How Does Chiropractic Philosophy of Healing Differ from Medical Philosophy?

It is common knowledge that allopathic medicine and chiropractic medicine have different philosophies when it comes to healing patients. The philosophies also differ on the true definitions of health, disease, symptoms and the ultimate treatment for care. However, these differences are not recent. In fact, they date back over several thousand years.

Chiropractor adjusting a patientSaying that these differences date back over 2,000 years appears to be contradictory, especially since Chiropractic has only been only been around for around 100 years. The truth is, philosophical differences have existed as long as medicine has been around. The modern version of Chiropractic healing philosophies can be found in some of the early writings of Hippocrates.

Hippocrates, and those with similar philosophies were known as Vitalists. Those who were in the medical field were known as Rationalists. Even today, Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Holistic Healers are known as Vitalists, or Empiricists.

The following are some of the philosophies that are associated with healing, as well as the common viewpoints of Chiropractors and modern Medical professionals.

The Body Is A Machine Versus the Body Is A Biological Being

Speak with any doctor or fitness trainer for any length of time, and they will likely mention that the body operates like a machine. Medical doctors and other professionals in the medical field typically believe that the sum of parts of the body is equaled to the whole body.

This means that physicians believe that by studying the body, you will be able to understand that the chemistry and cells of the body can be applied to concepts like mathematics and physics. It is only then can someone understand how the body truly works.

A Chiropractor believes that humans are biological creatures and function differently from non-biological objects. The laws regarding chemistry, mechanics, physics and mathematics cannot be applied when trying to understand the workings of biological systems. Chiropractors are taught to study the entire body, not just cells that can be placed under a microscope.

All Symptoms Are Bad Versus Symptoms Are A Response to Stress

As previously mentioned, the medical community views the human body as a machine. As a result, these professionals also view symptoms as something bad and nuisances. They believe that inflammation must be reduced and cooled, and fevers must be lowered without addressing the root causes of the symptoms. In simpler terms, all symptoms must be destroyed.

Chiropractors and other alternative health professionals look at symptoms in different way. They view symptoms as the body’s response to stress. Symptoms show that the body is attempting to reset its homeostatic balance. Symptoms must be allowed to be expressed so the body can cleanse and heal. This way the body can return to balance.

The Patient’s Immune Response Is Not Important Versus the Patient’s Immune Response Is Very Important

Medical doctors agree that after a patient has been diagnosed with a disease, the fight to treat it must begin immediately. The person’s individual resistance is not a factor.

However, chiropractors believe that the person’s resistance to the disease is a major factor in how quickly the body can recover. If necessary, the resistance should be strengthened so the body can be healed.

Anyone Who Has A Disease Is the Same as Everyone Else with the Disease Versus Everyone Is Different

Many medical professionals use a ‘one size fits all’ or cookie cutter approach when treating their patients who the same or similar diseases. Their treatment plans rarely take the individual patient into consideration.

On the other hand, chiropractors believe that everyone is uniquely structured. These alternative health professionals also believe that everyone is sick in their own way, and it is important not to make generalizations when it comes to healing.

As you can see, the healing philosophies of these health practitioners vary greatly. However, even with their differences, both healing practices have their place within the health community.