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An Introduction to the Principles of Chiropractic

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We would all like to thank Dr. Richard C. Schafer, DC, PhD, FICC for his lifetime commitment to the profession. In the future we will continue to add materials from RC’s copyrighted books for your use.

This is Chapter 1 from RC’s best-selling book:

“Basic Principles of Chiropractic Neuroscience”

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Chapter 1:   An Introduction to the Principles of Chiropractic

by Frank Zolli, D.C.

Chiropractic is that branch of the healing arts which is composed of a distinct philosophy, art, and science. Art and science may lead the practitioner to answer how and where to treat a patient, but it is the principles of chiropractic philosophy that give purpose to the adjustment. The principles of chiropractic answer the question Why?


It has long been recognized that nature is much smarter than man. However, this fact has somehow been lost in the wake of the technologic advances that have engulfed man. This is not to say that progress should not be achieved, nor is it an argument for the maintenance of the status quo.

A prime characteristic of life is the ability of an organism to change and adapt to its environment. This adaptation mechanism is a basic component of chiropractic thought. However, as happen in any changes that occur, there are benefits and liabilities that are the direct result of these changes.

Science that exists for the sake of science, with little or no attention to the sociologic complications of its actions, may produce change. It may even produce progress, but at what cost? A world that is enhanced by nuclear power but unable to deal efficiently with the potential of a nuclear disaster is a world of fear and confusion. Perhaps if science could be sensitive to the community of people that it serves, the progress it achieves will be better integrated in the day-to-day living of the public.

Likewise, other institutions must meet the challenge of confronting technologic change and incorporating it into our daily living. Church and state should grow and evaluate its positions regarding those ideas that have long been the core of its policies. Change that is essential to an organism must also be essential to the system within which the organism exists; otherwise, there is conflict.

Chiropractic Has Grown on a Foundation of Principles

Enter chiropractic. Since its inception it has been a primary target of organized allopathic criticism. Largely because of this allopathic discrimination, the chiropractic profession has been ignored by large segments of the general population and chiropractic has been the recipient of unjust legislative and economic practices.

Despite these circumstances, chiropractic has continued to grow. It is now the largest, drugless healing profession in the world. It has survived despite the internal quarrels amongst chiropractors. The reason that chiropractic has survived is simple. It is a philosophy, art, and science dedicated to helping humanity improve by establishing the optimum relationship between structure and function.

Review the complete Chapter (including sketches and Tables)
at the
ACAPress website

About the Author:

I was introduced to Chiro.Org in early 1996, where my friend Joe Garolis helped me learn HTML, the "mark-up language" for websites. We have been fortunate that journals like JMPT have given us permission to reproduce some early important articles in Full-Text format. Maintaining the Org website has been, and remains, my favorite hobby.

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