Therapists are a touching profession by nature. We use our hands to examine and treat all day long. I love the above video, because it brings me back to the basics of why I loved my therapist and why I wanted to join the field: she actually took the time to feel how my muscles moved together in rhythms that at the time were not appropriate. She then took me through exercises, providing verbal and tactile cuing as necessary to ensure quality. I liked that: actually feeling what was wrong and then using the hands to fix it. And also taking the time to explain that to the patient in a way that is understood.
I say this to recall all my colleagues back to the basics: using your hands to lead the way. We are the touching profession in the medical field. I hope other physicians will take this fellow’s lead and touch more too. As a touching professional, trust your hands and your eyes. We sometimes pick up on things other professionals miss, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. You might just find something important! With that power of touch comes great responsibility to our patients.