serendipitous reflections

Friday, January 14, 2005

Work challenge

I have this frustration at work. A lot of times, a patient will come in and be excited about what chiropractic can do for them, but because of a family member, they don't follow through with care. This has happened to me twice in the last three weeks, both times women whose husbands "don't believe in it" or don't want them to get adjusted. One was a pregnant woman who was experiencing sciatica. After her first adjustment, she said she went to the grocery store and made her entire shopping trip without pain for the first time in three months. BUT her husband doesn't "believe" in chiropractic, so despite the improvement she's not coming back. Now, I have another patient who is in a wheelchair and depends on a skeptical daughter to bring her. The mother is seeing results, but the whole time, the daughter is questioning the adjustments. I encourage questions, and I am providing her with supporting research, but don't undermine the results if the patient is noticing a difference. The amazing part for me is when the family member says they are feeling better, moving better and doing better, yet the spouse or child still says "No, you can't go back."


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