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Monday Morning Motivation

Fixation is unhealthy, whether in the spine, with your lymphatic system, your money or your love. A lack of circulation is a sure sign of pathology. Give and take, yin and yang, efferent and afferent, inhalation and exhalation are essential.

Chances are if you or your practice is facing the illusion of an insurmountable challenge right now, something isn’t circulating right. Some common culprits:

Your attention (focusing too much on yourself?)
Your energy (lacking enough to give to others?)
Your message (not communicated clearly enough?)
Your gratitude (failing to give thanks for what you have?)
Your love (self-serving, giving to get, strings attached?)

What have you stopped up, prevented from circulating? What unhealthy attachment have you formed to one side of the equation? What are you artificially imposing that is preventing ebb and flow? What have you dammed up, hoarded or grasped too tightly? What part of your life or practice can’t breathe?


Would You Like Cheese With That?

cheese.jpgI was speaking with a colleague this morning who, I suspect, is getting ready to change jobs. The reason I know that is because she complained about how she was being treated by her current employer.

After she ranted about working such long hours and being, not so much mistreated but unappreciated for two or three minutes, I stopped her.

“You’ve created this, you know,” I said.

(Long pause.)

“Yeah but,” and she continued her list of injustices and frustrations.

I expect she didn’t expect me to “fix” her situation, but needed a set of ears so she could speak what was true for her. Sometimes, it’s not until we utter the words that describe our circumstances and hear ourselves say what we feel, that we can finally accept what is; the first step to taking action.

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Curve Ahead

curveahead.jpgThe end of third-party reimbursement is around the corner. It was a great run. There is little evidence that the erosion you’ve seen in the last couple of years will slow, much less reverse. If you don’t adapt, you’ll jeopardize your practice and your livelihood.

Welcome to the future.

This is the first of several posts exploring patient financial education and the transition into a self-pay practice. Will you make the turn? Can your practice thrive in this brave new world? Ask yourself these vital questions:

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Going Spineless

Q: I just received your latest catalogue and read the article about "Going Spineless.” I find that very interesting because my office went spineless years ago. I take no X-rays, have no spinal models, and I only discuss wellness and the nerve system with people. Your article is nice, yet so much of the products you sell are spine related. If one truly understands Innate Intelligence, the major thought of chiropractic, then these pamphlets and charts become meaningless. We are Nerve system doctors! The spine is merely our mode of approach to addressing the nerve system.

A: You and I are in total agreement. But here's my challenge. There are not (yet) enough chiropractors who know what you know who can support a chiropractic patient education supply company that would be totally spineless. Most of the profession is still in the bone-out-of-place-putting-pressure-on-a-nerve model of chiropractic. No problem. Even with what I think could be a shortsighted view of chiropractic, they are still adding value to patients by helping them avoid drugs and surgery.

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Monday Morning Motivation

What's the condition of your psychological immune system?

Just as a healthy physical immune system protects us from unhelpful viruses and bacterium, our psychological immune system protects us from emotional stressors.

With a healthy psychological immune system, rather than rationalization, denial and blame, we respond more appropriately to our environment:

Appropriate detachment. Trust patients to make the appropriate decisions about their health, even if they're not the choices you'd make.

Establish clear boundaries. It's your job to tell the chiropractic story. It's the patient's job to decide if chiropractic care is something they want. And for how long.

Comfortable with the truth. You accept what is so. You have banished the word "should" from your vocabulary. Your sense of peace affirms that the truth does set us free.

Frequent tendency to laugh. Laughter increases immunoglobulin A. Since you don't take yourself so darned seriously, you're a lot more pleasant to be around.

Truth health isn't merely being subluxation-free!

In Memory

willtickel.jpgOne of the bright lights in chiropractic was extinguished over the weekend. Will Tickel, DC was one of my early inspirations. Perhaps our shared background in advertising and love of the English language brought us together. We would often exchange articles, thot pieces, as Will would say, in the hopes the other would either confirm our allegations and insights or provide clarity or direction for their improvement.

Inspired by his book, Down Right! Up Right! Chiropractic Inside-Out published in 1987, I asked Will to write the Introduction to my first book, A Patient’s Point of View. More recently, on the back cover of his second book One Liners, describes Dr. Tickel as the “Will Rogers of chiropractic.” That’s it! His folksy, unassuming personality showed up in his writing that while cerebral, was approachable and filled with “thot-full” examples and earthy frankness.

A philosopher. A chiropractor. A friend. I’m going to miss Will. Chiropractic is going to miss Will. I miss him already.


Health Choices and the Perception of Time

floss.jpgI’ve been spending some time recently thinking about why some patients embrace chiropractic as a way of life, and how others simply see chiropractic as a short-term diet for relief of their current symptoms.

What if this issue was not a reflection of each person’s attitudes about health, but their perception of time?

Consider this. There are three types of time. Past, present and future. Could it be that people who are inclined to live in the present (or past) see little need for preventive measures, and thus less inclined to use chiropractic for nothing more than their present ache or pain? Conversely, could it be that those who are more future-oriented might be more available for nonsymptomatic chiropractic care whose value is measured in one’s future health and potential vitality?

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Monday Morning Motivation

"How would you like things to be?"

It's a different way to begin a patient consultation and can reveal countless new possibilities rather than, "What seems to be the problem?"

The latter will likely produce a laundry list of what isn't working in their body and their life. Your role becomes reactive, assuming responsibility for solving their problem.

But the former, creates the opportunity for thinking about an alternative future, new choices and zeros in on what's important to them. Chances are they want something more than just their headaches to stop or their back pain to go away! When you tap into what they really want, you unleash a form of motivation that makes scare tactics and energy-draining compliance techniques unnecessary.

"What seems to be the problem?" implies you have the means to "fix" them. Careful. They will be doing the fixing, if there's going to be any fixing. You're a releaser, not a fixer!


A Blast From the Past

ppov_mrof.jpgIt’s been a combination of pride and cringing embarrassment. What could produce such an emotional mixture? Posting each of the chapters from A Patient’s Point of View and My Report of Findings to this website over the last couple of days. (The drop-down menu under “Books” above.)

Originally published in 1992 and 1993 it was difficult to avoid the temptation to do a little editing here, deleting a few paragraphs there, and generally freshening things up. After all, many of my ideas have matured since then. But I decided to post them as is.

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What Happens Here, Stays Here

las_vegas.jpgI received this email from a chiropractor this morning:

“I plan to open an office in a town of 18,000 people January 8, 2007. I would like to advertise in the local paper and was wondering if you have any example formats or suggestions as to what should be included or avoided. I put together a little description of the spine relating to the nervous system and its effects on our health, without mentioning back pain or neck pain. Do you think that is wise? I didn’t want to be labeled a “pain” doctor, yet I don’t want people to think that I can’t treat those symptoms. I just want to communicate that the underlying problem is more than pain; it’s the nervous system. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.”

The fact is, whether you want to be labeled a “pain doctor” or not is largely outside your control. Because you already have that label. It was assigned about the time chiropractic care became a reimbursable expense under indemnity insurance policies. Decades later, the damage is done.

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