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.
All chiropractors have a choice as they emerge from college and launch into their first days in practice. Will they be pain-and-symptom based or vitalistic? If you choose pain and symptoms, then the road forward is clear: Use the orthopedic tests you learned in school. When the test is positive, there is pain, and when it’s negative, there’s not. In this model, your patients stop care once their pain resolves.