Found on Life’s Campus
I recently discovered a hidden treasure on Life University’s campus. I was originally notified by a field doctor of the existence of this treasure, and the map was promptly laid out with a little help from some of the faculty doctors. I found the treasure in an unsuspecting location, and at first it seemed like an insignificant finding, until I learned the truth behind this historic and Chiropractic wonder. When I first saw it, hanging on a dark wall, hidden away in the student preparation lounge in the C-HOP, I didn’t realize what I was looking at. An average looking picture frame containing an unsuspecting official looking document that I had previously passed by, sat under, and even glanced at, but something I had never given a second thought.
After sitting down and reading this document, I began to realize that this was something beyond anything I have previously seen. It was, rather it IS a State Senate Resolution. A legal governmental document recognizing not only a physician for their work in healing and educating people, but a chiropractor! I did a little more asking around to clarify the true meaning of the document, and came to find out a few very interesting and unique things about it. Apparently, in 1989, when the resolution was accepted by the New Hampshire State Senate, no physician had ever been honored with a senate resolution, and to my knowledge, it still has yet to happen again! For those of us who are ignorant about the specific workings of senate politics, in order for a resolution to be passed like this, it has to be agreed upon by ALL of the members of the senate. The magnitude of this find, and the fact that it is located on Life University’s campus is astounding. This is a one of a kind piece of not only chiropractic history, but American history. An original document commending a chiropractor for their work both nationally and internationally is completely unheard of.
This document was written in commemoration of Dr. Carrick, a chiropractor who has utilized chiropractic care in combination with his extensive knowledge of human physiology and neurology, (functional neurology,) to help innumerable patients. Dr. Carrick has become a world-renowned chiropractor and educator, teaching hundreds of chiropractors, PT’s, and even MD’s about utilizing a drug-free and surgery-free approach to improving the function of the nervous system. He was honored with this resolution for his extensive work in research, the publication of that research in indexed journals, and successfully treating patients around the globe. By utilizing his knowledge of how both subluxations and adjustments work on a physiological level, as well as focusing on research and publication of topics relating to chiropractic treatments, Dr. Carrick has created a global shift in how healthcare is being viewed. This is a change that all of us can help to progress.
As chiropractic continues to shift more toward proposing, completing, publishing, and utilizing research within our profession, we are able to transform the lives of more and more people. Most everyone in chiropractic agrees that our ultimate goal is to help sick people get well and/or to maintain or maximize the expression of health in those who are not sick. So if the principles of life in all places and in all things are based on growth and adaptation, should we as chiropractors not strive to adapt and grow? As Chiropractic was founded on a tripod principle, we must ensure that we continue to grow the profession in an even and balanced manner. If any one of the legs is over-developed or forsaken, the tripod will topple. The Art, Philosophy, and Science of chiropractic must be combined and nurtured together. So why are so few chiropractors contributing toward the research that validates the scientific proof of our work? This research isn’t just meant to validate our work, but to show HOW our adjustments work. As that body of knowledge increases, we not only become more sought after doctors, we find ever better ways that we can help our patients! Dr. Carrick himself noted in his lecture at Life University on March 7th, 2011, that upon seeing the specificity and affect of chiropractic as performed in an empirical and directed manner, the medical (allopathic) community is shifting toward adopting what we do….because it is unlike anything that any other profession can do! Let’s appreciate the work of those who have gone before us; the achievements they have made, and then let us step up, assume our responsibility to make chiropractic the predominant health care system, and become contributors of our time and money to the production of chiropractic science research! For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.