Chiropractor's Wife!

Chiropractor's Wife!
Have Curves In All The Right Places?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Revolutionary...No Really!

"If you give people what they want, you'll get what you want."

All my husband wanted to do was to be able to provide for his family the basic necesities of life. Not very ambitous if you ask me. Well, remember me telling you that the lucrative options in chiropractic exist on sub industries like coaching, practice building, and products (decompression too)? Well, we got our first round of junk mail because we decided to buy some nutrition software for $475 and clearly they sold us out and sent our info to their groupies. This first wave of material from sunny California addressed to Dr Bradley Shepherd is completely retarded. Quotes similar to the one above found throughout!

No, really? Give people what they want? Look, most people who have ever gone to a chiropractor LOVE to be adjusted and want that, but they don't want to pay for it.

The other group of people, like Dr B's very own dad won't let him touch him. Reason being mainly because "once you start going you always have to go." So it's a scam like soda pop, fast food, and amusement parks!

And lastly, those who have gone to a chiropractor once or twice but felt like it was evil, wrong, unhealthy, and potentially hazardous to their health.

So there you have it! Maybe I should branch out and start a practice building company and get my picture taken with all the fat cat chiropractors who are the minority and have them eventually bestow their blessing on my husband and accept him as a groupie and spread the wealth! Oh wait, except, my husband doesn't have a shot in hell because he doesn't drink alcohol, smoke, chase women, or delight in ripping people off with dizzing rhetoric only to pick their pockets! He's an upstanding congruent doctor who wants to help people optimize their health naturally even if it means his family is broke hence forth and forever!

And broke isn't half bad! Oprah doesn't even have it as good as I have it! I get to be a stay at home mom, wife, and do whatever I want to do. Being a chiropractors wife really has its benefits! I also love that I get to see my husband all the time and he isn't on call or absent in our lives!! Oh, and we are NEVER sick. EVER. I don't even know what a headache is!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Chiropractors Wife . Org

So while I was brushing my teeth this morning I had the desire to take a year and plan a legitimate organization that would focus on getting real chiropractic commercials out to educate people on what they are exactly. Very basic. Most people in Utah county say "choir-practor" which is fine if they would sing while they adjust but most doctors I know aren't in that habit! I wanted to create this organization to be 100% non profit where ALL, EVERY PENNY goes to funding an already negotiated spot on state wide morning TV. Once that was done, funding another and another and gathering the local talent needed to pull that off. We already know several composers, and I am in love with a guy who produces those exmo videos and figured I could talk him in to doing some for nominal. Then I thought that I have extremely talented cousins living in Orem who I could pull in. I could start basic with a You tube channel featuring chiropractors wives saying what they wish people knew about their husbands! Then my husband said that excludes all his female pals who are docs and he is right. In fact, it excludes lot's if people! Unmarried folks for two! Then I say, look it isn't about being married to a chiropractor it is about education. If my efforts only accomplish people being able to at the very least say chiropractor and know that they are licensed physicians in this state I think I could rest in peace! Okay so the ultimate goal would be to see happy people getting adjusted and justifying chiropractic care as being part of their lives like their starbucks and cheetos and Yoga and Massages are. ::::::stares out into space in dreamland::::::::

Okay so I am in luck, that particular .org has not been taken and in my research to start the beginnings of this project a informative business dude suggested not doing it as it is a down economy and gave a list of alternatives. Go figure, alternatives are my favorite! So I have swallowed my pride and my ambition and decided to piggy back and work with the Utah Chiropractic association. I need their sponsorship, or any already established .org's to make this a reality. Or, just this blog and my own you tube channel. We'll see. Either way, if you are a chiropractors wife, husband, or friend and you are tired of lending them money or trading services with them please keep me in mind! Mission 1, starte establishing a following here.....

What do you wish people knew about the chiroractic profession???

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I hate Chiropractic!

The problem as I see it, is chiropractic takes as much money and time as medical school does but pays 99% less. This sort of reality is the majority not the exception. You can hire coaches who claim to have built million dollar practices and charge a struggling DC $500 to $1000 a month to get a few 30 minute calls and secrets emailed to them. Its a scam. We paid $700 for ours for a few months and purchased all his materials and my husband followed them to the letter and we just ended up in more debt.
Why would ANY one go into such a misunderstood profession? Where are the chiropractic commercials? What the hell is a chiropractor again??
My husband is excited because he is getting a $50 1.5 hour massage tomorrow from the LMT that is in his office. It is striking to me that my husband beamed at me that "he usually charges $90." Now, this is funny because I KNOW my husband has adjusted this gentleman at least once and it was, well, free. Perhaps my husband should make a point to let him know its $75 an adjustment next time! Not to discount what a LMT does, but it doesn't take near as long to go through that training and isn't as expensive as a DC education. Please don't patronize me with the fact that an adjustment takes 5-10 minutes and a massage in this case is over an hour and a half. You're comparing waiters to MDs here for the most part.
This is a profession that feeds on the desperate flock of their young 3 times a year! The mere fact that 3 times a year there are full graduating DC's ready to take the world by the reigns from over 10 chiropractic colleges in the USA means that if I were a coach, or the founder of some product that is a new practice MUST HAVE you have an endless supply of money to line your pockets with. Not to devalue some of the better companies out there but most of them take advantage of the desperate young who want to offer their public the services they were trained to offer.
I am also dumbfounded at the fact that this has continued to happen. Why hasn't congress or the AMA shut chiropractic down? Because frankly, they have NOTHING to worry about. The government doesn't seem to care that this profession has over an 80% student loan default rate. Former students don't seem to care enough to fight back with the truth rather, they take $10 an hour jobs elsewhere and change professions casually.
The profession of chiropractic throws around the term "de-value" and admonishes new grads not to devalue themselves. In our private practice right out of school we found that them higher our prices the more people blatanly walked out. Even when we de-valued ourselves to extremes our infamous "High Five Fridays" $5 adjustments, we were still not seeing enough people to make a profit. In fact, we have worked for free since he walked the stage. Not cool when there is only a 6 month grace period on loans that equate to a house, a boat, and a time share or two in numbers!
My husband took this 60%/40% associate job and only warrants showing up a few times a week for 1/2 days. He has made absolutely peanuts since starting in late Oct. $200 to be precise. The best thing is, he doesn't own the place so in many ways it is worth it. I asked him the other day in the car whether anyone in his schooling indicated at any point in time that it would be hard to get someone to actually come in and see him, or for that matter, return. He said, "yeah, they told us don't expect to throw up a sign and to have patients. They said you have to go and get them." To be fair, if someone were to show up at my door, or stop me at the mall or drug store to let me know I need to come and see them I would think they were nuts. I also would never have money to go to a chiropractor when there are movies to see, hair to have highlighted, and dining to partake. When the economy is down, which it has been since 2001 and continues to be in spots, people give up even more!
It is alright because my husband now has consigned himself to auto accidents but who wants to get in one of those? And who would go to a chiropractor first when the ambulance of local clinic is offering pain meds and x-rays to show if there is anything done with no out of pocket?
I hope my husband gets comfortable in his day job and continues to persevere or seriously consider a career change soon. At least our two kiddos don't seem to notice or mind! We have a blast ever since we moved to the city! We're able to eat, play, and live on his $10 something an hour. As a wife, I mind, not because I wish he were bringing home over 20K EVER since we've married, but that I have had a front row seat to see how hard he has worked, and how much we have sacrificed and thrown to the black hole that is his passion.
I love chiropractic and it is part of my life. I can't live without it, and can't blame you for not coming to see my husband. I wouldn't even be able to afford to see him even if I wanted to! Luckily he adjusts us and his family for free along with the massage therapist!