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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Poll Results for the following Question:
How has the current economic/political climate impacted your massage practice?
Total Respondents: 323
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No change While the basic number or volume of clients hasn't changed or has changed very little, there are a number of previously regular clients who are not able to come for massages due to reduction of family income, layoffs, etc. Fortunately, referrals and new regular clients along with gift certificates are helping to sustain (with God's help) a very satisfactory workload level. I am an independent practitioner and business-owner, single and financially dependent upon the blessing of serving others who need my help.
More business I have been in business long enough to have established a substantial client base. It is in the worst of times my business is busiest ie my client base has come to realize the benefits of a stress busting session making their dealings with life easier.
No change I MASSAGE AT A WOMENS GYM, AND WOMENS ISSUES ARE MUCH
LESS POLITICAL THAN THEY ARE PRACTICAL - HOW DO I KEEP
IT ALL TOGETHER FOR MYSELF & MY FAMILY? A LOT OF
SADNESS & DISGUST FOR ALL WE ARE ENDURING AS A NATION
( THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLITICIANS). FEAR FOR THE YOUNG
MEN & WOMEN WHO ARE BEING SENT TO POTENTIAL WAR ZONES
IS VOICED A LOT, AND THE FEELING THERE'S NOT MUCH WE
CAN DO (WE WOMEN) TO CHANGE WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY B
More business Last summer my husband wanted me to hurry and get "a real job" since he proclaimed a new depression was approaching and nobody would be spending on massage.
6 months later I am busier than I have ever been and making close to what I would have been making in my previous unsatisfying career. And now I am helping people handle their stress in ...'these difficult times!'
Less business I was losing $3,000. to $6,000. per year when I would file insurance claims for clients. Now, I discourage any insurance, and I require payment and turn in notes for the client can get reimbursed.
The factor that makes it more complex to evaluate is that we had 2 massage schools in our town 14 years ago, and now we have 8. Our market is getting quite oversaturated, so business is slower for all therapists.
More business I have been in busines full time for 15 years and I had the best year ever in 2002. 2003 shows no signs of slowing at this point!
No change The focus of my practice has shifted from structural to stress reduction. I'm not booking as far ahead though my volume has remained consistent.
Less business Summer business fell off for me. More people were spending cash rather than financing their trips. Did'nt really pick-up until mid November..been very busy ever since
No change Hey Guys,this is a lame question this month. You could really do alot better.
More business At the very least if business is off you can blame it on the economy instead of yourself. If you are sure you are a good therapist and not lazy then blame it on the "hardtimes" we are living in. But be sure you have good boots on before you step in the mud.
No change My business has remained about the same on a consistant basis for the last couple of years. I have not been marketing myself enough so my practice has not increased as it perhaps should have. I plan to be more aggressive with my approach with new clients this coming year.
I feel the national economic conditions are better than the news media would lead us to believe. We have a strong economy that can weather the lean times our country goes through.
If we only rub people we may only see them once. But if we educate our clients about massage and how it benefits them over the long term we can make our profession outlast economic hardtimes. Sometimes one of my clients may be facing financial difficulties so I help them out by reducing the price, bartering, or just not charging at all. When I do favors for these people it comes back to me many times over.
HANG IN THERE...WE WILL SURVIVE
Less business Since Sep.11 My business has slowed down because alot of people were let go from their employment. North Carolina has alot of manufacturing so business started laying off people. I have had to find a part time job also but still keeping my practice. I also, removed my display ad from the telephone book, which hurt me too, but that OK because I am going to move and closel my business. But, I am doing OK.!
More business Massage therapy has caught on like wild fire - more people looking for stress relief than ever before. ..
Maybe to escape the real life events of the day.
Less business I worked with Marriott International for almost 4 and one half years and left on 09-12-02 to go to work for another Hotel/Resort chain. While I enjoyed the style of the second company much better than the first, 911 really hurt business. Without tourists, I found myself returning to my state of origin for the first time in several years and without a job. I found a position helping the start up of a massage school in the public sector, only to find that the requirements were overwhelming to me personally. Teaching 6 subjects to at least 9 and up to 15 students when you have never taught before and without a assistant or another teacher in the classroom was a challenge that has left me bruised. Personally I found discussing structuralism a complicated topic, not in the realm of the body, but in explaining how debates about the application of structuralism affect the discussions about the future of massage therapy as a whole industry.For the sake of the students education and my own peace of mind I opted to not teach, despite the personal and monetary straits this left me in. I was without a support network and unable to afford to pay a professional organization for personal mentioring due to the financial set back I encountered after 911. (200 plus dollars means alot when you are struggling)That is my experience after 5 years in the field. Someone please tell me it gets better! How do you go back to school for your RN to keep up your professionalism when you are in debt, not considered destitute enough for public assistance, and miles away from a job? Teaching was an eye opener, but I could use some help.
Heidi Carter L.M.T. NCTMB
Less business It's been up and down, more down than usual... November was slower than normal, and December just about dried up! I find people will balk more at the price, and will even inquire about price reductions, or shorter times. People are definitely more stressed out, given the uncertainty of the economy. Unfortunately, those "unsavory" (unwelcome) calls still continue to come through (good grief!)
I'd be curious as to how well the schools are doing with enrollment?