What is the value of an adjustment? A singular adjustment? In a corrective care environment like my office, we tend to dismiss the value of one adjustment in the way we speak. Your back hurts, you want one adjustment to “fix” you. But that is unlikely.
See the problem lies not in how it is feeling in the moment, but rather in the underlying treatment of the structure leading up to that moment. So if you bent wrong, twisted wrong, or sneezed wrong, it is likely not the bend, twist or sneeze of the moment, but rather all of the bending, twisting and sneezing that was done improperly leading up to it (actually in most cases, it is simply the sitting).
You can see how the importance of a singular adjustment, can quickly fade when you consider the concerns of time and degeneration over years. How could one adjustment combat that? Of course not. But have you been so privileged to have come into our office, or another chiropractic office in pain, and get an adjustment, and have it fade immediately? Or perhaps, in a bout of high blood pressure, and one push of the atlas and it fades. These stories happen, with somewhat regularity, but how?
In chiropractic, the value of an adjustment is primarily based on timing. If the timing is dead on, then the value is dead on. When you come in, immediately following “the incident” that takes the relatively stable structure, with the underlying instabilities from sitting wrong for too many years, and moves that structure into an unstable place, then there is hope for a singular adjustment to make a magnificent change in neurological tone, and for healing to happen, immediately.
Do you know the story of Harvey Lillard? The first adjustment, that resulted in the discovery of chiropractic? Harvey had lost his hearing in a short time 17 years prior after hearing a “pop” in his spine. When examined by DD Palmer, DD decided to push it back into place, and Harvey gives this testimony in response:
I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good. HARVEY LILLARD, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa.
This was primarily one, perhaps two adjustments that changed Harvey’s life, and ultimately the life of thousands as the result was the birth of a profession.
Have you heard me tell the story of one of our young patients, who had suffered from daily seizures for the duration of her short life. Not a day went by without a seizure. When her parents decided to get her under care, it wasn’t until 150+ adjustments and 9 months that her life was changed. The “timing” was simply that time had to be put in. Her spinal damage had occurred at birth, so having lived seven years with it, caused her to need more help to resolve it.
That is in strong opposition to Harvey who after 17 years was able to have significant change in a very short period of time. But Kaley, the girl above, was free of her seizures after 9 months of regular care. At seven years old, the process was more gentle than it was for Harvey, perhaps the reason for the time difference.
Dylan, a young boy who we adjusted at only 36 hours old, had suffered from 8 seizures in that short time. His one adjustment was all that it took, as he has lived years free of all seizures, and never had another following that first adjustment.
The value of an adjustment, of every one, is significant, but the realization of that significance only happens in a small percentage of adjustments. When white blood cells are increased from an atlas adjustment… to most that goes unnoticed, but for the person in the right place at the right time, it is a big deal. This is how the quiet, internal change of a body working in harmony, alters every single process from the greatest to the least, by SILENTLY undergoing a move towards greater homeostasis, or neurological balance. This is the essence of chiropractic, and it is why there is great value in every adjustment.
Be well and be blessed! – Dr. E