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    The Greatest Thing You Can Do For Your Patients!

    September 30, 2015
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    Ask any health practitioner what the biggest challenge is to getting sick people well and most will tell you that it is compliance to the recommended care schedule.

    After 30 years in practice serving thousands of patients and 15 years of coaching, I can tell you that the number one challenge in getting sick people well is getting them to stay long enough and come often enough to make a change in their spine, nerve system, and health.

    Likewise, as a coach to chiropractors, the biggest challenge I have in helping chiropractors help their patients, is getting them to make recommendations that are long enough and frequent enough to have patients get well.

    Why would a chiropractor who knows and believes that a patient needs a certain amount of care recommend less care than is necessary?

    If you are a lay person reading this blog you must be thinking that this is crazy! Are you serious?

    You're telling me that if I'm sick and I go to a chiropractor there is a 90% chance they are going to recommend less care than I need to get well?

    That is correct.  Chances are they will ease you into the idea that time and frequency are responsible for most healing.
    "We will start you at three times a week for a few weeks and then twice and once a week, and then we will see what happens."

    Why is it that your chiropractor doesn't recommend what you need to get well?

    The reason is simple. The common mindset of you (the patient) is that healing is instantaneous. It should be quick, easy, and free.
    Ok, not free but not more than the cost of a bottle of Advil!

    If your chiropractor recommends what you actually need, chances are you will not accept it because it is so far from what you expect.
    Not only that, you may visit Rate My MD and other review sites and claim that this chiropractor was trying to rip you off, recommending too much care for too long a time and for too much money.  

    So there you have the problem. Your chiropractor is too afraid of what you are going to think of him or her to give you your best recommendation.

    Let's not lose sight of the fact that recommending too little care is keeping people sick.

    A case in point...

    I was so frustrated the other day. A patient was referred to me by another patient. He was an older gentleman with acute low back pain.
    History revealed a previous disc injury and upon examination he was extremely antalgic and had very poor movement in the lumbar spine.
    I recommended that we take a radiological series to evaluate his spine. He refused the X-rays, didn't complete his examination and walked out the door.

    Curious as to why this happened?

    He was in Montreal the week before and saw a chiropractor who adjusted him once and said that he should be fine after that.
    He couldn't reconcile why this one chiropractor didn't need a compete examination and only needed one adjustment versus what I was recommending. The one adjustment worked for a few days and gave him temporary relief, so he wanted me to do the same.

    What he needed was a plan to restore his spinal alignment and function to as close to normal as possible.

    A plan that would take the pressure off of his nerve system and allow innate to work.
    A plan to let the power that made his body heal his body.
    A plan that would require time and frequency.

    So what is the solution to the problem?
    The chiropractor has to have a great report of findings or Doctor's Report to explain what care is necessary and why.
    The chiropractor has to show that what you have been believing and doing about your health is not necessarily optimal, and introduce you to a new way of thinking about your health.
    Then the chiropractor has to step into fear and tell you not what you want to hear but what you need to hear to get well.
    The chiropractor has to train on communication at a world class level to be able to help you understand that healing is possible but that it takes time and it takes frequency.

    Chiropractors, it's time to step up and do what is best for your patients.

    Teach them how healing works and give them enough adjustments over a long enough period of time to allow the power that made the body to heal the body.

    Can you begin to understand how doing a better job at teaching these two simple principles will begin to solve a lot of your patient compliance problems?

    The most common stressors in practice are missed appointments and patients asking to decrease frequency before they are ready.
    The highest stress adjustment is the tough love adjustment or red card procedure.
    A patient that understands the principle of time and frequency will be much more compliant to their schedule and will have a much higher success rate with their healing.

    Coach Yurij


    On Friday, October 16, 2015, Leo Quan said:

    Thank for the encouraging words Yurij. And thanks Stephen Lippitt for your share about the value we offer in our doctor's reports. It's all about the education and framing the work we do! 12 month plans all the way.....


    On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Lisa Pickering said:

    As a patient I can't emphasize enough how true this is. I have had lower back pain for 20 years, at times debilitating. I went to Chiropractors who would treat me for a couple of weeks and send me away. I would feel better... temporarily. It would always come back. I have been under regular care of 16 months and feel great. I haven't had one of these "episodes" in that time. It's not a quick fix. Chiropractors who treat like it is are doing the profession and their patients a huge disservice. Thank you for coaching the right way! Me, and my back, are eternally grateful!


    On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, David Covey said:

    I am amazed at how long my spine has taken to correct. I am amazed at how it is still continuing to change an improve. I would not want to go back to where I was even 6 months ago. I guess it took a long time to get sick. It make take a while to get well too. The body does amazing things. But healing, re-construction really does take time, all directed by the brain and spinal cord, 1 cell at a time.


    On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, David Covey said:

    Absolutely true! Love for them is not caring what they think of me. Love for them is telling them what they need, treating them as you would want to be treated.


    On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, C. Gus Tsiapalis said:

    Love and appreciate your focus on the fundamentals required to be understood by Chiropractors interested in serving a greater purpose. Your ability to communicate them simply in this blog is AWESOME...will be sure to pass it on too!


    On Friday, October 2, 2015, Hamza Saif said:

    Very relatable! As a new Warrior, I sometimes find myself fighting with my old self that wants to be led by fear and recommend care that I KNOW will not be enough to get the results that I want with a difficult patient. This decision is not only detrimental for the patient's health but also for my practice.

    Thank you for a great reminder and teaching!


    On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Craig Cocek said:



    On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Yurij Chewpa said:

    Thank you for your comments everyone. If you read the post and have an opinion please leave a comment. From what I can discern from my own 30 years in practice and coaching hundreds of chiropractors, most chiropractors don't see their patients often enough and long enough to provide optimal results. Joe Friel a pioneer in Ironman coaching who wrote the book 'The Triathlete's Training Bible' suggests that it takes 5 years of training for the average person to be ready to do an Ironman. Five years for the entire body to adapt to the stress of the training. My clinical experience reflects a similar sentiment, if a person has a lifetime of misalignment and malfuction it will often times take years to correct. Coach Yurij


    On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Bernadette said:

    So true Coach, so true... Thank you for all you do to help us stay on track to give humanity the best care in the world!!


    On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Dr. Julie Donoso said:

    Great wisdom coach! Thanks for teaching me to say the REAL thing and speak the truth. For the first time today, I discharged a patient that had been under care for 7 years. She wasn't following my recommendations for correction (specifically the exercises) and her spinal correction was getting worse year after year. When I finally checked her kids a couple weeks ago, they decided their scoliosis was not serious enough to correct. In my heart, I had to let her go. I couldn't adjust her knowing that her kids were at home sick. It was pure FREEDOM to speak from my heart!


    On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, David said:

    Be bold, Be strong, Be courageous! Only then will you see the lives saved and transformed. Nothing is more disheartening than just being a substitute for Advil or robaxicet and limiting your practice to MSK relief when you know that subluxations are stealing their life away. Well said Yurij. Thank you.


    On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Stephen Lippitt said:

    I had a patient in for an assessment this week. He'd been to other chiropractors before, but only would stay for one or two visits each time. This time I had him stay for my doctor's report, and explained exactly why the care I was recommending was so important. He was so grateful that I took the time to explain everything, and was so excited at the possibilities. He told me that one of the reasons he never bothered to continue care at other offices was that no one ever took the time to set an hour aside and tell him what was possible. He signed up for care and is hopeful for the first time ever that he can heal and change his life.


    On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Alana said:

    Amazing! Thanks for the read and I have forwarded the message onto an amazing chiropractor that is thinking about attending TACTICAL TRAINING in TORONTO OCT. 17th!


    On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, eric delorme said:

    Thank you Yurij


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