A Symbol of the Above-Down, Inside-Out (ADIO) Philosophy of Health
The arrows in the Sherman College of Chiropractic logo visually illustrate the idea that health comes from above-down, inside-out (ADIO), which is key to the vitalistic philosophy of chiropractic.
The ADIO philosophy as it relates to chiropractic was first described by B.J. Palmer, son of chiropractic’s founder and the developer of the profession. The ADIO approach to health is what distinguishes chiropractic from many other health professions.
Chiropractic principles acknowledge that our bodies have an inborn wisdom that functions through our brain and spinal cord (above-down), and maintains health from within, expressing it in ways we can observe from the outside (inside-out). In other words, health is something that the body already possesses; health is the body’s natural state of being.
Chiropractors are trained to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations which interfere with the communication between the brain and the body. Correcting these vertebral subluxations restores these communication pathways, allowing the body to function at its best.
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