The field of chiropractic and those who practice it get hit from all sides. Those of us trying to actually help our patients with problems beyond the Holy Chiro Trinity of (say it with me now) “back pain, neck pain, and headaches” are under attack from multiple angles, and for different reasons. This post is meant to openly call them out and launch a little fire in return.
In a word (okay…two words) absolutely NOT.
Yes, I’m a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) myself. Do I have a vested interest in promoting chiropractic? Not exactly, simply because I don’t do spinal adjusting (all of my work revolves around Functional Medicine, a very high-end neuro-metabolic approach to chronic conditions, endocrine issues, blood sugar problems, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, you name it, that relies mostly on scientific lab testing to identify the physiological imbalances and give a starting point in terms of helping improve those issues). Yes, it’s true: not every DC touches the spine. No, we’re not being sacrilegious or wasting our chiropractic degree; we’re just choosing to utilize different parts of our education and develop a different skillset.
So anyway…am I biased? Maybe. Do I still have a valid opinion? Yep.
In the last post, I shared a Maximized Living experience from a friend and fellow healthcare practitioner. (She’s not a DC herself.) As her story unfolded, she described a franchise with extremist views and outlandish claims. Apparently, things haven’t changed much…
Here’s our personal story of our own brush with this outfit from years ago:
A friend and fellow healthcare practitioner walked in to the office this week to get adjusted, and asked us if we knew Dr. [First name] [Last name], who opened up a Maximized Living practice in a nearby neighborhood. We mentioned that we vaguely knew him, and our neighbor said she had gone to their clinic to see what they were like so that she would know which of her clientele to refer to them. She shared her experience with us.
She was not impressed.
Chiropractic is a phenomenal healing science. It’s also an art. (Repeat after me: it’s a science first; art and philosophy tie for distant second. But I digress.)
I know there are a bunch of disillusioned naysayers who failed in practice (most likely because they also fail in personality and possibly other attributes as well). They’ve even set up their own little boys’ club-like internet discussion forums devoted solely to sitting around blaming chiropractic itself for the doctors’ inability to succeed. Rest assured that as critical as I am of certain practitioners and philosophies, I’m not one of those people.
However, sometimes this Eeyore camp raises some damn good points.
And sometimes, these points are thorns in the chirovangelist’s ribs.
Some of you already know where I’m going with this. Half are starting to clap, while the other half is drawing up “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters.
Others of you don’t yet know who I’m talking about. That’s okay. I’ll explain.