Expert Commentary: Pamela Tickel, D.C. - 6/17/2009

Procedure is what you do in your office. Philosophy is why you do what you do.  Your potential for well-being lies within. Our purpose is to set it in motion. Seems to me chiropractors are in the business of liberating individuals; the philosophy, science, and art of liberating body, mind, and spirit. Sounds almost religious, doesn’t it?  Only if practiced. To be religious, is to adhere to an organized system of beliefs and rituals centering on a supernatural being or beings.  A ritual, by definition, is “the prescribed form for conducting a solemn ceremony.”  If the subluxation is as serious as we say or think it is then the form for correcting the subluxation, the adjustment, is indeed a solemn act of ceremony. Chiropractors are the facilitators of these ceremonies.  Chiropractors have visions and use these visions to perform the rituals that will help their patients.  Let me give you a story to illustrate this concept.

“Holden Caulfield should have been a chiropractor. 40 years ago Holden Caulfield was born in J.D. Salinger’s book, The Catcher in the Rye. The year was 1945.

90 years ago a profession was born to which Holden Caulfield could have become a proud member-had he known about chiropractic.

Because, you see, Holden had a vision, he wanted to have purpose. Just like a lot of chiropractors out there.

And just like the poem that speaks about the ambulance down in the valley, Holden knew the fall was sometimes worse than the ambulance, the hospital, the emergency care, the artificial this and the artificial that-more than all that-could ever overcome. The fall from health.

“…I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in the big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around- nobody big I mean- except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff- I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’ll do all day.  I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. I know it’s crazy.”


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