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GaryA wrote:SSS, unfortunately my school requires us to make the notes brief as possible--abbreviations, symbols. So our SOAPS consist of a list of TrPs, Adh, HT,etc along with location as abbreviated as possible for understanding. There's a tendency among the students to mirror the issues noted the last time they came for a massage--I suppose they feel that they will be criticized if they don't find as many TrPs as the last student to treat the client. Admittedly, doing so (since everyone else reports such a long list of stuff) is hard to resist. But I have, so far, and, yes, I have been mildly criticized for not "being thorough." I reply, that, hey, the last guy did such a good job, this time the rhomboid, etc, was in fine shape. I get excellent grades on my SOAPS, so I must be doing alright.
I think your soap methodology is far more sensible; to me, it is logical to assume an MD will prefer plain English/medical terminology to a long list of symbols he'd have to look up to understand.
An unrelated question. I've noticed that clients who regularly visit the day student clinic have much difference likes & dislikes than those who visit the night class student clinic. Night clients as a group want really deep pressure; day clients will jump off the table if [pressure is greater than light petrissage. IOW, they've become conditioned: night classes are DT and NMT, day classes are Swedish and the energy modalities.
Rozax wrote:I wonder if my classmates came across the list that Jason posted. Don't get me wrong, it's dead useful! It's just that, I'd roll my eyes when I'd pick up my client's clip board and see nothing more than "drink more water", "increase water intake", and the infamous "↑ water" going back several weeks. It was a good day when my instructor said, "Look, I'm glad you're talking to your clients about the importance of staying hydrated, but there's more to planning than that."
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