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Vitalistic Philosophy is the Basis of Chiropractic Care

Ancient Egyptians and Greeks knew of the body’s continual striving to heal itself. During the Renaissance, learned men theorized of “vital forces” within the body that helped it resist disease. The “vital force” they spoke of is what chiropractors refer to as the body’s innate intelligence.

Chiropractic is based on a vitalistic philosophy that recognizes that there is an innate intelligence that uses the brain and nerve system to control and maintain the body in health. Interference to the nerve system can lead to a change in health most easily seen as disease or loss of function. But more than that, this interference can affect performance on multiple levels, some easily observed and others more subtle.

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.

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Why Chiropractic focuses on the Role of the Spine

The body’s functions are controlled through the brain and nerve system by thousands of messages sent every second to each organ, tissue and cell within the body. The spinal cord is the road over which these messages travel.

D. D. Palmer discovered that the bones of the spine (vertebrae) can, if misaligned, put pressure on the cord and small spinal nerves. This pressure distorts and blocks information coming from the brain. Ultimately, these misalignments, or vertebral subluxations, that disrupt nervous system communication lessen the body’s ability to function and heal itself.

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