Chiropractors Help in Time of Tragedy
The events of September 11th 2001 have affected and changed us all in
some way forever. Most of us were shocked and horrified at how such
a thing could occur. For many our next feeling was probably anger
and a desire to strike back. Then came an overwhelming desire to
help in some way.
In watching the news we noticed that people from all over the world
showed support and reached out for those most affected. As
chiropractors many in our profession wanted to help in the best way we
knew how. It
was this desire to do something and help that lead to an amazing outreach
by chiropractors in both New York and in Washington.
At both the site of the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon in
Washington DC chiropractors set up help stations to adjust the
firefighters, police and rescue workers who were on site at ground
zero. At these locations chiropractors provided round
the clock chiropractic care free of charge to all who requested it.
Thousands of relief workers responded as each station was continually busy
with help being provided to those who were themselves helping.
In Washington at the
US Pentagon, the International Chiropractors Association was asked to
provide chiropractic services to Pentagon rescue and security personnel.
Immediately chiropractors started working in three shifts to provide
To assist the rescue workers at the Pentagon, "Camp Unity"
was set up using an extensive tent space provided by the Public Safety
(police, fire and rescue) chaplains of greater Washington. In Camp
Unity more than two dozen chiropractors were working in long shifts to
adjust all who need chiropractic care at the site. "Our patients
include military personnel of all ranks and from all services, law
enforcement, fire and rescue units on duty and other volunteers working
with the Red
Cross and Salvation Army," said Dr. Coralee Van Egmond a local
chiropractor. "The response has been tremendous and reflects the
vital need for the unique services doctors of chiropractic provide. In
sometimes harsh conditions, our chiropractors have given care to as many
as 300 people a day, and have worked ten and twelve hour shifts that last
long into the night and early morning hours."
One of the chiropractors giving his time at the New York site, Dr.
Robert Davis, summed up his experience by saying. "One
of the firemen I adjusted told me the best thing anyone can do to help all
the rescue workers is to just support them and...Pray for them."
To read more stories of chiropractors involved in
helping the rescue workers please visit, http://www.wcanews.com/archives/2001/oct/oct0101a.htm