For me, the annual professional events roster from March to June has
long been a harbinger of spring. This may not seem very poetic, but
I’ve always seen a renewal of commitment take place at these particular
events, as months of work see the light of day
For me, the annual professional events roster from March to June has long been a harbinger of spring. This may not seem very poetic, but I’ve always seen a renewal of commitment take place at these particular events, as months of work see the light of day – presented as research findings and clinical developments – awards are issued honouring professionals for achievements, perseverance and dedication, and colleagues have the opportunity to compare notes or just catch up. Attendees gain strength and inspiration from their peers, while group meetings, annual general meetings etc., celebrate the potential for further growth and successes. All this occurs in perfect counterpoint to nature’s rebirth – spring!
Chiropractic events are, of course, no exception, in this regard. However, chiropractic events aim higher than those of most other health-care disciplines. Although optimal, holistic patient care is always the epicentre of purpose for chiropractic lifelong learning, DCs take time, at their events, to actively care for each other and their staff members, as well. They adjust each other. They provide sessions geared to research and clinical matters, but also ensure coverage of the business aspects of their practices. They nurture the chiropractic spirit. They provide workshops for support staff. They hug.
Chiropractors are so talented at taking care of each other, their staff and their patients – not only on special occasions, but, also on a daily basis – but are not always attentive to aspects of their own well-being. Therefore, we have created a new spring renewal initiative – the May issue of Canadian Chiropractor magazine is dedicated to helping you, docs, care for yourselves! In this issue, you will find wellness tips, suggestions and, yes, a little “tough love” from colleagues and supporters, aimed at helping you enhance your own mind-body-spirit balance and overall health as a practising DC. To round out our scope of consideration, we have also included tips for practice and financial wellness.
The “Caring for Chiropractors” theme will be introduced by Dr. Pierre DesLauriers, who will move you to enlist in the wellness revolution and improve your own health and well-being, so that you can continue to be an inspiration to your patients. In Back to Basics, Dr. Barbara Sturm will offer important tips for reaching your “happily ever after.” Investment advisors Paul and Nancy Philip will discuss financial adjustments. Shawn Veltman and Scott Newman, practice consultants to many Canadian DCs, will examine practice strategies for a tough economy. In our web exclusive, Janet Blanchard will talk about self-assessment and self-healing for chiropractors.
I would like to take a moment to congratulate, and thank, our “Caring for Chiropractors” contest winners. Drs. Sara O’Neill (first prize), Elaine Dembe (second prize) and Robin Armstrong (third prize) all submitted winning strategies for achieving balance and wellness as practising DCs – you will find their entries, as well, inside this issue.
This spring, the schedule of chiropractic events across the country – and internationally – is, again, on fire! (Check the Events Calendar at www.canadian chiropractor.ca often for chiropractic conferences, continuing education and other events.) I call on you to attend as many of these as you can, so that you may experience renewal in your practice and beyond. I also hope that this issue, dedicated to you, will serve as one instrument for the renewal of your own commitment to yourself as a valuable member of a great profession!
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