Posted by: Knightbird | January 23, 2012

Pushing The Envelope With Job Instruction

Lean Thinking and Lean tools are applicable to more than just analyzing and improving workflow. On Thursday and Friday of last week, I participated in a continuation of our 3P process for integrating our primary care and behavioral health processes. While the work on our integration is progressing, I floated a new idea before staff: what about developing standard work for healing. As we have been thinking about the Root Cause for negative behaviors and the onset of chronic disease, the pathway for overcoming the negative behaviors and onset became more clear to us if we are successful in healing the childhood trauma we believe is at the root of much of our negative behaviors. We have to teach people how to heal, and anytime you teach someone, the teaching methods of Training Within Industry apply.

Here is the idea. Healing your mind and body starts with good hydration. Water is the foundation for your brain’s health. The whole brain is about 77-78% water. Inorganic salts comprise about 1% of the brain volume. Water assists with digestion, regulation of metabolism, cleanses waste assists with body waste elimination, helps maintain a constant body temperature and reduces joint pain. Teaching proper hydration can be effectively accomplished through Job Instruction (JI) with standard work for hydration. Imagine Important Steps, Key Points and Reasons for Key Points for proper hydration. I can. Experts recommend ½ ounce of water per pound of body weight. Some recommend the addition lf sea salt, which has a mix of minerals similar to our body mineral composition.

Strengthening your brain may also require some supplementation. By this I mean the ingestion of things like Vitamin D, B Vitamins, Omega 3’s and possibly others.

A third healing key is good nutrition. Again, this is teachable through JI.

Finally, exercise is key to good brain health, helps in reducing or stopping depression and helps us sleep in addition to the many other benefits of fitness. JI is perfect for teaching a sequence of exercise using the concept of Shu Ha Ri, which I have blogged about before. Shu involves teaching independent movements. Ha is putting the movements together. Ri allows advanced practitioners to develop their own exercise routines.

We will be looking at JI for teaching a pathway to good health. I see no reason it won’t work.

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