Is my neck out?!?

  Do you think my neck is out? Do you think my low back is out of alignment?

This is my dreaded question.

It’s that question that can almost make my blood boil.

But I always respond in true sarcastic fashion and borderline being a jerk with a big smile….

Where did it go?!?!

I give it to other practitioners in the field as they have really done a great job at“educating” their patients in the whole “your bone is out of place and I am going to put it back into place” idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I have my doctorate in chiropractic and wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t received that.

But I can honestly say that I haven’t performed a chiropractic manipulation in over 2 years…

I guess I am an oddball in the chiropractic world; I am a chiropractor who doesn’t adjust anything…

Seems like quite a clash in ideals and practice belief.

When I get adjusted (which actually hasn’t happened since 2013) I have to admit that I feel pretty damn good. Everything feels looser and you get that feeling of bliss, believing that everything is right in the world.

Needless to say it can be pretty damn addicting!

So addicting that a doctor might even, “persuade” you to sign up for a ton of treatment up front, with a hefty payment.

All with the promise of improved health…

Just your standard, come in 3 times a week for a month.

Then 2 times a week for a month….

Then 1 time a week for another month…

And you might as well just keep coming back for life..Because you REALLY need it!

This leads to a lot of frustration for me as I get patients who have seen other practitioners who have continued to “try” to just keep that bone from going out!

This brings me back to my topic of why I don’t do any adjustments.

I really like analogies and this is a great one.

I look at the vertebrae (spine) as the bricks of the structure. They are pretty strong and very durable.

The muscles and ligaments that surround the spine serve as the mortar that holds everything in place. This is the soft tissue.

So imagine what your foundation would be if you just replaced the bricks or shifted them around when they “go out of place,” but never addressed the true problem of the dysfunction of the mortar…

I primarily focus on soft tissue dysfunction and specifically on the diagnosis/treatment of scar tissue.

My take on the whole bone out of place idea is the following…

Why do you think that bone is going out of place?


Address the soft tissue component (usually 6 to 8 visits) and you don’t have to keep going back to get that damn neck “put back.”

Going to someone when you are in pain that doesn’t address the soft tissue dysfunction is like spinning your tires in the mud…

And we all know where that gets you…

Thanks for reading.