What is so special about you?

One of things that intrigued me in becoming a chiropractor was that Chiropractic emphasizes the individual.

No two individuals are exactly alike.  Although we all have mouths, noses, eyes, organs, bones, etc. that make up our bodies, we ARE different.

What is your blood pressure?  What are the levels of your blood chemistry?  As you know, there are standard values that are guidelines to determine if you are healthy or not.

What happens if your levels are outside of the standard values?  What if your blood pressure value or your temperature value was different than what might be considered “normal?”

Chiropractic was founded upon a concept and continues to be guided by a set of principles that recognize that there is an inherent wisdom that runs your body.  If that inherent wisdom, also called innate intelligence, were not be able to communicate properly within your body, then the functioning of your body could be compromised.

It may be one small task (function) that your body should perform, as in digestion:  secrete a specific amount of acid needed at a specific moment for the type of food you just consumed.

Who knows whether:

  1. the production of the acid
  2. the timing of its presence into the stomach
  3. or the quantity of the chemical

occurred properly?

Your body knows how to do the above functions properly based upon the idea of  innate intelligence.  However, if there were an interference to the body’s ability to communicate this innate intelligence, you might not get the proper information to digest your food.

At what level of improper digestion do you begin to show symptoms?  You might also wonder at what level of improper information to other systems or organs does your body start to show a symptom or condition.

Due to the fact that we are all different, the answers will vary.  As I mentioned, it is this individuality that I have always found to be most relevant.

By a simple but significant process, chiropractors are able to detect alterations within the spine that may interfere with the communication of the innate intelligence in you.

I can cure …

I’ll bet most people would love for me to finish that statement.  It’s been exactly that kind of message that has catapulted chiropractic into the hearts of our advocates and the minds of our detractors. Did you know that over 100 years ago chiropractic began as a profession when D.D. Palmer “cured” Harvey Lillard of his deafness?  Today, most people think of chiropractic as a form of therapy for their back problems. There are many chiropractors today that claim they can treat all kinds of things and that their technique is unique (there are many different techniques within the chiropractic profession, some that are about how to adjust the spine and some that are about where or when to adjust the spine).

I feel sorry for the public that is trying to decipher the best approach to being healthy – traditional versus alternative – much less as to which chiropractic technique to choose.  When it comes to chiropractic I do know this … no one is the same and therefore no two individuals will heal exactly the same. Some techniques may be more effective with some people who have xyz condition, but not with abc condition. If any kind of doctor had the cure for a condition, each and every time the condition was expressed in any patient that expressed it, then that doctor would be famous, world renown, and I believe the condition would be eradicated. Has that happened?

There have been many patients that have had relief and cure from the conditions they sought treatment for as a result of chiropractic adjustments of the spine … and there are those that have had less than relief. In my experience of nearly 30 years, I have come to the realization that most people have a greater ability to overcome conditions when they do healthy things that keep their body in top notch shape. One of those healthy things is keeping the communication between the brain and the rest of the body clear from interference … and isn’t that what chiropractic is about?

What does my new sign say about me?

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I recently put up this new sign at the office. It has been in the making for the past six months. The delay in actually putting it up … is me! You see, I feel conflicted about it. Here’s why:

For most of my career as a chiropractor, I utilized therapies that were added in for various reasons. Therapies to relax, rehabilitate, or help the patient “feel” better. I also accepted insurances, primarily, because I didn’t think that people would pay for care out of pocket. About 10 years ago, I went cold turkey and stopped offering therapies, and no longer accepted insurance. This allowed me to focus on what Chiropractic is about, that is, locating and correcting vertebral subluxations in order to allow the body to work better.

I believe that I can do the most good for a person by offering them what I do best, which is the determination of whether that person has a subluxation and then correcting it. After much consideration, I realize that most people are driven to a chiropractor due to what seems to be bothering them at the time, as opposed to wanting to seek chiropractic care as part of their wellness program (if they even have one).

By putting up a sign that associates Chiropractic with the treatment of “back and pain” (or any condition) in contrast to what I believe to be Chiropractic’s most important message, that chiropractic helps you achieve an optimum level of health by reducing interference to the major communication system of the body, am I confusing people as to the value of Chiropractic?

What do you think?