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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Addresses Chiropractic Symposium

On March 4th, 2006 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a long-time chiropractic supporter, addressed a team of around 200 Doctors of Chiropractic at the 14th annual International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Symposium on Natural Fitness. The event is held annually in combination with the Governor's own bodybuilding and fitness event, the Arnold Fitness Weekend. As part of his appearance at the ICA event Governor Schwarzenegger spoke to the gang of professionals over a variety of issues including his most current mishap on a motorcycle. In his candor he admitted that after the accident he had been suffering some pain. Then he sought the assistance of a long time friend Dr. Franco Columbu. Dr. Columbu is a chiropractor and also a former champion bodybuilder, having won numerous bodybuilding championships such as the most coveted Mr. Olympia in 1975, 1976, and 1980.

Mr. Schwarzenegger told the chiropractic audience, "As Governor, there is a chance each day to help individuals. This is exactly what we have in common. We are friends of chiropractors because chiropractors are handling health, fitness, strength and energy. That is what chiropractors are all about, helping people, to ensure they are strong and fit and get their lives together again. So here we are for fourteen years, holding interesting meetings, working together, learning from one another, and I simply wanted to share with you how proud we have been of all of you, and just how happy we are that we have joined together in this great program." Governor Schwarzenegger also spoke about his very own personal experience with chiropractic, telling the crowd that after his recent and much publicized motorcycle accident, " Although on screen I am the robot, the mechanical man, in actuality I am also vulnerable and I have my accidents; and you probably found out about my motorcycle accident my head was thrown forward and I had stitches on my lip but you know your neck and back afterwards are sore, and I visited the chiropractor who fixed me up and it really was bad for several days and I couldn't move; and he provided me with just three adjustments and I was perfectly fine from then on. So I would like to say that I love your profession."

Governor Schwarzenegger concluded his talk and took the time to pose for individual pictures with all of the doctor's present. His ongoing support of chiropractic is clear while he continues to make sure to be present for the chiropractic event despite the fact that he's cancelled nearly all of his other appearances during the Fitness Weekend since becoming governor of California. The Arnold Fitness Weekend is the largest family fitness festival on earth. This year's weekend hosted more than 30 events, drew over 120,000 spectators and featured over 15,000 athletes, which is more than six times the number present at this year's Winter Olympics.

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