What is it that we want to be known for?
All of the above? Or none at all? If we see a patient once, and once only, what is it that we want them to take away from the visit?
Some of it will depend on diagnosis, but as a whole, we want the patient to recall what we did...
Do we want to be remembered as the therapist that will provide a home exercise program, or maybe one who provides a great massage with heat and TENS, or even a therapist that will impress upon the patients that we are really, really smart.
As I pondered this and looked around, the therapist I work with is definitely a talker and will be remembered as person you can "chat up" during the session. I, on the other hand, usually skip the small talk and get down to business and put everyone to work immediately.
I will torture first then educate the patients on why I do the things I do. Advocating for patients can be hard in that you may have to step on toes to get things accomplished and I have learned (the hard way) on diplomacy when it comes to being an advocate. In fact, I am still learning this.
I guess I am trying to figure out what the patients take away from a session of therapy. I want them to learn something from the session and not think all I do is create more pain for them.