|Chiropractors Help in Time
The events of September 11th 2001 have affected and
changed us all in some way forever. Most of us were
shocked and horrified at how such a thing could occur.
For many our next feeling was probably anger and a
desire to strike back. Then came an overwhelming desire
to help in some way.
In watching the news we noticed that people from all
over the world showed support and reached out for those
most affected. As chiropractors many in our profession
wanted to help in the best way we knew how. It was this
desire to do something and help that lead to an amazing
outreach by chiropractors in both New York and in
At both the site of the World Trade Center and at the
Pentagon in Washington DC chiropractors set up help
stations to adjust the firefighters, police and rescue
workers who were on site at ground zero. At these
locations chiropractors provided round the clock
chiropractic care free of charge to all who requested
it. Thousands of relief workers responded as each
station was continually busy with help being provided to
those who were themselves helping.
In Washington at the US Pentagon, the International
Chiropractors Association was asked to provide
chiropractic services to Pentagon rescue and security
personnel. Immediately chiropractors started working in
three shifts to provide assistance.
To assist the rescue workers at the Pentagon, "Camp
Unity" was set up using an extensive tent space provided
by the Public Safety (police, fire and rescue) chaplains
of greater Washington. In Camp Unity more than two dozen
chiropractors were working in long shifts to adjust all
who need chiropractic care at the site. "Our patients
include military personnel of all ranks and from all
services, law enforcement, fire and rescue units on duty
and other volunteers working with the Red Cross and
Salvation Army," said Dr. Coralee Van Egmond a local
chiropractor. "The response has been tremendous and
reflects the vital need for the unique services doctors
of chiropractic provide. In sometimes harsh conditions,
our chiropractors have given care to as many as 300
people a day, and have worked ten and twelve hour shifts
that last long into the night and early morning hours."
One of the chiropractors giving his time at the New York
site, Dr. Robert Davis, summed up his experience by
saying. "One of the firemen I adjusted told me the best
thing anyone can do to help all the rescue workers is to
just support them and...Pray for them."