There’s no question that I’ve seen lives changed in my time as a chiropractor, sometimes in dramatic fashion (see Kyla’s Story). But have I actually seen chiropractic save a life? It might sound far-fetched. After all, I’m a chiropractor and my clinic looks very different from a hospital emergency or operating room for example.
It’s a heavy topic, but when a new patient looks you in the eye on her first visit and tells you very sincerely that she’s ready to throw herself off a building and end her life because she can’t handle the pain she’s suffering with, the pressure mounts.
Thankfully, I’ve learned to deal with this pressure because I’ve found:
A.) Specific chiropractic works to get many sick people well and I can have confidence in this fact. The confidence comes from seeing people get results and get their lives back time and time again.
B.) I’M not actually the patient’s ‘last hope’. The individual’s ability to heal themselves is, whether they realize it or not. That is to say- chiropractic removes interference from the body through the spine so that the body can do what it is designed to do- function properly and heal itself from the inside-out.
C.) The only thing I have control over in the healing process is where and when I adjust someone and knowing where and when has gotten easier with experience and with excellent tools to do this.
When the same patient who was ready to end it all looks you in the eye again after 5 visits and says “Thank you, I have my life back”, the answer to the question ‘Can chiropractic save a life?’ is a resounding yes. Not because I’ve seen chiropractic resuscitate a heart that stopped beating or stop a bleeding artery or push someone out of the way of oncoming traffic, but because time and time again I’ve seen people lifted out of sickness, despair, and dysfunction. I’ve seen people given the opportunity to pick themselves up and carry on, and I’ve seen hope given to those who were hopeless.
Who do you know that needs their life back?