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Hands are Human, Use Them!

Posted Jan 07 2009 4:31pm

I'm an advocate of most things technology, and certainly appreciative of the Health 2.0 concept, whereby web tools are changing the way healthcare is delivered.  I'm also a fan of hands-on techniques and thorough physical examinations.  I was inspired by a couple blog posts to make sure that as much as we can talk about technology, the key, perhaps the most healing part of treating patients, is the human interaction.  

Larry at EIM discussed the effects that using laptops in the clinic had on patient satisfaction, and the Healthcare Blog discusses the humanizing role of the physical examination.  

One of my favorite things about physical therapy is the personal, one-on-one relationships that develop during treatment.  We spend time with patients.  We use manual techniques.  It's probably good to remember that as technology pushes us, and provokes change, the reason we're here is to get some healing done. And, for that purpose I have found no better tool than my hands.


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