5 Myths of the Chiropractic Lifestyle
(Chiro wife confessions)
The topic comes up and it’s like a room full of characters all of sudden – the supporter, the skeptic, the naysayer, the deal seeker, and so on. I guess he gets pretty excited about the dialog because he lives and breathes the topic of Chiropractic. As the Chiro wife, I wouldn’t say it bothers me as much as just purely fascinates me the assumptions, questions, and myths people have about the Chiropractic profession and lifestyle. So, if you’re ever in the company of another Chiro wife, here are some of the biggest myths I am going to dispel once and for all:
1. We are always up for a Chiropractic debate. I mean, clearly, we support our husbands’ professions. That’s kind of a requirement. No, we don’t think that every Chiropractor is the best out there, but the last thing we want to have to defend is the “quack who had your back hurting for weeks.” I love a good debate just as much as the next girl, but it puts a damper on any festivity when we have to discuss your negative thoughts and opinions of Chiropractic practice.
2. We get unlimited back “massages” from our husbands. It’s always amazing to me how many times I’ve had someone say to me, “I’m sure you get massages from your husband all of the time.” Unfortunately for me, massage therapy was not necessary the focal point of his training, so I am just like any other wife who literally has to beg for a back massage or foot rub. 🙁 I can occasionally score an “adjustment” from my husband, but even that’s not the easiest thing to do after he returns from a very exhausting and physical day at work.
3. We are rich. This one gets a big, fat, “I WISH!” Now, I do believe (well, hope) that Chiropractic can be a very lucrative career, but it does take a lot of time. My hubby has only been practicing for a few years and I don’t think I’ve met another Chiro wife whose husband has been in practice for less than 5 or 10 years who I would classify as “rich.” I mean, it takes at least a couple of years for new Chiropractors to build a decent clientele, unless work somewhere they earn a salary. Even then, a decent salary -starting out- would likely still be just enough to cover student loans. Either way, it takes time. Ask me again if we are rich in a couple of years and hopefully, my answer will be different.
4. All Chiropractic kids are home-birthed, un-medicated, and un-vaccinated. This is a BIG topic of discussion pretty often – what do we do with our kids? I understand where this question comes from and it’s pretty valid. I’ve met other Chiro wives who have home-birthed their kids and others (like me) who would not even try it. I can say that we all encourage minimal use of drugs/medication and medical intervention wherever possible. I can honestly tell you that there have been many times I’ve wanted to just give my daughters meds when they’ve been sick, but my husband has refused it and I’ve complied. He has been trained to heal even our children without medication, so we’ve rarely given them anything. While it takes a little longer for them to get completely better, they are overall pretty healthy kids.
As for the vaccination thing…Well, you can see for yourself. My stance may surprise you…
5. We would have it any other way. I’ve had lots of friends and family ask me if I wished my husband were a “real doctor.” Once I correct them to say, “medical doctor,” my answer is undoubtedly “NO.” Through his profession, I’ve seen that he is not only subscribed to a job or a career, he is subscribed to a faith, a belief, a philosophy, a lifestyle, and a Godly ordained science that actually heals people. He makes this clear as day throughout every debate or discussion he is a part of (even at Christmas parties) and I love it. So, despite all of the trials and tribulations that come with this or any other profession, I do believe that our lives are better for his and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m ALWAYS excited to meet another Chiro wife! If you are one, please leave a comment on this post and we can stay in touch!