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.
Chiropractic really fits a different mold … a different paradigm. There are different levels of health. At one end of the spectrum of health are negative things like weakness and lifelessness. At the other end are positive things like vitality and strength. If a person is at the positive side of the health spectrum they are likely to overcome sickness better than someone who is at the negative end. Makes sense? The more things people do to keep themselves closest to the positive side of health the easier it is to overcome sickness. Not too complicated.
There are many resources that are available to help people achieve a higher quality of life than they may currently be experiencing. Learn about nutrition, exercise, proper attitude, read interesting articles on the web, avoid too sedentary a life, etc. And … what else … drum roll please … find a chiropractor that you feel confident will offer you more than what you expect. Don’t wait for a crisis, a pain, an accident, because you may ONLY get what you EXPECT, and miss out on achieving a better quality of life.
Chiropractic is NOT the practice of medicine without the use of surgery or medication. Chiropractic IS the practice of finding and correcting vertebral subluxations. Arrghh!! Not that word!!! I hate it!!! If you understand the word and how it manifests, where it comes from, etc. then my job might be a little less amazing … not!