If you're talking, it's unlikely you're in a state of optimum healing consciousness.
Invoking the healing process rarely requires words. Oh sure, provide explanations, supply new meanings, set appropriate expectations and arouse hope. But not while you're delivering your precisely targeted, perfectly timed, life-affirming adjustment!
Not only is speaking distracting and takes away your presence and connection with patients, it causes them to go into their left brain to interpret your words. The effect tends to devalue the adjustment, making it pedestrian, diverting patients from their body to their mind.
The spoken word is among the cheapest, least effective form of communication, especially compared to the significance of your adjustment. Be mindful that you don't cheapen it with platitudes, assertions, well-intentioned declarations or worse, frivolous chatter. Doing so is often a sign of insecurity. If you absolutely must talk, make sure what you say is for them, not you.
One of the more confounding admonitions of scripture is to love our enemies. Which, at first glance, doesn't make sense. After all, doesn't our enemy want to hurt us?First, be clear about just who is your enemy. Is it insurance carriers? Nope. The chiropractor down the street selling $20 adjustments? Nope. The medical doctor constantly [...]
One of the occupational hazards of being a professional caregiver is caring too much. Those so afflicted inappropriately take patient choices personally. Other common symptoms include:Mistrusting patients. Fearful that without careful (full of care) micromanaging, patients will make "wrong" choices and sabotage their recovery and your reputation.Looking good. By caring so much about what patients [...]
Three ways to constrain the size and impact of your practice:1. Hire those who lack precision or work at a slow pace and then neglect to fully train them.2. Avoid the documentation of your procedures so you can change them whenever you wish.3. Stay holed up in your practice, rarely encountering strangers to share your [...]
If patients ignore your admonitions, realize you're up against two sizable foes.The first is disembodiment. Since you chose health care as a career, you likely have a high level of body awareness. You can detect subtle changes in your digestion or notice the throat clearing after eating processed phood. Many patients don't. Instead, they see [...]
The beginning of the year is a great time to “draw a line in the sand,” “turn over a new leaf” and establish healthier habits. Here are seven suggestions that will make 2017 better than 2016. Guaranteed. Implementing any one of them will make a dramatic difference. Implement three or four (or more), and you’ll look back a year [...]
Do you want to know what to expect in advance, or do you prefer to let someone else lead? I ask, because every new patient prefers one approach to the other. Some want to know everything that is about to happen and why, and others are quite happy to go along with whatever you deem appropriate. [...]
Research reported by Amy Cuddy in her book, Presence, suggests that emotions are created by the body--not the mind! If you have an interest in nonverbal communications (to maximize the impact of your consultation and reports) I highly recommend it. She explains two body poses that you’d want to assume for two minutes prior to [...]
Besides legendary adjusting skills, one of the most helpful success tools a chiropractor (or any one else) can develop is to become an effective communicator. A common misconception is that great communicators are especially eloquent, articulate or expressive.Perhaps. But a far more important aspect of effective communications is the ability and willingness to listen.The ability [...]
Who's living rent-free in your head? An ex? An associate? A business partner? A parent? A patient?While common, it's not normal. While seemingly justified by what they did to you, keeping the resentment alive is quite a drain. In fact, it's a full time job. It's almost always proof that you have some forgiving to [...]