They say good things come in time. This couldn’t be truer when it comes to the bodies healing process.
It still confounds me how many physical therapists don’t subscribe to this basic premise, one which in actual fact, aside from exercise is the only real evidence-based therapy.
That’s right. Time and Exercise are the only evidence-based ‘treatments’. Physical therapies are way behind, and surgery even further, and that comes from the medical profession!
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘in my time as a Chiropractor I have learned to trust the bodies amazing, ingenious healing and recuperative capacity. We were taught this at Uni, ‘Find it, treat it, and Leave it’!’
I understand a patient may present with many facets or layers to their condition and this creates ingrained neurological, physical, emotional patterns.
I also acknowledge your initial care may require a series of treatments scheduled in a specific sequence and frequency to help shift these patterns.
I also understand the patient needs time in the room to integrate each treatment fully.
Patient management towards a good outcome is all about timing.
Knowing when to treat and when not to. Knowing when to schedule the patient, not too far out, not too often is an art.
Knowing timing is as much about rational thinking as it is about trusting your ‘gut’.
Trust the body’s healing capacity. Trust your gut when working with your patients and encourage them to trust theirs.
Timing is everything.
Patient care is about degrees of management not about fix or cure.
It is an art that relies on ‘flow’ not ‘friction’.
Practice ‘letting go’. Don’t get attached to the outcomes. Trust your own skills and experience.
Guide your patients and follow the ‘less is more’ theory. You can always do more!
And finall,y praise your patients when their doing ‘great’. They deserve that and so do you.
Timing is everything.
As Darth Vada once said, ‘the force is strong in this one’. How strong is your ‘force’?
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.