Personally, I love philosophy. The deep secrets of why this universe is here, why we are here, why I am here, what is happiness, what happens when we are done with this life… and so on. I spend a great deal of time studying and thinking about these types of things. My wife and son-in-law are psychologists, which is a profession that encompasses this kind of thinking. And as a result we talk about related topics every day.
And, I have a degree in biological science, not to mention my doctoral degree. I am trained in science and observation. I have had many many classes in the sciences, physics, math, chemistry, physiology, pathology, etc. I am a scientist by education. And my daughter and son have their degrees in biochemistry and biomedicine. So we talk hard science all the time.
But day to day, I consider myself an artist most of all. Not the type of artist that you might think of at first. I can’t write music or lyrics. I can’t sculpt or paint or draw. I don’t understand poetry at all. Rather I am an artist that uses a very unusual medium to express my work. My easel is this office, my palate my hands, and the canvas is your spine. Please read on as I talk very briefly about the art of the chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic has a very well developed philosophy that involves 33 very specific principles that I use every day to guide my actions and decisions. The science of the subluxation you hear about from me all the time. I use terms like time, life and gravity, or total subluxation value, or spinal degeneration to communicate the science of spinal damage to you. But at the end of the day all the philosophy and science won’t get you better. That is all just talk. To get you better we need the art of chiropractic, the adjustment.
I am an expert in more than 200 ways to adjust your spine. I have to be just as adept at doing this left or right handed. And I can also adjust every other joint in the human body with the exception of the sutures of the skull. I have to know when to and when not to do each adjustment. I have to choose the right bone and the right direction. You need to be in the right position. I need to be in the right position. How much thrust? What speed? How deep? Did it work? The 90 year old great grandmother will need something very different from the 300 pound line-backer, and the newborn baby will have its very own set of needs. How is the adjustment different in the 9 month pregnant woman? Every movement I make has a purpose. And, like every art, it is only something that can be mastered by doing it over and over again.
So as I am writing my 101st article in this series, you might have figured out that I enjoy the art of writing, but my real body of artistic work has been in the approximately 1.5 million adjustments I have made so far, and counting. As usual, thank you for reading my stuff.