July 27, 2017

The Subluxation is Dead!

By chirosushi In Opinion

Long Live the Subluxation

We need to stop talking about the subluxation.  It’s a fallacy.  It doesn’t exist.  It’s all in our heads.

Mentioning the subluxation is actually hurting our profession and we need to move on.

At least that’s what the former chairman of the board of the ACA would like you to think.

Dr. Michael Simone, past ACA board chair, said at a recent speaking engagement that our profession should renounce several things, among them “the subluxation.”

Why is This Happening?

I don’t know all the background behind this movement in chiropractic.  Dr. Simone was apparently speaking at something ironically labeled the “Advanced Thinking Summit.”  It was an event hosted by the Florida Chiropractic Physician Association.  All my information came from an email from the FCPA (an email I didn’t subscribe to by the way.)

As many of you know the rate of utilization of this great profession, is abysmally low.  (I have detailed some ideas for improving this here and here.)  It is some people’s opinion that is due to not the recorded and concerted efforts of the AMA to have us “die on the vine.”  It’s not the fact that our profession is still very much in its infancy.

Nope, it’s because we cling to the very principles that set us apart.  We need to become just like our competition.  We even need to prescribe medications, because you know there is a shortage of places to get medications.

I do appreciate Dr. Simone and his ilk wanting to see chiropractic grow.  I would love to see our utilization rate skyrocket to 80% instead of 8%.  But we CANNOT forfeit what makes us unique and helps us serve humanity in the process.

The world needs chiropractors who understand what sets them apart.  The world needs doctors of chiropractic who understand that the body is endowed with an amazing ability to heal itself if you just give it the right conditions.  The world needs MD’s, but the world needs DC’s too.  Without the perspective of DC’s who treat subluxation, we won’t have the balance we need in healthcare.

We need the crisis centered MD’s for when life does go bad, but life won’t go as bad as often with the wellness and subluxation based chiropractors taking the lead.

The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation

If you agree please check out and support the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation.  Part of their mission statement includes the following text:

  • The body is a self-regulating, self-maintaining organism;
  • The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body;
  • The spine and vertebrae house and protect the nervous system;
  • Vertebral subluxations can occur and interfere with the function of the nervous system;
  • Reducing and/or correcting vertebral subluxations allows the nervous system to function better and allows the fullest expression of life.

Another option is to support is the Australian Spinal Research who have a huge initiative – check it out here

Please take this article seriously and act.

Give money to organizations that promote true chiropractic principles.  Stop giving money to ones that don’t.  Be a leader in our profession and grow your practice so you can give back to chiropractic.  Our profession and the health of untold numbers of people is at stake.

Who am I?

My name is Dr. Shawn Andrews.  I am a ten-year chiropractic veteran.  My wife and I practice in a medium-sized city in southern Minnesota.  I am not a coach or a consultant.  I am a guy just like you.  I have been on the brink of bankruptcy.  I came back from the edge of the abyss and now:

  • My clinic has seen a minimum of 10% growth every year since that fateful year of nearly losing it all.  (I am a slow and steady kind of guy.)
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  • I now take home way more than the average chiropractor.
  • My wife and I have five amazing kids.  We have the freedom to take vacations, and she homeschools our children because SHE CAN!  We have the life we want to have and the freedom to grow and change.
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  • I have a fantastic staff.  Three of the four of them have been with me for almost five years.  (How many clinics can say that?)
  • I am absolutely in love with what I do for a living!  I love CHIROPRACTIC.

I may not have the biggest clinic, but I am doing better than most.  I am a bit of a leadership and personal growth junky.  That has helped me grow my practice and succeed in life.  So my hope is that you will come along side me, and together we can elevate each other, our businesses, and our beloved profession.

I will take what I have learned over the years and distil it into bite-sized, actionable chunks to help you grow yourself and your practice!

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