I don't remember the first time I received a chiropractic adjustment I was only a baby. Little did I know at the time the privilege of receiving chiropractic care throughout my childhood. I was lucky enough to have an uncle who travelled to America to study Chiropractic. I can still recall hearing the stories coming out of my uncles clinic from lives in turnaround through chiropractic care and from a receptionist that had previously worked at a medical centre who told my mother that “I cant believe it! People are actually getting better!”
Naïvely at the time I assumed everybody else went to the chiropractor as well, however as I later found out I was indeed in the minority. This was perplexing to me and somewhat disturbing as even at that age I was profoundly aware that people are missing out.
As children we would hardly get sick, we would hardly go to the doctor in fact we barely had a pill in the house. Of course that was not entirely due to chiropractic. I was lucky enough to have parents who cared about what I ate and made sure I was active. I would probably have been considered overactive! Football, surfing, cricket, soccer, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming and just building stuff! It wasn't considered exercise it is just what we did!… So as it was, there was the build up of the bumps, jolts, strains and sprains that would put pressure on my body and I would need correction or as I got used to saying, an “adjustment.”
My mother can recall that as children we would ask her if It was time for us to see Uncle Phil, “I need an adjustment”. But it wasn't just to fix back pain or a stiff neck I always knew that I was better after an adjustment, my head was clearer, I felt better, more energetic and it was as if something had cleared and I was ready to go again!
One of the hardest parts about being a chiropractor for me is not the challenges that patients present to me on a day-to-day basis but it's the contemplation upon those people who are missing out on this healing art that is truly undervalued. In fact even more disturbing is it chiropractic has been misunderstood misrepresented and even attacked by some outside of our profession. This is heartbreaking.
One of our founding fathers, BJ Palmer sums up the way I feel about chiropractic…..
“Why I am a Doctor of Chiropractic…Because I honour the inborn potential of everyone to be truly healthy. Because I desire to help the newborn, the aged, and those without hope. Because I choose to care for the patient with the disease, not the disease. Because I wish to assist rather than intrude; to free rather than control. Because I seek to correct the cause, not its effect. Because I know doctors do not heal, only the body can heal itself. Because I have been called to serve others. Because I want to make a difference. Because every day I get to witness miracles. Because I know it is right.” BJ Palmer