In this blog, I want to talk about the fact that there is no one size fits all treatment protocol for your patients. Most of you are practitioners of health, one way or another. Whether you’re a yoga teacher, a fitness instructor, a physician, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, or a nutritionist, it doesn’t matter. But in any given specialty, in the field of health and medicine, there tends to be a one size fits all approach for specific conditions and ailments. 

What’s Your Way of Treatment?

You know, whether it be the medications recommendations or prescriptions or even surgery, the one size fits all approach makes sense. When we treat a patient, keeping your specialty in mind, that means being a nutritionist, doing what I do. With that specialty, only think that nutrition is the way or being a physical therapist, doing physical therapy and only thinking we can only modulate through physical therapy alone.

If you’re a physician you’re used to prescribing medications and all you think about is regards to your own specialty. Hence, when we get so focused in our own scope of practices that’s so specialized. We have many different ways of treating things to a point where there’s different divisions in the field of holistic medicine. 

Why Bickering With Each Other Shouldn’t Matter

There’s acupuncture and it’s effective. What’s the difference between acupuncture and trigger point dry needling? There needs to be an explanation for that. Both are very effective tools. I believe the premise is a little different, but there is no difference between the needle and the use of needles to the consumer. As practitioners, there’s a significant difference. They can be complimentary. It’s not threatening to one another, but yet there’s a lot of scope of practice issues within the dry needling and acupuncture because they want to take away the rights within their profession.

When we are bickering with each other, let’s say about chiropractic, as to what’s more effective, we can’t use certain terminology. But in essence, it’s pretty much the same thing when you’re moving the bones in place. 

These are things that we bicker and fight about within the domains and it really shouldn’t matter. All things that we’re trying to do is to really help our patients. 

The Validity of Your Treatment Approach

We get very dogmatic when we start to defend our limitations or professions. However, that’s not the way I want things to be because from a patient’s perspective, you all know I’ve lived with an autoimmune condition.

I’ve had to really make sense of all the specialists out there to see which ones suited me and which ones didn’t. Also, to make sense of why, the premise on premise and understanding of how it would help my body — those things were super important. 

It doesn’t help when the practitioners are bickering with one another about the validity of their treatment approach. 

The Variables

With that being said, I want you to understand that there is no certainty and there are no absolutes when it comes to healing. There is a variable that you fail to, sometimes, consider. That patient is a variable. Their background, their life circumstances, their emotions, and thought processes. More importantly, their beliefs about who they are and the way they see the world will determine that mixed in with your recommendations and your knowledge. There are variables that clash and that’s when everything needs to fit.

Honor Your Patients

On top of that, there are other layers. There are confounding variables that pretty much multiply within the realm of healing with each and every one of the patients. 

You have to understand that what we’re doing is to make sense of all the layers and the variables. More importantly, we want to really address the variables in a way that is specific to that patient; that means honoring that patient. At the end of the day, all we can do is to empower them and to help them heal themselves.  We have the information to guide them and to mentor them. To question them and to coach them in the right direction — that takes skill sets. 

There Is No Right and Wrong In Healing

We have to really embrace all aspects of healing. The Eastern side, as well as the Western, the scientific side, as well as the miraculous side, while honoring their individual differences and preferences and all the adaptations. Also, the conditioning that comes with each and every one of our patients. 

That’s why there is no one size fits all. 

Yet in school, we’re taught one size fits all approach, generally. Then, we’re supposed to figure it out clinically, for those of us who persevere. 

How To Create An Effective Treatment

We’re willing to be a little explorative and daring in our clinical field and expertise, we’re able to gather some of that. But those of us who stick to the rules and regulations, I’m afraid that those are going to be quickly outdated with all the AI.

Coming to the surface and all the technological advancements, that’s connecting everybody and the information that’s available to everybody. 

Nowadays, we have tons of layers of variables and confounding variables that we can’t just pinpoint one type of food, one type of diet, one type of supplements and a specific lifestyle. All of those just to dictate it all needs to marry and mesh with each and every one of our patients who have individual differences. 

Therefore, many different variables are to consider. If you’re a practitioner who feels like they know it, I’m afraid that is not the best approach when it comes to helping your patients to heal. 

A Complex Piece

For me, it’s all about a complex piece of the puzzle or complex puzzle that we’re trying to solve. Without knowing what the outcome or the final product needs to look like, we just hold onto each of our puzzles. Then, we became afraid to come together interdisciplinarily. Also, to give in and to align with each other for the wellbeing of the patient.

The wellbeing of the patient is a complete puzzle because our ego that goes along with that puzzle is all we’re doing in the field of medicine and wellness. Whether you’re a yoga teacher or a Pilates instructor, we argue over which one’s the best personal trainer. But there are differences. 

Within the field of yoga, there’s Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa forms of yoga, hot yoga, warm flow yoga. Whatever the case might be, even in the field of medicine, they’re specialists for just about every body part. 

But unless we clarify the big picture and how this must look for the patient, we will never be enough and make a significant impact in the lives that we’re trying to make a difference in.

The Alkaline Method for Practitioners as a Treatment

That’s why I created the Alkaline Method for practitioners. It’s a way for us to really understand ourselves. As well, the inner awakening as human beings, the importance of that as the first element, the foundation by which everything builds on. Then the second component is all about outer manifestation. It’s all about our thoughts, creating our results in our lives. 

Look around, this is what we’re creating as the creators that we are. Once the foundation is strong and prime for health and healing,  we can amplify the modern Edison, which is modern medicine. This is the third element of the Alkaline Methodology that has the three essential components, which is the stress brain, gut brain and immune brain. As long as we can align those optimally, then you have perfect health.

Then, we have ancient wisdom where we practice what we preach through the practice of yoga breath, work, meditation, hypnosis, and applying energetic medicine. To understand that what we think is what we create. Also, how much control we have over our own vices, our own body, our own thoughts, feelings, actions, and the results in our lives. 

Tune In

The circumstances of our lives is the key element of everything coming together in the Alkaline Methodology for practitioners. Hance, that’s what I wanted to emphasize today. 

If you, as a practitioner, have the heart and passion to truly help those that you serve in the most profound and impactful way, there is a better way for you to tune in. 

First of all, check yourself, optimize your health and go through your own transformation. Because we all come to the table with some sort of trauma conditioning with all the baggage and skeletons in our closets. We try to hide these but it’s only when we can be forthright and really be confident, unapologetically. 

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