Dr. Andrew Arnold talks about his 30+ years in practice, I have worked solo as a Remedial Massage Therapist, a Naturopath, and a Chiropractor.

For the main part however, I have worked as part of an allied healthcare team, in particular with Myotherapists and Musculoskeletal Therapists.

The topic of this article is to share my experiences and observations around patient outcomes comparing both solo and combined approaches.

Earlier in my career, I tried to be all things to every patient. I would massage, adjust, soft tissue release, use interferential and electric massage devices in the hope of helping all my patients and meeting all their needs.

The result was exhaustion and near burnout. And my patient outcomes were not as good as I hoped for. In fact, I often required my patients to present more often, which meant a greater spend, and the process took much longer.

As you can imagine I was soon accumulating a group of disgruntled patients. The other problem was, I was to pain focused, believing my job was to identify something ‘wrong’ then set about ‘fixing’, i.e. alleviate pain.

Of course, once the pain was gone, the patient was gone. No prevention, no education, no pro-active management, not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t have the time or resources to manage my patients in this way.

So over the last decade, I have moved towards a different model, a ‘patient-centered, management’ model where patients are empowered, educated, informed and supported to self-direct their health management based on an understanding pain is an unreliable indicator.

This has meant dealing with my ego and allowing others to modalities into the process, like Myotherapy.

The result has been better, faster patient outcomes and happier patients as a result.

Patients feel more cared for, more in control and more inclined to move to a ‘management’ way of thinking.

The combination of Chiropractic and Myotherapy works brilliantly. The modalities are different in many ways, but similar in other ways, the result much better results. For example, as a Chiro I assess the spine, often referring for spine x-rays. I look for joint dysfunction and how this relates to pain. The Myotherapists look to muscle involvement and balance and how this relates to joint problems. The overlap creates a faster, longer lasting result.

So if you visit our practice, expect to see both the Chiro and the Myo and expect a far, better outcome.

About the Author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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