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Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Poll Results for the following Question:
Which aspect of your massage career do you find most enjoyable?
Helping others as a health care professional
Total Respondents: 759
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Work environment (incense, music, overall atmosphere) I read that a massage therapist is in the top ten best jobs to have.!!!!
Helping others as a health care professional I find great satisfaction in being able to help people feel better. However I highly resent the small minds of the people in the South. Except in Florida, the people in the South think massage therapy is sex or pampering. When they call for massage work they expect to find a female. When they find the therapist is a male they just hang up. If by some fluke they come to the studio before finding out the gender of the therapist they make some lame excuse and leave. To overcome this it will take more than just one person trying to educate the masses. I am trying to do this one person at a time.
Helping others as a health care professional As a licensed therapist and instructor of massage I must say that I not only enjoy helping my clients relieve chronic pain, but I love seeing my students get excited about learning to do the same. If those people who are looking to make our profession into something perverse would just get a life and stay away from using massage as a front for their nastiness, I think more people would benefit therapeutically. GNL
Personal interaction with clients I learn as much, if not more, from my interactions with clients. Sometimes I feel as though I should be paying them.
Helping others as a health care professional Helping others and personal interaction they are both the most important part of why I enjoy MT
Helping others as a health care professional So let me guess. The last option, which of course will get the least amount of votes (what a ridiculous option to offer as a reason to work in this field) is another stab at the AMTA? Can't you guys just stop?
Helping others as a health care professional Regarding helping people, there's nothing more rewarding for me than to make someone feel better. Many people are suffering from stress, also emotional and physical pain. Helping to remove that for even an hour is extremely rewarding to me and also amazing. I have chronic health conditions to contend with and it makes me happy that I can still be useful to help those others. I think this work also improves my own condition, as well as my thinking about it.
Personal interaction with clients Personal interaction with the environment you are able to create with your client plus atmosphere, helping others to help themselves understand their own bodies
Helping others as a health care professional At my age I am only interested in helping others if I can. I like personal interaction with clients, but that is not my first priority. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to know I have helped in some way.
Work environment (incense, music, overall atmosphere) Its great having your own biz.....till tax time
Helping others as a health care professional There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you are helping people improve the quality of their lives.
Helping others as a health care professional I think it is so important to inform my clients that massage is not a luxury any more. Of course it's a treat for all of us (giving and receiving) but it is vital to your overall health as well. It is a very important part of a good matainance health program. I absolutly love when people come back to me and say "you really made me feel better, not only physcially, but mentally as well." What a GREAT profession!!!!
Helping others as a health care professional I really like the idea of have the power to relive plain and make a person feel good in body and mind. I haven't started a career in massage but will be starting school very soon.. I have wanted to go to massage school for two years now and it finaly going to happen. I like the fact that there is so much to learn about massage that if would be hard to get bored with it. If you have any info that you feel well incourage or inlighen me please e-mail me...Thanks Sarah
Helping others helps me feel like I am giving more than I am taking from life. I am a blind massage therapist who got in this business because of my vision. Now I feel that I have found my place in this world.
I have been working with some others to establish a massage school designed to train blind people to do massage therapy. We feel that everyone has some ability and the blind have a more acute sense of feeling in their hands as well as being more preceptive of other peoples mental state.
Please email me with your ideas on this subject and any support you can offer.
Personal interaction with clients it is also a great5 relaxing and healthy environment for the massusse as well with the relaxing environment with music candles etc..