I am an acupuncturist and am having a hard time trying to convince patients to follow their regime at home. And it is so annoying that they go home, mess up their diet, and mess their system up by not doing the exercises prescribed, and then coming back sick…
if that happens to me, i give my patients an option, either they do the exercises prescribed, or I will have to drop their case and take another client. Because spending time with them who doesnt want to be helped, is taking my time who i could have helped ten other people.
Yes if patients don’t follow protocol, give them a warning two times, and third time as a last warning and then let them go. It will only make your practice much harder and not allow other patients to take their place who could be better helped.
I think sometimes we forget that the patients we treat have certain psychological/emotional tendencies that have got them where they are in the first place.
It should almost be expected that the patient does not listen or follow through the prescribed treatment fully. Most people today (or perhaps always) lack integrity to follow through on anything, only maybe when their life immediately depends on it.
So in my opinion, part of the healing as acupuncturists comes from weakening those patterns and inspiring them to change – usually by giving them perspective on their current life/health situation. If you are able to dedicate enough time to them, you have the possibility to provide them a deeper level medicine, beyond just prescribing.