Hitler, Cocaine & Chiropractic

Adolph Hitler was a crazy, blood thirsty maniac...the embodiment of evil...this much you already knew.  Did you also know that he was addicted to cocaine and methamphetamines? He had two different personal physicians. One gave him daily cocaine eye drops to feed that addiction. The other gave him daily methamphetamine injections in addition to B6, iron and glucose. Hmm, administered by his personal physicians, daily. He truly believed this regimen would allow him to live to see global domination of his Third Reich. He thought wrong.

You’ve got to admit, the subject line of this email caught your attention, right? Where’d it come from? Last night I was camped out on my couch reading “Killing Patton” by O’Reilly. It’s a fantastic book steeped in fascinating history. Reading about Hitler’s insane, drug induced daily regimen caused me to lie the book down and think about what most Americans think is a good daily regimen. Worse, I started thinking about the concept of wellness care and how totally messed up that is in America and in most of the world. People look at chiropractors differently than medical doctors. By and large they expect us to know about health, nutrition and wellness.

What are you doing in YOUR clinic to educate your patients about real wellness care? What are you recommending they do for a wellness lifestyle? Do you even address it? Because know this: a maintenance adjustment is good, but you can offer so much more to your patients. You can offer real wellness care. And it’s easy to do.

Imagine what it would feel like for you to have 200 or more patients coming to your clinic once or twice a month for wellness care. Think of how you can impact their lives and the lives of the families. Think of the stress it takes off you because now you don’t have to always be hunting for new patients. 200 wellness patients a month! Feels incredible, doesn’t it? And yes, this is very, very possible in YOUR practice…….IF you know what to do.

Great practices take a great plan. Great practices that also give you freedom, allowing you to check out when you want to takes an outstanding plan with amazing implementation. Every DC is capable of achieving this outcome. This means you.

Tell you what, go online to Read a bit about how it’s done. You really can build a wonderfully successful practice without all the hype, without yelling and screaming, without dogma, without endless treatment plans, without high-pressure sales. Go to: The Ultimate Practice Adjustment


All the best to you,

Chris Tomshack DC

HealthSource Chiropractic: Because Everyone Deserves World-Class Care


Confessions Of A Busy Chiropractor

I’ve personally adjusted thousands and thousands of patients. In fact, I loved averaging 175 patients a day. I did but 4 things very well: diagnosis, communication, training my team and delivering outstanding adjustments. My well-trained team did everything else. They were phenomenal!  Though one HUGE dilemma always bothered me greatly, and here it is:

How do you REALLY know when it’s time to change a patient’s program of care and when is it REALLY time to transition the patient to wellness care or no care?

Come on now, this bothers you too, doesn’t it? How can it not cause massive angst, unless you are one of the few DC’s that truly practice a structural corrective care that can be proven to work? Or, maybe you just practice pain relief care, in which case you shouldn’t even be reading this email.

What’s always been missing from chiropractic is a valid outcomes measurement tool of YOUR care. I mean really valid: outcomes that can be measured by someone else, too. In other words, inter-examiner reliability is present to the nth degree. How about it? What are you doing to prove what you are doing is making real, functional change in your patient. Palpation is not functional change. Neither is posture. Neither is a huge goniometer placed on your patient’s shoulders. So what are you doing to measure the outcomes of YOUR care? How do you know when to change the program of care, release the patient or put them on wellness care? Guessing? Basing it on pain level? Palpation? Invalid SEMG. What?

Shooting blind archery with chiropractic patients should be over, totally over. Here’s what we at HealthSource do:

  1. All patients go through a Health Risk Assessment to measure the effects of their current status and lifestyle on their health. This is completely objective and it measures the beginning status, progress and end status. This is Massive for certainty.
  2. All patients go through the HealthSource Movement Screen, which is a functional screen to conclusively see and demonstrate and measure what functional deficits every patients has currently. This is completely objective and it measures the beginning status, progress and end status. This is Huge for certainty.
  3. All patients, by means of the high quality exam we provide, are measured with our Spinal Risk Assessment. This is completely objective and it measures the beginning status, progress and end status. This is monumental for certainty.

These 3 tools, when used correctly, take the guesswork out of chiropractic. This is called Best Practices. And I haven’t even mentioned the absolutely state of the art, functional based care programs our patients receive. So what are you doing with your patients? What provides certainty?

It’s 2015. Chiropractic is evolving by leaps and bounds every year. That’s not going to change. Are you current? Guess what, even if you just graduated you’re not current. But hope is here. Best Practices is here. Shoot me an email and I’ll point you in the right direction.

All the best to you and your patients,

Chris Tomshack DC

HealthSource Chiropractic, Because Every Patient Deserves World Class Care!


Groundhog Day, Einstein and YOU (yes, there's a connection...)

Good Afternoon everyone!

Way back in 1993 the hilarious movie Groundhog Day premiered. Remember when Bill Murray wakes up on one of the countless repetitive mornings and smashes the clock with a hammer? How about when he’s taking a bath and tosses an electrical appliance into the water with him?? That was one funny movie! Interestingly, Lisa’s family is from Punxsutawny.

The plot was simple. Every day, the alarm clock rings, a Sonny and Cher song plays on the radio and Murray wakes up to find its Groundhog Day, over and over. At first he’s ticked off and perplexed. As the movie rolls, he eventually begins to learn that he’s got an opportunity to do things different, to grow, to be a better person. He takes chances. Many DC’s have practices that are pretty much stuck in a repetitive pattern as well. It’s my opinion that it’s very easy to get in a rut and merely continue practicing, essentially practicing on autopilot, with little evolution in how you deliver care or how your practice runs. Sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone, but that’s not an excuse to stay that way.

We all know the definition of insanity…….doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. You see, you just can’t solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it. Input has to change if you want your practice or your life to change.

We’re only 4 weeks into 2015. Certainly you’ve thought about how you’d like your year to end up. The next step is to work backwards, creating outcomes for each quarter of the year and then slicing that even further into monthly and weekly outcomes. You’ve done this, right? If not, expect 2015 to be a repeat of 2014; Groundhog Day over and over again. Life’s too short for that rat race.

What can you do differently today, this weekend, next week or next month to begin rally sculpting the lifestyle of your dreams? What don’t you like? What do you want to improve or even create from scratch? This is your life. Dream big!

PLEASE, make 2015 an entirely different experience than 2014. Eliminate the chiropractic Groundhog Day disease. Live big and be happy!


Taylor Swift’s Chiropractic Advice.

An amazing member of Team HealthSource, Dr. Lynssey Jepson, forwarded me a short video of Taylor Swift. Lynssey sends me things to look at from time to time, and I greatly respect her opinion, so I always take a good look.

The video shows Taylor wrapping gifts she picked out for some of her fans she read about on social media. She read up on them to find out what’s important to them. First lesson: pay attention to your patients and what’s important to them. They are the reason you have an income.

Then it shows her fans receiving and opening up the gifts. The fans are highly emotional, and rightly so. Most are crying. How many entertainers have done this? How many chiropractors have done this?

Finally, the video follows Taylor as she drives from NY to Connecticut to hand deliver a present to a young mother. The young lady is blown away with the realization that superstar Taylor Swift is actually visiting her and her son. Lesson #2: connect with your patients.

Ms. Swift is a phenomenal success, and at age 25, she is one of the top 10 wealthiest country stars of all time, even though now she’s classified in the pop genre. Success leaves clues. The overriding message here, or lesson #3, is that if you want to be massively successful, focus on the desired outcome. In this case, ask yourself, what do you think Taylor’s desired outcome really is?

Give up? Let me tell you. Taylor wants to really provide outstanding entertainment to the world, thereby actually making it a better place for her having contributed. Yes, she’ certainly got plenty of other desired results, but to reach them, she must strive for her main outcome first. What does this mean to you?

It means that we as chiropractors are entrusted to care for and provide sound wellness advice to millions. We must endeavor to provide the very best to our patients. Roller tables, e-stim, ultrasound and classic massage are NOT providing the very best care and advice…….well, maybe if it was 1970 it would be. But it’s not. It’s 2015. What kind of care do you provide to your patients? State of the art, outcomes based and measurable care or 1970’s chiropractic? Only you can change what’s provided.

I challenge you to this year, in 2015, make the decision to evolve your care programs so that your patients really get the best care possible, better than anyone else in your city can provide. At HealthSource, that’s our mantra: The Relentless Pursuit of Exceptional Care.

Not sure where to start? Email me. I look forward to hearing from you. Oops, almost forgot. Here’s the link:

Here’s to an awesome 2015 that puts the focus 100% on your patients!

Chris Tomshack DC

HealthSource Chiropractic, Inc.


A Quick Confession

It’s December 31st and the mantra has been drummed into your head for years. ‘Spend some time on the 31st and write down your goals. It’s what winners do.’  Maybe that’s true. Maybe it’s not.

Over the past 12 months I’ve spent a very large amount of time studying extremely successful people and then identifying the common denominators that exist. There are several key ones, but the one I want to mention to you today is this: how we talk to ourselves is dramatically important and carries massive implications on how successful we become. And by the way, define success as you see fit. It’s up to you.

So as a result of my research, I no longer use the term goals. Extremely successful people tend to not use that term at all. What do they use to project what they want in the future? One simple word: RESULTS. Some results we want, some we don’t.

What results do you want to achieve in 2015? And if you haven’t thought about it yet, it’s time. Most people spend more time planning their vacations than they spend planning their lives. Crazy, isn’t it? So do you know what your plans are for tonight, New Year’s Eve? I’ll bet you do. But do you know what your results will be for 2015 with the same clarity?

And to get your desired practice results for 2015, it is of dire importance that have leverage, meaning that your Team clearly knows your vision for your office. Do they? If I asked them, would they be able to accurately enunciate your vision? For example, ‘my office vision is that we exceed every patient’s expectations on every visit and lead our patients to real wellness care’. Pretty cool, huh?

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18) Give this quote a little thought. I love the Book of Proverb, probably because it’s very straightforward and easy to interpret. It hits the nail on the head with a sledgehammer on this topic, doesn’t it? My suggestion it that you spend some time with your team today and clearly discuss your vision for your office for 2015. Tell them WHY you have this vision. That’s a wise investment.

The outcome that I wish for you is that you smash through and hit your desired results for 2015 while really being present and loving the journey. And if you haven’t spent the time to write down your 2015 expected results, do it today, before you enjoy New Year’s Eve. And to increase your results, break it down into yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly action steps. Then discuss them with your team and your family. You can do it. Your results depend on it. It’s what massively successful winner do.

Questions? Something I wrote not make sense? Shoot me an email: I’ll get back to you soon.