What If ...

By Keith Innes
Once again dinosaur brains and lizard logic has reared its ugly head. MPI is obviously leading the way to the future. MPI's commitment to use only the most up-to-date rationale approach to chiropractic care for all patients has quite clearly agitated those who, for whatever reason, continue to argue for their historic, limited, and substandard care approach. Recently I received a letter telling me that motion palpation is not interexaminer reliable and as usual the same three ridiculous and biased studies were quoted. Perhaps when the next criticism is hurled MPI's way, the learned author might take a look at the world literature and marvel that the world of spinal and peripheral joint manipulation does exist outside of Lombard, Illinois.

It is mind-boggling that in the last few years texts (not papers or literature reviews purporting to be research) have been written about motion palpation/joint play analysis. In San Diego, November 5-6, 1992, at the First World Congress on Low Back Pain and its Relationship to the Sacroiliac Joint, motion palpation was used by almost everyone presenting papers. Quite frankly it is not MPI's fault that you have not attended such a high profile congress or read the "current" literature.

Motion palpation, as originally taught by Dr. L.J. Faye, moved chiropractic from the dark ages into the 1980s. New techniques and clinical studies by many authors have pushed motion palpation/joint play analysis to the forefront of the world of manipulation/adjustments: thanks to doctors like L.J. Faye, Gillet, Grice and others too numerous to mention. If it were not for these doctors, chiropractors would still be pulling on legs, drawing lines, and telling lies to patients about bones that magically jump out of place -- what rubbish.

Remember the old expression, if you cannot stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen. Well, you are in MPI's kitchen -- get the point.

This is 1993, not 1895, and it's time to drop the old and obsolete ways and to allow chiropractic to enjoy its rightful place in the health care system as a primary health care practitioner. Motion palpation/joint play analysis is state of the art as of 1993, and the only person holding you back is you.

Learn motion palpation and do the best first -- adjust the subluxation.

Keith Innes, DC
Scarborough, Ontario

Editor's Note:

Dr. Innes will be conducting his next Lower Extremities seminars on July 3-4, 1993 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and on July 10-11, 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri. You may register by dialing 1 (800) 359-2289.

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