Why are there so many different styles of chiropractic?
If you ask 100 different chiropractic patients what their experience with chiropractic is like, you will get 100 different answers. Because we have the freedom of choice (both as providers and patients), a plethora of treatment styles have developed over the years. This is wonderful news for consumers because if one style doesn’t fit your personality or needs, there are tons of other options out there for you. If you like being able to swing into a clinic and get in and out in five minutes- there are plenty of clinics for you. If you enjoy going to the chiropractor to get nutritional and lifestyle advice- you have options. If you are looking for a chiropractor that comes TO YOU- hey, I’m your gal. Basically, you are able to find the treatment style, the clinic rates, and the amount of face-to-face time that you desire because no two doctors are exactly alike.
But because of all the different options out there, it can be confusing to find the one that is right for you. I want to take a minute to explain how I do things, and why I choose to do them this way.
First of all, if you’re looking for a quick in-and-out treatment, I am probably not your gal. My style of treatment allows me to spend much more quality time with my patients (15 to 30+ minutes per session). In my opinion, it takes at least that much time to delve into each individual’s specific complaints and to develop a unique solution for them. I focus not only on adjustments of the spine, but also address the muscular component of things. I do this because I believe you cannot have the spine be out of alignment without the surrounding muscles also being affected. If you ignore the muscular tightness and adhesions, your spine will go right back out of alignment, and you’re setting yourself up for a continuous cycle of recurring pain.
My goal is to give people the skills and techniques they need to keep themselves out of pain. In no way do I want to create a patient base that is dependent on me to feel healthy and stay well. My belief is that if you teach people to move better, correct faulty movement patterns, and reduce asymmetry in the body, people are less likely to end up in pain in the future.
That is why I’ve chosen to practice in the model that I have. I have the freedom to spend more quality time assessing and evaluating my patients. I am able to see them in their own home, work, or fitness environments and help them develop strategies to avoid possible injury in the future. For my patients this is exactly what they’ve been looking for; convenience, increased face-to-face time, and more comprehensive care. So no matter who you choose as a provider, know that you have options to fit your unique needs and wants, and always be sure to find someone who is suitable to what you are looking to accomplish.
In good health,
Dr. Jillaine

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