THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
There is an old saying that goes, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you." Typically this means that you shouldn't make the people and organizations that supply you with things angry because they may stop giving you those things. But let's take a closer look at this phrase and in a totally different way.
The hand that feeds you (your own hand) is attached to the rest of you. So anytime you treat YOURSELF in a way that is other than loving, you are actually biting the hand that feeds you. This means that every time you deprive yourself of the sleep that is necessary to "recharge your batteries," every time you allow yourself to become even slightly dehydrated, or put things into your system you know don't help you grow, whenever you allow the negative thoughts and emotions of what the world calls entertainment or "important information" to invade your consciousness, or by consistently choosing an inactive lifestyle, you are in fact biting the hand that feeds you.
But let's go even deeper into why this is important. The Bible says that God created man in his own image. In fact, all the other religions of the world share this same idea. As such, each of us has an important role to play in the continued function and growth of the planet.
Take a look at your hand.
Spread out your fingers and really look at it. What an awesome design! Each part of your hand works together with every other part not only for the benefit of the hand, but so that you as a whole can accomplish your goals. Now, what if one or more fingers weren't doing their jobs? Not only would this affect the function of the hand, other parts of your body would have to move away from whatever they were doing and lend a hand to accomplish everything else.
And how does this hand you are looking at work? Maybe you never really thought about it because all you need to do is intend for your hand to work and it does! But your innate intelligence expressing itself through your nerve system is what is behind the action of that hand's movements. And whether you are using your hands to change the television remote, start your car, prepare a meal, write a story or hug your kids, you would not be able to do any of these things as well as possible without a clear and fully functioning nerve system.
Not only do you need to live a lifestyle that provides your body with everything it needs to function properly, heal and grow; you must also maintain a clear neurological pathway between your brain and your body so that your intentions become actions that produce meaningful results in both your own personal world and in the world at large. That is why it is so important to get yourself and the rest of your family checked regularly by your chiropractor.
Now, instead of simply not biting the hand that feeds you, how about actually loving that hand, the body it is attached to, and especially that wonderful intelligence that You ARE! Hold out your hand again. Imagine that each finger is an individual person. Notice that each finger is not separate from the hand, but is an integral part of - an extension of the hand. This who you are! And the world would not be the world it is meant to be without you doing your part! Take care of yourself. Realize your own role in moving mankind along in our growth. Share your knowledge about chiropractic with others. And then, take your hands and wrap them around yourself and give yourself a hug - you deserve it!
In an information society you would think that at least the basic tenants of chiropractic would be familiar to people. Unfortunately, that is not the case. At the turn of the century (1900's) chiropractic was little known outside of its birthplace in Davenport, Iowa. But after the development of the first school and some seemingly miraculous cures, its fame spread.
The purpose of chiropractic is to correct vertebral subluxations (misaligned bones of spine that interfere with the nerve system) to allow a better expression of innate intelligence (the principle of organization in living things that results in the ability of a living organism to organize and reorganize its physiology in order to adapt and survive in an ever-changing environment). When that is done the body's inborn ability to heal itself and to run itself on every level improves. When a chiropractor corrects a subluxation every aspect of a person's life is improved. Cells, tissues, and organs function better. Every aspect of performance and potential is improved.
In the early years of the profession people under chiropractic care were living healthier, more productive and longer lives. However, what people were impressed by the most were the miraculous cures: people with terminal diseases got well, people with chronic ailments who had been treated medically with no success, improved or were even totally healed under chiropractic care. Whether all of these cases really were directly the result of chiropractic, we really do not know. If they did happen, it was not because chiropractors cured these people but because the body has a fantastic ability to heal itself and does that better with no interference in the nerve system.
As a result of the above cures, more men and women went to chiropractic school, many of them were people who had experienced amazing cures in their lives or the lives of loved ones. They became so impressed and motivated that they became chiropractors. Because of their enthusiasm and telling their story, by the 1920's and 30's chiropractic had the reputation of being a cure?all. That is, people thought chiropractors could cure every disease. While that is far from the real purpose of chiropractic, it is not hard to see how that misconception could develop.
Needless to say, the medical community had something to say about that. Many chiropractors, especially those who did not get into chiropractic as a result of personal experience, toned down their message. In response to the charges of charlatan and quackery they concentrated on promoting chiropractic care for the type of condition that showed more dramatic results, that could not be argued against and the type of conditions, that the medical community was pretty much helpless in treating. Those conditions were of a musculoskeletal nature, bad backs, stiff necks, etc.
Here we are in the 111th year of chiropractic. Over 60,000 chiropractors in the United States, licensed in every state, recognized and accepted by mainstream health care and the Federal government. You would think we chiropractors would be happy, that we would be satisfied with the piece of the health care pie that we have. Some actually are.
Chiropractors like me are not. We are not because too many people are not under regular chiropractic care. They mistakenly think you only go to a chiropractor if you have a back problem. They have no idea that chiropractic is important if you want to get the most out of life. They would not think of having their children's spines checked; especially if there was nothing wrong with their backs. Even some people who are under chiropractic care have not grasped the big idea of chiropractic. They just use if for their backaches or other aches or pains. That is like using a big screen color television with full cable and satellite only as a plant stand.
Some have understood the idea of regular care to get the most out of life. They come regularly and they tell others. They are the ones that make chiropractic a rewarding career. They show the world by their example all the benefits to having a clear and better functioning nerve system. But until everyone understands it, those of us who know chiropractic's true purpose and potential, chiropractor's and practice members alike, will not be satisfied. We will all just have to keep telling more and more people more and more about chiropractic. Thanks for helping me by doing your part.