Despite the millions of people around the world who insist that chiropractic treatment has made a meaningful impact on their lives, there are always a few people who have bad experiences. Often times, this leads to claims that chiropractics in general “doesn’t work” or is somehow not a valid form of treatment. Thankfully, medical science and research are making more of an effort to understand chiropractic treatment and how it can be used to augment health. There is currently a wealth of evidence showing that for huge number of chiropractic patients, the benefits are profound.
Even the finest doctors and hospitals in the world leave a certain number of people unhappy with how their treatments and procedures turned out. No medical or health profession is perfect, and chiropractic treatment is no exception.
But for those whose chiropractic experiences fail to make the grade, it’s worth looking at possible reasons. What causes the majority of bad experiences in chiropractics, and how can these experiences be avoided?
- The chiropractor was not highly reputable
Just like any other health-related profession, chiropractics has a whole range of providers and professionals. Some are highly reputable with a long list of happy patients. Others have more questionable reputations. Many people have negative experience because they neglect to do their homework when choosing a chiropractor. They don’t take client feedback into account and look for all the necessary professional certifications and licenses. This can put them into the hands of practitioners who don’t assess their situation properly, or administer the proper treatment.
- The focus was too narrow
Reputable chiropractors work toward overall wellness, and may include other modalities (such as massage and nutritional counseling) to round out the treatment. Some people make the mistake of expecting a quick fix with chiropractics. It’s true that spinal adjustments (when done expertly and appropriately) can offer a degree of immediate relief in many cases; but working with your practitioner toward a healthier you might require some time and dedication.
- The patient didn’t talk enough
Although qualified chiropractors are expert in what they do, they can’t offer effective treatment if they don’t have all the information and feedback they need. Patients sometimes expect the chiropractor to simply ‘know’ what the problem is and how to treat it, without offering detailed information on symptoms and sensations during treatment. Asking the right questions is, of course, part of the chiropractor’s job; but it’s important for both patient and doctor to have a good rapport and maintain open channels of communication, both before and during the course of treatment.
Making the best decision for you
There’s never any guarantee that your chiropractic treatment will give you the results you want or need. It’s a complex practice that doesn’t work on everybody exactly the same way. What is clear is that chiropractics brings immediate and long-term health benefits for a great many people around the world. As long as you choose carefully, and only work with the most reputable chiropractors in your area, yours could be another success story.