So, your practitioner is recommending a treatment plan. I know what you’re thinking.
Here we go, the ‘come back’ routine, helping my Chiro pay off the Porsche.
Hi, my name is Dr. Andrew Arnold, Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre and today I discuss why we recommend treatment plans.
We recommend treatment plans but here’s the thing! My patients who come only when they feel they need to, in general, see me more often and with more pain.
Now I’m not referring to a small group who genuinely do not need a lot of Chiropractic and genuinely can determine when they need to come in. This is a SMALL group and for a wide variety of very unique reasons. Even with this group, however, in my view, their health still needs to be managed and all this means is another modality is better suited.
For the bulk of my patients, a schedule means less pain, less drama, less hassle, less time off work, more time doing what you love and fewer VISITS over time!
Believe it or not, if I kept you in a pain cycle by not recommending a schedule my Porsche (dream car) would be paid off much faster.
Sure, there are practitioners and practices out there whose integrity is questionable. This applies to every profession. These people are possibly over scheduling and over servicing and under-educating.
At the end of the day, I recommend trusting your GUT. After all, that’s what I do. I have a plan that’s worked really well over this past 20 + years but my Gut is the ultimate test. I set a plan and then check in every visit. You need to plan first in order that you can then modify that plan, right?
I know when I’m seeing someone too much or not enough, both of which can be a problem.
Let me touch on that last point for a moment.
Imagine I have not been prepared to show you the schedule you need because I didn’t want to challenge your objections around time and money. I bought into that and let it go. You then didn’t get the result you wanted which then led you to blame me, the practice, the modality etc. You then move on to something possibly not better suited and indirectly I have been a cause’ in that happening.
Our practice is founded on what’s called ‘a best practice model’. This means we recognize in the initial phase you need more sessions over a shorter time. It’s called momentum (think of a plane needing to take off). Once your pain subsides we re-assess recognizing pain is not an accurate indicator of your overall health status (think about your x-rays, C.T.’s etc.). At this point, we continue working on your structure and functioning (like laying brick after brick) and help you design your own self-management strategy (exercise, foot orthotics, another referral etc.). Ultimately, we cannot FIX or Cure. In fact, we have banned these two words in our practice. Instead, we help you with a tailored, managed health plan where we become part of your plan, not the other way around.
We call this the ‘pain to pleasure’ model.
So next time your practitioner suggests a plan, certainly challenge them with why but at the same time give them the benefit of the doubt. For most of us, we’re not trying to put you off. We want you as a patient however, we need to be clear and that’s better done up front than a visit to visit.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor and the Million Dollar Wellness Mentor.
Andrew is married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.