There are thirty-three principles that sum up the chiropractic philosophy. They were articulated by Dr. R. W. Stephenson, DC, PhC in 1927. We share them here to give you a better understanding of chiropractic.
Principle One: The Major Premise.
A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.
Principle Two: The Chiropractic Meaning of Life.
The expression of this intelligence through matter is the Chiropractic meaning of life.
Principle Three: The Union of Intelligence and Matter.
Life is necessarily the union of intelligence and matter.
Principle Four: The Triune of Life.
Life is a triunity having three necessary united factors, namely, Intelligence, Force and Matter.
Principle Five: The Perfection of the Triune.
In order to have 100% Life, there must be 100% Intelligence, 100% Force, 100% Matter.
Principle Six: The Principle of Time.
There is no process that does not require time.
Principle Seven: The Amount of Intelligence in Matter.
The amount of intelligence for any given amount of matter is 100%, and is always proportional to its requirements.
Principle Eight: The Function of Intelligence.
The function of intelligence is to create force.
Principle Nine: The Amount of Force Created by Intelligence.
The amount of force created by intelligence is always 100%.
Principle Ten: The Function of Force.
The function of force is to unite intelligence and matter.
Principle Eleven: The Character of Universal Forces.
The forces of Universal Intelligence are manifested by physical laws; are unswerving and unadapted, and have no solicitude for the structures in which they work.
Principle Twelve: Interference with Transmission of Universal Forces.
There can be interference with the transmission of universal forces.
Principle Thirteen: The Function of Matter.
The function of matter is to express force.
Principle Fourteen: Universal Life.
Force is manifested by motion in matter; all matter has motion, therefore there is universal life in all matter.
Principle Fifteen: No Motion without Effort of Force.
Matter can have no motion without the application of force by intelligence.
Principle Sixteen: Intelligence in both Organic and Inorganic Matter.
Universal Intelligence give force to both organic and inorganic matter.
Principle Seventeen: Cause and Effect.
Every effect has a cause and every cause has effects.
Principle Eighteen: Evidence of Life.
The signs of life are evidence of the intelligence of life.
Principle Nineteen: Organic Matter.
The material of the body of a “living thing” is organized matter.
Principle Twenty: Innate Intelligence.
A “living thing” has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate Intelligence.
Principle Twenty-One: The Mission of Innate Intelligence.
The mission of Innate Intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of a “living thing” in active organization.
Principle Twenty-Two: The Amount of Innate Intelligence.
There is 100% of Innate Intelligence in every “living thing,” the requisite amount, proportional to its organization.
Principle Twenty-Three: The Function of Innate Intelligence.
The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will have co-ordinated action for mutual benefit.
Principle Twenty-Four: The Limits of Adaptation.
Innate Intelligence adapts forces and matter for the body as long as it can do so without breaking a universal law, or Innate Intelligence is limited to the limitations of matter.
Principle Twenty-Five: The Character of Innate Forces.
The forces of Innate Intelligence never injure or destroy the structures in which they work.
Principle Twenty-Six: Comparison of Universal and Innate Forces.
In order to carry on the universal cycle of life, Universal forces are destructive, and Innate forces constructive, as regards to structural matter.
Principle Twenty-Seven: The Normality of Innate Intelligence.
Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.
Principle Twenty-Eight: The Conductors of Innate Forces.
The forces of Innate Intelligence operate through or over the nervous system in animal bodies.
Principle Twenty-Nine: Interference with Transmission of Innate Forces.
There can be interference with the transmission of Innate forces.
Principle Thirty: The Causes of Dis-ease.
Interference with the transmission of Innate forces causes inco-ordination of dis-ease.
Principle Thirty-One: Subluxations.
Interference with transmission in the body is always directly or indirectly due to subluxations in the spinal column.
Principle Thirty-Two: The Principle of Coordination.
Coordination is the principle of harmonious action of all parts of an organism, in fulfilling their offices and purposes.
Principle Thirty-Three: The Law of Demand and Supply.
The Law of Demand and Supply is existent in the body in its ideal state; wherein the “clearing house,” is the brain, Innate the virtuous “banker,” brain cells “clerks,” and nerve cells “messengers.”