Secondary Problems

The Secondary Problems


no central identity.
chiropractors feel adrift.
utilization is poor.

The CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION today has no identity that all can agree upon. This is more obvious now than ever before. Groups that have always embraced core elements of the chiropractic paradigm such as the vertebral subluxation and a definition that excluded the use of drugs and surgery have changed their positions. Some even think it has always been thus. It has not! The perpetual warfare has lasted for over 115 years in the profession but the core paradigm was always somewhat intact.

Many chiropractors today feel as though they can’t define chiropractic and the public hardly understands what it is. This has led to difficulties and practice and public that is not using chiropractic. These secondary problems can be traced back to the fact that few chiropractors today understand the history of ideas and many lack a solid foundation in chiropractic’s roots.

Moving beyond Palmercentrism

Some chiropractors choose not to study the history of ideas because they think it only involves the Palmers

Dominance of Palmer Graduates – In the first seventy-five years of chiropractic history 75% of chiropractors were Palmer grads.
  The Greenbooks – B.J. Palmer and his staff authored thirty nine volumes, which helped to shape chiropractic theory
Palmer Students and Their Students – Many Palmer students started their own schools and their students helped to lead the profession for decades
B.J. Palmer Ideas – Few people realize how influential B.J. Palmer’s ideas were on the profession’s central theories
D.D. Palmer’s Influence – Many historians consider D.D. to be the preeminent theorist and also the least understood

By understanding the contrasting ideas between the Palmer’s and their students modern chiropractors can better grasp the rich history and developer a more solid foundation in practice.


There are FIVE WAYS the primary problems become the secondary problems. The range of ideas that modern chiropractors have been exposed to is generally limited to the Palmer’s, Stephenson’s text, and a few more recent books. The history of the conflict is largely misunderstood and often misrepresented in the literature.  There is no format through which the history of ideas is being delivered to the entire profession. Additionally, there is no method to integrate the information and no clear path for chiropractors to integrate and utilize such a knowledge base.

A comprehensive OVERVIEW of the literature needs to be easily accessible.
Exactly how and why chiropractors have clashed for a century must be UNDERSTOOD by all.
A systematic FORMAT for disseminating the SAME knowledge base should be developed.
An Integral METHODOLOGY could be developed that pushes the profession past the status quo.
A simple PATHWAY is required to offer the profession and practitioners to utilize the chiropractic paradigm

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