Like any other specialized field of practice, the chiropractic profession is sometimes misunderstood and
incorrectly judged to be non-essential. As a result, sometimes insurance companies and other healthcare
providers are hesitant to provide coverage for or recommend the services of a qualified chiropractor.
Educating the general public as well as those in the academic and medical professions is the key to
building awareness of the effectiveness of various chiropractic techniques. A good place to start the
learning process is by explaining the work involved in obtaining a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.
There is a great deal of dedication and perseverance to obtain any advanced degree, and Doctorate of
Chiropractic programs are no exception. Most courses require in-depth work with cadavers in conjunction
with the traditional internships and residency programs.
One disadvantage of the lack of understanding chiropractic techniques is that most people think that
one visit to the chiropractor will erase all ails once and for all. When they do not see or feel immediate
and sustained results, they tend to become skeptical. This stereotype was confirmed by a recent survey
where 75% of the patients of (*insert name or location here) polled expected to experience some relief
of painful symptoms during their first visit. Initial consultations take up most of the time during the first
appointment, and only a precious few minutes is spent making any adjustments or manipulations.
Virtually no other profession has the expectation of providing noticeable and lasting results in just a few
moments. Additionally, depending on the severity of the case, patients may not experiencing meaningful
results until after several treatments have been performed.
Since each situation is slightly different, effective chiropractors are required to assess the case history
and create a treatment plan relatively soon after the assessment. Since there are so many techniques
and treatment options, there is an endless possibility of combinations that will affect patients differently,
even though they may be suffering from the same symptoms. Additionally, relieving symptoms of acute
and chronic pain require different approaches.
The chiropractic field sees an abnormally fair share of anomalies as well. Take for example the woman
who suffered from such debilitating pain in her knee and calf that she ultimately had to leave her beloved
job. After seeing multiple doctors in varying specialties, she was sent for a psychological evaluation to
ascertain if the pain was being caused or imagined by a mental dysfunction. Exhausted and frustrated,
she resolved to live with the pain, until she moved to (*insert location here) and was encouraged to visit a
chiropractor for a review of her situation.
The initial consultation included a lengthy questionnaire regarding her complete medical history, and
some of the items even seemed irrelevant to the purpose of her visit. When she met with the chiropractor,
he noticed her history of recurring headaches. The headaches resulted from an injury at work when
some items from an overhead shelf fell on her. After the initial bruising and swelling subsided, so did the
headaches. She had not thought of the headaches since they ended several years earlier.
Upon inspection, the chiropractor ascertained that she was actually suffering from nerve and vertebrae
compression that had been worsening since the time of the accident. Because the immediate pain was so
intense, the body made adjustments to walking patterns and posture in an attempt to alleviate pressure
from one side of the body. Over time, the automatic corrections left the woman with severely misaligned
hip and knee joints which caused her unbearable pain.