vs. Curing: The Network Approach
Excerpt from Network Chiropractic Volume 1, Issue 2 October 30,
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez D.C.
Chiropractic is based on a healing model, which is distinctly
different from the curing model now prevalent in modern society.
Each of these models represents a completely unique world view.
curing model emerges from a Newtonian perspective, which views
everything in the world as separate and distinct from everything
else. The healing model comes from an understanding of quantum
physics and unified field theory, which views all of creation
as emerging from the same source. In this model, everything
is interconnected and affects everything else.
goal of this model is to bring the individual back to "normal"--a
state of balance, order, equilibrium. Typically, a person with
a symptom goes to the doctor for treatment. The doctor, who
is viewed from both sides as the ultimate authority, isolates
and labels the "problem." S/he then prescribes a course
of treatment to control or eliminate the condition before it
causes more harm. The body is seen as separate and independent
from the mind and spirit.
this model, the individual loses a sense of involvement or control
in the healing process and slips into "victim consciousness."
Both sides agree that the doctor is the only one who can have
an effect on the condition. There is no awareness that the person
has any responsibility for creating or curing the condition.
In fact, the effect of the mind and the spirit are usually not
even considered. The symptom is seen as the "enemy,"
and the doctor and the medical technology at his disposal are
the "ammunition" which must be enlisted to defeat
and judgment are at the root of this model. The body is seen
as a victim of the whims of time and change, both of which are
resisted and feared.
The Healing Model
goal of the healing model is to help the individual integrate
mind, body, and spirit. We learn about ourselves, which allows
our true nature to be fully expressed. In the process we learn
to feel the full range of emotions, no longer blocking out feelings
which stop the flow of innate intelligence within.
In this mode, the person asks for help to reconnect with his/her inner intelligence and meet life's
challenges. The role of the chiropractor is to help the individual be more in touch with innate intelligence,
which actually does the healing. The doctor's responsibility is to trust the innate intelligence
of the individual, initiate the clearing of the pathways for the flow of innate intelligence, and
encourage the healing process.
In the process of healing, one may experience symptoms. When
viewed from a healing perspective, symptoms are not judged as
good or bad. They are agents of change which provide an opportunity
for growth. They appear to indicate the body is overwhelmed
and to alert the individual that a change is needed for progress
this model, healing is a process. By clearing subluxations (malpositioning
of the spinal cord, nerves, and vertebrae can create mechanical
tension. This may interfere with the flow of vital life force
and the coordination of all life processes), the nervous system
becomes more flexible and able to change. Trust is the basis
of this model--trust in the inner intelligence that governs
all life and exists within everyone. The goal of the healing
model is to help the individual integrate mind, body and spirit.
learn about ourselves, which allows our true nature to be fully
expressed. In the process of healing we learn to feel the full
range of emotions, no longer blocking out feelings which stop
the flow of innate intelligence within. In this model, the person
asks for help to reconnect with his/her inner intelligence and
meet life's challenges. The role of the chiropractor is to help
the individual be more in touch with innate intelligence, which
actually does the healing. The doctor's responsibility is to
trust the innate intelligence of the individual, and encourage
the healing process. Healing is a process of unifying mind,
body and spirit. The measure of whether someone is healing is
"are you finding out more about yourself?"
= sum of parts
for model: fear, judgment
is ultimate authority/healer
seen only when individual is in state of symptomatic discomfort
is an event
in "victim" consciousness or at the effect of the
body-mind-spirit, there by decreasing symptoms and improve health
> sum of parts
for model: Trust
is ultimate authority/healer
adjustments insure integration of mind-body-spirit
is a process
takes responsibility for creating their own experience