The Bigness of the Fellow Within
What drew me to Chiropractic more than 10 years ago now was its clear and powerfully simple philosophy. On its very basic level Chiropractic is based upon the premise that your body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism and that in order to fully express health you simply need to give your body what it needs and avoid the things that harm. Simple right?
If you want to be healthy, do healthy things, avoid unhealthy things.
However what I’ve learned over my time in practice is that our society has a lot of conflicting information on what healthy and unhealthy actually means and more importantly whether an individual even has the right destiny to be healthy in the first place..
The Bigness of the Fellow Within is the title of a book written by B.J. Palmer, who was the pioneer of the Chiropractic profession; he started the first schools and began to spread the science, art and philosophy of Chiropractic around the World. What he is referring to in the title is a concept that I think is incredibly important to understand if somebody wants to change their health or the health of those close to them. It’s a concept that has been vindicated on numerous occasions through scientific literature.
What Palmer was referring to was the concept of your body’s innate healing potential or in fact what is commonly referred to within the Chiropractic profession as Innate Intelligence. Now Innate is simply a fancier way of explaining what is now known as Physiology, which is the science of how your body actually works on a fundamental and chemical level; but it also means a little more to me…
What acknowledging Innate as a concept does for me is give me trust:
as long as I make the right decisions on exercise, nutrition, adjustments and mindfulness, I don’t need to worry about all the details of being healthy.
I don’t need to count calories or Macros or Micros with my food, I just eat foods as close as they are to nature and I trust that my body will do the rest. I don’t need to follow every exercise fad out there to maximise my results, I just train when I feel like it and do varying routines of functional movements. I would even take it as far to say that if I become run down and mildly unwell I know that rest and hydration are going to be the best thing for me. I don’t need the details of my infection; I just need to know it’s there.
Acknowledging Innate for me is about trusting that there are warning signs that I’m not doing the best for myself and that I should listen to them. When I’m sore, as I have been this week from training, then I rest. If I’m tired, I sleep and if my mood is low I seek out friends or I do activities that feed my soul.
As B.J. was alluding to in the title, the knowledge the Fellow within is a very powerful force and I feel modern concepts of health have taken us away from acknowledging that really our health is in our own hands, it’s not determined by our genes or luck, our health is determined by our choices. While I hope through this blog to be able to share great information as well as my own health journey, I think an understanding that the driving force for your health comes from within you – and not externally – is a key pillar one should have in place to start making lasting change to health and happiness.