“Man is either alive or he is dead.
If he is alive, there is a reason.
If he is dead, there is a reason.
Main is either healthy, or he is sick.
If he is sick, there is a reason.
If he is healthy, there is a logical, reasonable, and consistent explanation.”
~ Bartlett Joshua Palmer (1881 – 1961) Chiropractic Pioneer
This quote from Palmer is the essence of chiropractic philosophy. Chiropractic bases its practice on clear, logical reasoning. While there must be a reason, or perhaps many reasons for disease, it is more important to find the logical, reasonable and consistent reason for health. Addressing health is far more important that addressing disease. If you get rid of a disease by doing nothing to restore health, a void remains. Into that void will come another disease or perhaps the same one will return. You must have health, it is the prerequisite to getting well and to the prevention of disease.
In chiropractic we often talk about how wonderful is the human body. Our bodies have an inborn intelligence or what chiropractic scientists call, an Innate Intelligence, which runs our body twenty-four hours a day, every day of our lives. Our bodies can do this perfectly, if there is no problems or interference present. At this very moment it is creating thousands of chemicals out of the food we eat and the beverages we drink. Not only is our body making these chemicals, but they are being made in exactly the right quantity, at precisely the moment they are needed. When the body is allowed to function as it should, it will never make too much or too little of any chemical substance. We truly have an amazing and intelligent body.
Chiropractic doctors merely delivers a gentle, well-directed force to the appropriate location on the spine. The innate intelligence of the person’s body takes the force and corrects the subluxation. Then the innate intelligence is able to use the nerve system to bring about changes, to heal, to improve function and to increase performance and potential. The “practice member” or person receiving the adjustment is as much a part of the process as in the chiropractor. The practice member is also encouraged to participate in the chiropractic practice by giving support and referring others into the office so that it can grow, prosper and continue to provide this vital service to the community. There is perhaps no other practice that depends more upon the cooperative effort of the person receiving the service. Like being a member of any organization, a chiropractic practice member has benefits and responsibilities.
DRUGS AND CHIROPRACTIC
Our body has a built-in mechanism to heal itself. The human body is more complex, more intricately and more perfectly designed than anything built by General Electric, IBM or NASA. Despite knowing that, we are constantly trying to improve upon the human body. We believe that drugs can make it work better, heal faster or function properly. Unfortunately, people depend on the fleeting effects of drugs to mask or to temporarily reduce the effects of an illness. Ironically, the drugs themselves can have negative side effects such as bleeding, headaches, swollen glands, dizziness and even death.
Chiropractic does not work with drugs to make the body ‘better’, but simply, remove spinal interferences and enable the body to function in a perfect and timely manner. Chiropractic is very unique for this reason. Chiropractic care with the innate intelligence of the body enables healing and health through adjustments. The goal of chiropractic care is to allow the forces of the innate intelligence of the body to be expressed fully in all people, sick or healthy, with medical conditions or without, under medical care or not. Chiropractic is pro-active health care.