United We Stand, Divided We Fall
The motto of this Commonwealth is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. This is so true for the chiropractic profession. As the leading profession in cost effective conservative care we are at a pinnacle change. As a profession we have a choice, do we continue to focus on our differences and stay fractured and divide, or do we find our common ground and work together.
I believe it’s very safe to say as a profession we tend to be segmented and focus on our differences. Those differences can be our political views of what Chiropractic is or how we should move forward. They could be a philosophical difference such as what a chiropractor should or should not do. Maybe it’s a problem you have had with a certain group or chiropractors in the past. But I believe that no matter how strong your feelings are, how severe the divide is, we can find the common ground. At the end of the day every one of us are Chiropractors. We take sick people, provide high quality chiropractic care to them, and watch the body heal. Every one of us see those miracles in our practice every day. I would venture to say 90-95% of what we do, no matter how different we think we are, is the same. But we choose to focus on the differences. This allows us to remain divided and as the motto says, fall.
Healthcare in this country is beginning to implode. The cost of health care continues to rise. People have health insurance they cannot afford to use because of the outlandish premiums and deductibles they have to pay. Patients are subjected to unneeded testing and procedures because it’s the best medicine has to offer. We have a solution. CHIROPRACTIC IS A SOLUTION TO OUR HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS. If Chiropractors were to manage chronic pain as the 1st line we would improve the healthcare system immensely. The research is there. That work has been done time and time again. We have to decide as a profession that we are going to stand up and tell everyone we have a solution. We cannot fix everything, but we can manage chronic pain.
This brings me back to “United we stand, divided we fall”. As a profession we are choosing to fight each other over this technique or that procedure. These debates are important and they are healthy. However the train is leaving the station and we are not on it. We have to decide to work together. We don’t have to agree on everything. We can use the 90-95% that we do agree on as our foundation to move forward together. Behind closed doors let’s debate our disagreements. But we have to be big enough to set our egos and personal agendas to the side and advance the profession. Save our healthcare system and BE the HEALTHCARE PROVIDER FOR THE FUTURE!
The choice is yours. Do we as Doctors of Chiropractic join our state and national organizations and work together? Or do we keep operating in a divided manner and fall and miss the opportunity that is in front of us? If you don’t agree with everything the organization does, get involved, be active and use your time to serve Chiropractic and help make the changes in the world we need. It will take the collective knowledge of all of us to take the right steps! Choose wisely.