You May Be Wondering . . .
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Dear Doc Martin: "How do I know if you, a Doctor of Chiropractic, can help me?"
Doc Martin: “You don’t know for sure, nor do I. A face-to-face consultation and thorough evaluation will reveal to both of us whether I may be able to help you. Sometimes, just from a phone call or face-to-face conversation, I can determine if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care. If I can’t help you, I will let you know right away.”
Dear Doc Martin: "Once I start chiropractic care, how long will it take me to feel better?"
Doc Martin: “You should feel reasonably better in reasonable time—anywhere from one day to two weeks. If you don’t improve within two weeks (and possibly even less time), I will refer you to another healthcare professional.”
Dear Doc Martin: "I've heard that once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to go forever. Is that true?"
Doc Martin: “Absolutely not. You can stop chiropractic care at any time and reap great benefit from the care you received. Chiropractic care is a choice – your choice – at all times.”
Dear Doc Martin: "Does it hurt?"
Doc Martin: “No. It doesn’t hurt! I use a combination of multiple, gentle techniques that utilize precise, state-of-the-art instruments to deliver painless, effective adjustments to your spine and related areas. Even children remain relaxed and calm when I give them an adjustment. In fact, most children beg their moms for their turn on the table.”
Dear Doc Martin: “Will I feel cracking or popping when you adjust me?
Doc Martin: “No. With the precision instruments I use, you will feel no cracking or popping in your joints.”
Dear Doc Martin: "What are the most common reasons why people come to you?"
Doc Martin: “People come to me for lower back pain and aching, neck pain, hip pain, groin pain, leg pain, shoulder pain, stiffness, headaches, and migraines. Sometimes chiropractic can help pain in other joints, such as knees, feet, and elbows. People often choose to receive chiropractic care for not only pain relief, but also for pain prevention and health promotion.”
Dear Doc Martin: “Why should I choose you for chiropractic care?”
Doc Martin: “Perhaps I can objectively help you think through your decision.
1. If you’re familiar with chiropractic and prefer effective-but-gentle adjustments, consider giving me a try. We may be the right fit for each other.
2. If chiropractic is brand new to you, you may appreciate learning more about it before going forward with chiropractic care. Guided by you and your personal level of comfort, one step at a time, I’d love to introduce you to the exciting world of painless, state-of-the-art, gentle methods to help get you back on track with your life . . . without pain.
What if . . . it could work great for you?
3. If you know you prefer the higher-force methods of adjusting, but you’re open to experiencing a different technique, come on in!
4. If you’re presently benefiting from chiropractic care, that’s excellent! Stick with your chiropractor. You’re in skilled hands!”
Dear Doc Martin: “I am still unsure whether I should come see you.”
Doc Martin: “One thing for sure, our own common sense tells us not to blindly tread into unfamiliar territory, especially when we’re suffering from back pain. But maybe you’d feel comfortable taking one baby step—a conversation with me. Even if you don’t start care with me, you may learn more about your problem—the cause, how serious, your future, do’s and don’ts, and a possible solution.
Maybe you’ve never been to a chiropractor. In fact, you’re kind of scared to go from fear of the unknown or from stories you’ve heard. Honestly, some of those stories scare me too.
Maybe a relative, friend, or knowledgeable, well-respected authority told you not to go to a chiropractor. When I was in undergraduate college, my health professor told the class, ‘All chiropractors are quacks.’ ‘What’s a chiropractor?’ I wondered. That was the first time I had ever heard of a chiropractor. At 20-years-old, I didn’t even know what a quack was (except in relationship to ducks), much less a chiropractor.
What happened next changed the course of my entire life. Her name was Lynn.
In front of the whole class, a brave girl stood up and boldly spoke out. ‘That’s not true. When I was sixteen, I fell off my horse. I went from doctor to doctor. No one could help me with my terrible back pain. I couldn’t even go to school. Finally, I went to see a chiropractor. He helped me right away. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be sitting here today. My chiropractor literally saved my life.’
Little did I know how deeply that girl’s outspoken conviction affected me.
Less than two years later, the healthcare profession of chiropractic called to me. Four weeks after my college graduation, I enrolled in Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to earn my four-year, post-graduate degree as Doctor of Chiropractic.
I had found my lifelong passion: helping people through chiropractic care. I was blessed.”