“I am feeling great, should I still come in to get an adjustment?”

If I feel good, do I still need to come in for an adjustment

Just heard from someone, “I am feeling great, should I still come in to get an adjustment?”

I realized what a great opportunity to help someone understand how this chiropractor functions.

Here was my answer:

“that’s the million dollar question. If you’re subluxated (misalignment of the spine) I can detect it and ‘adjust’ it. Symptoms of a subluxation may not be recognized by you but it does effect your health.”

He kept his appointment.

What is so special about you?

One of things that intrigued me in becoming a chiropractor was that Chiropractic emphasizes the individual.

No two individuals are exactly alike.  Although we all have mouths, noses, eyes, organs, bones, etc. that make up our bodies, we ARE different.

What is your blood pressure?  What are the levels of your blood chemistry?  As you know, there are standard values that are guidelines to determine if you are healthy or not.

What happens if your levels are outside of the standard values?  What if your blood pressure value or your temperature value was different than what might be considered “normal?”

Chiropractic was founded upon a concept and continues to be guided by a set of principles that recognize that there is an inherent wisdom that runs your body.  If that inherent wisdom, also called innate intelligence, were not be able to communicate properly within your body, then the functioning of your body could be compromised.

It may be one small task (function) that your body should perform, as in digestion:  secrete a specific amount of acid needed at a specific moment for the type of food you just consumed.

Who knows whether:

  1. the production of the acid
  2. the timing of its presence into the stomach
  3. or the quantity of the chemical

occurred properly?

Your body knows how to do the above functions properly based upon the idea of  innate intelligence.  However, if there were an interference to the body’s ability to communicate this innate intelligence, you might not get the proper information to digest your food.

At what level of improper digestion do you begin to show symptoms?  You might also wonder at what level of improper information to other systems or organs does your body start to show a symptom or condition.

Due to the fact that we are all different, the answers will vary.  As I mentioned, it is this individuality that I have always found to be most relevant.

By a simple but significant process, chiropractors are able to detect alterations within the spine that may interfere with the communication of the innate intelligence in you.

What does my new sign say about me?

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I recently put up this new sign at the office. It has been in the making for the past six months. The delay in actually putting it up … is me! You see, I feel conflicted about it. Here’s why:

For most of my career as a chiropractor, I utilized therapies that were added in for various reasons. Therapies to relax, rehabilitate, or help the patient “feel” better. I also accepted insurances, primarily, because I didn’t think that people would pay for care out of pocket. About 10 years ago, I went cold turkey and stopped offering therapies, and no longer accepted insurance. This allowed me to focus on what Chiropractic is about, that is, locating and correcting vertebral subluxations in order to allow the body to work better.

I believe that I can do the most good for a person by offering them what I do best, which is the determination of whether that person has a subluxation and then correcting it. After much consideration, I realize that most people are driven to a chiropractor due to what seems to be bothering them at the time, as opposed to wanting to seek chiropractic care as part of their wellness program (if they even have one).

By putting up a sign that associates Chiropractic with the treatment of “back and pain” (or any condition) in contrast to what I believe to be Chiropractic’s most important message, that chiropractic helps you achieve an optimum level of health by reducing interference to the major communication system of the body, am I confusing people as to the value of Chiropractic?

What do you think?

What do you expect from Chiropractic?

After being in practice for almost 30 years I am still amazed at two things. First of all, I still love doing what I do – helping people. Second, I continue to spin my wheels when it comes to motivating people to make chiropractic a priority in their journey toward optimum health.  When people are in pain and they have benefited from chiropractic care, the assumption, obviously, is chiropractic was an effective treatment for their pain. This seems logical since many people get relief from their pain while receiving chiropractic care. Most people have been led to believe or EXPECT, from an early age, that we only go to the doctor when we are sick or in pain and only when we “feel” better are we finished with care. When someone is receiving chiropractic care and the chiropractor meets the persons “expectations”… well, they stop coming in. So what do I do?  Stop meeting their expectations?  Not exactly.