Dear Local Official:
I am writing to seek your support and participation in a public health education initiative on behalf of spinal health. This effort , "Subluxation Awareness Week" has been developed by the International Chiropractors Association and endorsed by a wide range of other chiropractic professional organizations and educational institutions. The objective of this informational campaign is to educate consumers on the importance of spinal health and of the need to protect that health by seeking chiropractic care for the detection and correction of spinal or vertebral subluxations.
"Vertebral subluxation" is a specific deviation or abnormality of the structures of the spine that impacts the functions of the nervous system. Because of pressure on the spinal nerve roots as they exit the bones in the spine, neurological functions can be seriously interrupted or impaired with potentially serious health consequences.
"Subluxation" is a unique concept brought to the health care system by the chiropractic profession, based on the chiropractic analysis of human anatomy and the relationship between the structures of the spine and how problems in those structures, primarily the vertebrae and supporting tissues, impact human health. Researched and explored for over 100 years, subluxation correction has been recognized in state and federal law as a unique chiropractic service. More than one million patients each working day in the United States alone see doctors of chiropractic who analyze their spinal status and correct subluxations found to be present by chiropractic adjustments.
I am asking your support through a letter or proclamation designating the week of September 17, 2001 as "Subluxation Awareness Week" in our community. I know that such a statement would contribute in a major way to the success of this public education campaign and would be sincerely appreciated by the chiropractic community here.
In announcing this new public health educational effort, The Board of Directors of the ICA issued a proclamation that outlined the goals of the effort. It is my hope and that of my fellow chiropractors that your office might issue a similar announcement. I would be happy to assist in the drafting of such a proclamation for release here in our community. The ICA proclamation reads as follows::
The officers and members of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) understand the devastating effects of vertebral subluxation on health and well-being.
The officers and members of the ICA further understand the advantages and benefits of a life free of subluxation. These advantages include maximum potential in health, performance, human potential and social well-being.
For these reasons, and to enlighten the world to these vital health principles, the International Chiropractors Association hereby declares the week of September 18th, the anniversary of the birth of chiropractic, to be further known as,
"SUBLUXATION AWARENESS WEEK"
Subluxation is a health issue every consumer should know about, for their own well-being and for the health and well-being of their families. I hope that you will join this effort. I will be in contact with you office in the days immediately ahead to follow up on his request.
Thank you for your attention and consideration.
Your local Doctor of Chiropractic