The 23rd Chiropractic Principle and Resistance Training
Principle 23: The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will have co-ordinated action for mutual benefit.
Next month marks 8 years that I have been out of school. I was taught that Chiropractic is a philosophy, science, and art; and that the philosophy was the lens in which we view our scientific inquiries as well as our practical clinical applications. Towards the end of my schooling I remember coming across many fellow students who had already dismissed our philosophy as being an outdated, historical construct. When I speak to students now, the topic of philosophy isn't met with disdain so to speak, but rather a general misunderstanding (or no understanding whatsoever). Our philosophy is not only a guiding light for our scientific and clinical practice, but also serves as a technical "jargon" within the profession. I wouldn't expect a dentist to recite the 33 principles for me anymore than an engineer would expect a lawyer to understand tensile strength of certain materials. Different professions=different jargon.
Putting contemporary science in the context of our philosophical constructs can be one of the most fascinating endeavors a chiropractor can undertake. When teaching the topic of adaptability, chiropractic philosophy, and strength and conditioning, I like to use the example of a body builder undergoing resistance training for purposes of hypertrophy, and relate it to the 23rd Chiropractic principle.
Let's use a hypothetical example of a body builder who is training biceps for an upcoming competition. The bodybuilder's goal is to gain appreciable size on their biceps. In order to do so the athlete will train the biceps 1-2 times per week to a point of complete fatigue and exhaustion. The training period will impose damage to the muscle fibers and create tiny micro traumas. As a result of these traumas the body will take peptides from the small intestine, break them down into individual amino acids, transport them from the liver to the muscle via the blood stream to the damaged muscle fibers, where the amino acids will be reconstructed into protein fibers to repair the torn myofibrils. This process will not only repair the damaged fibers but it will actually repair them and build them stronger. Keep in mind that this process is not only local to the damaged areas that were trained, but system wide adaptations are occurring as well. Changes in heart rate, bone density, lung capacity, and blood circulation are all occurring simultaneously.
As a Chiropractor we should be able to look at this hypothetical scenario in the context of the 23rd principle. Training is a universal stress (force) that is placed on the body which causes adaptation in biochemical and physical means via the adaptive functions of innate intelligence, which leads to a stronger physiology over all (not just strong biceps).