April 23, 2019 | 5 Min Read
8 Great Books Every Practitioner and Clinic Owner Should Read
Because knowledge is power
The kids need to be picked up, the dog needs to be walked, supper needs to be cooked, and the bills need to be paid – but every now and then you need to set aside a little ‘me’ time. Take time to go for a hike, jump on that bike, and explore the city, roll out the yoga mat and meditate, or pick up a great book and read!
Why should you read on a regular basis?
• Prevents memory loss
• Prevents depression
• Relaxes you
• Builds a critical mindset
• Is a workout for your brain
We’ve put together a list of the eight best books every practitioner and clinic owner should read! Four great books on therapy and four great books on leadership! Each description of the book includes the name of the author, the rating left on Goodreads, and a description of the content you will find inside of these great books.
Practitioner good reads
1. Orthopedic Physical Assessment
By: David J. Magee
Rating on Goodreads: 4.62/5
If you’re a physio technical scholar you’ll love getting nose deep into the orthopedic assessments throughout this book. Procedures, normal conditioning, pathology, injuries, conditioning alongside beautiful MRI and CT images make this book knowledge packed. With step by step guidance for movement evaluations and tests, you’ll be able to be sure that you complete every patient’s appointment with the tight educational components.
2. Explain Pain
By: David S. Butler
Rating on Goodreads: 4.40/5
Do you ever have patients come into your clinic in pain? Trick question! Of course, you do! This book is a great read for any student or practitioner who treats patients with chronic pain. Not only does it go through evidence-based models, but it takes a simple approach from the perspective of a patient: “why do I hurt?” and “what can I do for pain?”
3. The Physiotherapist's Pocket Book: Essential Facts At Your Fingertips
By: Karen Kenyon, Jonathan Kenyon
Rating on Goodreads: 4.44/5
Need a practical reference for daily assessments and treatments? Look no further! This book uses the core clinical placements – respiratory, neurology, and musculoskeletal. It is not only well written but also uses colourful imagery to help visualize assessments and treatment planning with the backing of key facts and figures.
4. Why Do I Hurt?
By: Erica Meloe
Rating on Goodreads: –/5
Each patient is different and sometimes you need to jump into the shoes of your patient to realize what the best treatment might be. Erica Meloe takes readers through the struggles that patients with everyday pain feel. You get a peek into real patient stories and find out the origin of their symptoms. This book then delves into the treatments towards the causes of problems on top of the symptoms. Lastly, this book gives readers the knowledge and resources to take control of their environment through a holistic approach to pain.
Leadership good reads
1. Dare to Lead
By: Brene Brown
Rating on Goodreads: 4.19/5
A New York Times #1 Bestseller leads readers on a path into what it truly means to dare greatly and rise up to be brave, something that every clinic owner needs to be! Backed with research conducted with industry leaders and change makers. Brene teaches readers how they can step up and lead [a team of the best practitioners!]
2. Leaders Eat Last
By: Simon Sinek
Rating on Goodreads: 4.13/5
If you haven’t heard of Simon Sinek you should check out his TED Talk on YouTube. Simon’s visionary thinking on leadership and organizational culture opens readers’ minds to figuring out how to get your team on board with your thoughts, plans, culture, and commitments. Using biological backing and true stories, this book walks readers through how they can build a [clinic’s] why and grow upon their foundation.
We should also mention that Simon Sinek also wrote “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” which was also on The New York Times Best Sellers List.
3. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
By: Phil Knight
Rating on Goodreads: 4.46/5
Trust us when we say you will not be able to put this book down! We snuck a memoir into the leadership list because sometimes you just have to listen to an inspiring story of struggle, persistence, leadership, and the pursuit for greatness from someone else’s shoes (see what we did there? 😉) You might not know the name Phil Knight but you know the brand Nike and every great leader can only look for insight into the stories that made them great, like Nike.
4. The Alchemist
By: Paulo Coelho
Rating on Goodreads: 3.85/5
Before you can lead someone else, a group of people, or a company, you must be able to lead yourself. That means discipline, self-actualization, sense of purpose, and humility.
The Alchemist is a world-renowned book that tells the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who seeks to travel for the treasures that his world holds. Along the way, he learns to listen to his heart, recognize the opportunity, and follow his dreams. After all, life is a journey.
Which book will you read?
And there you have it! The eight books every practitioner and clinic owner should read! Find them online through Amazon, Goodreads, or at your local bookstore with the names of best sellers on this short list!
Be it the books on this list or others, we hope you find the time to sit down and read a little bit every day.
Feel free to let us know some of your favourite leadership and therapy books and maybe you’ll find them on the next rendition of the “Books Every Practitioner and Clinic Owner Should Read.”
Want to get a head start on your day and don’t have time for a book? Why not listen to a podcast? We’ve done the digging, the listening, and the evaluating to bring you 13 of the best physiotherapy podcasts to start your day.
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