Warning: you may find this message polarizing. It may even anger you. This morning I was responding to a Facebook message and I happened across a post by a DC that was really two pictures blended into one. On one side it showed BJ Palmer adjusting a patient with his Hole In One technique. Very cool! He and pioneering DC’s helped many patients over the years with that technique. The other side of the picture showed a DC of today using the same technique.
I’m a student of chiropractic technique, always have been. And the question I have is “If Henry Ford were alive today, would he be driving a Model T or a new 2015 Mustang Cobra? Both cars will arguably get you from a reasonable point A to point B, but which one gets you there faster and in much more comfort?
Fellow chiropractors, amazing advances are made every year in chiropractic technique. Even more advances are made in soft tissue techniques that work synergistically with great chiropractic care to give our patients tremendous results and value. And the kicker is that the day you graduate, your skill set is already outdated. Are you keeping up? Seriously, would you want to go to a dentist that uses 1920 technology? Back when I was a fresh doc, I attended a chiropractic seminar. A famous guru was present and he was adjusting all the attendees who volunteered. I volunteered. I was quickly herded into one line were I was scanned by someone who then jotted down my results on a small piece of paper. When it was my turn I handed the paper to the guru and he put me into a knee chest table and did a HIO adjustment. BOOM!
I swear I saw light when I was adjusted. To say it hurt is a huge understatement. It hurt like He$%. I was dizzy. I immediately got a massive headache, a headache that returned day after day after day. My neck was sore constantly. ROM was restricted. It took almost 2 months of constant chiropractic care to fix what this ‘guru’ did to my c-spine in 5 seconds. And in between delivering adjustments he was walking around the room with his copy of The Subluxation Specific The Adjustment Specific quoting from it and thumping it as if it were the bible. It was scary and unnerving. Following that experience I vowed to only use the most effective chiropractic care available, committing to upgrade my technique each and every year. It began a lifelong mission that created HealthSource.
It’s really about doing what’s best for our patients, not what’s best for our own interests. It’s about keeping their interests ahead of ours. And on my search I learned about essential supplements; those supplements we absolutely need for health and healing and are commonly not in our diet. And no, it’s not some list of 15 things a patient ‘has’ to take. That’s ridiculous. It’s about just 4 at most.
And it’s also about staying current on the best soft tissue techniques. Trigger Point was state of the art a VERY long time ago. Compression Shearing and Compression Busting are light years ahead of trigger point and they’re not labor intensive. They won’t tire you out or destroy your hands. Roller tables were never state of the art. E-stim……….really? It’s about functional stretching and functional exercise. It’s about driving a Tesla or a Model T: they don’t compare.
If I’ve offended you in this piece, my only hope is that it causes you to examine that which you do in your office. Getting angry at me isn’t the answer. Be known for being the best. Deliver the best. Settle for nothing less. Your patients deserve it. You deserve it. At HealthSource, we live it. I love chiropractic and what we as chiropractors can do to help our patients. Questions? Message me or email me at email@example.com and I’ll get back to you very soon.
All the best to you today,
Chris Tomshack DC