The Chiropractic Adjustment


I do not use the word treatment.
For me, treatment is something you do to windows or hair; it might be therapeutic, it might address the surface of an issue.
A treatment is a procedure you do in order to fix an ailment or condition.
There is nothing wrong or bad about treatments. They have a place and provide value to those who seek them.
I do not offer treatments.

Conditioning tells us that life, time, and consequences are linear.
Linear simply means that if you do x, you will get y. If you add a lot of A, you will get a lot of B.
Linear thinking works really well is some disciplines. Newtonian mechanics, which helps us to understand and predict how matter works on a large scale is an invaluable part of human knowledge.
However, linear thinking does not apply to biology, which is by its very nature non-linear. Non-linear means that a small input can yield a large output, that if you do something in one spot, it could affect a seemingly unrelated spot somewhere else, and ultimately that the balance of life exists far from equilibrium.
Put it this way – the closer we get to thermodynamic equilibrium, the closer we are to death, which is the ultimate state of material stability.

Composition is non-linear.

When the composer hears the score, they do not say “does this accord with the rules and theories of music?” The composer channels what was once ethereal and formless into something that can be expressed in the physical realm of time and space and instruments.

To say that the lines on the staff, the clef or the key dictate the course of the song or limit the expression of the music is to misunderstand how this process unfolds. Even the notes as they are written on the page are only representations of an unlimited unbound energy that allows the composer to temporarily give it a name.

This is not to say that the composition defies the defined and observable laws of music theory. It means that the defined and observable laws are simply descriptions of what compositions consistently have in common.

Music is not born from theory any more than Nature is born from physical laws. Genesis always has been and always will be the process of the immaterial unfolding itself in the language of the physical world. The size, style, and age of your light fixture does not alter the nature of the electricity that feeds it, even though that electricity acquiesces to the limits of the matter and form. How else could it share its light?

The chiropractic adjustment is non-linear.

Adjusting is a creative act because the chiropracTOR understands that, like the artist, they are facilitating the unfolding of intelligence through matter, which happens to be the chiropractic meaning of life. The adjustment allows the Innate Intelligence that coordinates and communicates with all spheres of the human experience to be unlocked, enticed, and reorganized. An adjustment is something that is made, co-creatively, for the betterment of the individual and by extension all who will be affected by their greater connection to Source.

The clinical impact of the adjustment is profound. It has the ability to affect any manifestation of dis-ease in the body or mind. This is what differentiates an adjustment from a treatment. The scope is far beyond the removal of an uncomfortable or undesired condition. An adjustment is not limited to the linear thinking of the Educated mind. An adjustment takes as its starting point the premise that the the body is a connected, continuous, self-healing, self-regulating, living organism. The adjustment is delivered to integrate and enhance the expression of intelligence, health, wellness, and sanity in the physical form of the human being.

I use the word adjustment.
I offer the service of adjusting people, not conditions or stories.
I deliver this service.


DEMDC Riverwood
Riverwood Park Toms River, NJ

Go outside. Soften your eyes. Drop into the depth of your senses.

There is nothing backlit or bound here. There are no walls, no screens, and certainly no fluorescent lights.

Observe. Wait. Allow your mind to be quiet.

You will see patterns emerge.

The animal brain is wired to recognize patterns in the environment and in many ways is guided by instinct and learning to act according to those patterns. The human brain is an animal brain. And yet, we can observe these patterns in ourselves, in others, and in Nature. Consciousness enables us to observe, reflect, act with intention, and to develop and express will. It is this strange phenomenon that gives us the opportunity of choice.

Some patterns we understand, some we enjoy, some are constructive, and some appear to destroy. When we observe something we don’t understand, we call it chaos, something devoid of order. Chaos is merely a limitation in the perception of the observer to see the pattern. More often than not, it is the disorder of our own thoughts that colors the chaos we see around us.

One of the best ways to address the entropy of our mind is to go outside.

Be in Nature.

Go outside. Soften your eyes. Drop into the depth of your senses.

Your Own Pace

I gazed at the old wall of red bricks, stacked and mortared one by one in an earlier time by what are now old hands. The rattle of the old vents offered a necessary element of white noise beneath the resonant tones of meditative music and the gentle voice of Dawn, this evening’s yoga instructor.

On a wooden floor on a corner in downtown Asbury Park, I was in surf shop, at night, practicing yoga with strangers.

The pace of instruction was faster than any pace at which I’ve ever operated. My less than nimble body refused to assume some of the postures I suggested it try out. With more than two decades of being trained as sitter and a thinker and a test-taker, my body had habituated to certain tasks, and this is reflected in my current physiology.

The good news is that the body responds to what you ask of it. And today I am inviting it to practice yoga. I skip many of the sequences, preferring to modify and hold and breathe at a pace that befits my own tempo. Much has been said regarding my particular style and tempo, and “quick” and “fast” are adjectives not commonly used.

At one point during the session, we were asked to rest, close our eyes, and find a place of peace. As soon as my eyelids had closed I was looking through the window of a car. I was heading north, crossing the San Francisco Bay via the Richmond Bridge. The water was that green-blue it gets when the sun is out and there was a large cargo tanker in the distance. From the height of this bridge, you could see in every direction, and the sense I had was not that I was leaving San Francisco as much as heading toward someplace quieter, greener, and with a pace much more akin to my own.


What is Written

My clinic advisor never missed a chance to remind us: “if you didn’t write it down, it didn’t happen.” With a background in the med-legal world, he placed a high premium – and rightfully so – on the importance of documentation. We needed to document what was reported, what was observed, and what was done so that we not only had a record of it (for clinical and legal purposes), but more importantly to witness change over time.

We write to remember, to enshrine an experience in time. Just as the marks on a page are irreversible once made, experience is written in the body. If the body and mind cannot fully be present for and process an experience as it occurs in real-time, the energy of memory will be stored in the tissues and the structures of the body. Often, this leads to a pattern of tension in the body, which leads to stress physiology – the body (and mind) go into defense.

Just as a journal will reflect the evolution and complexity of a person over time, so too will their body.  The vital element in the development of both is expression.

Have you ever had a thought or a problem – a to-do list, what you really wanted to say to that jerk, a schedule, what you wished you said to someone you cannot or will not see again – and tried to keep it in? In writing it down, you give it a chance to be expressed. It no longer has the same hold on you because you have allowed it to exist in a different medium.

I see chronic stress physiology and the patterns of tension held in the body as anchors to the past. When in this state, your mind fights to defend the sense of self of the person you were.

When the communication between the brain and the body is permitted to be expressed, those patterns of tension and the need to defend a sense of self you have outgrown will cease to inhibit who you are now.

I like to write because it helps me to keep a record of where I came from. It serves as a point of reference, a measure of success, and an instrument to acknowledge how the unpredictable, unexpected, and sometimes unwanted is ultimately shown to be exactly what was coming and what was needed.

Writing is a way to honor experience, create memory, and revisit a time and a version of us that in every way contributed to who we are today and what we will have the opportunity to write tomorrow.

“Thus the role …

“Thus the role of the chiropractor is to mobilize the biological resources of the organism, – to allow it to do for itself as much as it is able to do. He does not whip a tired organ into activity by stimulants, nor squelch over-excited nerves with sedatives or narcotics. What he accomplishes is not accomplished at the expense of masking symptoms, side-effects, and the general physical deterioration that so often follows dependence on drugs.”

— C.W. Weiant, DC, PhD

I often use the analogy of a smoke alarm when discussing symptoms and medications with my people. Symptoms, especially pain, are the body’s innate way of cueing your brain into the fact that something needs to be addressed. The role of medication is to alter your body’s chemistry. A major consequence of this altered chemistry is that the cause of the problem remains, but the signal alerting your brain that something needs to be reevaluated gets turned down or turned off. This is analogous to taking the batteries out of the smoke detector. The smoke detector is trying to tell you that there is a fire in the kitchen. Just because the alarm stops blaring does not mean you have addressed the cause of the smoke.

For me, Chiropractic is about helping people to develop strategies to access greater levels of resourcefulness. As Weiant says, to “mobilize” those biological resources. Mobilization is a direct result of establishing and improving clear lines of communication. When the system is clear, the message is clear, and the body can organize – and mobilize – accordingly.

As BJ Palmer says in Volume XXXII,

Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the Innate power that animates the internal living world?

Illness, Sickness, and Illusion

In Grace and Grit, philosopher Ken Wilber presents a very important distinction between illness and sickness. When a person experiences a disease, at least two interrelated but non-identical perspectives come into play. Illness is a description of a pathological or non-normal state in the body. It is material, it can be measured empirically, and it often can be medically identified. Sickness, on the other hand, is culturally defined. It refers to the meaning ascribed by the person with the illness to their current state.

Science tells us when we are ill. Culture informs us when we are sick.

Today, one of the largest challenges we face is that the American culture is sick, and this has translated into people being ill. The degree to which all aspects of life are connected is no more readily apparent than with health.

The Western mind has inherited the illusion that we consist of a separate body and mind, that we are separate from each other, and separate from Nature. The consequences of this illusion are evident as we continue to pollute our bodies, mind, and environment. As with any illusion, once it has been exposed, its power to hold sway is diminished. Behind the illusion is a universe that emphasizes unity instead of separation and cooperation instead of competition.

Consider that the way we treat our food, our water, our environment, our bodies, and our minds is the same, because we are the same. Remember that there is no such thing as a tiny act. The more conscious we are about the creative nature of our thoughts, our language, and our actions, the greater the opportunity we have to manifest a healthier life.