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April 8, 2008

I'm No Mrs. Fixit

Oftentimes I have clients who drape themselves across my table in anticipation of my "fixing" them. A relaxation massage is fine, but realistically I cannot "fix" anything without the clients' active involvement in the session. Whether I'm assigning exercises and stretches or just getting them to clarify their comfort level, client participation is an essential part of the therapeutic process.

It's never a good idea for anyone to leave their health in someone else's hands. Studies show that people who are diagnosed with an illness get better care from their doctor if they take an active part in their treatment. That means getting on the internet or checking a book out of the library and learning as much as you can about your condition. Your doctor is supposed to be part of a team with a myriad of health care workers and other professionals (including you) trying to help maintain or cure your condition.

In short, do your part. Take you medication as directed. Do the homework that the therapist assigns you. Read up on your condition with the intention of integrating the best care for yourself. Eat right, exercise, get plenty of fluids and sleep. Pray. Keep a good attitude and visualize your body's defenses fighting your illness (no matter how goofy the imagery you use).

It may not secure you a cure, but you have a better chance at fighting your illness than if you do nothing at all.

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Posted by linda at April 8, 2008 8:49 AM

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