Science is demonstrating that your genetics are important in determining health and performance but it seems that being in a supportive physical and mental environment is even more important for the genes to trigger a response. Therefore, mapping out each person's D.N.A. ( Discipline , Natural Style and Attitude ) along with a focus on identifying the best way to process necessary lifestyle stress could affect gene expression and set up or deter the expression of for optimal psycho-social human performance.
B.P.S, the next breakthrough in customized healthcare.
Biopsychosocial (BPS)metrics can objectify some personal physical stress points and psychosocial stress markers. Identifying natural styles of communication, socialization and motivation to change can be just as helpful to the physical therapist as figuring out your end range feel and muscle strength. Objectively seeing how one views him/herself and the world can direct where to place training efforts in areas such as self efficacy, personal motivators, social relationships for program support or formulation of a self discipline ritual. In fact, companies are using these metrics to figure out who you areand determining how much effort they may need to get the performance out of you they need before hiring so is it such a broad stretch to consider similar attributes when pairing potential clients with a care provider best suited for their attitude and attributes? You already seek out a body part specialist so would it matter to you if your provider also specialized in figuring out who you are instead of only caring for what you are group labeled ( diabetic, obese, male, female, etc) cCould such awareness on both sides impact communication and highlight potential psychosomatic influences to physical pain or personal efficacy with present physical limitations? This is what I proposed recently on a #solvePT Twitter chat between physical therapists as well as presented at the International Association of Yoga Therapists meeting this past June in the pre conference special interests meeting for rehab professionals. Could we optimize physical, emotional or communicative training needs?
This biopsychosocial (BPS) philosophy of care is a forward way of thinking in approaching a health mentoring relationship because it values personal development, communication and the degree of the practitioner equally which is unnatural in a traditional western model of hierarchy that is uncomfortable with the risk of inaction and cautious about developing deep interpersonal connection.
The value of full spectrum care
Working thru active therapeutic intervention as well as the passive witness of self guided action offers clients both the coaching out of inertia and the professional recommendations of care. Even though my role is slighting different in each case, the intention is the same, to provide clarity, help the individual's body, ease the individual's mind and offer each person the choice to live by thriving, not just making it day to day and surviving.
What are your thoughts on knowing who you are as a big part of feeling better? Do you think of healing as a collaborative and active model or a passive and receptive process? Finally, if any of this really resonated with you and you would love to learn more, drop me a love note. If not, but you know it is exactly the kind of discussion someone you know has been searching for, pass this post along so I can be of service and HUG on them a bit more. They might just need it to help the world with their awesomeness:)
-xoxo Dr. Lisa, PT