The average healthy person sees their primary doctor no more than a few times a year and typically for only two reasons. Either it’s time for a physical or something specific needs attention. The doctor will ask questions, but these inquiries will generally be geared towards solving the task at hand. They rely on their training and experience while referencing a patient’s medical history and anything a patient may tell them.
But it’s not really a total view of a person’s health.
To understand a person – and by that, I mean the whole person – a doctor needs to ask questions. Lots of questions. Questions that reveal not only how healthy a patient is today, but how healthy they may be in the future. These questions take time and may lead to more questions. When we see patients at Canyon Ranch, we’re looking for how a person lives. We cover the standard fare much like any other doctor would. And then we continue, moving through past history, eating habits, sleeping habits, work history, exercise patterns, thought patterns, stress – nearly everything. We may go even further if we feel it necessary. We may conduct labs, do stress tests, measure your body mass index, teach you to meditate and even consider acupuncture. Whatever it takes. Because we feel that knowing the whole person is exactly what it takes to get someone on the path to wellness.