I’ve been musing about the growing bifurcation of the chiropractic profession. I’ll just ask it out loud: Why are there chiropractors so ambitiously pursuing the elimination of subluxation and the addition of drugs to the profession of chiropractic?
At first, I thought it might be that these individuals are embarrassed that a “magnetic healer and fish monger” had authored the chiropractic profession. Or ashamed of the flamboyant and eccentric style of his son. Then, I imagined that perhaps this dissatisfaction with classic chiropractic was because it hampered the acceptance of some chiropractors into the medical health care country club.
While these may be factors, upon deeper reflection I’m wondering if something far more simple and obvious is actually at work here. In fact, the same thing that was present when I suggested to my Dad that he see a chiropractor while simultaneously receiving the ineffective chemotherapy he had chosen.
“Chiropractic adjustments aren’t powerful enough to deal with cancer,” I remember him saying at the dinner table about three months before his death. Like most things my Dad said, once the pronouncement was rendered there was no room for continued discussion. Case closed.
Even though my Dad had heard me speak to chiropractors dozens of times, he still was in bondage to the beliefs of the medically-dominated mainstream. He didn’t know (or accept) that the body does the healing, not a drug or a doctor. And while earlier he had received excellent chiropractic care from two different chiropractors, clearly he didn’t understand (or accept) that the intent of chiropractic is NOT to treat a disease or condition, but to revive the body’s ability to self heal.
Maybe that’s where these lost chiropractors have disembarked from chiropractic. Perhaps they never had a life-changing experience with chiropractic before deciding to become a chiropractor. Perhaps they haven’t seen an infant, child or adult recover from a life-threatening health condition because their chiropractic adjustments helped invoke their body’s self-healing capacity. Perhaps, do I dare say, they may be poor adjusters?
If one’s experience with delivering chiropractic care seems to produce inconsistent results, I can understand how one might think that a puny chiropractic adjustment just wouldn’t be significant enough to address anything beyond a spinal owey. No wonder you’d want access to prescribing drugs and ways to drum out the mythical subluxation and its accompanying misguided philosophooy!
Granted, I don’t know how to deliver an adjustment. After all these years (almost 30) I’m still amazed, no, in awe of a skilled chiropractor’s ability to know where, when and how to add energy to a patient’s spine in just the right way to help restore the healing response. Still, that doesn’t prevent me from trying to understand why some chiropractors might find a greater affinity with medicine than chiropractic.
So what is it? A desire for acceptance? Embarrassment from being labeled a mere chiropractor? Seeing the adjustment as too low tech to be enough? Poor adjusting skills? Or is it something else that I’ve overlooked?
Pleeeeease let me know!