I have been in practice for a little over 30 years now, and have had just about every conversation I could possibly have with people when they ask, “So, what do you do?” when we meet. After I tell them, the one statement that really throws me is, “Oh, a chiropractor? I don’t believe in Chiropractic.” This always confuses me because believing in chiropractic” sounds as if it was some kind of religion or a fictional practice in the same realm as if I stated I was a wizard from a Tolkien novel. So then I ask, “Have you ever been to a chiropractor, and do you know what chiropractic is all about?” And the answer is always, “No, I just don’t believe in it.”
And that is where the problem is.
The definition of ‘belief” is an acceptance that something is true or exists. This acceptance is based upon faith, and faith is when a person has a strong belief in an idea without the burden of proof that it’s true. So when a person declares their non-belief in chiropractic, what they are really saying is that they don’t understand it. And that’s ok, because it is a different approach to health than what we are used to.
We live in a medical world. This is a world dominated by the thought that the body is a system in failure. Nature just didn’t get it right, and with our eternal wisdom in science, we can make it right with the right combination of chemicals, or I should say, pharmaceuticals, which have only been around for about 100 years. Then when these don’t work, we can just remove the part that is no longer working, since you probably don’t need it anyway. And sometimes we can burn it out with radiation. This is what people really believe, and that somehow this approach creates a healthier you.
Chiropractic is based on the fact that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating, self-creating entity. The power that created the body heals the body. Think about the wonder of creation – one single cell in utero, divides and eventually becomes a fully functioning baby in nine months. This has been going on for millions of years, if you include all life that has ever existed on this planet. If there were a flaw in the design how would life ever have existed in the first place?
We have a number of systems that operate within our bodies. The cardiovascular system circulates blood delivering food and oxygen to the cells of the body; the excretory system removes wastes; the pulmonary system brings in oxygen – you get the idea. And then there is the nerve system. Most people think the nerve system only creates pain. But ‘sensation’ is only 6% of what it does. The nerve system runs the whole operation. It coordinates and regulates all the functions of the body and it heals the body when repair is necessary. It guides us through the complexities of life, taking in all the information of your environment so that you can navigate this world safely. But when the nerve system becomes sick, it can’t do this as well and then our bodies become sick. Emotional, chemical, and physical stresses are what make the nerve system sick – especially at the level of the spinal cord.
The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is not to treat a disease, but to remove the interferences that have accumulated in the nerve system due to stress. When the nerve system functions better, then the body functions better and health is restored. As B.J. Palmer, the developer of the chiropractic profession once said, “It’s as simple as that”.
If you have ever seen the miracle of birth, if you have ever had a cut on your hand that closed up all by itself, if you have ever had the flu and got better in a few days, if you ever had a broken bone that repaired itself in 6 weeks (yes I know it needs to be set), then you understand the philosophy of chiropractic. Without adding anything or taking anything away from you, the Chiropractic adjustment enhances what the body knows how to do and makes sure that it does it as best as it can. That is the essence of becoming healthy.