Chiropractors Need Nothing.
One of the reasons I became a chiropractor is because it’s old school. In 1895 when chiropractic as we know it today began, there was no technology. There were just brains and hands. Unlike dentists, surgeons, primary care doctors, pharmacists, even some physical therapists, Chiropractors need no gadgets. All we need is the knowledge to identify subluxation and the skills to correct it.
Today I leave for Romania. Me and my adjusting table. Yes, I am taking technology – scanning devices and tools that help me help patients but When I was in school we were not allowed to use these in the clinic. We were trained to be old school chiropractors, to use our hands and to think on our feet. I was always extremely attracted to the idea of being able to be dropped in the middle of the jungle and set up a clinic on a dirt floor with nothing but leaves over my head. And the beautiful reality of being a chiropractor is that this is possible. I know of no medical doctor, dentist or other type of healthcare professional that has access to the healing that a chiropractor has without their tools, pharmacies, sterile environments and tests. How is a medical doctor going to help someone with their high blood pressure if they can’t identify their high blood pressure and if they don’t have a pharmacy? Recommend exercise? Of course but you don’t need a medical doctor to tell you to exercise. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown in studies done by medical doctors to reduce both diastolic and systolic numbers by 10 points or greater, without the use of drugs or the obvious- exercise, weight loss, not smoking or drinking, etc. This is cool and it makes chiropractors cool too. It also makes patients who “get it” cool.
There is an extreme professional portability with a general lack of need for bells and whistles as a chiropractor. This should be very attractive to the adventure driven, travel loving person who wants to help people with their professional degree and knowledge. You don’t even need a table to adjust someone. A floor or the ground, your hands and your brain. That is a beautiful thing.