Chiropractic Irony #2: Pride vs. Humility

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There is no doubt that pride is appropriately described as the first deadly sin. It is especially prevalent among members of the health care community. We, as health care providers having the health and well-being, and even the life and death, of people in our hands can become preoccupied with our own self- importance. Any health care professional is subject to the problem of pride. We’re not talking about self confidence about what you do, but rather the inflated opinion of yourself and the importance of what you do. Chiropractors are especially subject to excessive pride because of the importance of the service they perform.

Correcting vertebral subluxations is essential to peoples’ health. No other aspect of a health program can be effective if one is walking around with nerve interference. People cannot get the benefit of eating good food, getting the proper rest or exercising if they have vertebral subluxations interfering with the function of their nerve system. Not only is the correction of vertebral subluxations an important service that we chiropractors perform but there is no one else that can do it. All the best medical doctors in the world, even those who specialize in orthopedic problems and the spine, are not capable of locating vertebral subluxations or correcting them, even if they could find one. They simply are not trained in chiropractic analysis and adjusting.

On the other hand, we chiropractors must realize that the greatest aspect of the service we perform is done by the body itself. The innate intelligence of the body, that principle of life that resides in every living organism, does the healing. The chiropractor does not heal or cure people. The body, or to be more precise, the innate wisdom within the body, does the healing by creating new, living cells to replace sick or dying ones. That is why healing is not an instantaneous act. The creation or replacement of new cells takes time.

The most humbling aspect of giving chiropractic care is that the chiropractor does not even make the adjustment. The chiropractor simply introduces a force into the spine, hopefully it is one that sets the bone in the right direction and is the amount of force needed. The innate intelligence of the body then takes that force and moves the bone, using the muscles of the body placing the bone in the exact position in which it belongs. It is the inborn wisdom which is responsible for 99.9% of what occurs in making an adjustment. The .1% is the chiropractor knowing where and when to introduce the force. That is a very humbling thought and should keep the pride of the chiropractor at a minimum. This balance between the fantastic service we perform and the small part we play in that service is one of the great aspects of chiropractic practice.

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