The Unique Chiropractic Doctor/Patient Relationship

Published February 9th, 2021 by Dr. Daner

Everyone desires and enjoys a good relationship with one’s doctor. Whether it be a primary physician, dentist, gynecologist, etc, it makes things much more comfortable and easy when you feel at ease around the physician taking care of you. Doctors do very personal things and it is a much better experience when one is able to relax and kind of “let one’s guard down” while undergoing procedures and exams. While most people have some kind of relationship with any one of their doctors, it can be said that the relationship between the patient and the Chiropractic Doctor is highly important and extremely unique. 

When a patient goes to see a specialist/doctor, they are probably going for one specific reason. One would see a podiatrist if they had a foot problem, while one would visit an EENT when having an ear issue. During that office visit, they would probably only talk to the podiatrist about their foot problem, even if they had something like allergies or an ear infection. Generally speaking, patients that visit a chiropractor will tell the doctor about more than one specific problem, even if it does not fall in the chiropractic scope. I may not treat ulcers or stomach issues, but I certainly know of these ailments if my patients have them. Chiropractors focus on the nervous system, which controls every muscle, organ, and cell in the body. For that reason, we are generally very aware of our patients’ complete health picture. 

Perhaps most importantly, and what makes the chiropractor/patient relationship so unique, is the importance of the patient being completely comfortable and at ease with the doctor. For example, while a surgeon may not have much interaction with the patient, the chiropractic experience is ALL about interaction with the patient. We as chiropractors heal with our hands, without the use of drugs and surgery. It is important that the patient is able to be honest and transparent, so the chiropractor can know everything going on. Patients must be comfortable enough to be able to relax for a manual adjustment. There is a palpable connection between the chiropractor and the patient which is transferred through the adjustment, which sets it aside from almost any other specialty. 

Chiropractors have a unique relationship with every single patient they interact with. It is generally a one-on-one, hands-on interaction, that involves the releasing of the interference present in the nervous system. It is really unlike any other experience one has with a doctor, hence the amazingly unique experience and relationship.

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