The basic premise of chiropractic philosophy is: “The power that makes the body heals the body.” There is a vitalistic force constantly at work in all living things, keeping them organized and adapting to the forces in their environment. This life force is the vibration which keeps all life going forward, and holds every cell and particle together. The ordinary man is not usually aware of this vibrational frequency, nor is he always mindful that this force maintains his life as well as the Earth itself.
The human body is miraculous. This principle of organization produces a self-healing, self-organizing and self-regulating organism that is adapting and appropriately responding to its environment, constantly striving for optimal function. In chiropractic, this is known as “innate intelligence.”
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
Healing the body is a dynamic process, and with time the changes will come. The path to health is not an easy process, especially in the beginning, because it takes time to change our lifestyles and habits. The change will be great and then small. Ultimately, each small change will lead to the greatest change of all—optimum health, full potential and the ability to give back to life. Health is a state of balance and harmony of the body within the larger environment. The body heals itself using its own recuperative power. Every process takes time, and healing is a process. It is not the Band-Aid that heals the cut, nor the cast that causes the bone to knit. You can put a Band-Aid on a rump roast, but it will not heal itself because the roast is no longer a living thing. Only living things can heal themselves.
Children’s bodies heal quickly due to their strong recuperative powers. A child will begin to feel better and his body will begin to renew and revive itself. Parents will see changes immediately, then day after day, week after week, and month after month, as they carry out the discipline of following the chiropractic care plan. Just as the sun gets brighter at the start of each new day, the light of the life force grows brighter as the body heals and reaches optimal potential.
Chiropractic releases the power within, and the light returns to the eyes. Whatever the malfunction, imbalance, health loss or challenges, when the child’s neurological organization engages, it is like a beam of light getting bigger and brighter. The child becomes more and more conscious of himself and his surroundings. Each new accomplishment brings more challenges and responsibility to the child, and a little less work for the parent.
With time, the body’s energy increases and the child becomes more energetic. As this energy increases, chronic health symptoms begin to recede. Toxins are eliminated from the body as it gets stronger. These typically manifest as skin rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, fevers and seizures. As the body regains its strength and performance, a retracing of interrupted development begins. Retracing means going back to the original pattern of development and re-experiencing correctly the stages of sensory intake and motor output, and the integration of emotional well-being and higher intelligence. Retracing is part of the body’s healing process.
It is the innate intelligence of the body that heals continuously from moment to moment. In other words, you heal yourself! Hippocrates told us, “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” As parents seeking true wellness, it is imperative we seek out care providers who recognize, respect and support this healing from within. Chiropractors are such providers.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #32.