by Pamela LaBelle, Founder, Restore
I have some work to do on my confidence – like many of us, it’s a work in progress. One area I feel I’m fully confident in is how I choose a wellness practitioner. Over the years, I’ve felt belittled, guilted and unheard by some practitioners. Whether a chiropractor, general practitioner, massage therapist or an acupuncturist, etc. – I now know I have a choice.
I don’t know if this revelation came after I had my son – because it’s so much easier to be a voice for your child – or, if I just became fed up with the system. Today, my voice is loud and clear when I choose to work with someone on my health and well being.Here are a few things I’ve learned about choosing a wellness practitioner:
- If something doesn’t feel right, no matter what it is, don’t go back. If you can’t relate to someone on the first meeting or consultation – you never will. Don’t over analyze, just move on.
- Get referrals. Ask your friends, look for credible resources and ask for those answers you need to know.
- Check out the receptionist. If he or she is unpleasant, it’s a reflection of the practice. Keep that in mind as you consult with the practitioner.
- Express yourself. It’s your body. Don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise. You know your body better than anyone. If they don’t ask questions about your history, emotions, environment, etc. – then they aren’t looking at the big picture of your well being.
- Your wellness journey is a collaboration. If the practitioner just wants to hear your symptoms and doesn’t allow you to become part of the process – they are not in it FOR YOU!
- Holistic? Alternative? Complementary? These terms have become part of our healthcare model – GREAT. But be cautious, just because of a label or credentials, it doesn’t mean they will be the right fit for you. Do your research.
Most of all, I think it’s important to get back to the basics and listen to your core. Think of your health as your child – become its voice. Nothing is black or white. What works for you may not work for someone else – and vice versa. That’s what makes us unique and that’s what makes us special. Treat your health and well being that way.
Pamela LaBelle has a B.A. in marketing from Concordia University and and M.A. in holistic health studies from St. Catherine University. Pam’s extensive background in marketing and communications, branding and positioning, online marketing and event planning, as well as her vision, are the driving forces behind Restore. Connect with Pam and Restore at restorehealing.com, Facebook, Twitter and Linked in.