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Better Grades with Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 31, 2010

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Better Sex and Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 30, 2010

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Why Chiropractic Education Sucks!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 16, 2010

It’s overpriced, overrated and fails to prepare practitioners for the reality of chiropractic practice.

Now, that’s gonna leave a mark!  I can hear it now from the chiropractic colleges, from the accrediting authority, the national associations and hundreds (maybe thousands) of chiropractors around the country.  Sadly, though, it’s true.

Don’t get me wrong.  chiropractic students learn ALOT in their three and a half years of professional school.  The problem is that much of it is simply the wrong stuff.  Granted,anyone whose profession deals with the human body should be well educated in the sciences and a significant understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body.  With that part of the program, I have no problem, whatsoever.

My beef with the education being foisted on fledgling chiropractors is that it is way too heavy in medical diagnosis and way too light on the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic.  I’d venture to say that the bulk of new chiropractors see themselves as “drugless medical doctors” specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal ailments.  Very few chiropractic schools even teach the principles on which the profession was founded, specifically that vitalistic understanding that chiropractic is about what is RIGHT with a person’s health and how to restore HEALTH instead of fighting disease and ailments like our medical counterparts.

Further, through political prowess, monopoly power and intimidation, the profession’s sole accrediting authority has made chiropractic so expensive that few graduating chiropractors can achieve even moderate success.  Some chiropractors are now graduating with a debt load of almost a quarter of a million dollars.  Even worse is the fact that in most states, much of what chiropractors are taught in school is ILLEGAL for them to practice without a medical license.  So what often happens is that the chiropractor is forced to add all sorts of modalities to his/her practice rendering it so eclectic that no one knows what they heck they really do.  Many DCs find themselves chasing ambulances and personal injury attorneys or prostituting themselves to run up insurance bills again like some of our medical brethren.

Look, chiropractic in its purest form is very simple to practice but has very wide implications.  Practitioners could be properly trained in a year’s less time of professional school and without much of the burdensome prerequisites.  A thorough understanding of  the body; its  structure and function; the proper application of chiropractic analysis, technique and philosophy; and sound business practices and ethics would better equip the doctor of chiropractic to succeed in practice from the beginning.

Given the uncertain nature of the status quo in the American healthcare system, the doctor of chiropractic must be able to practice in a cash only, retail environment instead of dependent on third party reimbursement.  Tomorrow’s chiropractor must understand what chiropractic CAN DO and what the chiropractor should NOT do.  They should FULLY understand and respect the difference between the MD and DC.  Failure to properly prepare future chiropractors for the reality of practice AND economic realities of the market will cause student load default rates that could cause the closing of several chiropractic colleges AND affect the amount of student loan money available to chiropractic students.

One added benefit of a more narrow focus of chiropractic education would be a better, clearer branding of the profession so that the public knows EXACTLY what ANY chiropractor is trained to do.  Simply put, the chiropractor will understand that their role would be to help people restore their health and maintain it simply by removing a significant source of stress on their nervous system.

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Recession Creates Opportunity!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 15, 2010

Because of my banking and real estate background, I have an opportunity to consult with chiropractors about their business.

I was working with a particular chiropractor today on negotiating the lease for her new practice. The negotiations had gone well with some excellent concessions on the perfect location for her business. That’s when she started to doubt herself. Apparently, she had heard on the news that the economy was SO bad that there was a 12 month supply of empty office space on the market. “Should I rethink even starting a practice now?”

While I’m aware of the state of the economy, you should be VERY leery of blanket statements about how bad things are. There is NEVER a better time to start a new business or make the right investment than in a recession, ESPECIALLY a deep recession like this one. Certainly, there are LOTS of empty buildings and space for lease and there are lots of folks going out of business and layoffs and lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! HOWEVER, in the midst of all the bad news there are lots of GOOD NEWS!

Sure, there IS plenty of empty space and folks are going out of business and there are layoffs. BUT, look at it from another perspective. For THIS particular chiropractor, there was only a FEW places that would work for her. The space we found was the PERFECT size in the PERFECT location with a MOTIVATED landlord and LOWER RENT than should EVER have been able to find just a year ago! Furthermore, there is an abundance of highly qualified folks willing to work for almost anything just to have some income.

So, before you buy into the gloom and doom of the recession, understand that it creates great opportunities for small businesses to flourish. So, get to work seeking, even creating great opportunities for yourself TODAY!

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