Do patients who are bold enough to announce that they're only interested in a visit or two for the most superficial pain relief offend you?
The My-Way-Or-The-Highway crowd inflates with self-righteousness by driving such unenlightened patients away. Their ego, pride or false sense of control often ends relationships before they can even begin.
This is the difference between caring for patients and loving patients. When you care, you do so with strings attached. "I'll do this if you'll do that." When you love, you serve without judgment or expectation.
Allowing a patient's limited understanding or financial constraint to make you indignant or slighted is a needless form of self-abuse. It may take a decade of starting and stopping care several times before they "get" chiropractic. What's the hurry?
By showing up in your office, you have a lesson to teach patients. More fascinating may be the lesson of patience they are showing up to teach you!