As a chiropractor I have, on occasion, made a house call or two.
I was thinking about offering this service lately. However, I do not want to encourage treatment of something.
Chiropractic has fallen into a realm of medicine that perpetuates the unhealthy use of chiropractic. I mean by utilizing chiropractic as a method of treatment of illness and disease, the alignment (couldn’t help it) of chiropractic with wellness is lost.
How so? If by receiving an adjustment your symptom goes away, you might conclude that chiropractic eliminated the problem so you don’t need chiropractic anymore … unless the condition returns. This is not wellness.
Chiropractic is different than medicine and should as a profession lead the way towards optimizing a healthy existence. If chiropractors continue to embrace a medical model of practice (treatment of conditions) the uniqueness of it is diluted.
It is difficult NOT to connect chiropractic with symptoms, since chiropractic has been helping people who have suffered and received good results since 1895. The problem that I see though is that much of the help has been inconsistent. Not with helping people but rather with identifying specific conditions that chiropractic helps. Much confusion with chiropractic has been the attempt to associate symptoms with chiropractic care.
Chiropractic has been associated with the care of the back … or spine. From my perspective, I see us chiropractors as being more specialized. That is, our specific focus is the subluxation of the spine. Not specifically what it causes but being able to identify it and correct it.
Imagine, you call and say, “my family and I want to be checked for the possibility of interference to the system that controls our level of health, can you come over and check us for subluxations?”
I’m waiting for that call.