When patients present for chiropractic care they almost always have a problem they want our help with. We talk. We examine. We talk some more.
Then we do what we do. And wait for the result.
During all the earlier talking we, both the patient and I, get a sense of how long it will take to get some or all of the results that the patient wants. My job is to (1) help the patient understand their condition (Here is where we insert the whole conversation about them holding on to pain as their “problem” and us trying to educate them that their real problem is what causes their pain, but that’s not what this Post is about – them getting that is the Second Breakthrough:-), and (2) give them reasonable expectations about results, usually relief from pain.
Sometimes it takes a while for the patient to experience enough relief to believe that they have made the right choice in coming here; sometimes they leave before they get to that point (having the expectation that it would happen before it did). But if they stay. If they do what we recommend. If I can do my job well enough. And if their daily life isn’t too hard on them… they always get the results.
Yesterday a new patient – he has been seen only a half dozen times or so – came in. It was that visit where the patient says, “I really am feeling definitely better, and have since my last visit.” It’s a great visit, I wanted to share it with you:-)
At this point I have to reiterate to the patient that they are not really out of the woods: healing has barely begun. Here we enter an entirely new phase of the relationship, if not care. That’s the subject of another Post. This Post is about that Breakthrough visit.
The message to the person considering chiropractic care or those who have tried it and decided it didn’t work for them after a bad experience is: almost always that visit comes within a couple of weeks of care and several visits. It may take that long, it may take longer, but it doesn’t take months (usually). And if you are going to be a big exception to the rule, that should all be obvious to both doctor and patient on day one – and discussed.