Yesterday, I had one of my staff talk to me about the amount of time we’re spending with different patients, and we discussed how long a chiropractic adjustment should take.
A good chiropractor can do each adjustment in about 2 or 3 seconds. If you put them all together, there’s a bit of prepping in between each adjustment and re-placing a patient, and re-placing of a chiropractor’s hands. But the actually adjustment, itself, is simply a push in the correct direction, with the correct amount of force at the correct moment. That adjustment itself, should take no more than a second to 3 seconds.
What often takes a lot of time in a chiropractor’s office is not the patient’s bones getting moved but it’s getting the patient prepared for and understanding the adjustment, and getting the doctor prepared for and understanding the patient.
In our office, the first few visits the patient spends will take well over an hour on many of the visits. Sometimes, the visits can be a bit shorter, but for new patients, it’s rarely less than 20 minutes, and often takes over an hour the first 3 or 4 visits. The reason for this is that we’re going through and practically listening to the patient’s entire life story of their health. We want to know everything that’s happened to them that might have some effect on their chiropractic treatment. We’re also looking for things that might make chiropractic not the right answer for that patient. That does happen and we do refer people out for other things.
If a chiropractic office runs well, the individual patients have been so well-educated on chiropractic that they understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. When this takes place and the patient is feeling safe, we’re able to accomplish the adjustment in a more efficient manner. If a patient has some fears, or isn’t comfortable with the adjustment, then we need to take more time with that person on a separate visit to make sure that they’re completely in the right mental state in order to receive the adjustment.
Surfing this morning, I had an unbelievably perfect wave on a very small surfing day. The wave itself was 2 or 3 feet high, and went really, really fast and took me a very long way – I’m guessing a few hundred feet. The entire ride lasted no more than 3 or 4 seconds, but took a couple of hours to get ready, paddle out, and get organized and cleaned up afterwards. Same thing with a chiropractic adjustment. I’ve done a chiropractic adjustment that’s taken me 2-3 seconds or less that has changed somebody’s life forever and has allowed them to heal from some of the worst problems known to mankind. But it took hours of time to prepare that patient for those few seconds.
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