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Check What You Think You Know Well: examining the same topic through adopting different conceptions can increase your knowledge

Everyone is learning throughout their day whether it is intentional or not.  On topics that we are well acquainted with, we actually run the risk of missing out on additional information of that same topic.  There are nuances, or undertones that all topics encompass.  As a result of how well we think we know a topic,  the risk of repeatedly missing the extraordinary additional perceptions and depth that the topic offers increases.

What might be a good example to describe this phenomenon? 

As a physical therapist, we will see/treat many individuals with the same diagnosis, the same complaint, using the same verbal description.  Of course, therapists have treated this type of complaint for possibly years.  Yet, are we missing something?  Have we been able to reduce the number of visits with longer-lasting outcomes?  If not, then chances are, we are missing the nuances of what is taking place inside the client.  One size fits one is my motto.  Therefore, it behooves us to delve deep into how tissues realty moves inside.


We should not assume, even if we are considered “experts” in a field, that we should not continue to review into the depths of our field

Another example:

As environmental health and safety professionals, there are so many compliances, rules, processes, and procedures, that we must remember on a daily basis.  If an employee or two has expressed complaints regarding a specific task of a job, again, what are the nuances of that job that can be altered to bring about better productivity and less fatigue or soreness in the individuals.

Never think you know your subject matter enough.  Continue to look at the same topic through different eyes, different perceptions, different discriminatory inspection.  You will certainly come away with a more complex and intricate understanding and improved methods of solving daily challenges and tasks.

Is Your Client Performing their Homework?

Whether your client is from your personal training facility, out patient physical / occupational therapy, an athlete preparing for the upcoming season, or the industrial athlete, all of them, have the same in common, which, is to be successful in the reasons the client came to see us to begin with.  This comes to the point:  the clients’ willingness to understand instructions and their consistent performing of the specific movements for at home or at work.  I don’t wish to be portrayed as the movement tyrant, yet to contrast the length and breadth of work and passion that health and wellness professionals invest in their clients, we are the educators, facilitators and cheer leaders.  We cannot “get” them better, without their all-in commitment.



Expectations and the relationship established begins with the first meeting.  Cultivating rapport with your client is number one.  This is where you listen.  Listening will establish their particular learning style, preferences, life history; all of which are ingredients to the outcome. Clients that are attaining their goals, building commitment, and changing habits that feed into attaining their goals will be long life relationships and wonderful referrals.


How do we really know if our client is really practicing their assignments?

Is this gentleman performing an optimal stretch for him? What is a better way?

People that know me, hear me say often, “one size fits one”.  This is veritable.  For that reason, it is incumbent on us as health and wellness professionals to discern minute details of our clients.  It is the details that determine if our clients are utilizing the new information, if they are struggling, or possibly not as committed as we are expecting.  Here, your critical eye for movement, posture, and listening will speak volumes to you if your client is slacking, trying without the results, or truly displaying their gains.



  • Rapport building
  • Expectations from both of you at the very beginning
  • Ensure your client truly understands and demonstrates what they are learning
    1. Can they verbalize and teach that back to you
    2. How many times can they discern the proper movement pattern from the incorrect one