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Who’s in the Room with the Patient?

headacheI had the opportunity to consult a husband and wife team this weekend. He is a Chiropractor and she is a Physical Therapist. Both believe that man is spiritual in nature and that if you remove nerve interference the body will heal itself naturally without drugs. They both have their own techniques and these techniques complement each other. Both receive patients only after they have gone the full medical route without results. The majority of their patients, these medical failures, see an allieviation of their symptoms in a short period of time under the technical expertise of both the Chiropractor and Physical Therapist. Continued care results in the correction of the cause of their disease.

If this is the case, why do some Chiropractors and some Physical Therapists malign each others ability to get sick people well. Isn’t that the purpose, the technique being secondary? I believe that both professions can and do get sick people well and do create miracles in their practices on a daily basis and to the surprise and joy of their patients.

Personally, I have never attended a medical lecture or read a medical book. I have studied anatomy in an elementary way and what knowledge I possess has been gleamed during my years of consulting.

It is said that a mind that is free from fixations is often able to assess a problem more clearly, and it may be that, my mind being unemcumbered with medical data, I have been able to form the conclusion advanced in this article which I hope you will consider on its merits and without prejudice.

The whole purpose is to get sick people well. How you do it should be secondary. All understanding should come from the results produced in the patient and to what the patient thinks has happened. If the patient states that she has had headaches for 18 years, tried every form of medical care and the headaches continued to worsen then you have to believe that. And, if she then states that the headaches vanished while under your care, then you have to believe that you were the cause.

The next time you’re in the room with a patient, ask yourself, “Who’s in the room with this patient?” Who palpated the patient? Who found the nerve interference? Who applied the right technique to that interference? Who removed the nerve interference? What then happened in the patient? If the patient improved or got well, it must have been you! If you don’t believe that ask yourself again, “Who was in the room this the patient?” Eventually you will realize you are a healer.

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Art, Science, Philosophy and History of Physical Therapy

beautiful woman flowersIt is the belief of Physical Therapists that each human being is a uniquely organized and functioning combination of body, mind, and spirit. They believe that health is a state of complete physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

They believe that each individual is responsible for his or her own life and possesses the power to achieve an optimum state of health and empowering individuals to achieve this optimum state of health is the core purpose of health professionals.

They believe that all human beings are deserving of interactions consistent with an inherent respect for their dignity and recognition of their unique cultural and social beliefs and values.

Physical Therapy best supports these beliefs and is a profession dedicated to service, to people and society, and physical therapists practice in an artful, competent, compassionate, caring, legal and ethical manner.

Physical therapists practice mindful of the art and science of their profession.

Physical Therapists commit to lifelong learning and to searching for the evidence that supports and advances practice. Critical thinking, problem solving, intellectual perseverance and courage are all essential characteristics of the successful physical therapist.

Physical Therapists are involved in health promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation of individuals and populations throughout their lifespan.

Physical therapists diagnose movement dysfunctions based on skillful examination and evaluation regardless of the cause and provide skilled therapeutic intervention to foster improvement in physical functioning and maximizing overall quality of life.

Physical Therapists provide the initial access into the health care system for persons with impairments and functional limitations amenable to physical therapy and engage in referral relationships with other health care professionals.

Physical Therapist’s role also includes that of case manager, teacher, researcher, and consultant. [Courtesy of Samuel Merritt University website]

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2009 in Physical Therapy

 

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