I feel like we, chiropractors and chiropractic assistants alike, forget the true objective of chiropractic. Its easy to do but we must remember and once again clarify it for us and for our patients. Chiropractic has un undergone some amazing growth in the last 75 years and has also created considerable confusion for the public. I don’t think that is difficult for any f us to understand. As techniques change and communication alters, not to mention the use of many many different types of healing devices now, people can become confused about the objectives of our profession.
Think about this…medicine, as recently as 200 years ago, was putting leaches on people to draw out the “bad blood.” It was considered a ridiculous waste of time 150 years ago for a physician to wash his hands before examining a patient even if he had just come from doing an autopsy! These are just two examples of how medical procedures have changed and medicine is thousands of years old! It is understandable then that the chiropractic profession will also go through changes as it establishes its identity.
However the chiropractic objective has remained essentially unchanged for the past 100 years. It is very simple. In chiropractic we care for the nerves that exit the bony segments. The human organism is the most complex structure on the face of the earth, more complex than any computer or anything we have ever been able to construct. The complexity of the human body has made doctors of all kinds confine their expertise to very limited areas. That’s why we have the specialty that we live in today. We have all kinds of specialists…heart, eye, ear, nose, throat, kidney, etc., etc . We even have disease specialists that concern themselves with one particular disease such as arthritis and cancer. The chiropractor is a specialist. He /She has a single objective: the correction of vertebral subluxation. We know that vertebral subluxation is a detriment to the proper function of the human body. A subluxation decreases the entire potential for health and for life. Spread the word, become clear and stay clear for the sake of our profession!