Some chiropractors think that just getting regularly adjusted constitutes wellness care. While essential, true wellness is far more than having unobstructed nerve communications between the brain and body!
Physical: Are you at your proper weight? Do you have reserves, endurance and stamina? Do you exhibit a sense of vitality?
Financial: Do you have financial peace? Are you properly insured? Out of debt?
Mental: Are able to handle stress, think clearly and be decisive?
Social: How well do you get along with others? Do you have clear boundaries?
Family: Do you have a connection with family members? Or is their estrangement and discord?
Career: Are you simply trading your time for money? Or do you have a calling?
Spiritual: Do you have an intimate connection with your higher power?
Wellness is subjective and an ever changing metric. To inspire others to be their best, you must be your best.
How's it going?
There are at least three key implications here.
The first is the realization that after symptomatic improvement, the greatest breakthroughs come from a patient's willingness to take on the other dimensions listed above. Don't be surprised if the number of patients with such an interest is small. Probably no more than 5% or less. Start with them.
Secondly, that's because unless you're giving talks and sharing the principles of chiropractic, most patients are seeking relief of neuromuscular-skeletal complaints--not pursuing health. Big difference.
Finally, while you must be "weller" than your typical patient and walk the talk, if you're too fit, too fastidious about your health and wellness, it can backfire. That's when patients find that the bar you've set appears to be too high, and well, unachievable.
Wellness care is messy. Personal. And requires the willingness to listen rather than pontificate; asking rather than telling.
It's how you transcend from being a spine mechanic to a healing partner, granting you the soul satisfaction of better results and greater significance.
Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at Parker Seminars and other chiropractic gatherings since 1985. He is the author of 12 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His chiropractic blog, in-office consultations, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helps hundreds of chiropractors around the world. His Monday Morning Motivation is emailed to over 10,000 chiropractors each week.