healingtime wrote:thanks for the encouragement Jason,
we have a dedicated class at school on assessment and documentation, so they cover it in that way, kind of. however, everyone pretty much left that class with a big question mark on their forehead, lol. gradually it's coming together though.
in a perfect world i'd like to be able to have at least a better intake form, and the fact that we don't is somewhat perplexing to me, which just makes the assessment class we received all the more confusing! but i am still learning a lot by the experience the way it is, i just hope it's not at the expense of anybody i'm working with. i think this will just help me hone in on my verbal (and reading non-verbals) communication with clients as i learn to gather info. in a relaxed yet quick and efficient manner due to time constraints.
thanks again, what you shared helps...
it is really exciting doing this work...i like and enjoy it even more than i imagined i would...4.5 more months and it will be the real, real deal, entirely out of the school environment!
Interesting that you are learning assessment and intake skills with a poor intake form. Haven't they taught you how to create your own thorough intake form? If you don't like the one you have, make a better one for future use in your own practice.
Even if you are stuck with a poor intake form in your future employment, you don't have to let that limit your effectiveness. Take good notes and "go outside the bounds" of that intake form by asking for additional information. Put that extra info into your session notes for future reference.
I've recently started teaching continuing ed classes for MTs. Though the primary interest of participants is learning the techniques for treating their clients, I strongly emphasize understanding the intake/assessment and anatomy/physiology aspects first. If you don't get those, the technique portion is little more than a random bag of tricks. But a good assessment coupled with solid understanding of underlying anatomy will enable skillful and efficient use of those techniques based upon sound clinical reasoning.
It's okay to come away from a class with more questions than you started with. Use those questions to direct your studies and the way you practice between classes. Discuss those questions and your experiences with your instructors and/or other experienced MTs. Plan to take continuing ed courses to help answer those questions and others that will arise over time.
In seeking answers, you will learn many useful things that are never mentioned in class. In applying the useful things you learn, you will develop confidence and professionalism. Never stop learning, and you will always be open to new growth.
Good luck in your continued studies!
PS - and learn to do good glute work. I work with more buns than a hot dog vendor, and it is often amazingly helpful for relieving a wide variety of complaints.
Jason Erickson, NCTMB, ACE-CPT, AIS-TA
Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer
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