Dynamic Chiropractic - February 14, 1990, Volume 08, Issue 04

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"Dynamic Paradigm Lecture -- Subluxation Complex"

Produced by -- Leonard J. Faye, D.C.


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In the past I have been referred to as many things. Some kind, and some with great energy and purpose in the opposite direction.

One of the most common complaints is that I am a pseudomedic because I don't bow before the image of B.J. Palmer and instead insist that chiropractic be allowed to mature through expansion into all the dimensions of conservative health care. On the other side are the frustrated Marcus Welbys who want to be "real doctors" and believe that by pandering to medical interests they might get a professional pat on the head. They are musculoskeletal specialists who determinedly spend most of their time denigrating the profession they belong to, before anyone who will listen. A form of professional scum. To both factions I'm something of a pariah. For what it's worth, I firmly believe I espouse the concepts of the vast majority of those in the profession -- eclectic conservative therapy.

If there is one thing that binds us into a profession, it's our acceptance of the primacy of the chiropractic adjustment. After this acceptance, however, comes a plethora of divisions. It's a battle of one technique over the other. So involved are some doctors in a specific form of adjustive procedure that they consider the use of hands in any manner, other than the way they prescribe, as a form of heresy.

Many times I've gotten letters from some of my disturbed colleagues who were upset because they felt that MPI and Dynamic Chiropractic promoted a technique. The name "motion palpation" should inform even the casual observer that MPI is concerned with the location of fixations, not their adjustment. It followed, however, that the depth of palpation taught would only encourage students to want to know how to mobilize fixations when they were found. As a result, one of the finest adjusters in the profession decided to extend the educational processes of MPI into mobilization procedures.

MPI doesn't favor nor denigrate any specific procedure. Rather, the methods demonstrated are a compendium of methods to mobilize palpated fixations. The only philosophy we promote is that every chiropractor expose him or herself to as man ways to mobilize fixations as they feel they need. They can then use -- if desired -- as an adjunct or principal adjustive procedure, any method to enhance their philosophical therapeutic intent. We accept and endorse all techniques that achieve the results needed to benefit the welfare of our patients.

This is the cornerstone of the educational videotape of Dr. Leonard J. Faye. He discusses, in considerable detail, the dynamic chiropractic paradigm of the subluxation complex.

The material is not controversial because Dr. Faye discusses the known truths of biomechanics and physiology. It's a delight to see what we do explained in such a well-constructed manner. Dr. Faye is the quintessence of the educated biomechanical specialist.

As you know, this is but one of many tapes by Dr. Faye. Of them all, however, this is the one that gives the rationale for what we do in such a logical manner that even the most prejudiced medical practitioner would be hard pressed to debate it. It's therefore important that you study this tape to establish the validity of your therapeutic concepts. And, if the occasion should arise, educate those in the other healing disciplines.

Dr. Faye presents an educational sword to the profession to fight for what we believe in with knowledge. Used well -- no shield should be needed.