Friday, 04 May 2012 08:04

"My Chiropractor"

“My Chiropracter”

I often hear people talking about “my chiropractor” or “my osteopath”. Or, maybe, when I am talking with them something like “I already have an osteopath who I see every month”.

It’s almost like this person belongs to them. Or somehow if they stopped going then it would be like breaking a long-term relationship.

A few days ago at a meeting I heard someone say it again, “well, of course”, she said, “I have my chiropractor who I go to see and he is very good. He always sorts me out.”

Now, most of us take our car to the garage every so many miles for a maintenance check and service. But if your car kept getting the same fault time and again after the mechanic had ‘fixed’ it, wouldn’t you be asking “why”? I doubt very much that you would return to the same garage again.

So why do people keep returning to “my chiropractor”? For every person I have spoken to it is always for the same problem.

This set me thinking.

I have never had anyone refer to me as “my spineworker” or “my therapist” or “my” anything in fact!

Why is this?

I have had debates with chiropractors who firmly believe that they are responsible for their client’s health and owe it to them to be seeing them weekly or monthly for many years. To do anything less (as they see it) would not only be an abrogation of their responsibility but would also very much be letting their client down.

It is certainly a good business model.

On the other hand, I think it is my duty of care to help my clients to realise that their health is actually their own responsibility - ill-health, healing and well-being are all down to you.

And for me that is not an abrogation of responsibility. No-one should be relying on anyone else for their health. Yes, we sometimes need a hand, and that may take many different forms such as surgery, drugs, advice, information and many other things, including bodywork such as Spineworks for our back and other pain.

I also know massage therapists who have been seeing clients once a month (say) for many years. I don’t have a problem with that. But the difference here is that the chiropractor and osteopath would claim that they are remedial – diagnose the (current) problem and treat. Someone who goes for a massage is more likely to be after a really relaxing hour and if it sorts out a few muscles on the way then great.   Relaxation as an end in itself is just fine and good and if more people received it the world would be a better place. What would a weekly massage for every MP do for our government here in the UK?

So, in summary, my claim would be that if you are still seeing “your” chiropractor or osteopath after 10 years then maybe it really isn’t working!

Legally in the UK, I cannot say that Spineworks does actually work- even if it does, so I won’t! However, after a number of treatments a client will no longer need to attend for regular treatment, whatever that means. Which is why no-one will EVER call me “his or her” Spineworker or body-therapist, and is something I am actually quite pleased about and maybe even proud!

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