Editor’s Note: June 2008
By Maria DiDanieli
By Maria DiDanieli
The goal, in this issue, was to
discuss chiropractic and sports – this goal has been met, many thanks
to those chiropractors who have written about their experiences, either
as competitors or in treating athletic patients. Dr. Scott Howitt
works with the cast of Dirty Dancing in Toronto, and has
brought us our cover story about treating dancers to optimize the
duration and proficiency of their performance.
The goal, in this issue, was to discuss chiropractic and sports – this goal has been met, many thanks to those chiropractors who have written about their experiences, either as competitors or in treating athletic patients. Dr. Scott Howitt works with the cast of Dirty Dancing in Toronto, and has brought us our cover story about treating dancers to optimize the duration and proficiency of their performance.
But, because not all competitive athletes are human, we have also included an article on chiropractic for four-legged patients! On April 8, the Toronto Star ran a story on Dr. Fenella Ely, a chiropractor with a mixed practice – meaning animal and human. The piece was a lovely moment of advocacy for the profession as a whole, and especially for those DCs who welcome animals into their practices. In our June issue, Dr. Larry McCarthy takes the story of animal chiropractic one furlong further and shares with us some of the reasons chiropractors are increasingly sought out for animal sporting events.
There are many chiropractors who compete in sporting events, in their communities as well as on the world stage. We caught up with Dr. Paul Attalla from Fernie, British Columbia, who rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, earlier this year, in an international race. Attalla shared his journey with us – including how being a chiropractor impacted his training and success in completing the course – and we are proud to pass it on to you in a two-part series that will be continued in our July/August issue.
I marvel at the ability and agility of those persons who pursue sports and fitness activities, whether on an amateur or professional basis. I live in awe of their physical prowess as well as their endurance and ability to rise to the challenge of a race, marathon, or tournament.
We encounter, in this issue, the call to rise to other challenges as well.
Dr. Andre-Marie Gonthier, president of the Ordre des Chiropracticiens du Quebec, has rallied the chiropractic associations across Canada to the challenge of unifying their members for the purpose of discussing those issues that are important to the progress of the profession at this time. At the Parker Seminars in Montreal, various speakers challenged all chiropractors to make the commitment to support those principles of chiropractic that represent its potential to define health-care reform in our country.
And finally, through our letters to the editor, in this issue, Canadian Chiropractor challenges our readers to let us know how you are successfully living out your principle, or practice paradigm, of choice.
Whether we are athletes or not, we are all called on to rise to a challenge at one time or another. Those who are gifted with the responsibility of being healers are given a unique challenge – to sustain human life, including the mind and spirit without which that life would not be lived to its full potential. It’s quite an undertaking and, for chiropractors, it’s more than just a job or responsibility – it’s a commitment to “self” to take what you know you’ve been given and use it, every day, to serve a public that needs your gifts.
Bien à vous,