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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

The 'Rule of 3' with HEP

You're probably giving too much homework to your patients. There, we've said it!

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In this 'sode we dive into how to give your patient the correct amount of home exercise work. Here's one clue - have you ever had a patient come back in and complain they didn't get enough HEP?

One thing to think about - you're never going to give the perfect amount of HEP. So you can either give too much or too little.

If you give too much, what happens? Your patient feels overwhelmed. They're frustrated they can't get to it all. They're embarrassed to come back in and admit they didn't do everything you told them to do. They feel like a failure. Or they do try and do it all and end up flaring!

What happens if you give too little? Your patient comes back in feeling accomplished. Proud. They probably did a few other good things too because they had extra time. They're excited to tell you how they did and glad to progress to what you have next for them.

It doesn't sound terrible to give too little, does it?

We've seen this consistently when training new clinicians at PelvicSanity and working with business owners across the country. As a profession and specialty, we tend to give too many things.

We dive into the reasons for this on the podcast - and, more importantly, how to break yourself of that habit!

But ultimately, you need to be giving a MAXIMUM of three things. Not always exercises. And when you want to add something later in their progression, you need to be taking something away.

So try it for a week. Practice prioritizing for your patient. Check out the full 'sode for all the actionable steps to make this happen and have better outcomes for your patients!

As Nicole said on the full episode...

"You need to be giving a MAXIMUM of three things per session." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

Dedicated to forever changing pelvic health with online clinical courses to help you be more confident in your practice and business resources to help start and grow pelvic health businesses.

Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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