Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer who created chiropractic on the foundational triune of science, art and philosophy. It is chiropractic philosophy that sets our discipline apart from any other healthcare modality. We are the only profession that follows specific philosophy that guides how we practice. We are governed by 33 Chiropractic Philosophical Principles that never change and were developed according to our understanding of the human body and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The 33 Principles of Chiropractic are chiropractic’s core foundational philosophical tenants which were published by Ralph W. Stephenson, D.C. in his 1927 text, The Chiropractic Textbook.
In fact, the 1st principle is referred to as The Major Premise and reads as follows: A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.
In other words, Universal Laws, like those of physics and chemistry, are responsible for the existence of everything. What directs the laws in the first place? Universal Intelligence: The Intelligence that creates and organizes the smallest particles of matter, into being and doing. It is constant, in all things. In our profession, it is our philosophy that when the Intelligence of the body can communicate without hindrance, then the body is at its optimal function and has 100% ability to heal itself. We as chiropractors assist in clearing any interference in your body to allow for maximum function and healing.
Chiropractic philosophy asserts an emphasis on recuperation and natural encouragement of physical healing rather than pharmacology or surgical intervention. There is an importance of early intervention to achieve functional and reversible physiological conditions and a focus on identifying the cause of illness rather than simply treating symptoms. Our philosophy acknowledges lifestyle, environment and health factors as impactful connections to the body and overall health and wellness. We recognize the centrality and functionality of the body’s central nervous system and the understanding that optimal bodily function is achieved through a holistic approach to adequate balance and structure. We understand the critical role of patient-centered, hands-on approach to holistic care and the intimate relationship between environment and patient.