The Three-Legged Stool

For anyone who does not know what the three-legged stool is I will quickly explain it. In our education at Sherman, we are taught to look at Chiropractic with the mindset of three factors being extremely important in the practice of Chiropractic. The three components include science, art, and philosophy. Yet, which one is the most important? Something similar to this came up in one of my classes and got me thinking. Do you need all three or can one be left out?

three-legged stoolIn my personal opinion, I believe that you need all three. Without one, you are missing a crucial characteristic of Chiropractic. You need to have science in order to justify what you are doing and understand that what you do works (it helps when you have the science to back it up). You also need to have a philosophy in order to know that not only do you need to adjust someone but why you are adjusting in a certain place (focus and drive on subluxation). Finally, one needs to have an art in order to be different. So to me, it makes sense that all three are extremely important, and you cannot have one without the other. Yet, if someone did not have the same education as Sherman what do they believe? Can Chiropractic as a profession continue to survive without all three of these actively present? WHAT DO YOU THINK??


Adjust It And Trust It

B.J. Palmer had a way of saying things. He said so many things concisely and powerfully. Here is one of B.J.’s quotes that we, at Sherman, consider seriously.

It has rather profound meaning. What it means is that after all the serious anatomical, scientific study that a chiropractic student / doctor attends to, after the serious and intense practice of the art of the delivery of the adjustment, one must philosophically trust that the innate wisdom of the human body is aware of just where that misaligned vertebrae must reside for health and ease. 

It’s kinda like this: we do our part and innate intelligence does its part. The universe of the human body knows how to function, when and where all its parts are best fitted. We, as chiropractors, provide the force to move the bone back into its proper place. (Subluxation occurs with trauma.) The wisdom of the body receives the correcting force and places the bone appropriately. 

How does the body do this? The answer lies in how the sun knows when to rise in the morning and how a plant knows to grow towards the light. It is part of the mystery of the universe. And…it’s our part to do our part and trust universal intelligence. After all, there is no need to worry whether the sun will come up in the morning, and whether the plants know how to grow.


Active Military Receive Discount at Sherman’s Chiropractic Health Center

Thanks to the initiative of chiropractic student and military wife Melanie Pelletier, active members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and National Guard now receive discounted services at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center.

“I’ve always thought you should try to give back to the people who are taking care of you,” says Pelletier, who hopes to serve as a chiropractor for the military following graduation from Sherman. “These people have been my family for three years now, taking care of me throughout college.” Her husband, Josh, is a crew chief with the Air National Guard; he has been stationed in Afghanistan since April and is scheduled to return home in August.

Active military members will pay just $10 per visit at the Chiropractic Health Center when they show their military ID. The college’s on-campus Health Center (where senior students intern under the close supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic) provides quality and affordable chiropractic care to the local community through nearly 20,000 patient visits per year.

The facility is a teaching clinic for chiropractic students who are in their final stage of internship prior to graduation from the doctor of chiropractic program. The teaching environment, coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, allows interns to practice chiropractic under close supervision and constant consultation.

“We see offering a discount for active military as an opportunity to serve and honor those who give so much to our country,” says Dean of Clinics Keith Henry, D.C. “I think it’s especially fitting at Sherman College, as service to others is a major component of our mission.” For more information, visit .


Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as primary health care professionals who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit or call 800-849-8771.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242