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While many ankle injuries happen in the sporting environment, a large number also happen during activities of daily living. Between para-medicine, family practice, and the emergency room, the injured often ask the same question:“should I be getting an x-ray?”
Early in my career I had a lady with a diagnosis of frozen shoulder come into my office. She had seen many other practitioners, without resolve, and was seeing me as a last resort. After one treatment her symptoms went away and did not return. I thought at the time that I was the frozen shoulder guru. I was going to help all of the frozen shoulders on planet earth (that was naive). It turns out that helping someone with frozen shoulder is about as difficult as finding an Elsa doll the day before Christmas.
A new year is around the corner representing a fresh start for all of us. It’s an opportunity for breaking maladaptive habits, focusing on growth, and generally improving our circumstances. Most of us hope for a better year ahead; so then why do so many of us fail to be compliant to our resolutions?
If you’re someone that dreads having to apologize, this blog is for you. Apologizing can already feel vulnerable and daunting, and if it’s handled poorly it can strain connection even more. Ideally, your apology will hold components that encourage validation, safety, understanding, mutual respect, and a path forward. Any human relationship is only as strong as the ability to repair from hurt feelings.
Many manual therapists can relate to the tipping of the scales; moments when work-life balance favours career accomplishments, and personal well-being takes a back seat. Maintaining consistency week to week can help prevent therapist burnout.
Consistency can be represented by your daily routine, the things you do that make you feel as if you’re succeeding, satisfied, and stable in your life. Consistency for me, as with many others, is one of the most important factors in achieving set goals.
I sit across from a young woman who has been struggling for months. She is frustrated and tears up as she explains how she feels lost, helpless and has received little guidance on how to get better. She’s been told to sit in a dark room, not exercise and “rest”. When her symptoms don’t get any better, she’s told to rest more and the cycle repeats itself.
To a client, they’re concerned that they’re “out of alignment”, the focus of which often results in hypervigliant behaviour around movement/exercise and could become a newly-developed nocebo-like strategy. Are asymmetries clinically-relevant?
Eight years ago I would have rated my job satisfaction as low, perhaps nonexistent. Now that I reflect on my second career as a Registered Massage Therapist with five years of practice under her belt, I can say the opposite and have a few thoughts on overcoming the upheaval and stress involved in changing careers.
If you’ve worked with people in an exercise setting for any period of time, you’ve either knowingly or unknowingly been working in the field of skill acquisition. Webster’s Dictionary defines a “skill” as “a learned power of doing something competently: a developed aptitude or ability”. I’ve been thinking to myself lately, what exactly is “competence” as it concerns skill acquisition? In the past, I would have preferred a rigid definition, but I’m in a place in my career where a softer version makes more sense.
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