Chiropractic Philosophy at Sherman College

Chiropractic Philosophy

Healing from the Inside-Out

Chiropractic philosophy is based on the idea that the body has an innate intelligence, an inborn wisdom that is constantly at work, trying to keep your body functioning at peak levels. The uninterrupted expression of this inborn wisdom is what we call health and vitality. Contrary to the common mindset that health can be put into the body from the outside-in, chiropractic principles assert that health is a natural gift, expressed from the inside-out.


Eliminating the Interference

Many people believe that better health can come from a certain type of pill, diet, drink or exercise. In reality, what we put into our bodies and how we use our bodies can only make us healthier if it helps unleash our inner capacity for health and life. As B.J. Palmer, the developer of chiropractic, once said, “Nature needs no help, just no interference.”


Exploring the Brain-Body Connection

At Sherman College, we want our graduates to know not only HOW to be a chiropractor but WHY to be a chiropractor. The foundational philosophic principles of chiropractic honor the fact that we all have an inborn intelligence that is the source of all health and healing.


Founded and Focused on Philosophy

Sherman College was established to preserve and advance the philosophy of chiropractic. Our founder, Dr. Thomas A. Gelardi, sought to create an environment where chiropractic could be studied, advanced, taught and shared worldwide for the ultimate good of humanity. Sherman College carries on that purpose today, providing a quality chiropractic education that remains consistent with the principles, goals and objectives of the profession.


Post-Graduate Training in Philosophy

Because philosophy is such an important aspect of the chiropractic profession, Sherman College offers a popular post-graduate program called the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP). This 100-hour program enhances the understanding, depth and breadth of chiropractic philosophy of participants.


The Sherman College Approach

While most chiropractic colleges share the basics of the profession’s philosophy, Sherman College stands out for the very strong focus it places on this aspect of the profession. Philosophy is a crucial part of the college’s three-pronged approach to the study of chiropractic:

·         Philosophy (WHY) – We focus on the correction of vertebral subluxation as the path to optimal health.

·         Science (WHAT) – We study what happens within the body from a physiological perspective when vertebral subluxation is present and learn how the body responds when that subluxation is adjusted and corrected.

·         Art (HOW) – We teach you many different ways to help correct vertebral subluxations with specific, effective adjustments.


“Chiropractic philosophy is the foundation upon which we build. It defines our WHY and instills intention and direction in not only our chiropractic profession, but our daily lives.”

Lucas Maynard, Class of 2023