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More About Switching

I will write this from an experienced chiropractor’s perspective of after the adjustment, what then?

A chiropractor’s career involves switching thousands of patients who have subluxation-related symptoms to symptom-less or symptom-free patients. It is up to the patient’s innate intelligence if or when, subluxation-related symptoms subside or go. The chiropractor merely ‘throws the switch’.

Hundreds of thousands of adjustments leave me with the certainty that although I ‘throw the switch’; I do not control what the patient’s innate intelligence will do. Science embraces certainty, a population of non-identical chiropractic patients expresses inconsistency.

During a ‘normal day in practice’ a chiropractor has the opportunity to observe many examples of switching. In a wellness practice, conversations are mainly about what well people feel and can do. A growing number of symptom free patients use chiropractic care to maintain some level of health, to stay out of symptoms.

Among returning or new patients, a ‘stressed out look’ is common during initial visits. As subluxations clear, I may observe the returning patient's expression may have taken on a ‘normal look’. Changing from a ‘stressed out look’ to a ‘normal look’ coincides with “I feel better” comments.

Subluxations may coincide with a range of observable reductions in the patient’s general demeanour included an apathetic voice, dull eyes, and a passive non-alert posture. Without prompting a returning patient may have sharper eye contact, more active movements and use a more energised tone of voice.

A screaming, tense, fists clenched, trunk hunched colicky baby may, remember the ‘may’, return quietly, stretched out and relaxed. I like the owner’s description of a golden Labradors response to being adjusted. As she pointed to her tale-wagging dog she said; “Beau smiles a lot more”.

In the main, ‘switching’ patients who have subluxation related symptoms coincide with a reduction or the disappearance of those symptoms. 80-10-10 refers to the ratio of response. I referred my non-responding 10% to a neighbouring chiropractor. He claimed that his outcome with that group was, you guessed it, 80-10-10 Thus a ‘normal’ day may see a non-responding patient being referred elsewhere.

Many/most people may exist in a subluxated state. When the switching change is adequately dramatic a patient may volunteer that she/he would prefer to sell he/his house rather than exist in a subluxated state. In many instances the original subluxated drama subsides and the patient ceases care. Thus my ‘normal day’ may include catching up with some very memorable patients from decades ago.

In a ‘normal’ day some patients express anxiety about retained symptoms. Following the initial few visits, the subluxation related symptoms might still be evident. The patient’s widespread para-spinal tenderness may have subsided in intensity. Its extent may localise. I can then be reasonably sure that the subluxation related symptoms are about to subside.

Praise may be highest from patients who experience a dramatic black to white change from agony to ease.

From time to time I see the following  oddity. A patient receiving continuing care remarks that she/he feels "good" or "normal" is that when ongoing patients walk into the adjusting room they may say something to the effect that; “I feel normal.” Then after their adjustment they claim to feel better. Although this sounds like an inconsequential shades of grey change, patients are happy to buy that degree of improved function.

A ‘normal’ day may include patients saying, “I am not myself today.” Ask hundreds of patients what that means and you get an amazing array of subtle to hugely significant differences such as; “I can‘t think straight.” “My mind is not right.” “I can ‘t concentrate.” “My short term memory is shot.”

One story; A parting senior female said; “I will see you on the 17th. I asked what was special about that date. She replied; “I just told you, when I am subluxated my concentration and short term memory play up, after being adjusted they are good. The 17th is my night for Bingo.”

Remember folks, for better Bingo; try chiropractic.


Your Chiropractor

Michael McKibbin passed his Iowa Basic Science and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa.

Since then both wonderful staff and patients have contributed toward decades of valued experience in his family practice.


October 2010
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