B.J. Palmer, a pioneer of chiropractic care, made a statement in his lifetime that continues to inspire upper cervical chiropractors in the field today:

“You never know how far reaching something you may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”

Working in upper cervical chiropractic has given me the chance to see the ripple effect of a simple spinal adjustment. Chiropractors by nature want to be as unobtrusive in the healing process as possible, and we aren’t looking for pomp and circumstance. We only want our patients to feel better and recognize their full potential when their bodies are working properly.

Upper cervical chiropractic care really is about paying it forward. As chiropractors, we’re able to offer our patients’ bodies the ability to function completely. Our patients, with their new feel-better bodies, go on to do great things in their lives. Sometimes they share stories about how chiropractic care changed their lives for the better, and, in turn, more people are introduced to the concept of full-body wellbeing.

When upper cervical chiropractors gather for workshops or conferences, there is no shortage of incredible, inspiring stories they tell. Take, for example, the story of a 50-something woman who was so ecstatic about standing up straight for the first time in her life she began crying in the office, thrilled that she could finally play with her grandchild. We’ve met people who have been able to get out of bed and go back to work. They’ve finally recovered from their chronic or debilitating pain and found the energy to volunteer, pursue athletic goals, travel the world and start their own businesses.

A simple spinal adjustment—and the body’s ability to heal itself—made ripples throughout their lives and the lives of those they’ve since encountered.

The chiropractic profession doesn’t receive a lot of press, and the positive results we see from our patients have the potential to disappear into a vacuum. It would also be easy to become overwhelmed by all of the bad news we hear on a daily basis. But I, and other upper cervical chiropractors, will continue to talk about all the good news that comes out of the chiropractic world because we’re inspired by those we have adjusted and motivated to touch the lives of others who could use our help.

I’m not sure B.J. Palmer had any idea how many people his words would touch—a ripple effect in their own right—but they continue to inspire me and my colleagues. We have a responsibility to talk about chiropractic care and its noninvasive ability to give life back to people. It is also my hope that our patients carry on with sharing their upper cervical success stories, and that those of us fortunate enough to work in this field continue to give people good reasons to be excited about their health.