Many students are drawn to chiropractic college because they’re inspired by the idea of natural, non-invasive healthcare. They envision themselves making a genuine difference in the lives of others by offering care that enhances the body’s natural capacity to regulate and heal itself.
For some graduates, the drive to empower others through holistic healing leads to involvement in humanitarian efforts – initiatives focused on providing education and chiropractic care to communities with little or no access to such services.
There are numerous organizations around the world that offer practitioners a way to combine their chiropractic career with charitable giving – both at home and abroad. Read on to discover how you could give back as a chiropractic humanitarian.
Chiropractic & Disaster Relief
One non-profit organization has a goal to provide humanitarian aid and chiropractic care for people in developing countries, launching numerous community-based programs that help familiarize locals with the principles and benefits of chiropractic.
For example, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, one such organization rallied a team of 20 chiropractors who provided thousands of spinal checks as well as fed and provided shelter for many displaced people.
Bringing Chiropractic to Latin America
Several non-profit chiropractic organizations aim to provide compassionate health care throughout Latin America. For example, in El Salvador, one organization sends teams of D.C.s to check and adjust patients where access to health care is extremely limited.
Participants report that their services are much appreciated by locals and encouraged by resident medical professionals. In addition to providing screenings and adjustments, many of these mission services are dedicated to raising awareness of chiropractic as a natural, non-invasive healthcare option.
Giving Back Closer to Home
For students in the process of completing their chiropractic education, or established D.C.s who can’t accommodate an overseas mission, there are plenty of opportunities for giving back closer to home. Many clinics and chiropractic colleges offer community outreach services, such as:
- Lunch-N-Learn programs at local businesses
- Free care clinics for rescue missions or veteran associations
- Nursing home programs
- Programs for local sports teams or athletic commissions
Sherman College’s own Outreach Program offers interns a variety of ways to get involved with local organizations that could benefit from chiropractic education and care. Our student interns and faculty work with children, seniors and those without access to healthcare, as well as participate in a wide range of health care events and promotions.
With its focus on helping patients achieve overall wellbeing, chiropractic and humanitarianism are intuitively linked. Whether you’re a D.C. in training or an experienced practitioner, there is no greater reward then seeing a single adjustment transform into new understanding, and perhaps even a life-long commitment to improved health…all with the power of your two hands!
Would you consider joining a chiropractic humanitarian mission? Where would you travel first?