I was in second year University with a list of subjects I loved and qualities in a career I was hoping for, yet no specific career in mind to match. All I knew is that I wanted to work with people, promote health from the inside-out, empower individuals with the amazing intelligence our body expresses, dive into anatomy and physiology and live by example. It was between classes that I overheard one of my classmates telling another that she had applied to Chiropractic College. I remember vividly thinking "why would someone become a Chiropractor? What does that have to do with anything?" After class, I snuck into one of the student computer labs to look up Chiropractic to see if there was more to it than I thought. I was instantly drawn in, as I realized that the elusive career I had been looking for, was right in front of me.
I was like many people today. I was looking for something specific, but almost turned my back on Chiropractic simply due to a lack of awareness of what it was really about. Simply put, Chiropractic honours the innate intelligence of the body. The same intelligence that created a person from two cells. The same intelligence that heals a cut or a broken bone. The same intelligence that digests the food we eat to become new cell structures and energy. This intelligence is present in all living things, and Chiropractic is not so much about inducing change artificially, but more about the body working as it was designed to (which often, due to our poor lifestyle habits and choices, far exceeds our current state of health). Chiropractic recognizes the role the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) has on expressing this intelligence. Afterall, a living person and a corpse both could have all the same parts, but one is alive and the other isn't. What is missing in the corpse, is not material, but is life energy. In the living person, this life energy can be present, but if the nervous system has interference (related to postural stress or spinal subluxations), the life expression can be reduced. Perhaps the body has a tougher time fighting off infections, or has pain related to direct nerve pressure or irritation. Basically, any part of the body that the affected nerve feeds will have reduced potential. Rarely is this apparent in the short-term, often this is a long term process with few obvious symptoms.
Many people are simply unaware of the power of a Chiropractic adjustment beyond pain relief. I've experienced and been witness to phenomenal improvements in quality of life, performance and vitality. So again I ask, what does Chiropractic have to do with anything? It has to do with life.