Dr. Shiel's Patented Handshake for Arthritis Patients
I regularly receive praise from my new patients for using a gentle handshake with my greeting. It's no great accomplishment really. It comes with years of experience and the training of clinical practice. It's an example of why I am called an arthritis expert, a rheumatologist.
After I give my patient a gentle handshake, and they in turn compliment me for my tenderness (actually restraint), I next let them in on a little known social trick that they always appreciate. I explain to them the following about Dr. Shiel's Patented Handshake for Arthritis Sufferers:
The "traditional" handshake is frequently approached as a macho maneuver rather than a mutual reception between the greeters. It is given by one person extending his or her hand in a vertical position toward the other person (read opponent), whereupon the other person responds similarly. (In a vertical hand position, the thumb points up.) Both persons' hands grasp in this vertical position and grip together. Typically, the grip is firm. It has been said that this vigorous style of handshake can sometimes instill confidence, establish rapport, and promote interpersonal attention.