It's quite clear that as a profession we have a wide range of opinions and experiences on what our particular focus should be. In preparing my ACP (Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers) I came across a book titled "Chiropractic Peace" Executive Editor William P McDonald. The book discussed the differing views of the broad spectrum of chiropractic in an informative and mature fashion- I'd recommend it if you would like to understand the thinking of the other 'camps.'
Then I got to thinking about the mudslinging that occurs in the profession that more often than not continues to polarise views whenever the two ends of the spectrum meet.
Having successfully facilitated groups and clients for some years, I feel it would be appropriate to assist in you having conversations that are constructive and enlightening rather than inflammatory.
Avoid making any universal statements such as,
“You know when you see a patient...
In this Vlog, Craig guides you through 'The Inconvenience Truth.' It will assuredly make you look at your own practice with a new perspective. Remember this is INTENDED to challenge your thinking, and get you CLEARER on your own professional identity. Play along and you may just learn something about yourself.
As chiropractors, we’ve all run behind at some point in shift. You have assistants sending you little messages which start from little memos of inspiration;
“You can do it!”
“You’re doing great!”
These then slowly evolve to that of pictures that reassemble a poop emoticon- indicating you’d better pull your finger out!
Perhaps you’ve had an acute patient come in that required more time that was allocated. Perhaps you’re tired from having a sick child at home and you’ve lost sleep. Perhaps you just haven’t got your head in the game! Either way do not apologise for running late! Please let me explain.
Saying “I’m sorry” makes it about you feeling better and not them! .. Saying “I’m sorry” says that what you have been doing is of little importance you have wasted both your time and theirs. Saying “I’m sorry” means that one day- should they ever be acute- you will also...
I was a buoy which had lost its mooring. My direction went with the tide, dependant on factors external to myself. I went this way and that to make others happy and content. I was tired both physically and emotionally.
I then observed that all the greatest chiropractors, (or for that matter world leaders) had one thing in common; they were all lighthouses. Rock solid standing up against the elements with their unrelenting bright light. Now the thing about lighthouses is that they are dependable. Ships use them for guidance away from danger. Some ships may have another destination and will pass it by, however many will use its guiding light to find safety.
Buoys without moorings are useless to ships. They could be floating over rocks or a deep channel but the ships are never sure- loose buoys are dangerous!
Now I consider myself a lighthouse.
Steadfast in my beliefs and in the services I provide. People who don’t wish for my services (ships with other destinations) will pass...
Three-way communication at the front desk is critical in taking a vague referral into a concrete one. Clearly stating the next action and who is responsible at the front desk to both the patient and your CA is absolutely essential to ensure you are not missing opportunities being presented. Dr. Foote shares his tip on using three-way communication in actioning a referral within your practice.
I've always found that a successful chiropractor (and I'm not necessarily just talking about volume- rather impact) is one that is congruent with both their philosophy and their actions. When we look at the clinic as a whole however you can have a congruent chiropractor and have staff members perhaps not doing what has been agreed on.
Whenever we have had new Chiropractic Assistants (CAs) start (and we've had some fantastic ones)- I've always stated that I will never hear what they say if they are saying the right things. I will however develop super hearing skills and hear things that SHOULD NOT be said from the very back of clinic.
Let me give you some made up examples-
You’ve been in practice a couple of years and each day when you get into clinic you likely say the same thing to your colleagues and patients. Then you start about going through the same routines that so far have got you to the point that you are. Now that may- or may not- be a good thing!
You are almost certainly on remote control or auto pilot and often, before you know it, time has passed and you may very well ask the question- “Where did the time go?”
What we know about neuroplasticity is that we become accustomed to our surroundings and often become blind to what is going on.
I recall having a holiday and one of my friends who was locuming for me, moved my tables by literally 5cm (2 inches). The first 3 days back in practice I kept on hitting my shins on the metal edges of my tables because I wasn’t used to them being in that position. I had grown accustomed to where they had been for the past few years.
Now over the...
Ok so you’ve been a bit off and thrown some curve balls with the patients you’ve seen so far in the shift. You’re got people banking up in the waiting area, people are looking at their watches and your support staff are giving you daggers. Each person you see is wanting you to spend more time with them and it seems that each case is getting more and more complicated. The very best thing you can do is take a moment quietly walk down to the bathroom and wash your hands.
Breath. Take a moment. As you are washing your hands focus on washing off the “accumulated crap.”
Researchers Lee and Schwarz in 2010 found that it seems that hand washing may remove past concerns and gives a person the feeling of a clean slate. (Lee & Schwarz, 2010)...
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