wheels_turning_o9q6Concept mapping is an idea that was developed by Joeph Novak from Cornell University and has been around a number of years in the field of education but is currently not being implemented all that much in our current education system.  Concept maps let educators or people of influence observe and record changes in people’s knowledge and perception of certain topics over a period of time.  This lets us take a look at whether we, as an office, are doing a good job of communicating Upper Cervical Chiropractic or not.

This is important because meaningful learning really takes place when a person incorporates new concepts into existing paradigm structures, which if are wrong, are very hard to change and usually has to take place over  a long period of time.

To find out what your concept of health looks like is very simple. 

  1. Take out a blank piece of paper.
  2. In the middle, write the word health and circle it.
  3. Start writing around the page all the different factors that go in to health with braches from the main topic
  4. Then write out what contributes to and takes away from in your daily life all of these factors
  5. Draw arrows to the factors of health that contribute to other factors.

By the end of the exercise your sheet of paper probably looks like a huge mess.. which is good because we’ve been taught a lot about what health is supposed to be.

I do this as an exercise in my new patient class and the biggest light bulb that tends to go off is how connected every aspect of what we consider health – is connected to the nervous system!  Every factor of health that people write down should be traced back to the nervous system.

Most of the time, chiropractic is not on peoples maps at all.  Once we go through exactly what chiropractic is and that we focus on the nervous system and not just making sure all the bones move – it makes total sense.

A great way to do this on online is called mindmapping.  I have the software and use it all the time to brainstorm what I have to do for projects, marketing, and new concepts in general.  I highly recommend checking it out and using it regularly for all of your ideas because it’s more of an active learning method.

Try it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below…