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Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
Lee Chaffee, LMT
By Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB and Lee Chaffee
Author's note: Professional of Note is a column devoted to recognizing individual practitioners and what they are contributing to the profession. Each article will highlight a unique feature of a practitioner's professional practice.The purpose of the column is to take note of people who are not necessarily nationally known, but who make significant contributions to the field.
Lee Chaffee of Peterborough, New Hampshire is known to massage therapists throughout the state as a trailblazer in the business of on-site seated massage. With a great reputation for quality service over the past 16 years, Lee focuses on taking her hands and heart, along with her table and/or chair, to clients at their home or work. Lee is state-licensed in NH; nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork; and a member of the AMTA, holding a specialization in event sports massage.
Referring to the massage technique she created, known as Lee's Portal Hands, Lee says, "I created a unique protocol for doing seated massage by exploring ways to prevent repetitive pain patterns on myself." Injuries to her thumbs and wrists from a previous profession were a motivating factor in her quest to prevent further injuries for herself and other therapists. "As far as I know, I'm an innovator of seated massage in New Hampshire, and 10 years ago I was the first one to make a living solely on seated massage."
She has provided massage to hundreds of people in major businesses at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Phone) and Digital Computer (now Compaq), as well as at a local hospital, and real estate, computer and medical offices.
As is the case with many of us in the profession, "word-of-mouth" promotion can be attested by many of Lee's clients. Patsy Franklin from Auburn, NH, says: "A colleague told me to see Lee when she was doing on-site seated massage at Compaq. I was 34 weeks pregnant and could not stand up straight due to sciatic pressure. After Lee massaged my side and lower back, I started feeling much better, and continued to do so with regular visits. Now it's been eight years, including another pregnancy, since she started providing me regular massage in my home."
Lee developed her sequence, which she calls "Lee's Russian Method of Seated Massage," based on techniques learned through her study with educators teaching the Russian methods. Russian techniques require minimal use of the thumbs. By incorporating the use of the dorsal side of the hand against the surface of the client's body, along with using a fixed wrist and fingers, and providing the thrust of movement from the therapist's shoulder, the wrist remains in neutral position most of the time.
When working on clients, Lee initially follows a choreographed sequence that lasts 25 minutes. As she gets to know the client, she will vary her patterns to suit the needs of the person. Lee explains: "I also incorporate my neutral hand technique into my table massage, so I'm able to continue to work without experiencing the pain symptoms I had several years ago. It's important when practitioners start out to be mindful of their own body, to keep a repetitive pain syndrome from slowing or ending their career."
Lee has a creative approach to educating all her clients about a simple self-help tool, while combining it with the marketing strategy of getting her name out there. Clients appreciate receiving what has become Lee's trademark gift: two tennis balls encased in a stockinet sleeve that has been imprinted with her business name and tied with a bow. As client Patsy Franklin says, "After my pregnancy, she taught me to roll the tennis balls under my feet and in the lumbar and buttock areas to help relieve pressure points."
These days, Lee has a varied professional massage schedule. To make time for developing and balancing other massage-related venues, she limits her seated massage to about 10 hours per week. Consequently, she has expanded her professional skills into education, as an instructor of Russian seated massage in an area massage school. During the past several years, she has developed her business and marketing acumen from "trial and error" to fine-tune and market her teaching video on Russian seated massage. Lee's current focus (and source of "a great deal of professional satisfaction") is presenting workshops on Russian seated massage and demonstrating her seated massage technique at massage seminars and conventions.
Click here for previous articles by Claudette Laroche, RN, LMT, NCTMB.
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