Why I am NOT “Dr. Scott Little”

and why you may just call me Scott

Dear Friend,

While I am proud of my accomplishments having graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic and the Parker University Animal Chiropractic Program, I am not “Dr. Scott Little”…..I’m just Scott.

Dr. Scott Little is the name of my business.  I suppose it’s my brand, but I’m Scott the Chiropractor, or just Scott. (Perhaps Dr. Scott to kids)

The State of Colorado and all States recognize and license chiropractors as Doctors of Chiropractic, so just as a medical doctor, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, or veterinarian is a doctor, so is a chiropractor.

That said, there is a significant and very important difference that causes me to just be Scott, and it has everything to do with what makes chiropractic different from medicine and other forms of health care.

Chiropractic is a unique philosophy, art and science that is vitalistic in it’s approach to life.  Chiropractic is not a medical treatment.  It is not a form of physical therapy or sports medicine.  It is not manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractic is an approach to life which recognizes that organisms have an innate intelligence that is constantly striving to keep them functioning, adapting, healthy and in balance.  That’s called homeostasis.

Chiropractic respects the supremacy of the Central Nervous System as the master system which controls and coordinates all other systems.

Chiropractic recognizes that we live in a stress-filled, fallen, world, and it is the role of this innate intelligence, through the nervous system, to keep us adapting to stress – indeed, to maintain optimal function, adaptation, healing….homeostasis.

Chiropractic recognizes the intimate relationship which exists between the spine, the nervous system, and stress.  When the stress levels overwhelm our innate ability to adapt, tension is created which can literally misalign vertebra in the spine, which interferes with the function of the Central Nervous System in its mission to maintain homeostasis, health and expression of life. That’s called a Subluxation.

The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment, whether one is an infant, child, or adult, dog, cat, or horse, is to correct subluxations to remove interference, so that innate intelligence, through the brain, can maintain function, adaptation, life and healing – homeostasis.

All of that has to do with why I don’t really need to be called Dr. Scott Little.

See, I recognize that the word, “doctor” literally means teacher, and my job as a teacher is to tell the above story about homeostasis, the nervous system, innate intelligence, subluxation and chiropractic.  Tell the story. Provide the care.  That’s it.

In my opinion the best way to use chiropractic for humans is to be checked and adjusted on a very regular basis – typically weekly.  Animals need far less care than humans, but still benefit from being checked and adjusted on a regular basis.

The whole reason I don’t want do be called Dr. Scott Little is that we are programed that you go to a doctor when you’re sick or when something is wrong.  You wouldn’t go to a doctor every week for life, or it’s as if you’re always sick.  Chiropractic is about getting you healthy and keeping you healthy for life.

While you wouldn’t want to go to a doctor every week, you’d, perhaps, see your friend every week for life if it meant your quality of life and health improved as a result.

It is my expectation to keep my patients, or practice members, in a high state of function, adaptation, healing, and homeostasis, so that their quality of life and health skyrockets!

So, while I’m proud of my education, degree, and license, I’m not much into my title.  You may just call me Scott, and I’d like to be your chiropractor, your family’s chiropractor, and your animal’s chiropractor for the rest of our lives together.