Fears of Chiropractic: Do you share these fears?

By · Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

I’ve been a Chiropractor for over 10 years now (time really flies when you’re having fun), and I’ve heard many things during consolations.  Today, I’m going to share with you 2 of the fears that I hear. Perhaps you can identify with them.

Fear #1 – “I might be made worse.”

I completely understand this fear!  Here you are feeling severe pain in your back.  The pain makes life living hell – cant walk, sleep, even going to the bathroom is difficult!  Each movement and each step are taken with guarded arms and muscles.  I’ve been there, and it sucks.

Then a friend tells you that you need to go to their Chiropractor, because “he’s the best.”  (it reminds me of a Jerry Sinfeild episode).  Everyone’s Chiropractor is “the Best”.  And you know what most are going to be just time to help you with your condition.  But it only takes one off day for that Chiropractor and a few other variables that cause someone to feel worst after a treatment; especially if the typical treatment response for your condition is to feel worse after the first session.

Heck, I’ve had an experience where I’ve felt worse after the treatment, BUT I knew what to expect.  Sometimes, the doctor fails to inform you as to what to expect to feel.

The biggest issue is when a patient see a chiropractor, and the chiropractor fails to properly evaluate the patient and misses the real problem.  The chiropractor performs a treatment that should not have been done, and the patient gets worse.  Herniated disc are a condition that needs to be treated with real care.  Discs don’t like to be twisted.

This is why we go to such great lengths to get an accurate diagnosis through thorough history, examination, and often special studies.  Then we sit down with a  patient so they can know exactly what’s going on in our mind and what to expect.  This is also why our technique for treating the spine is so specific and so safe (no twisting).  Go here for more info on our technologies http://www.ranchochiropractor.com/technologies.

Lets face it, there are some bad chiropractors out there, like in any profession.

Fear # 2 – “I can’t stand the sound/idea of my bone being popped/cracked.”

The popping sound is something that people love or hate.  The popping, or cavitation, is actually the formation of gas in joint capsules.  It is NOT cracking bones.  When a joint moves quickly the change in pressure can cause the cavitation to occur.

Here’s what you need to know!

Cracking does not mean correction!

That’s right, just because something popped, does not mean that the problem has been fixed.  It just means that a joint moved enough to cause the popping.  In fact, the correction of the joint does not even require caviation.  Joints/bones can be gently corrected.

So if you have a significant fear of the popping sound…. Or if it just plan grosses you out… no problem!  We just have to get you to a doctor that provides a technique the doesn’t pop you joints and that gets the job done.

In our office, we offer both – popping or no popping.  Either way, we do it in a safe and comfortable way.

What to do?

These are 2 fears that I hear when patients are sitting with me during a consultation… in other words, they are hurting so bad they are willing to face their fear.  Needless to say, they are quite relived when I tell them that their fear is greatly minimized by what and how we provide as care and the fact that we are pretty darn good Chiropractors too.  Heck, take a moment and look at our testimonials.

If you are not in our area… be sure to do your homework and talk to your friends and family and as who they use.  Go to those Chiropractors’ offices and ask them questions about the type of care they provide.  Heck, after a tour of the office you may know in your gut – your instinct – whether your in the right place or not.

If so, great!

If not, get out of there fast and KEEP LOOKING!

That’s if for now,


Dr. Troy Don, DC QME


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