The following was written by B.J. Palmer, the Developer of chiropractic:
THE BIG IDEA
A slip on the snowy sidewalk in winter is a small thing. It happens to millions.
A fall from a ladder in the summer is a small thing. It happens to millions.
The slip or fall produces a subluxation. The subluxation is a small thing.
The subluxation produces pressure on a nerve. The pressure is a small thing.
That decreased flowing produces a dis-eased body and brain. That is a big thing to that man.
Multiply that sick man by a thousand, and you control the physical and mental welfare of a city.
Multiply that man by one hundred thirty million, and you forecast and can prophesy the physical and mental status of a nation.
So the slip or fall, the subluxation, pressure, flow of mental images and dis-ease are big enough to control the thoughts and actions of the nation.
Now comes a man. And one man is a small thing.
This man gives an adjustment. The adjustment is a small thing.
The adjustment replaces the subluxation. That is a small thing.
The adjusted subluxation releases pressure upon nerves. That is a small thing.
The released pressure restores health to a man. This is a big thing to that man.
Multiply that well man by a thousand, and you step up the physical and mental welfare of a city.
Multipy that well man by a million, and you increase the efficiency of a state.
Multiply that well man by a hundred thirty million, and you have produced a healthy, wealthy and better race for posterity.
So, the adjustment of the subluxation to release pressure upon nerves, to restore mental impulse flow, to restore health, is big enough to rebuild the thoughts and actions of the world.
The idea that knows the cause, that can correct the cause of dis-ease, is one of the biggest ideas known. Without it, nations fall: with it, nations rise.
This idea is the biggest I know of.
B.J. Palmer, 1944
While we often tend to ignore minor health problems or symptoms, they can still have major impacts on our daily life and greatly impact those around us as well.
Think about a nagging headache and how that may influence your level of patience and your attitude towards those around you. Think about that nagging headache and how it may keep you from thinking clearly or concentrating. Think about how that may influence how you are able to perform at your job. This is just one small example.
You do not have to be in excruciating pain – but if something is keeping you from being yourself or functioning at 100%, you are not reaching your full potential. Multiply those effects by thousands of people and you can see the Big Idea that B.J. Palmer was writing about.
Chiropractic helps you reach your full potential by restoring normal nerve function, decreasing pain and helping with general well-being so your body can function at its best. When you are at your best, you not only feel better, but you have a much greater impact in a positive way on those around you.
– Dr. Jameson Walker