That may seem like an easy question. Most people will say acupuncture or acupuncture and herbal treatments. But what does this do for the patient? What are the patients getting? Are they getting better health? Are they getting stress relief. Are they get someone who is present for the experience they are having with their body?
Sometimes it’s good to sit back and stop thinking about how you deliver something and consider what it is, at heart, that you are delivering. When I had my own practice and practice website my website highlighted that quality of life was important to me. In my life I can easily get overwhelmed with the need for perfection in how I do things, from doing the right amount of acupuncture and herbs to the right amount of exercise and doing it perfectly. My perfect is not everyone’s perfect. As I worked with chronically ill patients I became used to an ebb and flow in their commitment to coming to acupuncture to help their health. In fact, that ebb and flow of commitment often extended to any lifestyle changes. It became important to me to meet patients where they were at that moment in time.
This didn’t mean that I didn’t let them know what would work best. It meant we had an open conversation about what they wanted THAT day. Sometimes they were feeling pretty good and just wanted to feel like a “normal” person who didn’t have healthcare appointments every day. Sometimes it meant getting into the best physical condition they could. For me, it meant being there with the patients as honestly as possible to help the get what it was they needed for their best quality of life at the time they sat in my office.
Other practitioners may focus on delivering a pain-free life, or the healthiest life possible. What do you offer?