Archive for October, 2007

TIME-SAVING SHORT CUTS

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Have you ever bet on the horses, played two-up or any other form of gambling? The nature of this industry is that the most likely outcome is also the least rewarding one! Bet on a horse that has odds of 2/1 and most likely it is going to win, but you are only going to get a little bit of extra cash for this achievement. On the other hand if the horse you bet on is 100/1, more than likely you are going to be waiting for a while after the winner passes the post to see your horse cross the line - but IF he does win then you are going to get a great return on your “investment”.

What if there was a “game of chance” that paid higher dividends when the odds/ratio was also going to make your bet the most likely winner? Wouldn’t this mean less time wasted looking for the “long shot” and bigger returns on your investment? Fortunately such a “game” does exist - it’s called chiropractic…

Did you know that two separate research processes have confirmed and agreed on the “odds ratio” for subluxation probabilities? That is; a patient is lying prone on your adjusting table - which level of the spine is most likely to be subluxated, and hence is the fist level of the spine that you should always check? Why would you waste your time looking at the least likely spinal level first? If you knew the ranking list of primary subluxations then you would save yourself a LOT of time, as on average you would find EVERY subluxation quicker. The less time it takes to find it, the less time it will take to fix it: Less time CAN be converted to more money.

So what is this ranking list I hear you ask? Unfortunately space does not allow me to cover this comprehensively. To give you a hint though - If you take the name of one of the most-used low-force techniques and reverse the order of the words, you have the first and second most likely primary subluxations on the planet. The rest of the list is covered thoroughly during the Torque Release Technique Program, including the differential diagnostic tests that reliably tell you whether each segment needs to be adjusted, OR NOT, and what correctional vectors will give you the greatest return from your adjustment.

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Practice Tip - ASKING FOR REFERRALS

Monday, October 29th, 2007

I can remember paying good money to attend a practice management seminar that promised me I’d be able to see more people, charge more for my services, work less hours, convert everyone to lifetime care, and attract hundreds of new patients. The crux of the seminar was rehearsing, memorising and then regurgitating powerful “scripts” which if said in the correct manner, guaranteed that everyone would do anything you told them to do. I must say they did work well, but here’s the glitch: When you’ve been in practice for a little while, and you start to see the same people over an extended period of time; and you also see their family members, and friends and colleagues, and reactivated patients; and if your CAs and associates are also using those same power scripts - eventually you are all going to be “found out”. You see this technique is based on “Disney” systems - BUT; how many times have you visited Disneyland? Once, maybe twice, to go to the bits that you missed the first time? And guess what - you only have to listen to the script once! If YOU are going to be a wellness DC with people seeing you 12 or more times a year, for many years, then you’d better have something different to say… Here’s the best way to develop dialogue processes that evolve and adapt to where you practice members are at…

Ask better questions!

Here’s a really simple strategy that doesn’t take long; builds rapport, intimacy and relationship; and produces numerous opportunities for generating referrals: Get to know the practice member’s family, friends and colleagues by asking a simple series of questions… My CA even knows their Dog’s name/s!

It goes something like this:

Q: “What does your husband/wife/partner do for a living?” A: ……..

Q: “Wow, does he/she enjoy that?” A: ………

Q: “Has your husband/wife/partner seen a chiropractor before?” A: ……..

This is where the brief conversation can take a number of turns, but regardless of the answer, your questions should search for a reason for you to recommend that they bring their partner in to be checked to see if you can help.

On subsequent visits I’ll take some brief moments to get to know their kids, and then their friends, and then their colleagues…

I know this sounds really simple, but I have got to tell you that the conversations are much more interesting than listening to the sound of your own voice saying the same thing over and over again?

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POSTURE - THE SIMPLEST AND MOST POWERFUL PRACTICE TOOL

Monday, October 29th, 2007

A Picture Paints A Thousand Words!

Many Chiropractors analyse their new patients’ posture, and then scribble lines on a stick figure chart that is supposed to represent the person’s postural distortions? Try showing the hand-drawn diagram to the person - IT WILL MEAN NOTHING TO THEM - And it’s not a very convincing communication medium. Try showing the diagram to another chiropractor - I bet they won’t even understand what the markings mean. Then try using this diagram at the re-exam - How could you objectively measure, let alone demonstrate to the client that any sort of change has occurred?

Some others have entered the twentieth century and have started to take digital photos of their practice members’ posture. I’ve seen some who print the photos and then draw lines all over the picture to highlight the problems. But the question remains - How can you objectively track and demonstrate the changes that are occurring in their posture? And, how could you store, file and retrieve all those images?

There is a twenty first century technology that is cheap and effective for storing, analysing, calculating, retrieving, and comparing digital postural analyses - And it takes about the same time as a traditional postural assessment…

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Practice Tip - WHAT DO YOUR PRACTICE MEMBERS REALLY THINK ABOUT YOUR CARE?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The Million Dollar Question

Many of us now call ourselves “Wellness DCs” or “Healthy Lifestyle Doctors” or some other impressive sounding title - I guess we are trying to differentiate our services from the other “garden variety” DCs? But these titles often are a reflection of us, and not a true reflection of how our customers really see us, or how they themselves behave. Maybe we exercise regularly, get adjusted every 1-2 weeks, keep a positive outlook, eat organic etc. But then we have 80% of our practice on monthly schedules, and have no discernable influence on their other healthy habits?

I suffered a daunting revelation when I upgraded my technique and scheduling systems to a more “wellness” driven focus. You see I used to spend ~15 minutes with each client, and they loved my soft-tissue techniques, and often complimented me on my ability to find the sore spots and to provide instantaneous relief from their musculoskeletal aches and pains. Not that there is anything wrong with this - but my mission is to improve the health and wellness of everyone that I can influence - not to be the natural alternative to Nurofen and Panadeine. And when I changed my technique to a neurological model, many left the practice before they could possibly experience the extra health benefits - why? “Because I didn’t rub their shoulders”!

So, what do YOUR clients really think of YOU? Here is the million dollar question to ask your practice members that will inform you of the truth…

“If you could come and have an adjustment whenever you wanted to, and it didn’t cost you anything, how often would you come?”

1) If the answer is, “Oh I’d come every single week, and sometimes even more”: Congratulations - you probably are truly a wellness DC - your clients truly comprehend the global benefits of an adjustment. They probably perceive the reduction in tension and stress, the improved sleep patterns, the maximised immunity, and the increases in energy after each adjustment.

2) “Oh, I’d come every 4-6 weeks”: Maybe you should replace the title “Wellness” with “Maintenance” DC. Your clients have probably discovered that if they go longer than 4-6 weeks, that their aches and pains start to increase in severity and regularity. Your periodical adjustments offer them effective and lasting pain relief.

3) “Oh, I’d come a 2-3 times a year”: I actually don’t quite understand this concept - maybe it’s because they get their car serviced twice a year, and go to the dentist twice a year, and floss their teeth twice a year, and make love twice a year? I’m not sure of what possible benefit two adjustments per year could have - maybe I underestimate the power of an adjustment?

4) “Oh, I’d come in whenever I had a problem”: Whoops, if you get a lot of this answer, then it is time to change your title to “garden variety DC”.

To take this question to the next level: If your practice members answer that they would like to come more often than they actually do - the next question to ask is - “What do we need to do to help you come as often as you would really like to?” - now its time to work out a strategy, schedule, fee, that makes their dream a reality…

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Practice Tip - CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT PEOPLE THINK AND WHAT THEY DO

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

There is compelling scientific evidence that what people know about diet and how they eat are in many cases two different issues? I’m sure you have observed that this void between knowing and doing crosses over into all health behaviours?

1) The acute antalgic low back or torticollis crisis patient who promises you that they will keep seeing you forever for maintenance care if you can only help them get out of agony; who then discontinue somewhere between visit two and six because “they are fine now and will ring if they have any further problems”.

2) The reactivating patient that confesses that they were feeling great while they were doing the exercises that you taught them, but then they just forgot about them because they didn’t have any pain. And then they ask you “why does this problem keep coming back?”

3) The osteo-arthritic retiree that starts complaining of increased aching and stiffness, and when you ask them if they are still taking their Glucosamine, they respond “Oh I finished the bottle and thought I’d see how I’d go without them for a while”.

4) You meet an old regular practice member who discontinued 1-2 years ago, and when you ask them how they are going they give you the long list of ailments, diagnoses and prescriptions that they now take, and then pass comment “you know when I used to see you I didn’t have any of these problems”.

There’s a push in our profession right now to adapt us into risk-factor screening machines, who then pass appropriate educational brochures to those at risk, and warn them of the dangers of not changing their ways. Think about this: Most people who are overweight already know they are overweight; most people who are unfit already experience the effects of it; most people experiencing symptoms of Diabetes are aware of the symptoms… They don’t need you to identify the symptoms of their condition. They need help closing the void between their awareness and their behaviour!

If you want to be a wellness practitioner let me tell you a major paradigm shift you are going to have to make - It’s not about you, it’s about them. Wellness is a personal journey of lifestyle choices leading towards better life and health outcomes. You can’t make the decisions for them - if you try to then its not wellness - it’s medicine.

Here’s four questions that you must ask your practice members to make massive changes in your wellness relationship:

1) “What is your biggest health priority right now?” Their choice not yours.

2) “What are three things you think you could do to improve this area of your life?” Their choice, not yours. But this may be the point where they ask you for your educated opinion.

3) “What information do you think you need to help you make this change?” This is the point where they will most likely give you permission to feed them with resources.

4) “What would you like me to do to make sure you follow through on your plan?” This is where you help them to make some commitments, set some goals for them to achieve, define some measures for monitoring their progress, and set a time-line for review.

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