[originally published in KCN, April 2010]
Every chiropractor who has been in practice for some time has had a population of patients that did not respond as he would have expected. Oh sure, many of them got relief from the chiropractic care provided, but it only lasted for a few hours — a day, tops. And mind you, we’re not talking about the first few visits, but, rather, a well-established pattern. Or the patient did well with the adjustments, only to have the back misalign again from a trivial event. It’s been my experience that not every patient falls into the typical “restore-motion-to-stuck-spinal-joint-and-watch-patient-get-better” category. Sometimes we chiropractors need to acknowledge that not every case of mechanical back pain is due to spinal joints being” stuck” or “locked” — instead, sometimes it’s just the opposite: the joints are too loose.