested making the correction in the cervical and also stimulating
the other major centers so that all the organs of the body would be operating
at the same level of activity.
Here is another example of this principle of providing
specific adjustments and then going on to insure that other major centers
are in coordination. Note that Cayce acknowledged that the osteopathic
profession was well aware of the importance of coordinating the major
nerve centers along the spine:
These centers, then, need a stimulation given -
in the manner as we have indicated. For, as has been ordinarily
determined by these of the osteopathic profession, manipulations to
the hypogastric and pneumogastric plexus - or the upper cervical and
dorsal - without respect to the lower portion that we have indicated
(9th dorsal to lower portion of sacral), will bring the INDETERMINATE
activity - or the tendencies for the body to become upset through the
stomach, through the digestive system. But, if these applications
or manipulations are made from that particular area indicated (lumbar
and sacral), and the rest of the cerebrospinal centers only COORDINATED
WITH SAME, then we may find that these will - with the other applications
that we suggest - be most helpful to the physical forces of this body.
The following selection from reading 480-44 is
exemplary with regard to coordination as described by Edgar Cayce:
Q. Are there any specific manipulations that can help to relieve
.A. As indicated, the 9th dorsal and the 4th lumbar or the lumbar
and sacral axis. These need to be kept or brought not only to
an alignment but to a coordination in their interrelations. For
not only is the 4th lumbar, the axis of the pelvis, from which the
pressure has been in part at times as we have indicated heretofore,
the cause of an activity upon the glandular forces of the system, but
the 9th dorsal is that plexus or center from which the solar plexus
receives its impulses.
Then these reactions brought to perfect alignment, then coordinant in
their activity, would remove the pressure from the system. Now that
those areas in the lumbar have been corrected more than we have had
heretofore, then stimulate same for coordination with the 8th and 9th
and 10th dorsal areas, for coordinant activity....
Q. The nausea and tingling sensation has reappeared since confinement.
What is the cause and how can that be stopped?
A. That's just what we have been referring to, in producing the
coordination between the lumbar axis (which is the brush end of the
cerebrospinal as related to the vegetative or sympathetic nerve system)
and the 9th dorsal center as related to the sympathetic system. These
are the great centers - save the vagus itself, in the dorsal and upper
portion of the cervical areas - but these are the great centers from
which the cerebrospinal and the sympathetic system coordinate in their
activity with the body - or the impulse AND reaction from the brain
centers themselves. That's what is meant by keeping COORDINATION between
the plexus of one ganglia or center and those in another, that the ATTUNEMENT
between same is such that their rate of pulsation, their rate of vibration,
coordinate one to another. How may we use same? Well, these
are not osteopathic terms, but there has been perfected or used in the
chiropractic association a thermometer, or a gadget that run along the
spine shows WHEN they coordinate one with another, see?
Q. Where may same be procured?
A. From the chiropractic school in Des Moines, Iowa. [Palmer School,
Q. Could the chiropractor do that in Detroit?
A. We would rather give the osteopathic than the chiropractic.
Because to make an adjustment even in these conditions for the body,
without giving the MUSCULAR forces the proper reactions - well, it's
not always good, and their reactions are not always the better.
There are several key concepts in this reading.
Note that Cayce is recommending a corrective treatment to help align the
spine. Yet, he is insisting that the practitioner also assist with
coordination of the major nerve centers. The desired coordination
is between the cerebrospinal (CNS) and the sympathetic (ANS). The
criteria for determining if coordination has been achieved is: 1) pulsation
and 2) vibration. This can be measured with a thermometer used by
chiropractors. If these major centers are not operating at the same
level of functioning, the glandular system will be thrown out of coordination.
In other words, it is not simply enough to make the anatomical correction,
Cayce insisted upon physiological regulation to produce coordination.
The following example provides fascinating anatomical
detail in regards to the mechanics of osteopathic coordination. Note
that it is the cerebrospinal and sympathetic nervous systems that are
being coordinated; the glandular system is being regulated from the
spinal centers; and there is no structural problem with the spine -
the treatment is strictly regulatory.
Q. Should other glands be stimulated which have not been?
A. As just indicated, these should be stimulated, - but from the
centers from which the IMPULSE for their activity emanates!
Let's describe this for a second, that the entity or
body here may understand, as well as the one making the stimulation:
Along the cerebrospinal system we find segments.
These are cushioned. Not that the segment itself is awry, but through
each segment there arises an impulse or a nerve connection between it
and the sympathetic system - or the nerves running parallel with same.
Through the sympathetic system (as it is called, or those centers not
encased in cerebrospinal system) are the connections with the cerebrospinal
Then, in each center - that is, of the segment where
these connect - there are tiny bursa, or a plasm of nerve reaction. This
becomes congested, or slow in its activity to each portion of the system.
For, each organ, each gland of the system, receives impulses through this
manner for its activity.
Hence we find there are reactions to every portion
of the system by suggestion, mentally, and by the environment and surroundings.
Also we find that a reaction may be stimulated INTERNALLY
to the organs of the body, by injection of properties or foods, or by
activities of same.
We also find the reflex from these internally to the
Then, the SCIENCE of osteopathy is not merely the punching
in a certain segment or the cracking of the bones, but it is the keeping
of a BALANCE - by the touch - between the sympathetic and the cerebrospinal
system! THAT is real osteopathy!
With the adjustments made in this way and manner, we
will find not only helpful influences but healing and an aid to any condition
that may exist in the body, - unless there is a broken bone or the like!
Q. How soon should osteopathic treatments be resumed?
A. As indicated, it is well that these be in periods, then rest
a period. Inasmuch as these have not been administered wholly as
has been indicated, and there has been a lack of the other properties
indicated, we would begin these within a week or less, - or the first
of next week we would begin again. Then have a series of two to
three weeks, then rest two to three weeks from such adjustments, - for
the reaction from same. For, as just indicated, a long series of
such, just pulling or cracking here or there, has nothing to do with HEALING
forces! They have to be scientifically or CORRECTLY administered
for the individual or particular disturbances, just as we have indicated
Now, to stimulate the glands: Some stimulate
these, of course, by stimulating the vagus center, or by using the organ
itself, - that is, the neck or the throat or about the glands.
As we have indicated, as there is a combination of
things to be taken internally as well as the mechanical or osteopathic
adjustments, these are to be coordinated throughout the 2nd and 3rd
dorsal centers; a general stimulation that IMPULSES to the vagus center
are such as to carry to that portion of the body the inclination for
nominal or normal adjustment of itself!
While recognizing the obvious pathology in the
brain in cases of dementia, the readings emphasized the importance of
maintaining coordination between the cerebrospinal and sympathetic systems:
Too little importance is too often given by those
who would aid in bringing a normal force for a body suffering under
even dementia, that relationship between the sympathetic and the cerebrospinal
nervous systems ... (5475-1)
The next example of coordination reinforces the concept
of major coordinating centers between the cerebrospinal and sympathetic
nervous systems. Pay particular attention to the relationship between
the nervous systems and the lymphatics:
We would have those corrections osteopathically that
have been indicated, or the massage, with the relaxing and not just hurrying
through or making special adjustments in the areas where the disorders
are indicated, of the incoordination between sympathetic and cerebrospinal
system, but a gently relaxing treatment with specific attention given
to the 3rd cervical, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th dorsal, 9th dorsal and through
the lumbar area....
Q. What is causing the sleeplessness?
A. As indicated, this incoordination between cerebrospinal and sympathetic
systems. If there will be the relaxation or the producing of a better
coordination between the cerebro- spinal and sympathetic nervous systems,
we will alleviate these disorders.
Q. Disturbed mental condition?
A. The same conditions; of course, glandular disorders combined
with this disorder between the nerves of the sympathetic and cerebrospinal
systems make for these indecisions or the restlessness disturbing also
the sleep at times.
Q. Overactive kidneys and pain over the left kidney?
A. Through the 9th dorsal center where the disorders are there should
be the relaxation so that better coordination is established in the circulation
between liver and kidneys, and it would relieve these tensions... This
coordination cannot be produced merely by making an adjustment but it
requires stimulation of all those patches of the emunctory and lymph circulating
between the sympathetic nervous system and the cerebrospinal system in
those areas of the body. (3386-2)
Note that Cayce recommended massage as the technique
for establishing coordination. Also note the reference to "patches
of the emunctory and lymph" and their role in coordinating the nervous
systems. Cayce often spoke of these patches located in conjunction
with the sympathetic ganglia along the spine. These lymph patches
serve a crucial role in the coordination of the nervous systems:
Do occasionally have the stimulations that follow
relaxations of the taut centers where the cerebrospinal and sympathetic
nerve systems coordinate the greater - through the patches of lymph along
the spine. There will be found, for this particular body, the areas
from the 3rd and 4th lumbar, 9th dorsal, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cervical, and
around the head. (2946-4)
The treatments neuropathically should be made especially
in the coccyx area and in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cervical areas. And these
would be as much upon the activity of the sympathetic connections at the
3rd, 2nd and 1st cervical, as they would be upon the segments themselves.
These [segments] do not need to be moved, but there needs to be the coordinating
of those patches of the emunctory flow between the lymphatic, or sympathetic
lymphatic and cerebrospinal system. The adjustments or massages
in the last lumbar and in the coccyx segments should be also upon the
brush end of the cerebrospinal nerves themselves. (3562-1)
Again, note that the manual therapy recommended in
these instances was osteopathic or neuropathic massage. It was not
necessary to move the spinal segments themselves. By stimulating
the lymph and emunctory patches, the cerebrospinal, sympathetic and sensory
nervous systems are able to better coordinate their activities.
Dr. William McGarey provides the following description of lymphatic involvement
in nervous system coordination:
"These three nervous systems [cerebrospinal, sympathetic
and sensory] have their contact with each other and maintain a balance
and a coordination one with the other at all times within that state we
call health. There are lymphatic patches apparently within bursas
found in certain of the sympathetic ganglia paralleling the various levels
of the spinal column. These patches of lymph tissue and fluid become
the means by which proper synaptic relationship is maintained between
the three nervous systems. Substances of a "globular" nature are
manufactured in the Peyer's Patches of the small intestine and carried
by the lymphocytes to these patches, making it possible in that manner
to maintain the coordination between the autonomic and the cerebrospinal
nervous systems; and for these in turn to maintain a balance with the
sensory forces of the body." (McGarey, 1967, p. 1)
A rotary or circular type of massage was the
primary therapeutic technique for stimulating the lymph and emunctory
patches located along the spine. Certain massage oils (particularly
peanut and olive oil) were also recommended in such treatments.
The readings stated that the oils would be absorbed into the lymph and
emunctory patches and assist in the coordinating process.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health