If you are a chiropractor that focuses on wellness care, moving families from the acute phase of care to the remodeling phase and into wellness care, is of paramount importance. The journey of educating families in how chiropractic help them and the importance of ongoing care is often quite tricky when family members are no longer showing any signs of discomfort or pain.
In this video I look into why measuring improvements once a child has graduated to wellness care is still vitally important.
As chiropractors we often judge how well our communication has worked by the number of family members that move from acute phase into wellness care.
By this stage families have seen improvements in symptoms, how they feel and improvements in their quality of life. Parents will measure these improvements through monitoring symptoms, including pain, sleep, moods, movement and diet.
But what should parents be monitoring once their child graduates to wellness care? The pain is usually gone; the kids usually feel great and families are satisfied that chiropractic has worked and getting their kids and themselves well again
In a society where effectiveness is important, parents will continually be asked by friends and family why the child sees a chiropractor, particularly if there are not any ‘visible problems’ now.
So how do we measure improvement during wellness care? How do we work with families so that they can clearly and easily see that their child is supported long-term through chiropractic?
What improvements should the chiropractor be looking for in children under wellness care?
Did our responsibility for measuring effectiveness finish once they graduate into wellness care? Or does it continue?
I think these are very important questions to think about.
Wellness care is the prime opportunity to educate parents about function and structure and how it relates to health on a day to day basis. Take their education to that next level. Drop conversations about symptoms and focus more to conversations about achieving excellent levels of health, resilience and vitality.
Continually measuring and re-measuring how well a body is functioning is vitally important not only for the feedback for the parents but you the chiropractor as well.
Progress exams during wellness care give you further insights to report back to parents that their child is under more stress than last month, how the body is in coping right now compared to last year, or that you’re feeling altered tone or their weird subluxation patterns are indicating a big shift in their body’s integrity due to the latest events, falls, or other stresses is really important feedback for parents.
Parents need to be guided and supported by their chiropractor to understand how structure relates to function. And how they can tweak their child’s lifestyle to suit their body better.
Working on structure is extremely important for a child’s health now and in the future. The spine plays such an important role in health, but failing to take this opportunity to continually educate families who are under wellness care is doing that family a disservice.
You may find you have families that just fall out of care; other families might just say ‘I need a break’, or other families that miss one appointment and you don’t see them for another six months.
Families need constant reasons to be in practice. Being healthy is extremely important to families but need to be reminded why chiropractic is essential for optimal health and you can show that by doing regular progress exams even during wellness care.