Why do we do what we do everyday? Here's your answer!
People constantly ask me what makes our office different than other chiropractic offices. They wonder why we spend so much time with patients, and why we pay so much attention to the exercises. I'll tell you why! Today, a patient told me that he was out of town and felt some increased lower back pain after doing some mountain biking. Instead of suffering with it like most people would, this guy knew EXACTLY how to treat himself. Think about that for a minute... He was able to remember the exercises that helped him in the past (It had been a couple of years since I saw him) and began to treat his own symptoms. THAT IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO EVERYDAY!
Dr. Stuart McGill posted an article on the blog for StrongFirst.com that he titled Empowering Self Advocacy. It is well worth the couple of minutes it will take you to read it. He explains exactly what it is that we strive to do (and much more eloquently than I could). It is so important for people to know what triggers THEIR pain, and how they can treat it themselves! I always offer to travel with my patients when they go on vacations (All I ask is that they cover my airfare, AND get Carol to give me the OK) but no one has taken me up on it yet! Realistically, it is much more cost effective to just learn how to avoid the triggers and/or learn how to treat the symptoms when they do appear.
Click this image to read Dr. McGill's Article
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam