We’ve all gotten that standard form letter that contains the dreaded line, “your physician will be leaving.” In my case, the recent letter announced that my physiatrist, Dr. A. would be leaving the region marking the end of a seven-year relationship. The unexpected news caused me to stop and reflect on Dr. A’s role in the development of my walking program. What established the positive working alliance between us? When I originally embarked on my journey to walk device- free, I did not know what a Physiatrist was or what a critical role this specialty would play in my progression.
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Although you obviously go through life taking every possible step to stay safe, and to protect your loved ones from harm, there are certain things that simply can’t be avoided. Accidents and injuries occur all the time, and many times, these issues are nobody’s fault. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help those left to suffer with the physical and mental damage done by an unforeseen car accident, a tumble down the stairs, a slip and fall, or a million other things that can cause trauma. The most serious of injuries, outside of cardiac arrest and severe bleeding, is
Burnout is a subject that has been widely researched in the Health, Sports, and Fitness disciplines. Recent studies show links between burnout and musculoskeletal diseases including chronic neck and back pain and osteoarthritis for women and cardiovascular disease in men.[i]
When I started working with my Movement Specialist, I had never heard of a 4 x 4 matrix. I was not familiar with the concepts or complexities of Functional Movement. I had never heard of Gray Cook, Charlie Weingroff, or other professionals James frequently cites. It is only recently that I have come to appreciate the knowledge beyond the names, and their expertise.
As a former English Major, I read a lot. I read an article that had a quote which said “Exercise has one spelling, but how it is applied is extremely diverse.” [i] The quote made me think of a point my Movement Specialist frequently makes, that one fitness approach may work well for one client but only partially work for another. Any developed fitness routine needs to be tailored and customized for the individual.
In December 2009, I began a journey with a new Fitness and Movement Specialist to advance my goal to walk without assistive devices. At the time, I had no way of knowing how hard I would work, how far I would be pushed, or how much I would achieve. While I have a long history of working with professionals from multiple disciplines, through my work with James R. House, III, I would come to understand what a true working alliance is— a shared partnership between a client and a professional.
In the field of Social Work, the connection between a professional and client is called a “working alliance.” The alliance begins when the professional and client agree about the work to be done. In the context of fitness, I have formed “working alliances” with five professionals over the last six years.
Each professional brought different talents, skill sets, training, and features to my program. The “working alliance” describes my efforts and work with the fitness professionals.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
Caregivers are among the true heroes of the world. If you’ve taken on that crucial role for a family member, friend, or as a paid position caring for someone whose disability or illness prevents self-care, you work extraordinarily hard—so hard that you may be neglecting your own self-care, which means…