I have never been one for change. I continually debate and ruminate about the changes I’ve had to make in my personal life and business. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to one extent or another. However, within the past 5 years I’ve really had to challenge myself even more as I’ve completely changed my business model. This has caused me to lose people and patients in my life, who otherwise may still be in my life.
I’m a chiropractor by schooling, but I have been described by medical physicians as a professional that is a bridge between physical therapy and chiropractic. Not really being part of either world, but taking a lot of the ideas from both and merging it into something different that adapts with time. This has not been an easy transition by any means. I have been what some would call a “subluxation chiropractor”. I have been a “sports chiropractor” in another time. I have mixed my knowledge and changed over time. My most recent adaptation to my professional career is the most rewarding, yet hardest of all.
Through the first 15 years of my practice I had been Active Release Techniques ® (ART) certified and thought I was pretty good at adding myofascial work to my chiropractic techniques. I’d been to several ART seminars and was full body certified and the first to bring this technique to Michigan in 1999. I had also been performing chiropractic manipulation for years and had worked hard to perfect my technique.
Six years ago I invested time in a new technique called Integrative Diagnosis ™ (ID). Taking ID changed my thought process and eventually my practice. Six years later I continue to learn more and feel like my practice is completely changing for the better. I no longer guess about which muscles to work on, or whether or not any of my treatment is working. This is all thanks to the objective way that ID system functionally tests all the areas if the body that I work now. My patients notice a difference as do the medical doctors that I have been collaborating with. They notice more in the outcomes of the patient’s care and identify with having more satisfied results.
The past six years I have taken over 40 seminars in the ID system. I have had personal coaching with the founder of ID and continually work on my skills to improve my clinical excellence for my patients. This despite being one of the oldest providers taking this technique.
My point to all of this is not to brag, well maybe a little 😉, but to let you know that you can change. I changed my entire practice and viewpoint to improve myself for the future. Even though at times I really don’t feel like studying or going to that next seminar, so I can stay home with my family. I realize that if I don’t, I won’t improve and who does that help?!
Change can be hard, however so worth it all at the same time. I encourage you to do something to change yourself for the better today. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can make a change for the better.
Dr. Eric Lambert
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