What am I seeing?
Recently I was challenged to explain why you cannot compare every member of a profession as if you’re comparing apples to apples.This seems obvious when we talk about lawyers or carpenters, but the point seems lost when we look at the professions that deal with the spine.
The point seems doubly lost when we talk about different kinds of chiropractors. Chiropractors are part of a profession. They are not practitioners of a single technique or modality.
If there are five different chiropractors in your town, you’re getting five different flavors of chiropractic care. Some flavors will be more similar than others. Asking why is kind of like asking why Van Gogh painted differently than Da Vinci.
Health care is a science. But as soon as you start to pull tools out of a box and move from theory to the person in front of you, it shifts into an art. And the eye of the artist matters.
So what’s different about my art?
What is the subject? What am I seeing?
After examining thousands of posture photos and spinal x-rays, and seeing/feeling patterns in where/how tension appears in the body, both standing, seated, and laying face up and face down, I have a unique perspective within my profession about how/why the body shifts and adapts in order to stabilize and heal.
I see the upright body as the intersection of seven planes of tension. These seven planes intersect/pull at three different regions between the head and pelvis.
Many practitioners talk about posture and use it as tool, but I measure and observe posture on every single patient visit.And I record how it shifts, bends, and turns in response to releasing these planes of tension.
My art is focused on releasing the three dimensional form of the spine/body from head to toe through specific contacts and releases, especially in the upper cervical spine.
Imagine your body, now light, and unburdened. That is my art.
Asking someone else to do it exactly like me is like asking Dali to be Picasso. That does a disservice to both artists and both the fans of Dali and Picasso.
Natural healing is a science. But it’s application is an art.
To better understand where your chiropractor, acupuncturist, medical provider, surgeon, or your carpenter or plumber is coming from simply ask them: What are you looking at? What are you seeing?
This question will tell you more about how they practice than any other question you could ask.
Take care of your structure as well as you take care of your other components.
May it be unburdened. Light.