How Do Chiropractors Deal With Small Talk? | Chiropractor Marietta


Small talk.

When you go to a Chiropractor’s office, whether it’s a private practice or corporate-owned franchise, you might notice all the small talk that goes on between the Chiro and the patient. You might wonder and say to yourself, “Jeez, don’t they ever get tired of talking?” The truth is, not really – if you’re a talker that is.

My name is Dr. Milan Modi and I am an Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Marietta, Georgia. I own a private practice named, East Cobb Upper Cervical Spine Clinics and I absolutely love working there and helping people heal. Besides helping people heal with their health issues, I enjoy talking to people about their personal and professional lives. I’m honored that my patients trust me enough to let me in on their lives.

Before I continue, it’s important to know that appointment times vary from every office. Some offices see patients every 5-7 minutes, whereas some spend upwards to 45 minutes. Keep in mind, there’s no sort of superiority per se with how long a visit is. Different Chiropractor’s spend varying amounts of time based on their technique or method of care. A patient who is purely on a wellness plan may spend just under 10 minutes. A patient who is in acute pain may spend 15-20 minutes. Someone who is on a corrective care plan that entails exercise, etc may spend close to an hour. Like I said, different strokes for different folks.

Back to the question of small talk.

Naturally, I am a talker. I have always been a talker and could probably start a conversation over anything. You can ask my friends and they’ll say I can have a conversation by myself. It’s not that I like hearing myself. It’s the fact I have lots to share and I would like to do it with people who matter. As a child, I used to get in trouble for talking too much in class. Fast forward about 20 years and now, something that once used to get me in trouble is now my strength. This trait makes it much easier to talk with my patients about their day, health, troubles – you name it. Additionally, it helps me ask the right questions. Being a Chiropractor requires you to be investigative. Why is your patient in pain? When did it begin? How long does the pain last for? Is it dull, achy, or sharp? Does it travel anywhere? A doctor who doesn’t ask any questions might be someone who you want to think twice about. Besides clinical questions, it’s important to remember – your patient is a human. Learn about them. Laugh with them. Be with them. If you don’t treat your patient as a human, chances are they won’t come back to you again or refer their family or friend.

At the end of the day, the amount of small talk that happens is exponential. There comes a time to recuperate and be by yourself. When I come back home after a long day, I like to be by myself and with my own thoughts. I’ll connect with 1-2 friends over the phone if they’re available, but there’s a mutual understanding that conversation may be mute for some time because they’ve also had a long day. Besides that, small talk can be an enjoyable thing. Human beings are social creatures and socializing is what we do best.

Dr. Modi

Dr. Milan Modi

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