“I am feeling great, should I still come in to get an adjustment?”

If I feel good, do I still need to come in for an adjustment

Just heard from someone, “I am feeling great, should I still come in to get an adjustment?”

I realized what a great opportunity to help someone understand how this chiropractor functions.

Here was my answer:

“that’s the million dollar question. If you’re subluxated (misalignment of the spine) I can detect it and ‘adjust’ it. Symptoms of a subluxation may not be recognized by you but it does effect your health.”

He kept his appointment.

Chiropractic is for everyone!

Every person that has a spine should be seeing a Chiropractor.

Chiropractic is not for bad backs, It is not for people who were injured in an accident. It is not for the elderly, or athletes, or those who have insurance. Chiropractic is for EVERYBODY!

Some people with bad backs do improve with Chiropractic care. Some elderly people have conditions that improve while under Chiropractic care. Some people are able to reduce or eliminate medications  while receiving Chiropractic care. Many people who receive Chiropractic care recover completely or partially from many different conditions.

I did not say that Chiropractic can help any specific group of people or any specific condition. Thus the problem and the benefit of Chiropractic.


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.

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

House calls?

Back when I was growing up the doctor might come to the house.  I recall a number of times when mom would call and good ole’ doc would come over.  I’ll bet it was because someone was sick.

As a chiropractor I have, on occasion, made a house call or two.

I was thinking about offering this service lately.  However,  I do not want to encourage treatment of something.

Chiropractic has fallen into a realm of medicine that perpetuates the unhealthy use of chiropractic.  I mean by utilizing chiropractic as a method of treatment of illness and disease, the alignment (couldn’t help it) of chiropractic with wellness is lost.

How so?  If by receiving an adjustment your symptom goes away, you might conclude that chiropractic eliminated the problem so you don’t need chiropractic anymore … unless the condition returns.   This is not wellness.

Chiropractic is different than medicine and should as a profession lead the way towards optimizing a healthy existence.  If chiropractors continue to embrace a medical model of practice (treatment of conditions) the uniqueness of it is diluted.

It is difficult NOT to connect chiropractic with symptoms, since chiropractic has been helping people who have suffered and received good results since 1895.  The problem that I see though is that much of the help has been inconsistent.  Not with helping people but rather with identifying specific conditions that chiropractic helps.  Much confusion with chiropractic has been the attempt to associate symptoms with chiropractic care.

Chiropractic has been associated with the care of the back … or spine.  From my perspective, I see us chiropractors as being more specialized.  That is, our specific focus is the subluxation of the spine. Not specifically what it causes but being able to identify it and correct it.

Imagine,  you call and say, “my family and I want to be checked for the possibility of interference to the system that controls our level of health,  can you come over and check us for subluxations?”

I’m waiting for that call.