Chiropractic founder D.D. Palmer’s philosophy lays at the foundation of modern chiropractic, espousing wholeness principles that “life is intelligent … and strives to maintain a state of health through adaption mechanisms,” according to Palmer College.
Ours is the only field of modern healthcare that has such a profound philosophic base at its forefront that points to “the constructs of vitalism, holism, conservatism, naturalism and rationalism.” As a result, chiropractic is increasingly becoming the healthcare choice of new, more educated and health-conscious generations. But how can chiropractors tap into this trend?
The Next Wave: Medical Integration
The healthcare industry is at a historic turning point with chiropractic and other forms of alternative medicine on the rise even as some medical doctors begin to question the ethics of a system that targets symptoms rather than going after the core of disease. Chiropractic, on the other hand, is “focused on health rather than disease alone.”
While the tide of public opinion appears to be turning toward chiropractic and more holistic approaches to healthcare, chiropractic has encountered opposition from skeptics in conventional medicine, unfriendly legislators erecting burdensome hurdles to acquiring care and a pharmaceutical industry intent on maintaining its broad customer base.
We as a community of chiropractors are beginning to discover the benefits of medical integration in boosting our practices and providing a more cohesive and comprehensive approach to medical treatment.
We who medically integrate our offices can provide our patients with a wider scope of treatment options that incorporate all aspects of healthcare – which may include traditional care mixed with chiropractic and other forms of alternative medicine. Our teams of healthcare practitioners at our medically integrated offices collaborate to develop precise and uniquely tailored treatment plans for ailing patients.
Chiropractors striving to bring their holistic message to wider audiences and to provide a fuller list of services to their patients are often hindered in single-discipline practices. Chiropractors are limited to providing only chiropractic care and must refer patients to other providers if other treatment is needed. That produces delays and stirs the temptation to take shortcuts.
Medically integrated offices, however, allow chiropractors to take a fuller view of diagnostic care and offer patients in-office treatments. The collaborative approach produces significantly greater outcomes while maintaining and bolstering the value of alternative treatments.
The greater mix of care options positions both chiropractor and patient to design plans suited for individual lifestyles and physiological compositions. The symptom-based approach to healthcare that relies heavily on pharmaceuticals is replaced with plans requiring more patient engagement and which ultimately leads to more sustainable recoveries.