Chiropractic? Chiropractory? Chiropractomanics?
chiropractors must be confused a large amount of the time. What other word is as frustrating grammatically? Nothing feels quite right. I will be a chiropractor (that one’s easy enough) but what do I practice? Chiropractory? Spell check says that isn’t even a word! Chiropractic sounds more like adverb than a noun (I don’t even know if I’m using those correctly. English is not my forte….) Does anyone know the proper conjugations/pronunciations/grammatical-thingys for chiropractors to use?
Is Patient Education Worth the Time?
Is Patient Education Worth the Time?
by Dr. David Bohn, DC
Chiropractors will talk about educating patients and never question that an educated patient is more likely to begin care and then stick with a recommended care plan. When many chiropractors elect to educate their patients they usually fail to do it in a creative way that attracts and holds attention, answers the questions that really need answered, yet do not nag or annoy their patient.
People today are not like the patients of the 1980’s. Attention spans are shorter, information on any topic is available with just the click of a mouse, and the competition to be noticed and heard is fierce.
This presents a dilemma. If we all agree that if our patient is educated about their problem and the solution we are offering results in a less stressful practice for us and a better outcome for the patient why isn’t this happening?
Perhaps I can offer an example from my own life to help illustrate.
As an undergraduate college student I drank and apparently enjoyed low cost beer, sometimes to excess. I knew very little about how beer was brewed and really wouldn’t have cared to have it explained. Beer was important to me for the same reasons it is to all 21-year-old men. In chiropractic school a friend of mine introduced me to home brewing. I read every book I could find, spoke with people in the local shop that sold home brewing supplies and eventually mastered understood the importance of understanding the importance of balling degrees and terminal gravity. As the years past my interest and understanding in beer grew to the point that I cannot bring myself to drink a can of mass produced swill that many people find so satisfying.
Well enough about beer, here’s the moral to the story. The more you learn about something, the more interested you become in it and the more of it you begin to buy. You buy more and become more loyal to it until you become a valuable lifetime customer of the product. I will admit to you, I am now a loyal lifetime Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout raving fan although I still enjoy experiencing fine microbrews as I travel. Applying this to chiropractic means that the better you educate your patient, the better client they will be, the more loyal they will be to your practice, the more money they will spend, and most importantly the better they will be able to explain your practice and what you do to their friends and family. This means you will get more referrals and have a better, less stressful practice.
It all comes down to increasing the value of each patient. Not just for 18-24 visits but for the lifetime of that patient, for the referrals and the new problems they may have over their lifetime.
1. Increase the number of internal referrals your practice receives.
2. Increases the PVA (patient visit average) of each patient because educated patients comprehend the value of chiropractic.
3. Educated patients understand the value of maintenance.
4. They are more likely to remain long term patients in your practice and educated patients are less concerned about fees.
My personal favorite example of quality, creative patient education is the take home report of findings. This would include copies of the patient’s x-rays with lines drawn on it demonstrating the patient’s biomechanical faults. Pictures of the patient preforming each range of motion. A posture analysis showing the patient the abnormalities. A listing of their subluxated segments with the corresponding effected organs and muscles, and a financial case presentation. I also like to provide the patient a copy of their first visit note in narrative format. This take home report allows the patient to fully understand and share their problem and my solutions will everyone.
Dr. David Bohn, DC is the founder of http://www.chiroconceptions.com and has been practicing chiropractic since 1988. For more information on software and other tools to increase your practice visit our website or call 301-777-3710 for more information.
November 27th ShowLex McAllister
November 27th Show
It’s time to get back in shape now that Thanksgiving is over! No more time for sweatpants (even though Lex and Dan were wearing fat pants for this show), but Terri Rosen, owner of Ohio Krav Maga, is here to kick our asses.
Because it was Small Business Saturday over the weekend, we had great guests in the studio including Solomon Parsley, who has fixed and re-fixed Lex’s Cadillac (Dan gets upset at Lex’s boring story which leads to a minor argument), Dr. Christina Murphy of Murphy Chiropractic and Greg Shak, creator of the motivational brand En-de-Yo (No Days Off).
We also have another special guest: David Staley, creator of Columbus Universitas. Dubbed as the “opposite of E-Harmony”, he connects people who are not ideally compatible to create new innovative ideas and solve problems.
Tune in now for all these great guests, a muppets movie review and our usual shenanigans on NO EXCUSES RADIO!
What are the benefits of multidiscipline treatment?
Different conditions respond to different therapies, and often they respond to two or more therapies given concurrently. In general, physical therapy addresses the muscular and ligamentous component of musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic addresses the spine, and all the associated structures, including the spinal nerves and intervertebral discs. Massage therapy is helpful for decreasing muscle spasm and tension, and for reducing adhesions and scar tissue in injuries. Together, these therapies have a powerful, synergistic effect that often far exceeds their effects when done individually.
See more Frequently Asked Questions here. To learn more information or to schedule an appointment with Spine and Sports at our Midtown Manhattan location, call us at 212.986.3888 or check us out online at http://spineandsports.com.
Preparation for Outdoor Winter Activities Prevents Injury
When snow, ice and frigid weather blast into town, watch out, says the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Winter recreational activities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not in condition. Winter sports like skating, skiing and sledding can cause painful muscle spasms, strains or tears if you’re not in shape. Even shoveling snow the wrong way, clambering awkwardly over snow banks, slipping on sidewalks and wearing the wrong kinds of clothing can all pose the potential for spasms, strains and sprains.
Simply walking outside in the freezing weather without layers of warm clothing can intensify older joint problems and cause a great deal of pain. As muscles and blood vessels contract to conserve the body’s heat, the blood supply to extremities is reduced. This lowers the functional capacity of many muscles, particularly among the physically unfit. Preparation for an outdoor winter activity, including conditioning the areas of the body that are most vulnerable, can help avoid injury and costly health care bills.
“Simply put, warming up is essential,” says Olympic speedskating gold and silver medalist Derek Parra. “In fact, when pressed for time, it’s better to shorten the length of your workout and keep a good warm-up than to skip the warm-up and dive right into the workout. Skipping your warm-up is the best way to get hurt.” Parra, who took both the gold and silver medals during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT, adds that, “You can complete a good warm-up in 15-20 minutes. And believe me, it will make your workout more pleasant and safe.”
Derek Parra and the ACA suggest that you start with some light aerobic activity (jogging, biking, fast walking) for about 7-10 minutes. Then follow these tips to help you fight back the winter weather: Skiing - do 10 to 15 squats. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart, knees aligned over your feet. Slowly lower your buttocks as you bend your knees over your feet. Stand up straight again.
Skating - do several lunges. Take a moderately advanced step with one foot. Let your back knee come down to the floor while keeping your shoulders in position over your hips. Repeat the process with your other foot.
Sledding/tobogganing - do knee-to-chest stretches to fight compression injuries caused by repetitive bouncing over the snow. Either sitting or lying on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for up to 30 seconds.
Don’t forget cool-down stretching for all of these sports - At the bottom of the sledding hill, for instance, before trudging back up, do some more knees-to-chest stretches, or repetitive squatting movements to restore flexibility.
After any of these activities, if you are sore, apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.
If you continue to feel soreness, pain or strain after following these tips, it may be time to visit a doctor of chiropractic. “I’ve always believed in chiropractic care,” says Parra. “I’ve used a lot of other treatments for injuries and pain, but the problem doesn’t get fixed until I go to a doctor of chiropractic.”http://www.advance2health.com
My body is wack
Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh.
1. I need to stop drinking soda. Any progress I’ve made so far is being halted by this terrible drink.
2. I need to get back on a normal sleep schedule! Feeling the most energetic at 4am when I have to sneak around the house is not productive.
3. I need to find a non-running, non-jumping jacks, non-gym cardio activity since my chiro nixed any cardio that would impact my spine. I’m thinking biking?
P.S. My first chiro adjustment went terribly. The pulsar machine made me feel like I was going to pass out, puke and poop all at the same time :( Another try on Monday…
Any suggestions on how to get rid of my terrible soda addiction??
Help Us Preserve Chiropractic
This week we are asking for your
help in keeping Chiropractic pure. We
contend that you found your way to
Innate Family Chiropractic while in
search of a natural healthcare solution
for your health challenge, not in
search of drugs and/or surgery as that
solution. Unfortunately our profession
is being pushed toward the inclusion
of drugs and surgery as they are used
in the medical model. Dr. Adana and I
chose to practice Chiropractic
because of the profound effects it had
in our own lives. Additionally it
appealed to us because of it’s
philosophy of healing coming from
our body’s own energy or
intelligence. Chiropractic was always
meant to be drugless and bloodless,
yet the education that chiropractic
students are starting to receive is
contrary to these fundamental
This week you will notice that we
have a laptop setup in the ofﬁce which
you can use to show your support by
signing a petition. This petition will be
submitted to the US Department of
Education along with a request that
they complete a comprehensive
review of the Council on Chiropractic
Education (CCE). The CCE is
responsible for giving accreditation to
all US Chiropractic colleges yet they
have changed our standards so much
that there is no longer a congruence
between what is being taught in
colleges and what the ﬁeld
practitioner needs to be prepared
for. As family wellness chiropractors
we will take a stand and defend the
profession that we love and that you,
our Innate Family, have received so
much beneﬁt from. We thank you in
advance for giving your support and
signing the petition this week.
Dr. Chris and Dr. Adana
The Contradictions of Medical Studies
A few new studies in the news about dietary supplements and vitamins have been contradicting themselves lately. One article, “Dietary Supplements linked to higher death risk,” by Todd Neale of Medpage Today claims that, “in postmenopausal women, use of several common vitamin and mineral supplements was associated with an increased risk of death.” But what this study fails to point out is whether or not the people involved in the study are completely replacing their eating habits with supplements or combining these vitamins and minerals with a good eating plan. In another article entitled, “Vitamin studies spell confusion for patients,” by Kristina Fiore also of Medpage today, explains that, “a healthy diet is more important than a fistful of supplements.”
One commenter on the “Vitamin studies spell confusion for patients” story made a really important point saying, “Do not over interpret any study…it was an observational study, with multiple possible outcomes. These studies are to be only used as a steppingstone to more specific studies.” Most medical studies will always have a contradictory story coming out that will try and prove it wrong, so you really have to be careful on what you are taking in as fact.
With this being such a popular topic these days, coincidentally ranked number 9 most popular search on the Yahoo top 10 yesterday and the industry at a predicted $20 billion a year in revenue, consumers want to know the actual facts. The most important solution to the contradiction is to find a good balance between eating a healthy diet to get nutrients naturally, and filling in the cracks with some supplements and not replace your fruits and vegetables completely with supplements.
The recommendation from our end is to be educated about what you put into your body and how it will affect you now and in the long run. A good balance is the key. We can help you with this! It is always a good idea to seek out professional practitioners that have spent countless hours studying this subject to help you figure out your specific deficiencies and how to fill in the cracks to your optimal health! www.chicagobackcenter.org to schedule a nutrition consultation