In practice, I’m often asked what are the most effective treatments? Not an easy question to answer.
Hi, I’m Dr. Andrew Arnold, Chiropractor, and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic & Wellness Ctr.
In our profession, there is a lot of emphasis on what is known as ‘evidence-based’ treatment, an i.e. treatment where there has been researching and testing to validate its efficacy.
Of course, a lot of treatments are still in evolution as far as this process goes. This means clinically, Chiropractors are seeing great results however, the research to back it up is lagging.
All this being said, there are 2 treatments which we know for certain are reliably effective each and every time.
Time and Exercise!
Yep, that’s it. Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘These remain the 2 most effective, evidence-based treatment strategies above all over therapies medical and allied, and this information comes from the researchers themselves.’
This doesn’t mean therapy is not effective, far from it. In my view, it simply means the perspective. Understand that whilst your Chiropractic adjustments are highly effective, it’s the timing, what we call scheduling in combination with a tailored exercise regime that gets you over the line.
Over or under scheduling are equally problematic. No or little rehabilitation or home-based training is not only dis-empowering to the patient, creating dependence on you as a practitioner, but also significantly hinders your clinical outcomes.
So, practitioners. Give it time. Trust your gut as well as the clinical process. And support your patients to do the same. Less is always more! Educate your patients. Make sure they have a good understanding of their clinical picture. Train them to self-manage wherever possible. Train them so they can get the most out of their work and play.
Time and Exercise, it’s about honouring the healing process.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.comments powered by Disqus