Question 20. What is in the future for Chiropractic? Will the present upper cervical work some day become obsolete; will this upper cervical work some day be replaced by something superior?
Answer 20. Who knows? Last word has not been thot, spoken, written, or printed on any subject. Tomorrow MAY revolutionize everything we think we know. But, if Chiropractic principe be RIGHT — and we KNOW it is — then any, every, and all advancements will need be made in accordance with THAT principle AND practice. Obviously, you cannot advance CHIROPRACTIC towards the principle and practices of medicine backwards. In our fifty-five years, we have seen innumerable theories advanced, ninety-nine per cent of which were backwards into older methods. See Nos. 163.
Question 19. After adjustment is given and pattern increases, would it be an adjustment or a thrust?
Answer 19. To give an ADJUSTMENT calls for correction of misalignment, opening occlusion, releasing pressure, restoration of normal quantity of mental impulse supply. If this be done, sick pattern DEcreases and health pattern INcreases. If sick pattern INcreases, it was NOT, an adjustment.
See Nos. 198, 205.
Question 18. After first adjustment, when would next adjustment be given — on first return of pattern, or after three patterns that look alike?
Answer 18. This is a question of judgment. It is far better to err, if such be an error of judgment, on under-doing rather than over-doing. Much harm has been done many cases by over-adjusting. Occasionally, sick pattern will return for a day or two and, if let alone, will disappear in another day or two, and case continue to get well. It is better to wait and see than it is to “adjust” merely because a “sick pattern” returns for a day or two. See No. 17.
Question 17. What is a sick pattern?
Answer 17. Every vertebral subluxation has a chiropractic basic direction, location, degree, with its sequential constructions, interferences, and conditions. This is more or less fixed, does not vary, except within certain ranges. It is what we call a “floating movement”, but always within fixed limits. Consequently, when NCM is correctly used and interpreted, it will always follow a definite pattern, subject to floating variations which follow a pattern within certain ranges. This is the “sick pattern.” It will not change until an adjustment is given; then it begins to reconstruct back to a “health pattern.”
Question 16. Are there many commercial X-ray laborities that can make good upper cervical pictures? Some of us may have to depend upon them until we are able to buy our own machines.
Answer 16. In various large cities, rather than each Chiropractor setting up his own spinograph lab, there are established commercial labs which confine themselves to taking commercial work for groups of Chiropractors. They will and do follow instructions in taking exactly what you insist upon getting.
Question 15. What is explanation of condition, or set of symptoms remaining after being under Chiropractic care for five years, yet adjustments hold well and neurocalograph readings remain practically straight with no similarity to original established sick pattern?
Answer 15. See Answer 14, and apply it to your question.
Question 14. If patient has been free of nerve pressure in upper cervical region for a number of months, and exhibits no symptoms of dis-ease, why do extreme tenderness, and taut muscles persist in middle dorsal region?
Answer 14. A person may be sick WITHOUT vertebral subluxation. Another person may be well WITH one. How? At 12:00 noon, a man who is hypothetically well, has an accident. Subluxation exists. He is NOT yet sick. Time is necessary to grow sickness which will result from THAT subluxation. Another man has been sick for years, caused by chronic subluxation. At 12:00 noon, he gets an adjustment. No subluxation now exists, yet he is still sick and is liable to be “for a number of months”, for it takes TIME for sickness to ungrow: ” — extreme tenderness and taut muscles persist” in any part of body till such time as Innate has entirely ungrown dis-ease and regrown health. Simple, isn’t it?
Question 13. How is it that the definition varied so much since the science of Chiropractic was named and defined by D. D. Palmer, especially in various state legislation?
Answer 13. There is NO difference in fundamental principle laid down by D. D. Palmer in 1895, as advocated by him in his book of 1910, and as now taught by The PSC, ever since. He laid down a principle that was A THEORY. The PSC adopted that principle and has researched it INTO A SCIENCE. For differences in definitions in state legislation, see Answer 12.
Many people think of “definition” as a certain phraseology, a definite sequence of specific words, and, unless those are exactly followed, definition is not the same. Definitions have wrapped within and between words certain ideas, principles, fundamentals. In this respect, D. D. Palmer drew different and varied numbers of “definitions”, no two in exactly same assemblage of words, but always containing SAME ideas, principles, fundamentals. Same is true with us. We have phrased many “definitions”, non alike yet ALWAYS the same in purpose. There is no difference between ANY definition drawn by D. D. Palmer and B. J. Palmer. ALL encompass SAME PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE.
Question 12. Why are other schools which are not straight Chiropractic and not the Fountain Head recognized in some states?
Answer 12. Legislatures are bodies of miscellaneous people of all faiths, creeds, colors, professions, businesses. As such, they are a freak body and often pass freak legislation. Under our political boodle system, pork barrel, support given to politicians, various types of State Board personnel exist. It is within the province of freak legislation, freak boards, to accept such “chiropractic” schools as they desire, and also to reject such CHIROPRACTIC schools as they do not like. Much depends upon education of board members, backed by their prejudices, likes, and dislikes.
In several states, such as Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, etc., medical boards have set up impossible medical standards for Chiropractic licensure. They issue a “limited medical practice license” or “other practitioners license” or “physiotherapy license”, etc., which we cannot, do not, and will not countenance as Chiropractic. In such states, there are many non-licensed practitioners; in some, more more non-licensed than licensed. Every once in a while, medical boards get a spurt and start arresting, cases are tried, conviction now and then, but generally juries refuse to convict. Campaign dies down — and that’s that, once more.
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