Chiropractors Look Beyond Just the Skin for Beauty

When it comes to looking good, most of us think of our outward appearance; our skin, hair, nails, clothing, jewelry, etc. These certainly make up part of what helps us look – and feel – good, but there’s more. Thank goodness your local family chiropractor is looking out for you.


Lois Conway, winner of the 1956 posture contest poses next to her X-ray.

“Where does a chiropractor look?”, you might be wondering. We look to the spine as it is the foundation for not only your bodily support but for the support of your body’s ‘lifeline’ in your spinal cord itself.

The latest research is suggesting that we look at the spinal cord as merely an extension of the brain. We’ve been discussing it this way for years, but it’s okay, I’m not bitter about it. 🙂 It just reminds me that my beloved profession is finally getting the attention it has earned for so long. We’re the largest drugless health care profession that is based on natural principles of health and living.

This wasn’t always the case. Back in the 1950s, chiropractic had a bit of a PR problem. So, some decided to take on the challenge and start a beauty pageant. Only, this pageant wasn’t solely based on looks and talent on the outside, it also had a posture component.

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Other contestants with the winner.

Who better to address these issues than chiropractors? And, wouldn’t you know it, we just happen to have some trained professionals here in the studio. They used the classic double weight scales, plumb lines and X-rays to determine who had the most balanced and posturally correct spine. NPR did a great story about this titled You Think Beauty Is Skin Deep? You’re Not A Chiropractor

It was a fun piece that I can look back on and thank my forefathers in the profession for. If not for them and their pioneering spirit, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now to be of service to so many grateful and loving people that are in my practice and my life.

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