The First Step

The First Step

My wife worked for years in addictions. The first step in recovery is recognizing that there is a problem. Until the problem is recognized, all the other interventions to help the patient will not work.

Metaphorically, so many pseudo-medicines are in denial that they can cause harm, even if rarely.  They will not take the first step of admitting they have a problem. The chiropractic organizations have been at the forefront of denying that their interventions can cause harm.


When there are potential complications of a pseudo-medicine, it is often  interpreted as the body adjusting/responding to the intervention, not that the intervention could be hurting the patient.

The medical literature is filled with studies of reality-based medicine looking for ways to decrease harms in patients, often for low probability complications. The lack of the ability to recognize adverse reactions is perhaps part of the reason for the almost complete lack of similar published quality initiatives by pseudo-medical providers.

Here is another chiropractor who cannot recognize that maybe, just maybe, his interventions are hurting his patient: Chiropractic care made me worse.

IT is sometimes common for a patient who has just begun chiropractic care to feel worse before they feel better. If this happens, then it is usually only after the first visit or two.

If the patient discontinues care after only two or three adjustments because it seemingly made them feel worse, then they haven’t allowed the body to adapt to the changes that are occurring. Oftentimes, a patient beginning care in their adult life has had years of accumulated spinal misalignments and manifestations of symptoms. The first few successful adjustments (restoring motion to something that has not moved in several months or years), may cause discomfort due to the changes that are happening, even though they are positive changes - much like disturbing tissues to remove a splinter. If the chiropractor doesn’t explain this process as being very normal and natural, the patient, expecting pain relief, may be disappointed to see that they may feel temporarily worse.

Any intervention that you do to a patient runs the risk of harm. Good health care providers recognize this and try to practice accordingly. Not a chiropractor.  Adverse effects?  Nope.  It's the healing process. Tough it out.

And if anyone (including your physician) tells you that chiropractic will harm you, injure you, break your bones, or kill you, then they are simply regurgitating unfounded fear tactics to keep you from curing yourself.

In the medical world the first rule is often said to be “Do no harm.” In the pseudo-medical world it is “We can’t harm.”

It is part why they are dangerous and why they never improve.  They can't take the first step.

Points of Interest 01/20/2105
Points of Interest 01/19/2105

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