Chiropractors are always trying to put bones back in place. They shouldn’t be trying to put them back in place. They should be putting them back in function.” – Frank Illi 1973 National University Homecoming Speech
This will help simplify chiropractic and pose a case for its usefulness in your personal healthcare. What I’ve learned is that most people are genuinely interested in chiropractic and natural medicine to compliment their primary doctor visits. They just don’t know where to get a good answer for what chiros do.
“It’s not like WebMD where I can get a straight answer,” I remember hearing from a friend. “If only there was a simple write up that helped put it in perspective!”
Chiropractic literally means “practice by hand”. If you’ve ever been to the chiropractor’s office you’d probably expect a few things: to be “crunched”, “popped”, or “cracked” and to be poked and prodded a bit. After all, prodding is an art and a science.
Chiropractors have made use of the science of movement and movement’s inherent ability to “right the wayward ship” of physiological aberration. To restore your functional capacities and help you move most efficiently is the end goal of chiropractic. Remember how important moving is right?
“Perhaps the most important thing we have learned is the intimate relationship between mobility and intelligence.” (1)
As I like to say, people are not one piece but MANY pieces. There are a lot of things that you are. Just think about the 40,000 genes alone in your DNA to help put that into perspective.
Though you might not think so, my loyalties ultimately do not lie with chiropractic but rather with conservative treatment of each patient.
I want patient’s to achieve a balanced system. I merely see myself as a respectful facilitator of the patient’s inherent ability to heal themselves and use chiropractic with other therapies to accomplish the end result of physiological balance.
Energy efficient, properly communicating movement is your greatest biomechanical asset, not my chiropractic services. Chiropractic is a means to an end, a more balanced person being that end.
Restore physiological Balance = Restore health
Simply put, restoring “balance” is the end goal of chiropractic, and that’s the reason it has any value at all.
It can “right the wayward ship”. This should be the end goal of every health care approach. In other words, to restore YOUR inherent ability to function independently of capitalized markets, including drug markets, vitamins, supplementation products, orthotics, etc etc SHOULD BE the foundational goal of every physician.
Just as Frank Illi said in his address to National Chiropractic College at their 1973 Homecoming event, chiropractic is NOT about pops and cracks. Chiropractic is about restoring function.
And the value of function can mean the difference between you living to be 120 years old and you dying prematurely at age 65. It will mean the difference between a healthy brain and nervous system, functionally independent, long healthy life or a sick nervous system, functionally dependent, painful, drug dependent, physician dependent, shortened life.
Simply put, proper movement will protect brain function. Normal brain function ensures quality of life. Conservative approaches, including chiropractic, can restore and maintain proper movement.
- Doman, Glenn. How To Teach Your Baby To Be Physically Superb. The Better Baby Press. pg 28. 1988