Is Your Practitioner Your Teacher?
We live in a fast paced world that doesnt seem to be slowing down anytime soon. This leads us to always trying to find the quick fix, the fastest route. When we seek a practitioner for any reason, this includes Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Masseuses, GPs, Specialists, Exercise Physiologists, Personal Trainers, Reiki etc. Are you seeking a quick fix, or do you want to be educated so that you can take control of your health.
It is important to build a connection with your practitioner/mentor on a community and kinship based level so that the practitioner can understand your history and your future goals. You should be able to walk out of visiting your practitioner and know you have learned something new, or have something new to practice. Seeking a new practitioner on a regular basis leads to misunderstanding and a lack of guidance for your health goals, unless that person is not allowing you to grow, in which a change needs to be made.
"Primum Non Nocere"
Some guidelines that can help to lead you choose the practitioner for you;
Is this person teaching me so I can learn and grow, or is this person just telling me what to do and providing me with quick fixes?
When you discuss your plans/goals or health concern, are they truly concerned about my health and wellbeing, or are they more interested in the payment at the end?
Do I feel comfortable returning to this person for help in the future?
Do they take interest and want to understand my lifestyle and family situation?
Does this practitioner understand your needs and have a true desire to help you understand and reach your goals or overcome health issues you are experiencing?
Does your practitioner “first do no harm” and help you make lifestyle and diet choices before reaching for medications of any sort?
When medication or a plan is put in place, was it discussed how to start your plan/medication and how long before your goals are reached and how to maintain your plan or go off or manage potent medications?
Do they support you on researching your own health and help you sift through the information so you can work together with not only you, but other practitioners as a team to achieve the best possible outcome?
Do they keep up to date on latest information and practices within their feild?
Are they helping or hindering?
There is always a mentor out there somewhere for you. Your practitioners should always be your mentors, its just a matter of finding the right ones to help you grow.
Asking the questions above can give us insight into choosing the right practitioner for us, and also helps us find the practitioner/mentors motivations.
Happy Searching ☺️