Adam R. Tanase
(Tri-5 Student, Logan College of Chiropractic)
Undoubtedly, the discussion of Chiropractic with some individuals is notorious for being a bit complicated. Many people can cling to its concept as if it were a life-preserver. The Titanic medical model they innocently boarded when entering this life is sinking, forcing them to jump ship and float helplessly through a sea of exhaustive suffering. So when they discover this blessing we call Chiropractic, they grab on tight and never let go.
God bless those who discover us and truly appreciate the gift in which they are receiving.
Others are not so easily enlightened. For some, they are so deeply rooted in their traditional ways that nothing can challenge them or persuade them to even give Chiropractic a chance. This type of person can really frustrate us at times. Remember though, we cannot force someone to see through our eyes.
God bless these types of people as well, for it’s many of their attitudes that ironically urge others to oppose them and seek out Chiropractic instead.
Then there is the type of patient that led to my thoughts on this whole matter… the patient who reluctantly agrees that chiropractic might work for some people, but could never work for themselves. However, for one reason or another, they resort to trying Chiropractic “just once,” assuming they can disprove its efficacy, then gloat and say “I told you so.” Yet, that’s not what happens, is it? A magical change occurs while we discuss chiropractic with them. Their facial expressions and body gestures change. Their head is no longer cocked to one side with impatience and skepticism. Their eyes become a little less defensive, and a little more intrigued. They slide a bit closer to the edge of their seat. Suddenly they’re eager to ask questions about the body… why can’t I do this or that, what does an adjustment feel like? Then, in the midst of this magical transition, the light bulb comes on. Suddenly a lot of things make sense, and they’re anxiously awaiting to have their spine adjusted and their subluxations corrected.
God bless these patients as well, for they often end up being a great asset to the success of our practice and our profession.
The same brilliant mind that invented the light bulb once said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame and in the cause and prevention of dis-ease.” Education is an amazing gift. As Chiropractors, it is our duty to educate. We must go out and help flip the switch for those individuals who are still in the dark. Much like his invention, Edison’s renowned quote is another kind of necessity. In a sense, his mentality on this matter is a second type of light bulb… One that helps us to see, and another that shows us the light.
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