4 Things I Learned Working in Alternative Medicine

I’ll be the first to admit it; I’m more than a little granola. I know that might sound surprising coming from a Jersey girl and all, but it’s true. Sure, I can rock a hair pouf like it’s nobody’s business, but when it comes to health and wellness; I’m that girl, too. However, I wasn’t always this way.

Throughout middle school and high school, I suffered from stomach aches, nervousness and some other health challenges that made it hard to adapt to my changing environment. It was tough being a young girl in fast-paced suburbia, and with the pressure of peers I felt like a scared mouse, constantly trying to duck and dodge the shady corners of life.

With the help of a family member, I found chiropractic. You might be wondering how such a thing could help with my above mentioned symptoms. If you are, check out this article about the health benefits of chiropractic. It was as if a spark went off in me after my very first adjustment. My symptoms seemed to decline, and I felt like I finally met a professional I could talk to about trying to become healthy and happy.

It should come as no surprise that when I was studying in community college I wanted to be a chiropractor. In fact, most chiropractors seem to start as patients. This passion led me to a great job working as a receptionist and assistant to a true mentor of a doctor. Under his guidance, I watched countless people receive the same help I was fortunate to have as a teen. As I came closer to realizing my dream of running off to study the profession, reality set in that math and science weren’t two of my strong suits. So, I pursued a different path—one that has allowed me to write to you today—and one that has allowed me to continue toward my goal of success.

I’d like to share four things my experience with chiropractic has taught me about people:

1. A lot of people are suffering.

This is a sad reality, but it’s true. I’ve seen individuals who seem angry, upset, depleted, and short-tempered, all because of pain, turn into smiling, joking, and happy people after they’ve begun care. I think the field of alternative health is a wonderful place to go if you have the desire to help people who want to try less-invasive help before any extreme measure, like surgery. Just imagine having the opportunity to truly change someone’s life. Miracles do happen.

2. People want to get better.

No one wishes to be sick. Working in the chiropractic field can be inspirational, as patients want to improve, and they’re excited thinking about the day when they can reach whatever health goals they’ve set in place. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many people who are happy to work with their doctors to get healthy. It’s not always the case that wellness is a team effort. How many people do you know that dread going to the doctor’s office? You can even read some stories of how this field has touched so many lives.

3. They never stop trying.

Resilience is something to treasure, and no one should ever run out of it. I’ve enjoyed witnessing people pick themselves up after any kind of setback and move forward. In my experience as a chiropractor’s assistant I met so many wonderful personalities, each distinctly unique, but each with a great amount of resilience to keep moving forward on the path to wellness.

4. They are confident.

Have you ever had a doctor hold how much they know above your head? Once, I had a medical professional ignore my questions completely and continue to do whatever she had planned without explaining anything. It made me feel very uncertain and untrusting. Again, in my experience as a patient and receptionist, chiropractors are more than happy to share whatever knowledge they have. In fact, they love teaching what they know. There are so many silly myths about the profession… This is not to say that all medical professionals are rude or offputting, or that all chiropractors have a reassuring manner. Every person is different, and I can only speak from my experience.

If you’ve ever considered working in the health field, alternative medicine is a great place to look into. Though my personal experience does not include massage, yoga, physical therapy, acupuncture, or holistic medicine, they are all great areas to research. I’ve had the time of my life trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and my experience with chiropractic has truly added an element of positivity and healing to my time on the planet. I hope this post finds you well :)

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One Comment

  1. Mary
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I am a believer of chiropractic care.
    For years I took my daughter for treatment. It really helped her. It
    made her feel that she had control over being
    healthy. She started to have a more positive outlook on life. Eating healthy and thinking healthy paid off. Everything about the chiropractic visits was a plus.

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