The Chiropractic Philosophy: "Innate" Decoded

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"Living, usually buried, in us is an Innate Intelligence. If we could open those flood gates and let Innate flow, we would be as good and as great as it, itself. Living in all of us is our innate selves. Innate is God in human beings. Innate is good in human beings. Innate is life in human beings. Innate is health in human beings. Innate is sane in human beings. Let Innate flow in and through us and we can accomplish the great wonders.”

                                                     -- Chiropractic Philosophy Science and Art. Vol. XXXII, pg. 56 B.J. Palmer

If you have any chiropractors in your life, whether it be for your own personal care, or just because you have a friend, relative or acquaintance that is one, you probably are familiar with the stereotypes that are associated with the profession--and they are not all bad! Many people notice their outstanding zest for life--a characteristic that makes them seem overly idealistic at times. Life isn't always easy and maintaining optimism in a world of critics (especially for chiropractors) is certainly commendable, but the truth is, not all chiropractors were born that way. On the contrary, many are the converted critics of the world, because they happened upon some knowledge, and they began to believe in something bigger than themselves, and that thing is called Innate.

Funny how chiropractors like to turn adjectives into nouns; the term is short for "Innate Intelligence," but more plainly put it is the body's innate ability to heal itself. For most chiropractors, this axiom provides the foundation for their life's work. A belief that the body can heal itself when it (and more specifically the spine) is operating correctly (aligned). Just like the experts in other fields, chiropractors sometimes get caught up in the jargon that they picked up while they were studying to become doctors, but when you take the cryptic terminology away, this "belief" is more like a knowledge. Just as you do not have a "belief" in science--you know it to be true--chiropractors know that the body has amazing capabilities, some of which modern science still cannot explain. The intricacies of the human anatomy are mind-blowing and truly awesome--that is what chiropractors believe and what they see when they go to work each day. Dr. Dave is a big proponent of this chiropractic philosophy--to be sure, there are many different kinds of chiropractors, and not all of them subscribe to the same ideas. Do you know where the chiropractor in your life stands on this issue? You can glean a lot about their practice by understanding the mission, and if you ask them about innate, many will light up with excitement; it is the passion they have, a passion for helping people by helping their bodies perform as they are intended to.  

The Chiropractic Philosophy: What's the "Big Idea"?

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So what's the BIG IDEA with chiropractic care? Why are chiropractors so EXCITED about what they do? People contemplate the impact that a butterfly can have when it beats its wings--the trickle down of cause and effect can change the world--is there any reason a chiropractic adjustment couldn't do the sameThis short story by B.J. Palmer, the developer of chiropractic, sheds some light on the subject...

B.J. Palmer, “THE BIG IDEA”

A slip on the snowy sidewalk, in winter, is a SMALL thing. It happens to millions. A fall from a ladder, in the summer, is a SMALL thing. That also happens to millions. The slip or fall produces a subluxation. The subluxation is a SMALL thing. The subluxation produces pressure on a nerve. That pressure is a SMALL thing. The pressure cuts off the flow of mental impulses. That decreased flowing is a SMALL thing. That decreased flowing produces a dis-eased body and brain. That is a BIG thing to that man. Multiply that sick man by a thousand, and you control the physical and mental welfare of a city. Multiply that man by a million and you shape the physical and mental destiny of a State. Multiply that man by one hundred thirty million, and you forecast and can prophesy the physical and mental status of a nation.

Now comes a man. Any one man is a SMALL thing. This man gives an adjustment. The adjustment is a SMALL thing. The adjustment replaces the subluxation. That is a SMALL thing. The adjusted subluxation releases pressure upon nerves. That is a SMALL thing. The released pressure restores health to a man. That is a BIG thing to that man. Multiply that well man by a thousand, and you step up physical and mental welfare of a city. Multiply that well man by a million, and you increase the efficiency of a State. Multiply that well man by one hundred thirty million, and you have produced a healthy, wealthy, and better race for posterity. So adjustment of the subluxation, to release pressure upon nerves, to restore mental impulse flow, to restore health, is BIG enough to rebuild thoughts and actions of the world.

The idea that knows cause, that can correct cause of dis-ease, is one of the biggest ideas known. Without it, nations fall;  with it, nations rise.

The idea is the BIGGEST I know of.

~Dr. B.J. Palmer

Dr. Dave: "Think hard--what's the most important organ in your body?"

Chiropractic: It's more than you think!

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I often ask my patients, "If you had to pick the most important organ in the body, what would it be?" A common response is the heart, liver or even the skin. I acknowledge that all of our organs are important and we were not made with too many body parts, but if I had to pick one it would be the brain. The brain is the master control center of the body, responsible for every function of the body and every cell tissue and organ. This is the most important concept and the foundation of chiropractic care. In order for the brain to communicate with the body it must send signals or information down the spinal cord, through the network of nerves and to the rest of the body parts. In order for a person to function at their best and be healthy, it is vital that the brain and body communicate without interference. This communication can be called many things: innate intelligence, life force, spirit or even electricity.

The point is, this is how your body works.

The typical spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae. These bones can move and allow for motion and movement in the body. Often times, these bones can slightly shift out of alignment and put pressure on nerves that come off of the spinal cord--that's a problem. It can cause nerve interference and may have devastating effects on one's health. An example would be if a bone in the low back became displaced and caused interference to one of the nerves going down the leg. This might lead to pain or numbness down the leg which is known as sciatica. What if the nerves to the stomach or intestines were being interfered with? This could result in digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or even acid reflux. This is not to say that this is the only cause of these ailments, but nerve interference can cause dysfunction and dis-ease in the body, leading to poor health. Often times, these mis-alignments go unnoticed and without pain in the beginning, but much like a tooth ache the problem starts well before the pain is noticed.

Most people think chiropractic is all about curing neck and back pain. Yes, we have great success helping people with neck and back pain, but simply stated, chiropractic doesn't cure anything. The goal of chiropractic care is to remove interference from the spine and nervous system so your body can do the healing. Chiropractic is about giving your body an opportunity to heal and function the way it was meant to, allowing all of us to live healthier lives. Chiropractic is more than you think!