Starting a private chiropractic clinic is not as difficult as it was a couple of decades ago. Back then, most people did not understand what chiropractic care was all about and cared less about its benefits. However, things are different today because people of all ages — from infants to pregnant women and senior citizens — can benefit from professional chiropractic care. Due to the growing demand for chiropractic care, practitioners must differentiate their services to achieve a competitive edge. One way of giving yourself a head start is incorporating naturopathy in your services. Practising closely with a naturopath guarantees direct and indirect benefits, as highlighted in this post.
Offers Primary Care Service
Typically, general physicians assume the role of primary caregivers and are the first point of contact for patients. Primary caregivers also coordinate with other specialists to ensure that a patient gets appropriate treatment. While chiropractors can collaborate with general physicians, naturopaths are a sound option to take up the role of a primary caregiver. Notably, the nature of the job allows naturopaths to spend adequate amounts of time with patients. Thus, they can perform primary care services, such as blood work and lab tests, and discuss a patient's diet, nutrition, and general lifestyle issues. Most importantly, a naturopath brings a broad spectrum of holistic and elective healthcare services to your chiropractic practice.
Offers Care to Special Populations
Society comprises people with special needs as far as chiropractic care goes. For instance, infant chiropractic care is quite different from prenatal chiropractic care. Likewise, chiropractic needs for patients over 60 years are different from those of a professional athlete. Therefore, if you want to specialise in one or two populations, you will be glad to know that naturopaths can also focus on specific areas of their practice. For instance, if your chiropractic practice caters to the elderly, a naturopath trained and interested in cardiovascular medicine would be a perfect match. Similarly, a practitioner specialising in naturopathic pediatrics would be a good fit if you focus on prenatal and infant chiropractic care.
Treats the Body as a Whole
A chiropractor's primary objective is to ensure that a patient's body functions optimally. They achieve it through spinal manipulations, which increase blood flow and nerve conductivity to targeted joints and muscles. That said, chiropractors are trained to focus solely on the musculoskeletal system. However, it is worth knowing that the body comprises different systems, which must work together for optimal health. A naturopath's training starts with the understanding that body systems are integrated, and issues in one area affect another. Therefore, a naturopath can identify conditions that a chiropractor cannot since they look at different aspects of one's health, such as the mind, emotions, nutrition, and lifestyle.