Today we have the “Pinched Nerve Model” which easily explains the idea of Subluxation. The model to get is the one that changes from a green fast pulsating light to a slow red pulsating light when subluxated.
When you’re out on the town and you don’t have your model with you, you could simply take a person’s finger and tell them to imagine it is a nerve going to their stomach. Pinch the finger at the middle joint with your fingers and ask the person “What is happening in your stomach because of this pinched nerve?” Get them to describe the symptoms that would be going on in their stomach if they had a pinched nerve, i.e. indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, etc. Ask them, “What would I have to do to correct this condition?” They will say, “Remove your fingers!” Then tell them the same thing happens in the body wherever you have a “pinched nerve” or “Subluxation.”
Another way to get them to adopt your point of view is to palpate their neck and find a Subluxation. Ask them, “How did you injure this area?” or “How did you whack your head?” Have them give you all the injuries they can remember for that subluxation. Then palpate for the next one and ask the questions over again. By the time you reach the low back the person will be saying, “Boy I’m really messed up!” or “I didn’t realize how many times I’ve been injured!” or “I forgot about that roller skating accident, do you think
that is what’s causing my headaches?” This method should also be used on a new patient as part of your examination. Palpate first then confirm with any other test you may want to do. The purpose is to raise the awareness of the person or patient that they have been injured and they are subluxated.
EDUCATION IS USEFUL IF IT IS SIMPLE.
IF EDUCATION IS SIMPLE IT IS USEFUL.
“Chiropractic was BORN a simple principle and practice. When ChiropracTIC WAS simple and ChiropracTORS WERE simple, Chiropractic and Chiropractors were getting sick people well.”
“Those who lived simple Chiropractic succeed.” “Those who lived complexed fail.” “Simple makes; Complex breaks!”
Excerpt from the book Up from Below The Bottom by B.J. Palmer pg. 704
Making anything really simple is difficult enough; but keeping it simple is just about three times as hard. Someone is eternally at it to add to, amplify, or in some fashion complicate any idea or product or service or plan. So-called “improvements” seem to attach themselves, like barnacles to the hull of a ship. A case in point is the simple Brain/Body/Diagram. It was designed by him to simply demonstrate to the patient how the body functions. Because of its simplicity, the patient would retain the information and when asked, could draw it back. This ensures that the patient will draw it for others and get them interested in Chiropractic. Any complication of this diagram defeats its purpose.
One Doctor when drawing the Brain/Body/Diagram would go into cell division. This caused his patients to go into a coma or shut off mentally.
“Simple makes; Complex breaks!”
Are you making your educational steps too complex? Do you show patients videos that do not define the terms that are used? Have you ever quizzed your patients to see if they actually understood the material you explained to them?