Dr. Chelsea Bachelor
On this day in 2001 America suffered incredible tragedy. Every one of us remembers where we were when the nearly unbelievable news came across our televisions and radios. Shaken in an a way that this generation had never experienced, America stood frozen watching the events unfold.
However, through the confusion and terror, aid swiftly rushed in. Rescue men and women sprung into action, pulling victims from the ashes and taking them to safety while the Red Cross, Salvation Army, New York citizens, etc. contributed everything from food to time to blood. Among the efforts, chiropractors, many of which had family and friends who worked at the towers, poured in to donate their expertise and help in the best way they knew how.
After endless days and nights searching through the ruins, the rescue workers’ bodies were beaten and their hearts were heavy with loss. Groups of exhausted police officers and firemen stripped off their heavy coats and piled their weapons at the foot of the chiropractor’s table to benefit from the relief and ease following an adjustment. The chiropractic relief efforts were manned around the clock, spanning across 5 different sites around the debris. Dr. Jessi D’Amore, one on-site chiropractor, recalled an adjustment with a certain fireman who admitted with immense relief to the first deep breath he had taken in a very long time. He and many others left that table and continually returned with friends and co-workers, leading to one night around 3 am when the chiropractic sites were filled to such a capacity that the fire marshal was forced to close them.
An estimated 1,500 chiropractors committed themselves to grueling, intense hours around the wreckage, adjusting up to 500 people per day and donating approximately $1.5 million in services. Their efforts received acknowledgement from the Red Cross, the Federal government and the New York police Commissioner. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani also expressed gratitude for not only physically helping the rescue officers, but for “boosting the morale of New York City.”
Healing is much more than simply pain relief. In an exhausting and perilous time, a kind touch goes a long way.
Today, we remember those who have been lost and honor those who stood up to help rebuild.
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