3 things your health practitioner shouldn't make you feel
Can we agree that finding the right health practitioner is similar to dating? It's tough. You're having to search, research and trust that who you find will be the only one you'll see for the rest of your life.
However, you may end up settling even if you end up not liking certain things that you know are against your beliefs, morals or standards just to avoid having to jump back into trying to find the "right one".
Well, just like a romantic relationship, if there's smoke there's most likely fire. Don't avoid the signs when it comes to having a healthy relationship with your healthcare practitioner.
Below I share three common concerns I've heard and have personally felt as well when searching for a health practitioner.
1 | They know everything
Health practitioners are human and they will make mistakes and/or have updated findings. No professional knows everything. The studying and evolution of health science and nutrition is still very new and research changes ALL the time.
That said, they shouldn't be too proud and share that information with you. Also, don't be afraid to ask! Not that you're testing them (or you may be) but the way to really know where they stand is to ask them if something you've recently read/heard opposed what they've prescribed or recommended.
This isn't to purposely go against their knowledge but if it concerns you, they can sort out any confusion you may have and reiterate (or change) what or why they prescribed or recommend what they did.
We don't know everything and when we express that we truly don't know an answer to your question, it makes for a more trusting relationship.
2 | Discomfort
Here's where you really need to trust your gut. If you have a feeling you're being judged or their energy just doesn't match yours, you're probably right and thats okay.
Your input is valuable and you need to work with someone you confide in. No practitioner should pressure you, be condescending or makes you feel stupid.
If you have a practitioner who makes you feel like there's an absolute or advocates a one-size-fits-all approach (aside from testing, neccessary supplementation or a diet specific to your needs) you aren't comfortable with then walk away.
3 | You shouldn't work with anyone else
We are a team. Acupuncturists, massage therapists, hydrotherapists - building a team of professionals you know, are comfortable with and who know your body is a key to overall wellness.
Don't allow another doctor make you feel they are superior to your other practitioner or there's no room/need for another professional to contribute to your overall well-being.
What to look for instead ...
- Kindness and sincerity
- Open and patient
- Easy to communicate with
Your health and wellness is the (most important) common denominator and it's also very precious. So take your time and invest in those that express empathy, compassion and complement your lifestyle and wellness journey.
If you have any questions or would like to work together, please contact me. I'd love to hear from you!