Informed consent is defined as being permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits. How often are we actually given all of the information when it comes to making an informed and empowered health decision? There are risks and benefits to everything we do to and for our physical, mental, and emotional health.
There is a term coined “implied consent”, meaning if you don’t explicitly tell your health provider “no”, they have been given permission by you to go ahead with their care, procedure, etc. You are in charge of your health. You are allowed to say no if you are feeling uneasy or hesitant and want to get more information and do more research. Know your options. If you don’t know your options, then you don’t have any.
YOU are in charge of your healthcare. YOU are allowed to dictate what you do with your body. Your healthcare provider is going to give you their best recommendations but remember at the end of the day, you are the one to decide. This goes for chiropractic care, perinatal care, general health, surgery, prescribed medications, your child’s care, everything health related.
Do not be a passive part of your own health experience. Request knowledge. If your healthcare provider isn’t on your team, you have every right to fire them and hire someone else. In our office, we pride ourselves in empowering our clients in making the best healthcare decisions. Sometimes that does mean doing something other than chiropractic care, depending on where they are at.
We are here to support you in whatever way you need.