A very informative article on chiropractic appeared in the May 5, 2007 issue of the Manila Bulletin, from the Philippines. What is unusual about this article is the quality of the information being presented to the Philippine population, who for the most part, are unfamiliar with chiropractic care.
The article, written by Leo Ortega Laparan, starts off by explaining the importance of the nervous system and uses a cultural example. Mr. Laparan states, "It is a scientific fact that one's brain, spinal cord and the rest of the nerves connect to and control every aspect of his or her body, making it a lot like a bustling 'central business district'. Hindering these vital connections can result in ill health, much like stepping on a hose that slows the flow of water to a garden, depriving the latter a chance to flourish."
The article goes on to explain chiropractic to the Philippine people by saying that, "It is a branch of the healing arts that is anchored on the principle that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system, especially the spine as its most vulnerable part."
The article even goes into an explanation of "subluxations" by explaining how these subluxations can cause interference with the nervous system and affect health. A Manila-based, US trained chiropractor, Dr. Motley was also interviewed for the article and he explained to the Philippine people how chiropractic adjustments help correct subluxations by saying, "Using the hands, the spine is re-adjusted or kind of reset, much like changing the main breaker of the switch at home." He continued, "Anybody, from kids to people in their 80s and 90s, can enjoy the benefits of experiencing chiropractic treatment."
The insightful article, presented to a population unfamiliar with chiropractic concludes with a wonderful explanation of the very essence of the chiropractic concept. "Doctors don't heal, and the very best ones remove interference to one's healing ability, the true purpose of chiropractic and chiropractors."