I’m not a typical doctor.
Most of my patients and friends know that’s true.
At first glance, you might think it’s because I’m licensed as a chiropractor and a wellness coach, and that’s true. But there’s a deeper truth that makes my practice very different from other doctors – even from other chiropractors.
We’ve been looking the last couple of weeks at the difference between knowing what to do and doing it. We saw that you can know all of the right steps to take to maximize your health, but until you make the decision to apply that information to your daily life, you won’t see any meaningful difference in your life.
Empowering Patients To Heal Themselves
The thing that makes my practice different is that I am always working with patients to get them to the place where they don’t need my help anymore. I want to empower my patients to maintain their own wellness.
That’s a big split from traditional chiropractic. Most of my peers schedule their patients to come in as much as three times a week for adjustments. They spend 10 minutes on the table, get realigned, and off they go. that’s a great model for a practice, at least from a cash flow perspective. As long as your patients have to keep coming back, there will always be cash coming in.
Giving You The Keys
My peers think I’m nuts, but I don’t practice that way. Sure, the first several times we meet, after I have had a chance to evaluate your mobility, stability, and motor control, I will do some corrective adjustments. It really depends on how far out of whack your alignment has become. For some people, it takes several visits until they develop the muscle memory to hold their proper posture and alignment.
But here’s the difference: in between the adjustments, I’m going to give you some movements you can do every day at home to maintain that adjustment. You see, even from the first visit, I’m putting the keys to your wellness in your hands.
A Different Goal
Now, don’t get me wrong, most of the other chiropractors in town will ratchet down your adjustment schedule over time, as they see you improving. Some do traction with their patients, and some do exercise plans. Ultimately, everyone wants the same thing: healthy patients. But most chiropractors are not financially incentivized to see patients less often. They get paid by the visit.
I would rather see you take the reigns of your own health and maintain your alignment without my help. Now, I’ll always offer Move Right classes where you can come and get some one-on-one attention, but ultimately, you’ll be the one keeping your own body aligned. That model won’t give me the biggest practice in town, but it’s the right thing for me to do.
Some People Don’t Want That Much Power
Some people might be intimidated by having that much responsibility for their own well-being. They might prefer to have a doctor write them a prescription or give them a weekly adjustment. What I’ve noticed about my patients (the ones that stay) and my friends here on social media, is that they want to have control of their own wellness. They want a little information to get started, but at the end of the day, they want to be the ones making the decisions and taking the steps toward wellness. Those are the patients I consistently have the best results with.
If you’re one of those people who says, “give me an action plan and I will carry it out,” here it is. Click on the link below to visit my “Move Right Monday” channel on YouTube, and start doing the movements each day. Start with one, do it for five minutes several times a day. Some patients set a timer and do five minutes at the top of every hour, while others can only fit in two or three sessions per day. Find a rate that works for you and stick with it. Consistency will supercharge your results.
After a few days, add a second movement, then a third. Soon, you will be a toned, aligned, wellness machine.
If you know someone else who is ready to take on the commitment of their own wellness, pass this along to them or post it on your favorite social media channel. I’d love to start a conversation with them.
“At the end of your FEELINGS is NOTHING. At the end of your PRINCIPLES is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas