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.

To the Point: What is Chiropractic?

I really like this video.

Dr. Gentempo does an excellent job of expressing how chiropractic plays a significant role in people’s lives and health.

There are two problems that I have with it:

  1. Although the name of the equipment he is showing is called The Insight Subluxation Station,  he does not mention specifically what it is that the Chiropractor does that is unique … the ability to detect and correct the vertebral subluxation.
  2. I believe his idea that Chiropractic offers “lifestyle support” creates  confusion (at least in my mind) as to what is meant by support.

My point is that Chiropractic’s uniqueness is the vertebral subluxation and how it interferes with innate intelligence (i.i.).

The innate intelligence, according to Chiropractic philosophy, is the inborn wisdom that enables us to adapt to the world (our moment-to-moment,  ever-changing environment).

So by offering lifestyle support, are we (Chiropractors) contradicting the philosophy which identifies i.i. as the source of what is needed?  If the i.i. knows what is best for the body, then should we be offering support in the form of nutrition or exercise, etc.?  How do we Chiropractors know, better than the body’s innate wisdom, which nutrient is needed or which exercise should be performed?


Why I don’t play the insurance game

Insurance is great for many things.

It is supposed to protect us from a catastrophic loss.

Something that might be so horrendous that it would devastate us physically or financially.

How does insurance apply to our health?  Does insurance cover health or does it cover disease?

The field of  medicine seems to work best by offering to repair the damage (or at least to deal with the damage).  Most likely, insurance will cover some of the cost for an appendectomy or some other surgery.  Perhaps insurance will even pay for high blood pressure or high cholesterol medication or treatments.  It also is likely to consider payment for therapy for an injury.

Chiropractic, on the other hand (pun intended), works best by offering to assist in the optimal functioning of the body by removing disturbances to the body’s innate intelligence.  Rather than waiting for the damage to appear, a chiropractor should be able to ascertain whether obstacles (vertebral subluxations) to our body’s innate ability to adapt to our ever-changing environment  is present. The chiropractor realizes that maximum life cannot be achieved when there are subluxations.

I recall a number of years ago, my cousin had just moved into a new house.  On a hill about 15 feet from the house was a diseased, but mostly dead, 50 foot tall tree.  It was obvious that when the tree fell, it would fall on the house.  At a minimum, it would do damage to the house, possibly injuring or even killing someone.  He contacted a number of tree experts who recommended that the tree be removed.  The cost was about $1000.  He contacted his homeowners insurance and asked for assistance.  Basically, they informed him that they would not pay for the removal of the tree, however, their responsibility would begin after the damage was done.

In life there will always be dead and dying trees (subluxations) that may interfere with the quality of your home (life).  If you care about your home, your family and how you wish to exist (without fear of a falling tree), you will take action and be proactive as opposed to reactive.

There are plenty of insurance companies that will pay for sick or disease care. I love not having to get the insurance card before a patient arrives and then calling the insurance company to determine which diagnosis will provide the maximum number of treatments.

Whatever level of health you are experiencing, this office offers to work with you to help remove the obstacles preventing you from maximizing your HEALTH potential.

That’s better than maximizing the number of treatments from your insurance company for some sickness.



Checking and adjusting my grandson today!

Like his grandmother and mother, my grandson will be checked to see if there are subluxations present in his spine. And like his mom and grand mom, he has been checked since the day he was born.

He is 16 months old now. This picture was taken when he was much younger.  He is one of the healthiest kids I know.  He is not complaining about back pain or any other condition.  He gets his spine checked very often … every time I see him.  For one reason …  to help optimize his potential to be all that he can be.

His growing body and his adventures in the world are two things that will continue for a very long time. Those two things alone are enough to cause his spine to be challenged.  If his spine subluxates it won’t be obvious to him. It won’t be obvious to his mom or grandmother … even though they also have been checked and adjusted their entire lives. Most subluxations do not cause pain.  It will be obvious to a chiropractor who takes the time to check the spine – that’s where I come in!

By the way, his great grandmother has been getting her spine checked for subluxations too, although probably only since her teens.  Four generations of chiropractic care! I love it.

Got babies?  If they don’t already see a chiropractor or have a parent or grandparent that is a chiropractor, give me a call –  I know someone.