Next New Beginnings - October 20
- 23, 2005
Beginning for a New Future
Letís Philosophize; letís
think a little! What is Chiropractic? What do Chiropractors do? What
should Chiropractors do? Why are miracles in Chiropractic on the decline?
Are we missing the big picture in Chiropractic? Do you do the adjustment
or does the patient? Do you treat patients or do you serve practice
members? Are we there to reduce pain or are we there to connect man the
physical with man the spiritual? Why should infants and children be
adjusted? All these questions are for DCs and students to think about.
I see Chiropractic as the
best profession on earth because we have the most important job on earth;
we correct vertebral subluxations. Nothing more, nothing less; allowing
the body to express life at its fullest potential. I know this is a
touchy subject for quite a few, but this is how I see it true. You are
entitled to your own opinion, so donít get upset if these statements
offend you. This article is to get you to think a little. Do you want to
work in the allopathic model or the Chiropractic model?
Another issue that I want
to discuss is miracles in Chiropractic and why they are not happening
often enough. Chiropractic was once a profession that allowed the
Chiropractor to help the person they were serving to connect man the
physical with man the spiritual through the correction of vertebral
subluxation. They werenít adjusting the disease, just removing the
interference (I understand this word upsets certain people in this
profession, but this is what I am choosing to use) in the nervous system,
which allows the vital force to flow at its highest potential. Now I see
that Chiropractors want to diagnose disease, treat patients for disease,
use multiple modalities (electric stim, ultrasound) to treat symptoms,
and adjust under anesthesia.
The way I will practice
Chiropractic will be to analyze, detect, and correct the vertebral
subluxation, step back and allow the body to heal itself. I donít think
this is a hard concept to grasp. Some practice this way now and many have
practiced this way in the past. Miracles were once a common thing and
have been on the decline ever since the Chiropractic profession has been
trying to be accepted by the allopathic model of healthcare (which is
really disease care). Think how the osteopaths were a sole profession
that wanted to be accepted by the MDs (allopaths), pushed for it, and
then finally were gobbled up by the AMA. Now I donít know if there is
really any difference between MDs and DOs. This is very unfortunate.
Chiropractic is separate and distinct in itself. I say we keep it that
way, so we donít become musculoskeletal manipulating technicians that
treat just back pain; or worse yet, ďAllopractors!Ē
I am writing this article
for you to think about your life choice to be a Chiropractor or as a
Chiropractor. I donít write this to offend anyone, just to let you think;
think about your philosophy, and to think about where you want this
profession to go. Only you can choose. I am available for discussion @
Philosophy Club at Palmer Florida or you can continue this discussion via
email with club members at PalmerPhilosophyClub@yahoo.com
Thank you, Josh Handt
Palmer Florida Q8 student
I have often wondered how
our great profession reached its current status in the world. As a
starting point I review the history of how chiropractic started. Hearing
restored by an application of principle. The very beginning of "hard bone
on soft nerve." Simple and complete for it's time. Yes, DD did write
about the spiritual and religious aspects of what he was doing but what
caught on-to my reading- was the mechanical aberration. Move the bone off
the nerve and restoration of life occurred. Like I said, it was a very
When I first started going
to a chiropractor, brought to a chiropractor is the more accurate term
since I was 11 and couldn't drive, it was to one who "moved the bone".
This was the mid 1960's. Thousands of people walked through his converted
garage and had the power turned on. They came and listened to a lay
lecture about vertebral subluxations interfering with life's expression
from the brain to the body. Interference caused by a hard bone on a soft
Back then people brought
other people to the office. In droves. The waiting area was SRO- standing
room only. Sure, it was a GPC practice, a box on the wall phenomena. No
insurance. No fancy pamphlets. No office manager, public relations CA, or
consultant on call. Neuropatholators were around as were spine models but
that was about it. Simple.
Then the 1970's and 1980's
came around. Insurance reimbursement was the rage. Medicare reimbursed
chiropractors for caring for senior citizens but, and this is
interesting, only for correcting vertebral subluxations. Ironic because
it was Medicare that initially gave the vertebral subluxation legs.
Against the odds they validated the existence of the vertebral
subluxation. You couldn't get paid if you didn't correct subluxations
and, as the logic follows, they must exist because you received a check.
Other insurance companies got into the act. Creative billing accompanied
by justification and rationalization for our new found financial (and
some say, professional) status was all that was talked about. The medics
did it, why shouldn't we? "What code you using?" was the greeting to a
colleague now. It was the era of the seminar and the birth (in a big way)
of consultants. No longer were schools able to teach students how to be
chiropractors. Pre and post graduate seminars were necessary now figure
out how to be successful. Parker, DE, Wes Trout, Renaissance, and others
brought chiropractors together to learn what was in the way of the
simplicity of success. Patter was learned, office procedures instituted,
and offices transformed. They often linked our philosophy with science in
a well produced educational format. The Vertebral Subluxation Complex or
VSC was born. Purpose was still being spoken even while a count of those
in the seminar rooms showed greater meeting attendance in Insurance
Coding and even Acupuncture than in philosophy. Discussions in the
hallways were often more about boosting the bottom line than in giving a
better adjustment. State boards continued to demand the institution of
continuing education as a means of raising the status by which they
believed we were being held by the public and the medical establishment.
Boards started punishing chiropractors for simply telling the story or
letting a patient's testimonial be published. Simple was fast falling
away in favor of complex.
The 1990's saw more of the
same. Small cadre's of men continued to get together to map out their
idea of the future of chiropractic. Away from the simple and straight (no
pun intended) into the complex. One. Two. Three. Four parts of the
National Board. Millions into the testers coffers. No evidence of
competency or professional skills benefiting mankind were ever shown to
be evident as a result of what was being asked in a test booklet or
practical exam. Schools began to not only teach outside the original
ideas of chiropractic but actually changed their names to reflect the
lowered level of importance placed on the vertebral subluxation. Now it
was natural healing that was the rage. The "New Age" had returned (I
always thought it was the Old Age that had returned). Chopra and Weil
were heroes to chiropractors. Prattling our philosophy of life on the
stage trying to accomplish with needles and herbs what chiropractors
could do with our hands. Research that was done had little to do with
chiropractic principles and more to do with chiropractic techniques
applied to the medicalized treatment of a limited number of disorders:
menstrual cramps, back aches, neck pain. Once again, simple had become
more complex, very complex.
So here in the early part
of the 21st century we can already see much of where we may be headed.
More simple into complex. That same small cadre of men were still doing
mischief. Closing schools, demanding more money for tests, trying to pull
all continuing education under one roof with one approving body, the
punishment of chiropractors who would dare "treat" asymptomatic" patients
or-god forbid- children, trying to create a one world chiropractic
governing body, attempting to sue our way to equality, and on and on and
on. We've also seen the metamorphosis of chiropractic care into something
called wellness. Simple was, do I dare say, being transformed into
Now I don't have a major
problem with the push towards a wellness model. Early on we called
something similar the five facets of health. Remember? Here's a refresher
for those who don't: Good food, Exercise, Rest, PMA (positive mental
attitude) and, of course, chiropractic care. Everyone I knew taught their
patients the mantra. Overnight I somehow was transformed from a
chiropractor into an expert on sleeping and choosing the right bed. I was
an exercise guru and nutritional expert rolled into one. And of course I
had a chronic condition of PMA. Rather than be seen as the person to go
to for correction of nerve interference, I was being morphed into a
Health & Wellness coach. Sure, people will benefit from my knowledge. But
it seems overly complex to me now. I can't seem to remember the grade I
received in my stretching class. My nutritional instructor in school
spent most of the quarter talking about coffee enemas. It seems that it
was society that was directing the changes that were taking place around
me. It was an outside-in and not an inside out flow that was moving
chiropractic from the simple to the complex. Baby boomers were older
therefore I had to change or be left behind.
I don't buy it.
Not a drop.
In my opinion it was the
shift away from our earlier and simpler times that has caused much of the
problems we have today. Under the name of chiropractic all manner of
practices are/were incorporated into our offices. The philosophy was
still there but it got diluted by mixing it with other practices. We
stopped doing one thing well and tried to do it all. Even today, with
chiropractors wanting to prescribe drugs or do what MD's do, we're still
taking the simple and making it complex. That small cadre of men, who
ultimately are nothing more than suppressive and mad with power,
continues to try and dictate our future. We can't let that happen because
once it does chiropractic will cease to exist. The practice of
chiropractic will become so complex that the subluxation will be
relegated to a footnote in our profession's history. Bad backs, anyone?
Keep It Simple, Smartguy.
People are still the same as they were in DD's time. Why did we change?
Why might you have changed? Had we been able to keep it pure and
unsullied would chiropractic be a more dominant force in society today?
Are we moving in a good direction? Are you still telling the story?
Yours for the principle,