The field of chiropractic and those who practice it get hit from all sides. Those of us trying to actually help our patients with problems beyond the Holy Chiro Trinity of (say it with me now) “back pain, neck pain, and headaches” are under attack from multiple angles, and for different reasons. This post is meant to openly call them out and launch a little fire in return.
This might very well be a dead horse. And I’m going to beat it one more time, in what I hope is the LAST time. In fact, I wasn’t going to write another post on the chiropractic Maximized Living franchise, but I do feel I might need to clarify and reiterate a few items, in response to some of the themes of feedback I’ve gotten on my previous posts on this subject.
Once upon a time, there were two major functional/specialty diagnostic laboratories. They each offered some unique test profiles, but there was also a lot of overlap between the two. The overlap, however, was not perfect duplication – for example, both labs claimed to offer amino acids testing, but one analyzed urinary output, while the other took a direct blood measurement.
The most pivotal test offered between the two labs is the comprehensive stool analysis. Both labs offered a similar panel, but their methods differed greatly. One utilized the DNA-based PCR method, which is highly superior, while the other utilized the standard culture method, which misses a lot.
I recently went to a Functional Medicine seminar. As is true for all such seminars, it is cross-disciplinary, meaning that any licensed healthcare practitioner can attend. However, most of my previous experience with Functional Medicine training involved classes in which DCs (Doctors of Chiropractic) dominated the landscape, so this particular class was an anomaly for me.
I emerged from that class having gone through a subtle yet significant transformation.
I meant to do a follow-up last year on the previous posts that discuss what we learned during our first year of practice, but as I recall, we were knee-deep in staffing issues and upcoming travel plans, and unfortunately, this blog took a back seat. Before I realized it, Years 2 and 3 have slipped by, so I think I’ll take this opportunity to play catch-up, because we learned a few more things that might help someone else, and if they have that potential, they’re worth sharing.
If you ask ten people, you’ll likely get ten different answers. It’s easy to be confused. Some doctors (of chiropractic) quote new patients 12 visits, 36 visits, 80 visits, or maybe they recommend once a week, twice a week, or 3 times a week. Some insurance companies “cover” (contribute toward) 6 visits, 15 visits, 20 visits. Medicare says “until the patient reaches maximum improvement”, whatever that is. Patients figure they’ll go when they need it, i.e. only when they’re in pain. Other patients swear by a once-a-week or once-a-month maintenance.
They’re all wrong.
When I was little, my father, a business owner, told me something that I never forgot:
“People will not always remember what you said, what you did, what you looked like, or what you cost…but they will always remember how you made them feel.”