Research or media coverage will often highlight a portion of a scope of practice of one kind of practitioner - be it a bodyworker, medical doctor, nutritionist, etc - and then suddenly there will be a wave of new inquiries and/or clients relating to that specific bit of what a practice focuses on.
"Wait, so, what is it that you do?"
"How does this relate to this or that?"
"Shouldn't I not do ________?"
Questions are always awesome - don't get me wrong. It's is part of the job of the practitioner to connect the dots about the scope of benefits from a treatment approach in a way that is comprehensible to someone who has not spent years studying the theories of any given modality system. I see any media exposure which results in people asking questions as a good thing. I do, however, think that the kind of explanations healthcare providers commonly offer could stand an upgrade. Specifically, I think practitioners could (generally) give a little more effort to explaining the context of a situation and helping to birth the notion of the connected nature of the system(s) of the body.
Every year we are understanding more about the relationships of the mind, the body and other more subtle parts of the experience of life. Science is doing a great job connecting dots, constructing new models and verifying or derailing old notions.
Quite a bit of new investigation is launched from platforms (so to speak) of old ideas. Sometimes very old ideas. In my opinion, it takes a very experienced and expansive individual to consolidate various "worlds" of information and produce a digestible answer to seemingly simple questions such as those I mention above (think Carl Sagan, Oliver Sacks) - to help explain how all the components can be seen as whole.
When it comes to "stepping down" large amounts of info relating to health philosophies, modality perspectives and illuminating connections rather than inventing differences, Dick Larson, Ph.D is a helpful man.
Dick is an Advanced Rolfer, Acupuncturist and Craniosacral therapist. A practitioner and educator, Dick, has also written some very helpful articles connecting concepts from various systems.
Click here to go to his excellent article on connective tissue, Rolfing and traditional chinese medicine.
You can find more at his practice website: www.larsonwellbeing.com