Wellness Approach As a doctor of chiropractic, you are perfectly suited to not only to guide your patients into the 21st century but help them survive it. This is a time where the destructive effects of refined and genetically altered foods, prescription drugs, toxins and sedentary lifestyles are causing multiple complex health issues that are difficult to overcome. If you’re focusing largely on spinal correction in your practice, consider that you may need to address multiple lifestyle factors.
Practice Central It seems there’s a studio or spa for everything today with the advent of “boutique wellness.” Your patients may ask about anything from Reiki to flotation tanks, so which therapies are worth recommending? Studies have shown that cryotherapy, compression therapy and infrared sauna treatments have numerous health benefits.
Research Results In a well-rounded practice, a doctor provides patients with recommendations for optimizing their overall health. This can include resources to improve their sleep, understand the impact of nutrition, reduce their stress, become more mindful, and improve their movement patterns.
Clinical Concerns DCs have long focused their attention on the mechanical effects of treating soft tissue (skin, fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments). And now more emphasis is being given to the nervous system and its ability to normalize tissues, mitigate pain and improve motor control. This is changing the way many approach manual therapy.
Feature As more practices adopt the multidisciplinary model, the inquisitive doctor of chiropractic will want to learn more about alternative therapies. While some chiropractic practices have expanded to offer multidisciplinary services so that patients can get the care they need at a one-stop shop, others have begun teaming up with alternative therapy (AT) practitioners, but keeping their own independent business.