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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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How many patients do you refer to outside health care professionals (i.e., chiropractors, acupuncturists, medical doctors, osteopaths, etc.) each month?
Fewer than 5
Total Respondents: 231
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Fewer than 5
More than 20 I am a massage therapist and I really believe in the whole holistic healing. I am going back to school to get my medical degree in natural medicine. My father has many problems with his back and knees, by him getting massages from me twice a month it has greatly reduced his pain and disabilities. Just thought I would share this little bit of info.
Fewer than 5 I never formally refered anyone, I would not know who to send them to? I have verbally recommended a client to see a medical professional. Also, I have I have refused to see someone till they do see a professional about their condition.
Between 5 and 10 I focus on the wellness of my clients. When bones are out,
or issues clients are dealing with are present in their
meridians, or if they have moles that have changed or their
adrenal glands are cold and they feel exhausted, I refer to
outside healthcare professionals. I don't do it for
recriprication, but for the health of my clients. If they stay
healthy, then I have done my job.
Fewer than 5 hi mom
Between 5 and 10 I'll at least mention chiropractic benefits to all my clients, and officially "refer" 1/2 my clients
Between 5 and 10 Any time I'm not getting the desired results I'd like,I never hesitate to refer my clients to a medical Doctor or Chiropractor or acupuncurist. Even though it may mean never seeing them again at least I have the satisfaction of knowing I did what was best for them, by refering them to someone who might better help them. Isn't that what it's all about? Doing the best we can for our clients.
Shannon Skidmore RMT,NCTMB
Between 5 and 10 I always ask my clients if they are using other therapies or seeing their physician or chiropractor (including how often). I listen to their symptoms and I also listen to the body's description as I work. Sometimes my clients will ask about different therapies (ex.: acupuncture) because they are interested. Other times, I will suggest certain therapies to add in conjunction to their massage (like reflexology, etc.).
If I do have a client who needs more than the general swedish technique I use, I always refer them out. I just had to do this for a client with chronic tightness in the hamstrings (old football injuries). I've worked with this client for 2 years and I've seen very little change in softening & flexibility with these muscle groups, though he does feel very relaxed and sleeps better after each visit. I've suggested he visit his chiropractor and seek out a therapist who specializes in NMT or go back for physical therapy. He is always welcome back to my office for reflexology and general massage for pain relief & relaxation.
Have a great day!
Fewer than 5 I massage as a part-time profession. My average number of clients per week is 6 and they are predominently regular customers. I refer clients whenever it is appropriate to refer.
Fewer than 5 I don't refer my chronic-pain clients to outside health care professionals because they have already been to them, sometimes for years, and they are still living in pain. Deep tissue, therapeutic bodywork is what gets rid of my clients' pain. It is the most holistic, non-invasive and often permanent form of pain relief for my clients.
I have learned a lot from my clients about the medical profession and their invasive and ineffective results in dealing with chronic pain. Medication, injections and surgery are what they have to offer chronic-pain sufferers.
Here's a typical story from one of my clients of how the medical establishment doesn't know what to do with chronic pain: A 32-year-old, trim, mother of two small children had lived with her chronic low back pain for over four years. Because her husband had good medical insurance, she had been to four physicians, two chiropractors, and four physical therapists in four years, and yet she was still living in so much pain that some nights she slept no more than three hours.
She was eventually referred to an orthopedic surgeon who referred her to a pain management clinic. After much testing and talking, the clinic said to come back the next week and they would insert a catheter into her lower back, and in the course of three months would try various doses and mixtures of narcotic, cortisone and anesthetic until they got the dosages just right for her to live pain free. Then she would have to come back periodically to be reinjected. And, oh by the way, she would be required to sign a form stating they would not be held liable is she were to become addicted to the narcotic.
She went home and called her mother who instructed her to not have this procedure done, and to find a massage therapist instead. I am happy that she found me, and after one deep tissue, therapeutic bodywork session, she reported the following week that her low back pain of four years was "all gone." She returned weekly for two months, and now I see her once a month or so.
My client's life is now changed. She came in looking like a whipped puppy, feeling helpless and hopeless, and is now a happy, pain-free wife and mother who can once again enjoy life.
So, why don't I refer out to the medical profession? Because I've heard too many stories like the one above.
The majority of pain is muscular. Studies have shown that from 75% to 80% of people in pain management clinics have muscular pain. Massage therapists work on muscles. So it makes perfect sense that we are the profession to help the millions of people in our country who are experiencing chronic pain of a muscular origin.
Marsha Jean, MA, MTI, RMT
Between 5 and 10 mOST CLIENTS STILL BELIEVE THAT "MEDICINE" IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET WELL. ATTITUDE IS 90% TO BETTER HEALTH.....
More than 20 The isolation of a physical or mental condition to one form of therapy is detrimental to both the practitioner and patient/client. I believe the key to wellness is balance and variety; every human is different and will respond differently to every therapy (even to individual sessions of the same form of therapy), and need a well-balanced schedule toward total healing.
Between 5 and 10 I find that my fingers can actually "see" a bone out of place, and even when I work the muscles around the bone, the bone may only shift slightly back into its original place. I know from personal experience that a bone even slightly out of place can cause enough discomfort that I cannot sleep correctly. So I NEVER hesitate to ask my client if they already have a chiropractor. If they do not, I suggest they find one. If they ask me, I refer them to mine. Recently I was lucky enough to begin working with a Chiropractor, and have found it to be a WONDERFUL resource in my massage practice! Not only do I stay in tune with my anatomy, I can see the collective results in helping people heal themselves. I can only wish that other Massage Therapists can find Chiropractors as willing to work with alternative therapy as mine is. What a better way to heal people than by being able to help their OWN bodies heal them!
There are so many complementary therapys that can help expidite my patients recovery time that I refer almost all of my patients to another modality. This works so well in conjunction with my therapy and it builds a trust between me and my patients. The number one would be naturopathic therapy. If you havent tried it youre in for a wonderful shock at all the issues it can help with!!
Between 5 and 10 Myself I will refer every patient with spinal misalignments to a Chiropractor I can trust. People who present to my office that may be better of wtih another Therapist I will refer out. I of course send people to their medical doctor frequently. I would like to be able to do it all myself but I can't.