Written by Dr. Mark
First off, have you ever told anyone about chiropractic? If no, well you should. If yes, how did it come up? I’m guessing you have a friend or relative that was telling you about some type of ache or pain they’ve been having, that’s the usual. That’s what most people think of when they think of us chiropractors. We’re known for being good at helping with those musculoskeletal aches and pains, for good reason. But if a friend mentions their cholesterol is up, or they have high blood pressure do we think to mention chiropractic then? Or maybe we know someone is going through a health crisis, but they never talk about it, should we tell them about chiropractic?
Remember the doctor’s report you went through when you were new at our office? It depends on how long you’ve been a patient, but you probably heard the stories of Amy, Kaylee, and Andrea.
Quick recap: Amy was a horrible migraine sufferer and according to her “chiropractic saved my life.” She’d been seeing a chiropractor for 10 years for migraine relief. Her migraines improved considerably with her chiropractor. A friend of hers was talking to her about chiropractic and the curve of her neck and convinced her to come check us out simply because she had no idea about the curve of her own neck. Her neck was pretty straight. She went through the corrective care process and regained some cervical curve and migraines dropped off completely.
Kaylee was the 7 year old girl who had grand maul seizures every day of her life since birth. Her parents were desperate and basically gave us a last chance try before considering brain surgery. 3 months into her care there wasn’t much change in her cervical spine, and no change in her seizures. At about 9 months from the beginning of care she went a day without a seizure. Follow up x-rays showed we gained some curve in her neck and corrected the angle of her atlas (C1) in relation to the base of her skull. As far as we know she hasn’t had a seizure since then.
Andrea: Young woman that came in with sciatic pain down the left leg. Initial x-ray shows mild scoliosis. She shows good improvement with her symptoms through the first 3 months of care. Pain stopped and follow up x-ray shows good reduction of the scoliosis. She then shares that she’s had horrible menstrual cramps since the very first one. Had to eventually be on narcotics for the pain. Had an ectopic pregnancy that led to the removal of her left ovary and the baby but after a month into care had her first pain free period. She draws conclusion that the chiropractic might be the reason and continues care even though she was considering quitting to save money for invitro fertilization to have a baby. Continues care and eventually her and her husband get pregnant without needing invitro.
I share these for a few reasons. First, these are just awesome stories of our bodies ability to heal! Chiropractic didn’t stop the migraines, stop the seizures, or heal the reproductive organs, the body itself healed these things when the interference was removed. BUT, as great as these stories are now, they were awful for these people and families while they were going through this. I didn’t mention above that Amy attempted suicide before finding chiropractic. Kaylee spent her first 7 years having seizures, her parents spent a fortune looking for an answer and I can only imagine how painfully stressful those 7 years were for them. Andrea had to deal with immense pain and lost her child before any of the miraculous healing happened. My point, is as great as these stories are for healing, and they show the miraculous power within us all, its not the story I want for me and my family. I would much rather have the story be quite bland. Like, “I was told about chiropractic and how beneficial it was for my overall health. I didn’t really get it but my friend insisted I go check it out. So I went because they were doing some promotion and it was pretty cheap to go see what it was all about. The chiropractor put a lot of effort into teaching me what my friend was kind of telling me, and we found some concerns in my spine. So I started care and we’ve been working towards correcting my spine. On top of that I’ve been eating better and exercising now too. I’ve never felt better. And I bring my kids along to make sure they grow up strong and healthy too. As odd as it first sounded, I’m so thankful my friend told me about his chiropractor.” That’s my ideal chiropractic story.
Right now we have an offer for new patients to be checked out (nervous system scan, exam, and x-rays) for $29, regularly $150.
So who do you know that you could invite to come check out your chiropractor?