In Western medicine today, trained medical professionals are given incredible amounts of authority. With extensive knowledge and medical training, doctors have certainly earned the right to diagnosis and treat numerous medical conditions. However, this does not give them the right to exclude you from the health care team. Countless times, we have heard men and women complain that their doctors did not care about their input or did not truly listen to them before making a diagnosis.
Just as doctors have a responsibility to create an open relationship with their patients, patients also have a responsibility to play an active role in the health care team. Larry Wurn, clinical director of Clear Passage Therapies (CPT), explains, “Sadly, patients often take their bodies to the doctor just as they would take their car to a car mechanic.” Patients quietly sit as the doctor finds what is wrong, prescribes a treatment, and sends them away “fixed.” Larry and the CPT staff feel that this unfortunate circumstance is why we see so many chronic pain patients at CPT. The cause of the pain cannot be found because doctors and patients often do not work together.
At CPT, our patients play an active role in treatment. It is not something CPT therapists do to be polite; they do it because the input of a patient is fundamental to finding the cause of pain and dysfunction and creating a successful treatment protocol.
During the initial evaluation of a patient, our therapists ask about past events and experiences known to cause adhesion formation. This information is crucial because it helps therapists understand what adhesive patterns have formed in the patient. Therapists use this information to develop an effective treatment protocol.
When a therapist begins examining the patient’s body, answers to key questions help to further shape the treatment plan. Questions such as, “Do you always stand with your right foot turned slightly inward?” or “What level of discomfort do you feel when I stretch this area?” help a therapist determine the extent of adhesion formation and how long it has been present.
Then, while treating a patient’s body, the therapists ask for feedback about what a patient feels. Often, the therapist and patient find connections in distant parts of the body. For example, a patient might experience pain in the left hip when the therapist stretches the right shoulder. This kind of information is crucial for unraveling the adhesions and tight spots that cause a patient’s “unexplained” pain.
Throughout treatment, the therapist continues to actively involve the patient by educating them about their body so that they understand and mentally partake in the healing process.
A former patient who suffered from unexplained chronic abdominal pain told us, “Every step of the way I found caring, smiling, people who listened to me and encouraged me while the therapists worked; rather WE worked together – I had to be actively involved, mind and body.” It was only through the patient and therapist working together that this patient was finally able to be free from her chronic pain.
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