I believe by the title alone that there are already of lot of possible reactions and skewed or skeptical views about the content to follow. To calm those possible reactions, let’s have a bit of an introduction and back-story. The content is written by myself, Michael Quasney, known to most as just Q. I am a young and new Doctor of Chiropractic. This is now my third career and I do not plan to leave it. These writings are my personal thoughts and with that I will use the word “I” often. I am also only half of the clinic Move Better Chiropractic, the other being Whitney Phillips, another young and new Doctor of Chiropractic. With that, I will sometimes use “We” to show that the ideas being shared are part of the practice and shared by Whitney and I. That should help initially clear up any confusion that switching between I and We could have created.
I do not see myself, or our treatment systems, as the idea to end all ideas. We are new doctors with limited experience and a very small view into a much larger healthcare need. We have had some miracles with our patients, but there are also a lot of people that need more time and attention. Some patients love what we do and shout our name as often as possible, some had other expectations of what treatment would be like. Everything to be written here is an act of observation and titration, and an incomplete act at that. These writings will continue to change as long as we are alive. But, hopefully, the original ingredients are pretty close to a good meal and we just need to work on the ratios of the spices to perfect the recipe.
This is also not a system of exclusion. We believe that all treatment ideas and systems can function under the framework of what we are giving away. We also believe that all treatment ideas and systems should be openly and objectively evaluated. I would cringe as a doctoral student when my classmates would tease and laugh at the tenants of other chiropractic schools. They would often belittle the ideas of “traditional chiropractic” on one hand, while on the other practicing a religious faith that is as scientifically plausible as the ideas of the “other schools.” So, religion makes as a good parallel for how to view this system. Many religions have details that separate themselves from each other, but most have a core of beliefs that are shared among each other. So instead of trying to parse out why one system is different than the other, lets have a chat about what these systems share and try to expand upon them. Lets not talk about Christianity versus Buddhism but lets recognize that in both systems they want you to be a kinder person, so lets talk about how to do that. This is not about any single treatment protocol but a conversation about trends and ideas that create positive outcomes consistently. It is also about creating a mental framework that can objectively evaluate new ideas or systems to continue to grow these positive outcomes. In its purest state this should be a system of total inclusion with almost no exclusion. And if you find exclusion, it’s probably because I messed up and am subject to the most human of things, to err.
The driving motivation behind this is continued positive reinforcement. The more times I have shared these ideas with my patients, students, family, friends, and fellow doctors; the more I have been told its value. It is common to hear “This is the best presentation I have heard with the Fire Department in 12 years” or “I just learned more today than I have in six quarters of school.” It is simply recognizing that we are saying the same things over and over again, so maybe we should just write them down. And if we are going to write them down, we may as well share it and hope that it can help lots of people. And maybe, just maybe, someone will tag themselves in and help grow the content and conversation.
So it is best to view this content not as opinion, but as open source software. We are creating a program and giving it away, knowing that it will ultimately become far better than we could ever make it in isolation. It is meant to be rewritten, expanded, challenged, and broken down. It should be shared, downloaded, pirated, and distributed. It is public property as soon as it is created.
All of the writing is meant to be digested by the general public. We believe the concepts we are discussing can be explained simply, understood by anyone, and be applied to create long lasting change to a person’s health. If you are reading anything that does not make sense just tell us and we will clarify and correct.