by Dr. Andrew T. Brady, Chiropractic Physician
There are roughly 15 different chiropractic techniques currently being practiced in the U.S. These techniques can vary widely, which I believe can either be a great thing or a not-so-great thing. Let me explain why.
A few years ago, I was talking with my aunt, who is a nurse practitioner, about chiropractic. She mentioned that she saw a chiropractor one time and that her experience was “interesting.” We got to chatting about what was so interesting about her visit. She told me he came into the treatment room with a magnetic ball of some sort that he claimed was from NASA, had her lay down on her back, and walked around her while holding the ball over her body. He never took X-rays or used any other diagnostic tools and jumped right into “treating.” When she saw my face she asked, “Is that not what you do?”
Just when I thought I had heard it all.
I couldn’t believe that was her first and only chiropractic experience. I also couldn’t believe that this is what my nurse practitioner aunt thought I did for a living. When I asked why she didn’t find another chiropractor, she told me that’s just what she thought chiropractors did and that it wasn’t for her.
When I hear stories like this, I feel like a little piece of me dies inside because what my aunt experienced was not chiropractic, even though it was a chiropractor doing… whatever it is he was doing.
The Gonstead technique is my chiropractic technique of choice. Gonstead combines architecture and science and focuses on optimizing nervous system function through making very specific spinal corrections where subluxations (spinal misalignments) are detected. The Gonstead technique utilizes X-rays and other diagnostic tools to precisely measure and pinpoint misalignments that may be interfering with how your body is functioning. Any architect will tell you that the structure of a building is imperative for optimal function; the human body is no different.
If you have had a poor chiropractic experience in the past, consider giving a Gonstead chiropractic physician a try. Don’t let your one and only experience shape your beliefs about an entire profession. If you go to a dentist and have a bad experience, you will likely find another dentist. What do you have to lose by treating chiropractic the same way?
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