Why is our Philosophy important to you?

At NJC our philosophy affects YOU directly – it gives birth to the ideas we share and inspires us in what we do and why, how we interact with you and what we are working toward when we help you.

We are proud that chiropractic is one of (if not the only) healthcare profession with a clear, distinct, well-defined, congruent philosophy – a strong ‘why’ for our ‘what’ – in fact chiropractic has often been described as being an art, a science and a philosophy combined.

Our philosophy is informed by, and contributes to, our paradigm – our lense. Together they define the model of healthcare we recommend. Click on these links to understand what a paradigm is and the specific wellness & prevention paradigm underpinning the work of NJC.

Ayn Rand was a somewhat controversial philosopher from last century, however she authored a particularly powerful and valid idea:

“As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy.
Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation...
...or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused in place where your mind's wings should have grown.“

This quote is particularly true and relevant for how WE as individuals, and as health professionals, approach health, sickness and healthcare.

Primary in our philosophy and model are distinct definitions of Health, of Sickness, and of Healthcare. 
Read more detail here: 

Check out more information here about our point of difference (why you want to book in with us) and our model of care

The best way to introduce our Philosophy is to ask you some questions!

1) Have you ever clearly defined what HEALTH (or being HEALTHY) means to you?

2) Is it “how do I feel” or “how do I look?” OR or is it “how am I functioning?"

3) If you do think health IS about function, how do you check and measure that function?

4) Do you put focus on your health or ignore it until a problem shows up?

5) Do you want to focus on your health only when you’ve lost it in some way? and just one more...

6) Do you take action around your health based on: "prevention is better than cure" or "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it"?

**These two ideas about ‘how to do life’ are actually incompatible – one cannot exist in your philosophy if the other does!)

We operate from the starting point that our bodies (and lives) are designed to be extraordinary.

This is actually our set point – assuming we are MEETING the requirements that allow this to be possible!

Is sickness, disease, dysfunction NORMAL or just COMMON?

Are human beings designed to be HEALTHY or to get SICK?

Our bodies and minds are SUPPOSED to be happy and healthy; vibrant and energised – functioning at 100%.

Life is supposed to be about FUN, productivity, efficiency, joy, laughter and new experiences.

While we define terms elsewhere on this site (see links above), in brief, we define ‘health’ by what you can do, and how you can move to better states of function; sickness is not simply defined by the presence of symptoms, and the outcomes of healthcare are not to cure, fix or treat; not to suppress or ‘remove’ a symptom - because a symptom is a highly intelligent ‘warning signal’ from your body.

What this means is the presence of absence of a symptom or disease process is not what determines if you seek out the support of a healthcare professional. 

Paying attention to symptoms IS important because they are actually saying: “STOP / TAKE NOTICE / CHANGE” however they are ideally not the best reason to begin a health intervention or change of lifestyle.

Symptoms say:

With very few exceptions (true genetic disease such as Down’s is an example),  dysfunction and disease ONLY occurs if we allow ourselves to continue living with factors that contribute to a “LOSS” of health – often these are our lifestyle choices, the stress-loads we allow to build up over time, things in our past that we do not clean up or heal…

It’s interesting to note that the World Health Organization (really the key world body of current medical thinking and guidance)
defined health back to 1948 (and they’ve never changed it since!).

We like this definition, and yet the definition has not filtered through into how mainstream medicine is currently practiced in our society.

Paraphrased, the WHO definition says that health is a complete state of function including physical, mental and social components. And the definition goes on to state explicitly that health is not determined solely by whether you have (or don’t have) particular symptoms. 

We wonder why this definition is not in action given that it was agreed to so long ago. Somewhat ironic really!

Interestingly though, this definition intersects very closely with the model of healthcare we offer here at NJC
Dr Ben Phillips

Getting sicker and less functional (able) as we age is NOT how LIFE is ‘meant to be.
Human beings are NOT inherently weak and destined to ‘break down.’

We (each of us) are able (and responsible) for making change and developing or improving our level of health.

Our health is not determined by bad luck, bad genes or bad germs – it is instead the results of what we believe and do (our lifestyle choices).

Are human beings designed to be HEALTHY or to get SICK?

Australian culture teaches most of us to seek help only when we have ‘a problem’ – reacting to pain or other symptoms is often the first attempt people make to resolve dysfunction.

Healthcare policy in our country (and the policies of ‘health’ insurance companies) assume that having such a problem justifies or mandates the need for an intervention or a ‘treatment’ and that in the state before a symptom becomes known there exists no ‘need’ for care or support. What is clear and irrefutable is that symptoms occur very late in any disease or dysfunction process.

This idea comes to us from allopathy, the sickness and treatment paradigm which underpins much of the “common wisdom” regarding what constitutes healthcare today.

Remember- many of us have been taught that health is "what do I feel like" or "what do I look like" - not "how am I functioning!"

We’re not meaning here to disparage the sickness and treatment paradigm.
It is truly useful and plays an important role for many in our society but it is not true healthcare – it is reaction to health crisis (sickness).
It tends to reinforce that you only need help when you have a ‘problem’ and you are healthy when there is no obvious test result or symptom to say otherwise.

Let’s acknowledge that living by “if it ain’t broke…” does seem to work for many.
People choose to stay the same and keep to their same habits.
They choose to stay in their ‘known’ and ignore or suppress problems.

If you want to make change and live better, you really need to look at how much this idea informs how you do life!