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What's Chiropractic All About

Jay Handt DC

When you first meet a new patient, whatís going through your mind? What is your first impression? Do you see them as a dollar sign, as a symptom, as a subluxation? Do you wonder if they can afford your care, are they single, will they bring their family, are they too old, etc.?

Isnít it amazing how many preconceived ideas we have and opinions we make about a person, often before they speak a single word? Then, when they open their mouth, our assumption is either tested or confirmed!

One of the things Iíve learned over the past 28 years in practice is that things or people are almost always not what they seem to be on the surface. Itís only after you explore, go a little deeper and get the full story that you can really appreciate that personís situation.

A good example of this is taken from a story told by Steven Covey. Mr. Covey was on a train in New York City one morning when a man with two children entered. The children were behaving wildly and began tormenting the other passengers in the car and as much as Mr. Covey tried to ignore what was going on, it became impossible! He couldnít believe how irresponsible the father was acting and how unruly the children were behaving. Finally, he decided to confront the man and ask him if he could control his children so that the passengers could have some relief! The father was very apologetic. He said he was sorry but that they had just left hospital where his wife, his childrenís mother, passed away. He said he didnít know how to deal with that or his childrenís reaction.

I trust you are feeling the same way Mr. Covey must have felt at that moment. The moral of this story is that you should never jump to conclusions and donít assume things are what they appear to be!  When you are blessed with the fortune of caring for a new patient, or any patient for that matter, look past the first impression and get to the underlying cause of their situation.

New patients are like diamonds in the rough! Very often, they are clouded with pre-conceived ideas, misinformation and fears about Chiropractic. This often overshadows the real person beneath. Itís similar to the way a diamond needs to be polished to remove the caked-on layer and to bring out its brilliance. Just as a gemologist knows that there is that beautiful, sparkling stone hidden beneath the surface, we, as Chiropractors, should recognize and know that there is a beautiful, innate being, full of potential beneath the often coarse, doubting and fearful exterior.

How often have the ďworstĒ new patients become the best lifetime patients? In my office this happens all the time! Itís your job to make sure that every patient has the opportunity to fully express their life potential. After all, isnít that what Chiropractic is all about?


Either you stand for something,
or you'll fall for anything,
and be good for nothing!

Bobby Braile DC

I first heard these words from Dr Fred Barge.  If I remember correctly, he was quoting Dr "Bud" Crowder. Fred was truly one of the greats in chiropractic.  He was involved in all aspects of chiropractic.  He was a practitioner, an educator, an author, a technique developer, a political leader, and many more jobs within chiropractic that I can not remember at present.

In our profession, there are a few individuals that we consider mentors who seem to be involved in so many aspects of chiropractic that we often ask, "How can they do all that?"  The truth is that all of these individuals are driven by the same desire to take a stand.  Whether it be the development of a technique, the authoring of a book, or being involved politically, all of the leaders in our profession feel that they must get involved in one way or another.

Most of us know a fellow colleague who never gets involved, never participates, never contributes, never joins, never shows up, and then can not figure out why they are not successful in practice.  Perhaps it is the very desire to "stand for something" that is the key component to being successful.

I have been asked in the past why I have gotten involved in the things I have in chiropractic.  For me, the reason is simple, I can't NOT get involved.  When you love something like chiropractic as much as I do, you can not stand idly by.  Now this is not to say that everyone must get involved in the same ways that I do.  But, it is important to take a stand. It is important that your contribution to the world somehow leaves the world better for you having been here.

One of the most prominent ways of "taking a stand" is just showing up.  Your presence at  gatherings that represent your beliefs speaks volumes and helps others feel that they are part of a larger movement.  This is one of the main reasons I continue to go to every new Beginnings meeting. 

New Beginnings represents to me a place to share, grow, and live the principles of chiropractic.  Rarely do you get the opportunity to be with so many principled chiropractors who love the same things you love.  New Beginnings allows you to feel like you are part of an extended family and that you are not alone.

Chiropractic offers much in the way of rewards for those who embrace it and make it part of their very being.  In essence, standing for something means the willingness to be counted among those who own the philosophy and live the principle.  New Beginnings helps keep you from falling for anything.  New Beginnings helps you grow from within.


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