In both cases, these patients had a bad experience with a practitioner(s) in these areas. Unfortunately these experiences led to both patients deciding they will no longer actively seek out chiropractic care when visiting these regions.
It saddens me to think that some great patients of mine have such contrasting opinions between the care provided at my clinic and the care they may receive in another area.
I want to be perfectly clear - the purpose of this post is not to self promote or "toot my own horn". In fact, my intentions couldn't be further from it. It is also not my intent to write in unconditional defence of any other practitioners.
Although I can't speak to what these clinicians do in terms of the techniques they use or how their practice operates, I can share with you some things I realized as I went through the meticulous process of becoming a chiropractor. I've come to understand that, like most professions, there can be some curriculum variability between institutions. There may be shifts in emphasis at different points between curricula, they may offer contrasting continuing education seminars, etc. As I reflect, I can't think of a profession in which every contributing member of that profession is a replica of their peers. There lays the beauty of personal and professional diversity.
Maybe what these patients experienced wasn't for them. When it comes to treating musculoskeletal complaints, there are "many ways to skin a cat". Manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue techniques, numerous passive modalities and rehabilitative exercise are just some of the many things that can be used to treat a plethora of conditions. There is plenty of diversity within the chiropractic profession, similar to that of other alternative healthcare professions.
If you're a past, present or future patient of mine that is soon moving and my approach to managing musculoskeletal complaints resonated with you, I promise to actively seek out a healthcare practitioner(s) in the area you will be residing that appears to have a similar treatment philosophy/approach to my own.
Continuity of care is important to me (and should be for you). If desired, I want you to receive a similar form of treatment for any new or ongoing musculoskeletal complaints. Don't give up on your health!