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.”