4th Wave of Philosophy

B.J. Palmer’s introduction of HIO and his fourteen years of research in the B.J. Palmer Research Clinic had the greatest impact on his philosophy at this time. Other philosophers of chiropractic will be added in the future. Palmer’s holistic approach to the organism’s healing and his deep insights into the nervous system and its relation to the body as an energy system punctuate his philosophical writings during this wave.

B.J. Palmer's - holistic worldview and subtle energies writings

Many of B.J. Palmer’s writings at this time period were¬† on the energetic nature of Innate Intelligence and the Mental Impulse. He published two important books in this regard, The Known Man (1936) and Chiropractic Clinical Controlled Research (1951). In the later book is a reproduction of his 1932 lecture, Crowding the Hour, where he expands the 33 Principles to 75 Principles (which included specifics about technique, chiropractic, HIO, etc…). His evolution of the ideas of Mental Impulse, subluxation, and the energetic nature of human beings are the highlights of this wave.

BJ Palmer Chiropractic Clinic Rehabilitation Laboratory

As part of the BJP Chiropractic Clinic, there was a rehabilitation laboratory. This lab was mainly used for research and for patients to “digest” the energy that was released after their specific chiropractic adjustment. The philosophical perspective on rehabilitation was thus based on Palmer’s inside-out approach and could be viewed as an autopoietic approach to rehabilitation.