Why add more therapies to your practice? Because achieving better outcomes for a larger pool of patients can come from diversifying the tools you have to address every concern. No one-size-fits-all method helps every patient or situation, and having additional therapies to use at your discretion will help you address more patient concerns. While adjunct therapies will not replace your primary care methods, they will make your practice attractive as a whole body solution destination.
You can also improve both areas of your business and professional development at once by adding adjunct therapies to your practice. Expanding your clinic’s offerings with new treatments will not only add more CEUs to your resume but may also pick up new certifications and treatments to offer patients.
As patients use alternative sources (like the internet) to research ways to feel and move better, you can benefit from offering the treatments found online as a way of attracting more patients to your office. Your word-of-mouth recommendations will grow and the exclusivity you have providing that service will edge you in front of the competition.
Which therapies should you look into learning? Today, we’re featuring two different treatments that will complement your care by giving you more healing methods to use for patient success.
Tape Away the Pain with Kinesiology Taping
World-class athletes in every sport have worn kinesiology tape during one competition or another—on the sand on a beach volleyball court, at the thirty-yard line on a football field or even while cycling across the finish line. Kinesiology tape is often stickier and features more stretch than average medical tape.
If you work with athletic communities such as functional fitness clubs or spinners, kinesiology taping can add an edge to your treatment services. Many athletes are looking for non-invasive solutions for sore, tired muscles and will find value in your specialized taping skills. Even if your patients are not professional competitors, the regular runner enjoys a routine unimpeded by pain and injury. Once taped in your office after a treatment session, kinesiology tape can last up to 5 days and is low-maintenance for care.
You can even teach patients simple taping techniques that enable them to continue their care at home or on the road. Retail pre-cut kinesiology tape rolls in your practice and enjoy the supplemental income as well as the secure knowledge of teaching patients the proper way to apply kinesiology tape. For instructional videos to share with patients interested in at-home taping, refer to our online demonstrations that are easy to follow.
Providing Targeted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Care
What if your hands could get stronger than ever before? How much deeper could you go into targeted tissue, and would you be able to tackle more trigger points? Relying on your hands throughout the day, week and month can take a toll on your own hand and arm health. Learning about instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) can be the solution you need to provide deeper scar tissue breakage without compromising your hand strength.
Scar tissue can be the source of pain and inflammation, as well as a barrier to patient progress moving post-surgery. By getting certified to use specialized instruments, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge of the body and functional movement with more precision and power than before. And what’s best is that you will not lose the hands-on control you value while working with a patient. The tools are merely an extension of your care.
Once certified, you can use IASTM methods with kinesiology taping to help a patient reap the benefits of your treatment longer, as well as specialty lubricants to get a better glide over any muscle group. It’s important to train before using the tools though, as incorrect application can lead to more harm than good. Invest in a reputable training program and receive certification so you’re able to list your skills and receive new patients interested in your techniques.
Why add more therapies to your practice? Because achieving better outcomes for a larger pool of patients can come from diversifying the tools you have to address every concern. No one-size-fits-all method helps every patient or situation, and having additional therapies to use at your discretion will help you address more patient concerns. Adjunct therapies will not replace your primary care methods, but they will make your practice attractive as a whole body solution destination.