Next New Beginnings - January 26 - 29, 2006
Five simple rules to be happy
Jim Dubel, DC
92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, even though he is legally
blind he is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair
fashionably coifed and a shave perfectly applied, moved to a nursing home
today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move
many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he
smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
maneuvered his walker to the elevator, his nurse provided a visual
description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been
hung on his window.
it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been
presented with a new puppy.
Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."
doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.
"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time ".
I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ...
it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it "It's a decision
I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day
in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no
longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and
all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life.
is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.
advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account
of memories! .
you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing."
more Chiropractors would understand that wonderful gift we have had
bestowed upon us. Not riches as in money, cars, boats and other
possessions. But in the understanding of that miracle that occurs each
and every time we deliver a Chiropractic adjustment to remove
greater gift can not be received!
either, the doctor who delivers the adjustment or the patient who
receives the adjustment. Its all in how you arrange your mind!
flow from above down his bounteous strength to help you find in yourself,
Love, Loyalty and Friendship...
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Free your heart from hatred.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
Are PTs Stealing Chiropractic?
Bob Braile, DC
One of the hottest
topics lately has been the movement of Physical Therapists into the area
of “Spinal Manipulation”. In many states, there is a well organized, well
funded push toward expansion of the PT’s scope of practice into an area
that many DCs see as an encroachment into chiropractic. Over recent years
this fight has changed dynamics and we need to understand the big picture
here if we want to address this issue.
First, we need to
clearly understand that the PTs think that our opposition into spinal
manipulation is extremely hypocritical as they see our profession as
having long been completely stealing what they do. They have a good
argument here as one trip into many chiropractic offices would raise the
I do remember years ago
hearing our chiropractic leaders use a rational that our use of
“ancillary procedures” was different than physical therapy in that our
intent was to use these procedures to assist the chiropractic adjustment.
Today this argument does not hold water as most chiropractors are not
using physical therapy in their office to assist them in correction of
subluxations. One look at the submitted insurance claims completely
eliminates that old argument.
So, clearly, we have
encroached into their area. This eliminates using any argument that
Chiropractors and Physical Therapists should remain separate in order to
not confuse the public. In fact, they have ammunition in their argument
that any chiropractic opposition to Physical Therapists broadening their
scope into spinal manipulation should be ignored as we have clearly
stolen what they do.
What has been a
successful argument for us over the years has been that we perform our
services with the level of expertise commensurate with a doctoral degree.
We have always made the point that we are doctors, and that anyone with
less training represented a danger to the public if they attempted
“spinal manipulation” without the level of training we had in
chiropractic spinal adjusting.
defense is quickly dissolving. First, PTs are initiating doctoral degrees
and will soon graduate professionals that have the same level of
education as us, and are, also, primary portal of entry providers.
Secondly, some of our schools offer less courses in “spinal manipulation”
then they do, and some of our schools are not even identified as
chiropractic schools anymore. This weakens our position while the
Physical Therapists are continuing to strengthen theirs.
The arguments that we
have successfully used for years are gone. The medical doctors, who have
been unwitting allies to keep the Physical Therapists from being primary
care givers, will also not have a reasonable argument as PTs get doctoral
degrees. In fact, I believe that it is inevitable that Physical
Therapists will become primary portal of entry providers and engage in
extensive regimes of spinal manipulation. In fact, I predict that it will
not be long before the MDs change sides on this issue and start a public
relations campaign that says that Physical Therapists are safer and
better trained than we are.
So what are we to do?
It’s time we stop trying to stop others from doing “SPINAL MANIPULATION!”
It’s time we start educating the public that what we do is not spinal
manipulation and what we do is “specific scientific chiropractic
adjustments.” It is also time we start educating the public that these
adjustments are for correction of vertebral subluxations, and it is time
to educate the public as to what subluxations are and what they can do.
The Physical Therapists
are not going to start giving adjustments for the correction of vertebral
subluxations anytime soon. To do so would require them and the medical
establishment to acknowledge that vertebral subluxations do exist, they
do affect proper function of the nervous system, and that correction of
them does enhance health. In effect, they would have to acknowledge the
chiropractic principle and say that they are practicing chiropractic, and
this is something they collectively do not want to do.
In essence, our best,
and last, defense is our core difference from the allopathic model. The
procedure of spinal manipulation has never been unique to chiropractic.
It is futile to try to stop others from doing it. However, our expertise
is in correction of subluxations through specific “chiropractic
adjustments” is exclusively ours. We are the only experts at subluxation
correction. We are the only profession that adds this procedure to the
vitalistic philosophy we embrace.
Ultimately, if we want
to stop Physical Therapists from stealing chiropractic we need to
recognize what we are, what makes us different, and then create a defense
that protects that uniqueness, not a defense of common domain
therapeutics such as “spinal manipulation”.