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Many Chiropractors, if you ask them nicely, will tell you that they feel they were ‘chosen’ for the profession. They feel privileged to be able to help people, and that seeing their patients getting better is a true joy. That’s why the vast majority of Chiropractors are happy in their work, because at the end of the day it can be very rewarding not just financially, but spiritually.

Of course, if we’re being honest, there also can come a time when every Chiropractor, no matter the success or satisfaction level, gets a little burnt out. Productivity slides, things go a little south, and the practice suffers. It’s called burnout, and it can happen to anyone no matter the profession. There are, however, a number of productivity secrets to help fight this problem and keep it from happening.

First and foremost, you need a vacation. In reality, you need several. The fact is, as a small business owner, many Chiropractors are reluctant to take vacation because they feel their practice will suffer and ‘drop’. I’m here to tell you that, if you take a vacation every 3 months and no more than 4, your chances of getting burnt out decrease substantially and your productivity will actually increase.

A vacation recharges your batteries and, when you return, people can sense that. When you’re energized the world knows it and patients will beat a path to your door because everyone loves an energized person. Taking regular vacations is good for your soul and may just be the best thing that ever happened to your practice.

Treating your staff like they’re the most important people in your life is also very important to combatting workplace burn out. Why? Because a happy staff will take care of you and make your life sooo much easier. I suggest taking them out to lunch at least twice a month, having regular contests in the office for bonuses like movie tickets or small amounts of cash, and bringing in flowers at least once a week.

300x250 md-attorney referral If the staff is happy it shows, and a happy clinic will attract patients like bears to honey. If your staff is happy you can darn well be sure that they will want to keep YOU happy too. Treat your staff like gold and your practice will shine.

Hiring an associate is one of the best ideas to boost your productivity. I realize this sounds counterintuitive, but hear me out. First, having someone that shares the same education, belief system and passion as you, can really get the old Chiropractic sparks flying, especially if you’ve been in practice for a few years and you hire a new graduate. Their passion about the profession will re-ignite yours.

Not only that, but when you have an associate on staff you are freed up to do more of what excites you outside of the practice. Setting up a second practice, writing the great American novel or even finding new venues to do spinal screenings (and have the associate take care of them), all of these things can be done if you’ve got someone minding the store.

These productivity secrets are only suggestions of course, but if you want to be happy and avoid burnout I suggest you take them to heart. There’s nothing wrong with having interests outside of Chiropractic and, if you can combine both, you’ll always have a sincere smile on your face at the office.

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About the Author

Dr. Greg Iacono


Dr. Greg Iacono graduated from Life College in 1996 and immediately opened his 1st clinic in Savannah, GA. However fate (and a large airplane) took him to Belgium, where he practiced for 9 years and was the first Chiropractor ever to advertise in the country. Only 2 years after returning to the States, Dr. Greg was again called to another country, and for almost 4 years saw patients in Peru. He is one of only a handful of Chiropractors who can explain Chiropractic in 3 different languages. That, plus $9.00, will buy him a large double latte at Starbucks.


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