Why do we do what we do?
As Chartered Physiotherapists at Mount Merrion Physiotherapy & Health, we give a lot to our clients.
As far as is clinically indicated we get very involved, we assess thoroughly and treat our clients in a very hands-on, interactive and engaging manner.
We use devices selectively, such as electro-acupuncture and laser therapy, to help speed up pain relief and recovery. These devices are there to compliment a manual therapy and specific exercise-based approach, along with lots of education and information about what our clients can do to help themselves get better quicker.
The results we can achieve with this interactive and integrated approach are usually excellent, and that is what makes the effort so worthwhile.
However, this approach is very demanding on the physiotherapists when working in a busy clinic.
Burnout is a big problem. In health care, the rates of burnout can be as high as 52%. A recognised way combat burnout is to find meaning and purpose in the work we do, which is why every week we like to discuss our successes at the team meeting. We want and need to keep reminding ourselves why making the extra effort is so essential how positive the impact can be in other peoples lives.
Then occasionally, usually when completely unexpected, something magical happens, a gesture of kindness and appreciation, which always means so much to us. It could be a kind word, a thank you card or, as took me entirely by surprise yesterday, a fantastic bottle of Natterjack Irish Whiskey to sip over the Christmas period!
So as the end of another year approaches we will be asking the team to reflect on the many clients, they have helped this year, and why they should look forward to a well-earned break ahead of the start of 2020.