More and more people are turning to coaching to resolve problems in their lives. Whether it’s a desire to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, be more disciplined, or establish new life skills, coaching can achieve what other modalities cannot. Why is this? Coaching is structured in a way that allows you to set goals and have weekly support to back them up. A coach is a constant cheerleader that keeps you accountable so you are sure to see the results you want.
The coaching model translates well into the care and management of chronic illnesses. In order to get ahead of the illness patients need a consistent treatment plan to follow. Without support it is easy to fall off the wagon when you aren’t feeling well. The average doctor appointment is approximately 10-20 minutes every other month, so you will not get the support you need if you only rely on your doctors. Coaches can help you continually implement the treatment plan your doctor recommends. Doctor's find patients follow their orders better and improve faster when they have a coach.
Quite a few studies have been done recently about the impact of health coaching. The results across the board are successful. Here are the results of one study: Patients who had coaches, 68% ate healthier, 71% increased their activity level, 79% increased their overall health, 73% reduced their risk of disease, and 83% improved their quality of life.
A pilot study on health and wellness coaching for fibromyalgia patients had excellent results as well: Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR) scores, which measure health and quality of life, improved by 35%. Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) scores, which measure pain intensity and interference with function, decreased by 32% overall, 31% for severity, and 44% for interference. Health care utilization, which measures how often patients went to the doctor, declined by 86%. These changes were just by seeing a coach weekly for health and wellness coaching for 12 months; they do not including treatment changes.
Seeing a certified fibromyalgia coach like myself, means you also get guidance on testing and treatment options to discuss with your doctor. I will help you put together an extensive treatment plan as well as providing you with wellness and life coaching. This will drastically improve upon the results from the pilot study. With my experience and education I know I can make a difference in your life.
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Then schedule a complimentary consultation with me today!