If you give home exercises, Your Clients Need me. Here's why and how that helps you
I'm making contact with a few select practitioners in town that I refer my clients to and/or my clients have mentioned how wonderful you are. I am hoping to create better working relationships and understandings of each other's services so that we can provide even better services to our clients. I am offering a free 15-30 minute session in your office to give you a better understanding of how I can help you and your clients.
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If you give home exercises, your clients need me. Here's why and how that helps you.
We all know that a home program is crucial to success for many clients. Why else would you be giving them exercises to do at home?
But what if the exercises were actually hindering their progress?
I had a client who was unable to raise her arms to shoulder height. No shoulder blade movement, and it was very painful for her. Her therapist gave her a home program to hang from a bar with her arms over her head. This caused her intense pain, in fact, made her pain worse. She found herself very stressed out after this movement.
It made no sense to me. So we stopped this movement and went back a few steps to getting her shoulder blades to function well so she could do this movement.
I've seen it enough times to want to do something about it. I have clients tell me about their take home programs and their frustrations with it. I ask if they tell you, turns out they want to please us and so most don't, if not directly asked.
What if there was a more effective home practice that would help you take your client to the next level?
A well planned and practiced home program can be life altering.
A well planned and seldom practiced program is not very useful.
A well meaning but inappropriately designed home program can be a huge set back to clients.
Unfortunately what most practitioners don't do is actually test to see if the movement they've given is getting the results they intended, or if the client truly understands it, or if it is actually the next step that that clients needs.
There's no way to go through all of the intricacies of a well planned movement home practice at the end of a session, a well designed home practice is a session of it's own.
Two people will do the same movement differently. How a person responds to that stimulus and all the compensations in the breath and body that can happen is quite unique. It's truly amazing to step back watch how the body ACTUALLY responds.
I had another client whose hip flexors were always on and the service provider gave her a home exercise to hang her leg off the end of the bed. This didn't 'fix' the problem or the reason so she cycled around and around until we sorted out her adductor and abductor movements.
It didn't work because it didn't address out the WHY and the movement patterns she had that kept her hyper-using her hip flexors.
That's exactly what I do. That's how I help you and your clients. I help establish home programs that heal and truly support the great work you do and help your clients get even better results.
Let me give a very brief overview of what I do because although people have an idea of what Therapeutic Movement & Yoga Therapy are, they really just think it's stretching. Stretching is only 1% of what a movement practice is.
The first thing I do is check for Autonomic Nervous System dorsal function.
I test new clients for dorsal ANS function IMMEDIATELY. If they need support in this area I help them with a few movements and breath work to prepare the body to be willing to receive the help. It takes the chronic stress response and tones it down so that the great work that you do can be received more fully, and they feel more able to help themselves.
If the ANS is functioning well then we move onto working with asymmetries in the body. We look for and work through as many asymmetries as we can.
What the really cool thing about this assymentry in motion work is that it lays the foundation for all other aspects of the body to balance out and become more functional WITH EASE. When things are easy or easeful people are more willing to do them at home.
When we sort out asymmetries it's crazy how easy it is start to build up function again. This means you get to progress your clients quicker.
We then start to work on movement patterns and compensations. I help clients become aware of the things they are doing that exacerbate their tension and pain. You have probably experienced a client that leaves your office feeling much better only to have them return next week in the same pain. There's a cycle outside of your office that keeps repeating.
I help the client increase their awareness of their movement patterns and how the way they move is helping the cycle persist. Then I educate them on how to move better, so they can feel better.
We all want what's best for our clients - why else would we be giving our hearts and energy in everything we do. It takes a team of people to help our people. My piece is creating home practices that help people move better so they feel better.
Let me know if you'd like to try a little sampler of my work to experience how it fits for you and your clients.