Overnight, we had to pivot from planning the logistics and travel of live classes to transitioning all learning to a virtual environment and shifting our live schedule to later in the year. We want to provide support and flexibility during this time for our network of practitioners around the globe in hopes that we can ease the burden of uncertainty during this ever-changing new social and professional landscape we find ourselves in.
Manual therapy practitioners have been walking the long journey of fascial therapy for years. For much of this journey we’ve been walking blindly; not having a solid scientific answer to explain the mechanisms for why our approaches work for chronic pain patients. To be clear, we are still a long way from our desired destination, but this new technology is a step in the right direction.
In all of this reflecting on my personal journey through aging, I started to think about aging and expectations in regards to interactions with my patients. They say age, death and taxes are guaranteed in this life, but how many of us stop to consider that what comes with the “age” part is more than just skin-deep? I feel confident no one would argue that wrinkles, be it on your face or anywhere else on your body, are normal and expected. You may not like it, but you know it’s a fact of life.
After being evaluated by her medical doctor, a recent patient was diagnosed with moderate degeneration of the cartilage on the posterior side of the patella. She was told to NEVER squat, lunge, or perform lower body exercise again as it would lead to further degeneration of the cartilage and that she would need a knee replacement. She mostly felt the pain when going up and down stairs, and stated she felt unstable as if her knee was going to give out. As health care professionals, we need to stop setting our patients up for failure. Here are four ways we can change the conversation...
In today's modern culture, we are bombarded everywhere with ads and promotions trying to sell us something. Features, benefits and "buy now" offers are literally EVERYWHERE. This is a direct result of companies (usually with deep pockets and LARGE ad budgets) that employ marketing strategies and tactics to talk "at" their audience instead of connect in a way that evokes and emotional connection with the reader. The name of the game here is frequency--the more they can appear in your newsfeed, the more their messaging gets through on a subconscious level. But unless you have an endless advertising budget, this tactic doesn't work for the average business.
The running joke amongst therapists and rehab professionals (no pun intended) is that the best home exercise to prescribe a patient is the one you can actually get them to do. It’s mostly a forgone conclusion that home exercise programs aren’t followed well or at all..in fact, more often than not, patients do not do them against the recommendation of their practitioner. Unfortunately, the joke is on US--the rehab professional prescribing the exercise.
It’s encouraging to see an uptick in the number of rehab professionals that are using some sort of system to classify patients in order to recommend the right treatment. Whether it’s MDT, SFMA, FMS or a variety of other systems, it is happening. That’s the good news; the bad news is that far too many practitioners still have no solid system of analysis.
When working with athletic populations one of the primary challenges in clinical practice is transitioning patients from passive to active care. At times we seem to aim our focus in the wrong direction, choosing to rely solely on the reduction of pain rather than instead the restoration of function as our metric for success.
The majority of the general public tends to believe what they're told and take labels at face-value. If something says "all natural" or "healthy," people tend to believe it--someone will buy these gas station vitamins based purely upon what the label say is true. But what happens when healthcare practitioners label themselves as something they're not?
This may come as a surprise to musculoskeletal clinicians out there, but many orthopedic surgeries aren’t all that it is sliced up to be. To some merely uttering these words is an act of heresy, deserving swift and severe punishment on the altar that medicine has built. To others, this comes as a confirmation of something they already observed. Too many surgeries have little or no evidence to support them.
Two of the biggest challenges a small business owner has—and I’m talking about pretty much all of the ones I’ve ever talked to—are prioritization and procrastination. Right off, you’re saying, “Nah, not me. I have my priorities straight.” But hold on just a second. In real life, a lack of prioritization and procrastination looks a little like this: as a small business owner (and in your case, also a practitioner, most likely), you’re pulled in a million different directions.
With so much misinformation and “fake news” floating around today, it’s refreshing to see some of our healthcare powerhouses embracing common-sense about quality patient-centered treatment. And furthermore, writing about it so the public has better information to make decisions. Besides, if it comes from Harvard, it must be true. Right?
In the old movie, Cool Hand Luke, the Captain said to Luke, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” This has been a major problem with the chiropractic profession since our inception. So many people who’ve never been to a chiropractor have simply no idea what it is that we do and why we do it. In fact, the rest of what I like to refer to as the “Health Care Universe”, which includes other health care providers and payers, has very little understanding of what we do or why we do it. Why not?
GRIP Approach is a comprehensive rehabilitative system that offers a global (full-body) perspective. The acronym stands for Global Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention. GRIP defines the connection between […]