Today is chiropractic’s 117th birthday. Chiropractic did not begin because someone had an attack of lower back pain or a week-long headache that didn’t go away after a fistfull of Tylenol. Chiropractic began because a man with significant hearing loss was having a conversation with a magnetic healer who was, as a result of this conversation, inspired to put his hands on this man and perform the first specific chiropractic adjustment. Hearing was restored and millions of people have reaped the benefit of natural chiropractic care – all because D.D. Palmer thought outside the box.
We have fielded many questions about kids and chiropractic. “Why do kids need adjustments? They don’t have back pain…” “Isn’t that dangerous to adjust babies?” The list goes on…
If chiropractic was started because a man couldn’t hear, how have we distorted chiropractic into a neck and back pain treatment modality?
What’s more dangerous: a gentle specific chiropractic adjustment to restore proper communication between the brain and the body in a developing infant, or exposing an infant to foreign chemicals through medications and vaccinations at the time when their body is least able to process them?
We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul. We release the prisoned impulses, a tiny rivulet of force, that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells and stirs them to life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues and scents the flowers with the glory of the air.
In the dim, dark distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life, it quickened the slime of the sea and the dust of the earth and drove the cell to union with its fellows in countless living forms. Through eons of time it finned the fish and winged the bird and fanged the beast. Endlessly it worked, evolving its forms until it produced the crowning glory of them all. With tireless energy it blows the bubble of each individual life and then silently, relentlessly dissolves the form and absorbs the spirit into itself again.
And yet you ask “Can chiropractic cure appendicitis or the flu?” Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world? – B.J. Palmer, DC, PhC