Your health team

Include Chiropractic to maximize your health potential.

Include Chiropractic to maximize your health potential.

Being a part of a team can be very beneficial.

Often, people will want to know if they should tell their Medical doctor that they are seeing a Chiropractor.  I think that they should.

The uniqueness about Chiropractic is the presence of vertebral subluxations. The Chiropractor will be determining whether or not there are vertebral subluxations noted in the spine. If so, then the Chiropractor will analyze the method that is best for correcting it and then proceed to make an adjustment.

There is more to that, but for the most part each person will receive a similar experience.  It is often referred to as LACVS which stands for Locate, Analyze and Correct Vertebral Subluxations (in order to assist in optimizing health potential by removing interference to the expression of each person’s innate intelligence).

Chiropractors are the only health care providers that perform the service of LACVS!

Are you here for your pain?


My dad was an electrician and he used to take me with him on some of the jobs.  I was probably 10 years old at the time and he would have me help with crawling in attics or “fishing” wires through walls.  As I got older and more experienced, I would help with more complicated projects.

In the early days, fuse boxes were common and, eventually, were replaced by circuit breakers.  Dad would usually get a call from a customer because a number of lights would not work, or the refrigerator would stop working, etc. He would always go to the fusebox or circuit breaker first to determine if there was a “blown” fuse or a “tripped” breaker.  He would explain that electric current, passing through a wire, would supply the necessary energy to cause the lights or refrigerator or TV to work.  If there was too much energy or electricity going through the wire, the fuse or the circuit breaker was designed to break in order to prevent a fire or other type of damage…this was a good thing.  It was usually an all-or-none principle, meaning that once the fuse or breaker was tripped, the entire circuit, and thus all the things connected to it, would stop working. The other circuits in the house would still function.

When I became a Chiropractor, I began to appreciate the lessons my father had taught me, especially while helping him in his work.

In a similar way, one vertebrae can be compared to one circuit breaker or fuse.  The spine (made up of 24 moveable vertebra) is analogous to the fuse box or electric box.

Innate versus “?” Intelligence

All living things have innate intelligence.

All living things have innate intelligence.

Which objects in the picture do NOT have innate intelligence?

A plant is an amazing thing. A seed placed into the earth “knows” how to survive.  A tree can exist for hundreds of years with very little care.  Mother Nature seems to know what to do.

What about us?  What about the frail human being?  Has Mother Nature lost its capacity to “take care” of us?

The same entity that allows a seed to grow into a large tree and remain healthy for a hundred years with very little nurturing is the same entity that is responsible for sustaining a human life. Chiropractors refer to this as innate intelligence.

Yet, when it comes to trusting the body’s natural ability to stay healthy under most circumstances … well, at best, it makes us uncomfortable.

From prenatal care, to birth, to vaccinations, to our yearly physicals, to health (or really sick-) care, society has put aside innate intelligence to make room for “other” intelligence.  Emphasis is on what the “experts” decide our bodies need at every stage of human life.

Pure Chiropractic


Yesterday,  my wife and I babysat 2 of our grandchildren.

Our grandson is 2 years old and his sister is 6 months old.  Each of them have received Chiropractic since the day they were born.

As is typical … I check them each time we visit them or they visit us.  So having them at our house for a sleepover was extra special and I got to check them regularly during the course of the day.

During the time they spent with us,  they were exposed to all kinds of stress.  They played, ate, slept, cried, laughed, fell, bounced, hugged, etc.  Occasionally, though not often, grumpy granddad might even have raised  his voice.

My granddaughter also had a runny nose and a cough.  That was inconsequential to her needing to be checked and adjusted.  Whether she was sick or not, she still had subluxations.  It is logical that whatever was going on,  she would be better off without the interference to the full expression of her innate intelligence.

There is a lot of confusion about Chiropractic … not only in the public arena,  but also amongst Chiropractors.

The confusion occurs when Chiropractic is seen as an alternative to Medicine.
If Chiropractic were an alternative to Medicine, then someone would need to choose which alternative was better.  That’s why I don’t think of Chiropractic as an alternate to Medicine.

If someone absolutely needs medication, then wouldn’t it make sense that the nervous system was interference-free so that the medication would be utilized in the most efficient way by the body?
If a person absolutely needed surgery, wouldn’t it make sense to have that nervous system clear of interference so that the person’s ability to undergo and recover be optimized?
In the Chiropractic profession,  the term “mixer” denotes a Chiropractor who does NOT rely totally on the innate intelligence of the body to determine what the body needs.  I think that by looking at his profession as an alternative to the medical profession,  he must try to compete.  He/she is interested in doing as much as he can to help the person.

Therefore, someone who is a non – mixer is a Chiropractor that does rely totally on the innate intelligence of the body to determine what the body needs.  This Chiropractor wants to help the person also but instead of seeing Chiropractic as an alternative, he recognizes that his/her job is to facilitate the expression of the innate intelligence of the person by locating and adjusting,  PERIOD .  The pure Chiropractor will be transparent about this.  It is up to the person to determine if he wants to choose Medicine, Chiropractic, both or neither.

As far as mixing Chiropractic with other procedures,  it really ends up confusing everyone … and it really insults the patient.  I think that people come to us because they want something other than a mix of stuff they can get elsewhere. There are very few places that they can get pure Chiropractic … even at a Chiropractor’s office.

As a non –  mixer:

·         I do not treat or diagnose medical conditions – there is an entire profession dedicated to that called Medicine

·         I recognize that every person is better off without interference to the nervous system

·         I recognize my expertise in being able to find and adjust the interference to the expression of the innate intelligence

Actually, Chiropractic is really simple:
·         Life can cause vertebral subluxations
·         Subluxations interfere with the expression of innate intelligence
·         A Chiropractor is THE expert in finding and adjusting vertebral subluxations 

What is the relationship between Chiropractic and the treatment of pain?

This seems to be a very confusing topic … especially amongst Chiropractors.


In my view, and in the view of many other Chiropractors who are practicing in a pure or principled manner (i.e. basing everything that they do in practice according to the 33 principles that Chiropractic was founded and developed upon), Chiropractic does not “treat” anything … including pain.


Since its very beginning, Chiropractors have had differences of opinion as to what defines a Chiropractor and what is Chiropractic.  They have debated whether Chiropractic includes anything other than the specific detection and correction of a vertebral subluxation (VS) – things like therapy, nutrition, or diagnosis.


Many Chiropractors today have realized that their greatest value to the public is to offer a service that is unique, safe and shown to have benefited millions of people.  They know that there are plenty of choices that people have regarding their health.  Only Chiropractic encompasses a minimalist concept that honors the body by recognizing the innate potential that each person is given.


It is this minimalism that each principled Chiropractor incorporates into how he or she cares for the individual.


We introduce the smallest force to assist the body in its ability to self-correct the VS.  Without VS,  that person’s unique innate intelligence can function to sustain and enhance that person at his/her optimum ability to exist at whatever level of life/health potential he/she has.


Returning to the question of pain and Chiropractic, the job of the Chiropractor is to determine if there are one or more VS’s present. That VS is an entity in and of itself, with the ramifications that might alter any number of the human body’s functions.  I do not think that the identification of VS – even if it is exactly where the pain is being perceived by the “patient” – is necessarily the cause of the pain.  No more so than a runny nose is the cause of a cold.


So when someone presents to the Chiropractor with pain, and that person feels it at some point in the back area, the Chiropractor checks their entire spine for VS.  If one or more subluxations exist (even when not in the area where the person is complaining, or when it is), that Chiropractor  corrects any and all VS’s because they have created a block  in the person’s ability to function optimally.