Physicians and Health Coaches: A Synergistic Partnership
One of the biggest issues for medical practitioners is finding enough time to get their patients’ questions answered. Add to that, many of the patients’ questions are legitimate but do not fall under the purview of a medical doctor. This includes and is not limited to lifestyle habits, stubborn weight gain, inflammation as it pertains to their medical problems and post-operative recovery, food addictions and cravings, preparing for surgery with optimal nutrition, what supplements to take and what to avoid, what and how to eat, emotional stress, how to exercise, resistance to compliance and more.
This list is exactly what health coaches love to do and we are trained professionally in these areas. Including a health coach as part of your patient care team can help bridge the gap between your medical expertise, and the patient getting reliable holistic care for areas related to their medical problem.
As a physician, you can expect profound results for the issues you are asked to treat by partnering with a health coach. A health coach can hold your patients’ hand in a way you cannot or may not want to. A health coach can identify problems that stand between your patient and getting the results she sought in working with you, her doctor.
What can a Health Coach Do?
- Encourage patients to reveal their concerns regarding their medical issues. (Anxiety, self-doubt, fear, confusion)
- Help patients identify their health goals and concerns and devise a plan for achieving them.
- Help patients get relief from excess weight and inflammation that compromise their response to medical treatments.
- Help patients have a lifestyle plan that includes nutrition, meals and snacks, adequate sleep, exercise and movement and stress reduction.
- Help patients to view their health holistically as it relates to their lifestyle choices. To help patients take responsibility for their bodies.
- Manage progress as it pertains to the medical condition being treated. To ensure that lifestyle choices are aligned with the medical treatment.
- Encourage goal setting, self-discovery and, accountability.
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Since 1973 my brand has been to help people live more successfully in their bodies. I saw clients and led groups as an Advanced Rolfer, Certified Rolf Movement Educator and certified yoga teacher for over thirty-five years. As a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, with well over 10,000 hours of training since 1999, I work with clients in groups and as individuals to address and resolve a variety of body-based goals and concerns. I am the author of Feel Great, Lose Weight, and Health Matters. I speak internationally and maintain a practice in Foster City, California. I see my clients in person and, when non-local, via phone and video conferencing. I work on-site with corporations and executives.
Personally, I practice what I teach. I have been through many of the struggles that I see in my clients. Because I have left serious health issues in the past and because I enjoy perfect health and an athletic, low-stress, peace-filled, physically active lifestyle, I can encourage others to reach for the benefits of making healthy choices for themselves.
As a Health Coach, I do not diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition. Sessions with a Health Coach are not intended to substitute advice, treatment or diagnosis by a licensed medical professional. As a Health Coach, my job is to work alongside
of a physician, to be on the same page regarding a patient’s medical concerns. I do not provide a second opinion or in any way interfere with the treatment plan as laid out by the physician. I do not alter the recommendations of the physician. My role is to partner with my clients, providing ongoing support and accountability, and to create an action plan that supports and maintains the goals of the referring medical practitioner. Having occasional communication via phone or email with the referring physician is ideal to ensure maximum outcome for the patient.
Rosie Bank is Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the founder of Health Matters Coaching. She is the author of the book, Health Matters and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Rosie is an international speaker, blogger, and the founder of Health Matters podcast. She is certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professional Association and as a Nutrition Advisor through Sanoviv Medical Institute. Rosie’s partner in nutrition since 1999 is USANA Health Sciences. To learn how Rosie can help you maximize your health and achieve your goals, schedule here. Join our online community at Facebook to keep up on ways to stay healthy.
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