Goal: To provide Chiropractic to the masses of the people of Ghana
1. Develop a system where chiropractors can work in the hospitals
2. Continue to expand on the chiropractic mission trips
3. Develop a chiropractic legislature
How it works
GOD marvelously and perfectly made us. There is nothing man made that can compare too this wonderful machine. There can be no imperfections in this design, only miscommunications. Life Energy is constantly flowing through the body. It is what maintains balance. When this flow of energy is cut off the body ceases to exist. These miscommunications can originate mentally or physically and cause interference in our body’s design. As with all miscommunications, decrease in proper function is the next logical step. These interferences are called subluxations and can have a negative effect in the way we think, heal, and act. Removal of these discrepancies can increase or fully restore proper functions, thus allowing us to be in accord with our own design.
This is what chiropractic is about. We specialize in detecting subluxations and removing them by manual adjustments with the hand. Subluxations are misdirected reservoirs of energy blocking the flow of life energy to parts of the body. Chiropractic manual adjustment is a non-invasive form of healthcare that provides precise input to the nervous system. It opens the flow of energy throughout the body allowing the body to heal itself. By treating subluxations, chiropractors are able to aid in the restoration of proper nerve function. By restoring proper nerve function, the body is able to continue to seek homeostasis or balance within itself.
As the great Hippocrates said, “look to the spine for the source of most diseases”. By assessing and treating the spine, Chiropractors have been known to cause relief from back pain, chronic ear infection, paralysis, and even depression. Combining chiropractic care with a proper diet, exercise, and rest, encourages the body to maintain a state of wellness. By accomplishing this, one is able to live a fuller, healthier life.
Section 1: Chiropractors in hospitals
By incorporating chiropractic into the hospitals, we are able to accomplish 2 critical things in the establishment of chiropractic in Ghana: intimate education for the medical community of chiropractic and more access for providing care to the public.
By properly educating the medical profession, we are able to install our values of a less invasive and inexpensive healthcare, the chiropractic scope of practice, and build a healthy relationship between the two health care professions. All of these are problems that chiropractors have historically faced in America and the majority of all countries where chiropractors are practicing. Some chiropractors are against the idea of working side by side with medical doctors because of fear of being governed or adopting their allopathic doctrine. Such conversions have occurred with the Osteopaths who originally did not prescribe medicine and took a natural approach to healthcare. However, it is my belief, that if the chiropractors are able to respect the medical professions for their contributions and continue to focus on our talents of detecting subluxations, then this will not happen. But as long as there is a gap between the two, their leaves room for misunderstanding, which can bread unhealthy relationships.
***The approach of incorporating chiropractic into hospitals has worked very well in China. Life University has developed a chiropractic internship in the hospitals. There the medical, acupuncturists, and chiropractic interns work together without fear of one group dominating the other. Also, Northwestern Chiropractic College in St. Paul, Minnesota is in the final stages of opening their clinic where chiropractic, medical, acupuncture, massage, psychiatrists, and physical therapist interns will provide care to the public for free or discounted fee. This will be the largest joint effort of all the professions. Currently, the students are educating each other their respective trade. All of the students are excited to work with each other.****
The second goal would give us a direct access to a larger base of Ghanaians. In America, people usually discover chiropractic after they have exhausted every other option in healthcare. By being in the hospitals, knowledge of the benefits of chiropractic can be readily available to individuals at the onset of their health concerns.
On a more dramatic and serious note, by establishing ourselves in hospitals, we are able to provide care to people within the first hours of traumatic accidents. Studies show that the care provided during “critical hour” after an accident determines the fate of the individual. It is my belief (there is research to back my thinking) that by providing a chiropractic adjustment, the individual will have a greater chance of recovering from their afflictions and in most cases in a smaller time frame.
Section 2: Continue to expand on Chiropractic Mission Trips
Mission trips are effective in introducing and serving individuals in an area with health care options that may not have been available to them due to distance, money, and other environmental issues. By building on the previous trips, we can incorporate more individuals with different trades and reach more people. As far as the chiropractic contributions, I would like to get more students and doctors involved and spread out to more sites. However, we need to work out the “kinks” with Life West before we can expand to the different colleges. Those are being worked on so I won’t touch on that now.
Section 3: Chiropractic Legislature
Ghana is advancing, plain and simple. I understand the importance of building momentum, but as chiropractors, we need to be proactive in developing a legislature there. I know that the government operates differently than other more developed countries, but we need to think about the chiropractic profession in a future sense. I pray that 20-30 years from now, Ghana will have a more sophisticated healthcare government agency. We need to position ourselves within the current agency so that we can develop our own guidelines of what our profession can and cannot do. If not, we can possible face the same problems that chiropractors have and are currently facing in other developing countries (i.e. Jailed and scope of practiced being determined by non-chiropractors). We are doctors; we need to carry ourselves as such. We are held to a higher level of accountability and responsibility. This not only protects the chiropractic profession, but the individuals that we are trying to serve.
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