Every successful practice needs to be built on solid pillars as a foundation for growth and longevity. Depending on the type of practice you have, your pillars may differ from what I have listed here. For my practice, my pillars were chiropractic, nutrition, fitness, and education. Let me delve a little into each pillar with you.
Chiropractic: I believe in the power of my hands to send healing energy into each life I touch. I adjust from head to toe, using a variety of techniques from Diversified, AK, TBM, NET, Flexion/Distraction, Motion Palpation, SOT, Activator, Torque, Charrette and Mally extremity adjusting, and many other techniques. I believe in having a variety of techniques that I have mastered, so that no matter what type of patient walks into my office, I can change my adjusting technique to fit their needs at that time.
Nutrition: I have always used nutrition in my practice. I started by using muscle testing from Goodheart and Versandaal for a number of years. I then moved to more evidence based from Lang and Dobbins. I have since moved to more evidence based with Bland and personalized medicine movement. I still use all of these techniques, knowing that our body needs the right food, the right message, to be able to function at its optimal level.
Fitness: We were made to move! In practice, I held regular morning workouts at my office from 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursday, I was part of a 6 a.m. morning running group with some patients. This accountability was great for both me and the patients! I also held Monday night weight loss class series that incorporated exercise for attendees. These classes were lots of fun and open to anyone of any ability. We sometimes held challenges with prizes at the end. The key is to be consistent and always be present!
Education: Education empowers your patients and engages them in their health. We held sometimes weekly, always once a month health classes for our patients. Topics varied from raw food meals to avoiding toxins to general health classes. These classes were always well attended and gave my patients the ability to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Having solid pillars that you build your practice on is essential for success. Know your values, your pillars, stay consistent, and always positive. Your practice will thrive!