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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How did you learn to operate your massage practice?
Classes in massage school
Total Respondents: 5157
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Trial and error
Alot of trial and quite a bit of error has taught me alot.
Other it wasn't one thing that i learned from. it was a combination of the above options, but mostly trial and error.
Classes in massage school My initial bussiness education was in MT school...but I have had to supplement that with further self education ie reading books, attending seminars. This supplementation has greatly improved my bussiness.
Thanks for this opportunity to speakout!
I have has good results with a management consultant and classes on inproving my practice.
I was hired to be a massage therapist with chiropractors. There I saw what they did that was successful and what wasn't. As I progressed in my career I took classes and attended National Conferences to learn even more from those who were educating others. Also trial and error.
Previous experience/education running a business Sound business training should be part of the foundation in a massage school program.
I was lucky to have a successful physical therapist to help guide me. My previous experience running my own business was a great help. I also found a few successful massage therapist to network with and chat about our success and failures.
Most therapists forget that if they don't run a sound business, they will be back at their old job in no time.
Other My education comes from my previous background as a nurse manager of an outpatient facility. My second most experience comes from what I did not like about other therapists and the way they handled me in their practice. I vowed never to "treat" others that way.
Trial and error they lectured us for about 2 hours, I dont rememeber a thing.
Classes in massage school during our last quarter, we had a section devoted to buisness.
By reading books and literature on the subject I have throughly enjoyed learning how to heal and help
people. I also have learned the business end, of it and keeping and getting clints is always rewarding.
Thanks for the great site
By reading books and literature on the subject School had some training and there is always trail and error. Reading was the most helpful.
Classes in massage school I have just started working as CMT in a hair salon.
I have done some advertising, but things are very slow, do you know of a way to pick business up without dragging them from the street? I also gave free chair massage to hair clients for 2 weeks. I do chair, and table massage. I had 650 hours of an accredited college and received a diploma and was told by my classmates I was very good and had great pressure when needed and soft when needed. I come from a state that does not require a license and for I am glad for me, maybe that isn't a good thing.
Why should I give the city and state more of my money!
If you are a good massage therapist and have excellent ethics and good sanitary precautions and keep yourself dressed professional and act it, the word gets out. My feeling is in MT educating the public more and do some public speaking to inform them of the healing and the what it does for mind/body spirit in laymans terms and keep it professional and simple. I love my work when I get it very deeply and care very much for people's well being!
Have a great week and thank you for your time. :)
By reading books and literature on the subject I Have read alot of books on running a business, but my time in school did help in the category of massage. I noticed that a lot of students didn't care for the business curriculum in school, but it helped me add to my experience. I know that by reading more and learning from other peers you only benefit in the end.
Other After graduation and obtaining my licensure, one of my former instructors asked me to "fill her shoes" while on vacation. she has had a very successful business for over 10 years and I considered it quite an honor. This was an excellent experience for me to learn first hand, the marketing, front desk, supplies, scheduling and decor. This really gave me an advantage as a new therapist going out on my own.
By reading books and literature on the subject This is an area that should be taught more fully in massage schools. Clinic is not enough. Actual hands-on, perhaps "shadowing" an LMT would be a good place to start. Then there's the insurance thing! That could be an entire 6wk course by itself!
Classes in massage school Formal schoooling is best to ensure that we learn the
diffult and detailed lessons in anatomy and
physiology. Also I was exposed to invaluable
interaction with other students and staff as we
grappled with the deeper emotional and spiritual
issues that must be faces if we are to grow into the
sensitive people we need to be as massage ther
Classes in massage school i have been going to Fullerton College'es massage program. and it is apsolutly excellent. its completely hands on, i have learned so much. i have always thought i wanted to go into massage and now i know thats what i want. it is such an amazing program. thank you Connie and Loretta.
Classes in massage school i "learned" to become a massage therapist from attending school here in tampa, FL...however, after i graduated and started my own business...that's when i really felt as though i was learning the trade...the more massage sessions i had, the more hands-on, the more reading i did...THAT'S what made the difference...i was not very pleased with the school i attended (7 yrs ago)...it was a whole different "massage world" out there than (i believe) the school led you to think...i spent so many hours in the beginning promoting myself...mailings, flyers, advertisements,etc...only to realize that the BEST way to get new clients was through 'word of mouth'...
i LOVE what i do for a living...and i am constantly reading about the different techniques and health conditions that massage can be beneficial for.
Previous experience/education running a business I ran a successful engineering business for 19 years before making a career shift to massage therapy. I knew I didn't want to be an employee to someone else so I utilized my business experience to do what I could and hire the rest out. (CPA, Legal work, etc...)
Approaching the business of massage like any other business is key. Some people get into massage so they can make their own schedule and only work half days. I find that is true in any business. Massage is no exception. My bigest problem is figuring out what 12 hour part of a 24 hour day is going to be my "HALF DAY". Folks, there are no shortcuts. Please don't blame massage schools for not teaching common sense and the ability to "THINK THINGS THROUGH". As a clinic owner/practitioner, I find peoples motives interesting for getting into the massage therapy profession. The successful ones I know, still practicing after 12 years, are the professionals with a strong work ethic brought into their practice from other businesses. We are drawn to the caring massage field because we love massage. We belive in its benefits and we care about people. The massage schools have a tough enough job keeping up with new research and basic training. Don't expect them to extensively teach business 100, 101, 200 & 201. I'll probably get resistance saying the things I've said, and that's ok, just know there are no shortcuts!
Previous experience/education running a business My experience was going to Nursing school. I learned more there, than anywhere. I went to different Doctors when I had problems of my own. I learn alot of technique from Chiropractic, orthopedist and other doctors. I read, and read books on how to help people without so much drugs. Yes, I also learn from other Massage theraphist. I even learn from teachers from Europe. I also, had my clients put down their comments on how they felt after the Massage. (next day) I've been doing this since 1979. Experience is very important and being able to improve every day.
Previous experience/education running a business It is my opinion that massage school DO NOT prepare students to run a successful massage practice. Most are self-employeed and do not have the skill or disipline to operate that kind of business. They don't show up on time for scheduled appointments, they don't return calls in a timly manner, and they charge too much for the experience they have. Sounds like I am complaining...well...all you have to do is look around at what is coming out of school today and you will understand! I expect some negative comments to this, and I will read your commments and respond if you would like for me to. Thanks, Larry Brooks, RMT
Other I gave massage to friends, family and coworkers for years and had many people tell me that they would pay me if I did this for "real". So I just sent out a flyer to friends, bought a massage table and began that way. Now I am attending school.
Trial and error While there were some classes that talked about advertising and practice managment, the training was really focused on bodywork, which was after all why I came. The training I had was in the mid 80's and there weren't really any core competencies for massage education at that time. I took other courses outside the massage school sponsored by SBA which were helpful.
TRIAL AND ERROR AND TRIAL AGAIN. What works for one may not work for everyone. After 6000 hours of masssage I have learned you do what you love and success and money will follow.
Books are a help along with school but EXPERIENCE is the greatest of source of wisdon.
No question for me, TRIAL AND ERROR. After five years of practicing massage I have tried most every suggestion that came my way. After awhile I found that asking my clients for advice on everything from how to operate my business to the type of bodywork I should concentrate on. Everytthing I heard was not positive but it was honest.
I now tell my regular clients that they are my BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Trial and error I have been out of massage school for 4 years, and feel I have a practice that satisfies me (at last!). Although I did have a prior business, I feel the practice of massage is unique in many ways and that schools should spend more time in addressing the business end of it. Record keeping, communication, and publicity are just a few items that were not adequately addressed in my school. I have been involved with my state AMTA chapter working with continuing education, and from requests and discussions with many other therapists, I feel this is the norm. I feel many therapists may not succeed in this field because we are not trained better as business people. I think students deserve more. Teaching the mechanics and very basics is not enough. Thankfully there are classes and books available, and networking with other therapists helps. I also have sought help from a CPA. Although we practice with our heart and hands, we need to be taught how to use our business brain as well.
Jennie Irving, Eaton, IN