Road to Recovery Implementation
Implementing the Road to Recovery and Recovery Insert
TOWARDS THE END OF YOUR REPORT OF FINDINGS:
“You may have seen this chart in our practice. We use it to show our newest participants what they can expect in the days, weeks and months ahead.
“Most consult our practice because they’re suffering from some type of ache or pain and want relief. So, that’s where we start with initial intensive care.
“Some see fast improvement with each visit, reaching the yellow zone where they’re feeling better. “For others suffering from major trauma, they may find their symptoms seem to worsen at first, and then show gradual improvement.
“Thankfully, most see steady improvement with each visit building on the ones before until they too are feeling better, reaching what we call Decision Time.
“We call it Decision Time because you’ll have a decision to make.
“Will you build on the investment you’ve made and continue the strengthening of muscles and soft tissues in the green area for more lasting spinal changes? “Or will you coast? Without strengthening your spine, you’ll be predisposed to a relapse.
“When that happens, we’ll welcome you back and begin again. Like before, when you’re feeling better, you’ll have a decision to make. Will you continue the retraining of muscles and soft tissues that occur after symptoms subside? Or will you coast, risking the likelihood of a relapse?
“Some, prefer to start care. Stop care. Start care. Stop care. It’s your call. We’re here to help.
“You don’t need to make your decision now but let us know. That way, we can celebrate your success, archive your records so they will be here along with our genuine interest in you and your health. Or we’ll begin the next phase of your care. And with your spinal function improving, visits can be less frequent.
“Whichever path you choose, our job is to provide the finest chiropractic care possible, and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
“Shall we get started?”
PRESENT A COPY OF THE RECOVERY INSERT FOR THE PATIENT TO TAKE HOME.
Point out that third parties are mostly interested in the red area. "They’ll often pay for relapses but not for the care necessary to fully heal muscles and soft tissues! That’s why most ‘health’ insurance should really be called ‘sickness’ insurance."
If patients choose the "low road" of repeated relapses, remind them that at their first or second relapse they can "get off the roller coaster" and at "Decision Time" continue up into the green.
Notice that the visit "dots" are closer together at the beginning of care and open up as the patient improves. This is designed to indicate visit frequency, not the number of visits.
Another way to end your explanation is, "Our job is to provide the very best chiropractic are possible, and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
Return to the Road to Recovery Chart
Return to the take-home version we call the Recovery Insert