The United States is based on the premise that "all men are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights." Chiropractic is based on 33 premises. What are the premises of your practice?
If most patients leave once they feel better, your premise might be that chiropractic is a therapeutic modality.
If patients must be "managed," then your premise is that patients can't be trusted to make decisions about their health.
If patients never return after a brief episode of care, then your premise may be that you permanently "fixed" them.
If patients discontinue care without saying goodbye, your premise might be that it was because of something that you forgot to say or do.
If you take insurance assignment, your premise may be that you can serve two masters.
What if your premises were incorrect? What if they were the source of your exhaustion and frustration?
It's been observed that these days our attention span is about 8 seconds--about the same as a goldfish.Whether our fleeting attentions should be blamed on television, the growing proliferation of digital devices or merely an unhealthy interest in the 24-hour news cycle is unclear. Whatever the shiny object that distracts us, we've chosen it volitionally.After [...]
The cartoon character Pogo is famous for observing, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”Not only are we our own worst critic, we are also the biggest barrier to our achievement. Here are five common constraints that don’t involve the weather, insurance carriers or the other usual suspects:Beliefs – If we think something [...]
"How about those Broncos?" "Tell me about your visit with your brother." "So, did you get the promotion?" We call it small talk. Schmoozing. Patter. It's the superficial back and forth that masquerades as conversation and imitates a deeper connection. It’s rarely remembered. It's usually meaningless and fulfills the social convention of showing up appearing to be interested. It's [...]
Is part of being a professional caregiver the obligation to save patients from themselves? Patients aren’t usually inclined to stop you from your good intentions. So, the question is, do you have the extra capacity to be invested in the life choices made by someone who is merely able to dial the phone and book an [...]
A popular schism within chiropractic creates confrontation between science and philosophy, prompting many chiropractors to choose one over the other. As if one worldview were superior to the other. This is the classic "either/or" argument.As in, the folks who want evidence, facts, proof, details, specifics and have a set of linear expectations, versus those who [...]
Of all the health care practitioners on the planet, chiropractors should be the most confident.Instead of fooling the body with a drug to suppress a symptom, chiropractors reduce interference to a patient's nervous system.Instead of producing less pain, a chiropractor's intent is to allow greater life expression.Instead of mistrusting the body, chiropractors understand that the [...]
#13 of 13 questions to ask yourself: Why do patients leave without a thank you or goodbye?While most new patient relationships begin with a bang, they often end with a whimper. Because most patients rarely feel comfortable announcing their last visit and sharing their appreciation for your help.When you care about their health more than [...]
#12 of 13 questions to ask yourself: If I didn't take insurance assignment would I still have a practice?If patients have insurance, they'll naturally want to use it. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to take assignment. So ask yourself this question as a thought experiment.It may reveal three weaknesses or worrisome concerns.The first [...]
Many people I talk to these days observe that they’ve never seen circumstances so shaken and unsettled. Between the elections and the growing bifurcation of the country, as well North Korea, extreme weather events, Barcelona, the stock market at nosebleed levels, uncertainty about health-care reform and taxes, many people are on adrenal overload. It’s easy to [...]