The 7 Types of Chiropractic Patients
I’ve only been practicing as an Adelaide Chiropractor for 2.5 months now. Before that, I spent the formative years of my career in Sydney.
Even so, it’s clear to me that I prefer Adelaide as a place to live. It doesn’t get better than affordable suburban living, 15 minutes away from the CBD.
In addition, the types of Chiropractic patients I've looked after in both cities couldn't be any more different. In this article, I'll show you the 7 types of Chiropractic patients I've encountered so far in "You Chiropractic", Campbelltown SA.
The 7 Types of Chiropractic Patients are:
- Cheery Charlotte.
- Idle Isla.
- Meathead Mason.
- Natural Noah.
- Organised Olivia.
- Talkative Thomas.
- Worried Willow.
Which patient type are you? If you haven’t tried Chiropractic, which patient type do you think you’ll be?
1. Cheery Charlotte
Are you a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person? I like to say I’m a realist, but that means pessimism is part of my repertoire.
Charlotte is the kind of patient who’s smile lights up the room. Her positivity is contagious, convincing even the best Chiropractor Adelaide to be hopeful of her future.
It’s been shown that having a constructive outlook impacts how well a patient recovers from chronic pain. Since this is Charlotte’s nature, patients like her tend to enjoy greater pain relief.
Nonetheless, being too positive can sometimes lead to denial. “Everything’s going to be okay!”, said Charlotte as she hobbles up the stairs, hoping her smile would hide the fact she’s in terrible pain.
Pain is just the tip of the iceberg. Usually, there’s an underlying cause that needs to be fixed for your long-term happiness. Patients like Charlotte may struggle before they’re ready to face reality. Hopefully by that time, it’s not too late!
2. Idle Isla
“Am I exercising enough?”.
“Am I exercising too much?”.
Those are 2 questions you’ll never hear Isla asking. In fact, the very idea of sweating makes her recoil in disgust.
“Why move a muscle when I can be nice and comfy under this blanket?”.
Although stress from physical activity can cause new subluxations (root cause for chronic pain), your body loves movement. Being too sedentary impacts your posture, causing wear and tear.
Hence, patients like Isla need to find some balance. You don’t need to run a marathon, but that doesn't mean you should be a couch potato!
3. Meathead Mason
Do you have a gym membership? Mason has 3.
One for lifting weights, one for cardio boxing, and then throw in a functional movement coach for good measure. By the way, I use meathead as a term of endearment.
Surprisingly, Mason’s biggest strength isn’t his muscles. It’s his motivation. You don’t get killer abs and 6% body fat from a lack of inspiration. So naturally (no pun intended), Mason makes a good Chiropractic patient.
Despite that, patients like Mason are accustomed to pushing through pain. “No pain, no gain!”, Mason said as he added another 50kgs to his bench press.
Tip for These Types of Chiropractic Patients
4. Natural Noah
If you’re wondering if Dr Kelvin Chew, your Chiropractor in Adelaide is pro-vaccination or anti-vaccination, rest assured I am pro.
Instead, it’s better to get your nerves to function better (what Chiropractic does for you). A happy nervous system means a pain-free body.
Patients like Noah take this philosophy to a whole new level. Anything that doesn’t have the word “organic” written on it is automatically poison.
Because Noah is open-minded to new ideas, he makes a good Adelaide Chiropractic fit. For all that, he needs to make decisions contextually rather than making quick assumptions.
For example, medicine and BIG Pharma are not evil. They have their strengths and weaknesses, just like Chiropractic Adelaide.
5. Organised Olivia
Are you a well-organised person? Check your bedroom. Now look at your bathroom. You’ll know the answer based on how tidy they are.
Usually, I find that orderly patients improve the quickest under Chiropractic care. It may be because they are more consistent with their adjustments, missing their appointments less often.
It could be because they are highly accountable for their own health (and whole life, for that matter!). Patients like Olivia are punctual and plan ahead.
For instance, you’ll see her around with a digital or old-school diary. Maybe it annoys her that we live in an entropic world.
I’m not complaining. I love it when patients arrive on time and put their best foot forward. Because that's what I do too
6. Talkative Thomas
Thomas is quite the character. You probably have a Thomas in your group of friends or family. If you don’t, it’s probably you!
Another giveaway is the fear of silence. Being an introvert, I don’t mind a bit of peace and quiet. Patients like Thomas will feel uncomfortable with tranquility.
That’s because his mind goes at a thousand kilometres per hour. Patients like Thomas are good at expressing themselves, an excellent communicator.
However, they can also be distracting at crucial times. For instance, while being adjusted by your Chiropractor Adelaide, it’s best not to engage in active conversation.
Tip for These Types of Chiropractic Patients
Someone’s handling your spine! Any loss of focus on the Doctor’s part will be undesirable for Thomas. So, Thomas has to know when to dial down on the small talk.
7. Worried Willow
Ever heard of Doctor Google? What about a hypochondriac?
At any rate, self-diagnosing your own symptoms are like doing your own taxes. It causes more headaches!
Willow is overly anxious about how she feels. Even on a good day, she is troubled by the smallest things.
Patients like Willow need perspective. You’ll never be as cheery as Charlotte, but try to understand the facts before you let your imagination run wild.
Otherwise, you’ll always be burdened by a theoretical worst-case scenario (that you probably made up).
Just goes to show. All types of Chiropractic patients are different.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of every Chiropractor or the Chiropractic profession as a whole.