Has a patient ever told you that your technique is the “same thing” as another type of doctor they see (like a physio)?
This happened to one of my wellness practice coaching clients recently. It was followed up by a challenge.
I asked this doctor about their response, which was both something I hear all the time and not very good.
“Well, I’m a chiropractor, so I’m better at adjusting than other doctors. It’s all I do and I’m better trained on how to adjust in school.”
Personally, I have been “adjusted” by Osteopaths, Massage therapists and Naturopaths who were amazingly talented.
I would have to say it felt just as good as most of the chiropractors I have been “adjusted” by.
You will notice I keep putting the word “adjusted” in quotes.
Are they really “adjusting” us or are they “manipulating” the spine?
And… is there a difference?
When we “adjust” the spine we are “adjusting” subluxations.
So, the term “adjust” implies that we are doing something to a SUBLUXATION!
We are NOT manipulating the spine or pounding down the high spots, but in theory, we know:
We may both put a patient in a side posture and give a thrust. And yes, we may have a different intent.
But might we also have a different contact on that vertebrate? A different line of drive, etc.?
Is that above premise true?
The physio could have been trained by a chiropractor. They could have been given direction on subluxation, too. If that IS the case, the real differentiator is how you understand and address those subluxations. I have found that an ALARMING number of chiropractors can’t speak clearly to the ins and outs of subluxation.
That is why I created a module on What is a Subluxation. If you are not 100% certain in what a subluxation REALLY is and is NOT, then you should really do this program. You will be surprised! It not only answers what a subluxation is and is not but how do we know if what we are doing is affecting them in the short and long term.” Obviously critical stuff!
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